Superintendent of Schools Vacancy

Superintendent of Schools Vacancy
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Superintendent of Schools Vacancy

The Salem Public Schools is actively seeking experienced, qualified candidates for the position of Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2020. The Salem School Committee has engaged The Collins Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist the district with this search process.

The Salem Public Schools (SPS) is a PK-12 school district with 3,718 students; district has one early childhood center, six elementary and K-8 schools, one middle school, and three high schools. The district has 708.4 FTE staff, including 338.5 FTE teachers. The SPS student population is 48.2% economically disadvantaged, 62.9% high needs, 23.6% students with disabilities, and 12.5% English language learners*

Salem’s next Superintendent will lead a system that has begun the implementation of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan that is built on four pillars of success: creating a vibrant K-12 teaching and learning ecosystem, nurturing staff leadership and empowerment, reimagining the high school experience, and strengthening family and community engagement. The district is well resourced with their average per pupil expenditure in the top 23% of all school districts in Massachusetts school funding ($18,650.25). The success of the Strategic Plan will require the new Superintendent to create and sustain the conditions for success: providing effective internal and external communications, leveraging the excellent resources (both human and financial) of the district, advancing equitable and innovative policies at both the school and district level, and creating a healthy school and district climate and culture.

The qualifications for this position include: a minimum of a Master’s degree (Doctorate preferred) in Administration, Education, or related field; successful administrative leadership experience and demonstrated leadership skills, preferably in an education setting; demonstrated understanding of Massachusetts General Law and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) policies and procedures; and possession of a DESE license as Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent or eligibility for such license.

The Salem Public Schools is offering a competitive compensation and benefits package for this leadership position, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The start date for the successful candidate will be July 1, 2020. If interested in this leadership position, please email a letter of interest, resume, and three letters of reference to Dr. Edward Gotgart, Collins Center for Public Management, UMass Boston, at Please note that applicants should not contact Salem School Committee members. For more information about the district, please check their website at: For further inquiries, please feel free to contact the Collins Center search consultant, Dr. Edward Gotgart at

The application deadline for this position is December 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm. *DESE 2018-2019

The Salem Public Schools maintains a nondiscrimination policy for students, employees and applicants for employment. All educational and employment determinations are based on an individual’s qualifications and achievements without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state and/or federal statute.

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