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Superintendent of Schools Job Description

The Superintendent of Schools job description and desired characteristics identified by the Board of Education.

Superintendent Desired Characteristics

Through an extensive three-month process, which included surveys, forums, interviews, and focus groups with staff members, community constituents, and area leaders, the Board has identified desired characteristics for the next APS superintendent.

These criteria will be used throughout the search process from vetting to screening candidates and will form the outline for the Board interviews. The staff and community may also use the criteria as they engage with the finalists.

Job Description

Job Profile
Job Code 00231
Exemption Status Exempt
Immediate Supervisor Title Board of Education
Salary Schedule ESE
Location 1
Work Year Full


Under the direction of the Board of Education, to provide educational leadership and executive direction to the Board of Education, schools, community, personnel, programs, activities and operations of the district; to assure compliance with established goals, objectives and legal requirements concerning district administration and instruction.

Essential Functions

Incumbent must achieve the following outcomes with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Develops, implements and maintains strategic planning processes for district functions.
  • Assures that the laws and regulations of the New Mexico Public Education Department and the district are faithfully executed.
  • Assists the board in the identification of student achievement goals and implements programs designed to achieve and evaluate progress toward meeting those goals.
  • Supervises the development of systems for budget development, purchase of goods and services, accountability for expenditure of district funds, and analyses and reporting of the district's financial position to the board and the public.
  • Participates in all board meetings by assisting the board in the development of the meeting agenda, by preparing background materials and analyses of issues brought to the board, and by preparing recommendation on all issues brought to the board for decisions.
  • Prepares and submits to the board recommendations relative to all matters requiring board action, placing before the board such necessary and helpful facts, information and reports as are needed to ensure the making of informed decisions.
  • Informs and advises the board about the programs, practices and problems of the district and keeps the board informed of the activities operating under the board's authority.
  • Hold such meetings of teachers and other employees as necessary for the discussion of matters concerning the improvement and welfare of the district.
  • Develops and implements plans for dealing with emergencies and takes the necessary steps in time of emergency to safeguard students, staff, residents and school district property.
  • Keeps informed of modern educational thoughts and practices by advanced study, visiting school systems elsewhere, attending educational conferences, and by other appropriate means, and keeps the board informed of trends in education.
  • Keeps the public informed about modern educational practices, educational trends and the policies, practices and problems in the system's schools.
  • Recommends and advises the board on the need for new and/or revised policies and procedures necessary for efficient conduct of the district.
  • Studies and revises, together with staff, all curriculum guides and courses of study, on a continuing basis.
  • Assists the board with the development of board policy and established rules, forms, guidelines and procedures to implement board policy.
  • Promotes good public relations between the district and the community by school activities, press, radio and TV releases, school/parent activities, personal participation in community activities and talks, bulletins and reports and conferences.
  • Establishes procedures for communication between and among the board, district staff, media, public and other business, governmental and educational organization of the community, region, state and national.
  • Supervises the development of systems for the recruitment, employment, evaluation, in-service, development, compensation, and benefits for all district staff.
  • Represents the board in its dealings with city, county, state and federal governmental agencies and assists in the development and pursuit of a legislative agenda.
  • Makes recommendations of new facilities or additions to existing facilities, and supervises the acquisition, construction, maintenance, renovation and disposal of all district facilities and properties.


In addition to the essential functions of this job, the incumbent must perform the following duties:

  • Complies with state-approved Code of Ethics of the education profession and upholds and enforces rules, administrative directives and regulations, school board policies, and local, state and federal regulations.
  • Articulates and facilitates the implementation of the mission and values of the Albuquerque Public Schools.
  • Safeguards confidentiality of privileged information.
  • Prepares and maintains accurate and complete records and reports as required by law, state directives, district policy and procedural directives.
  • Shares the responsibility for the supervision and care of district inventory, proper and safe use of facilities, equipment and supplies, and reports safety hazards promptly.
  • Maintains professional relationships and works cooperatively with employees, the community and other professionals.
  • Maintains professional competence through individual and staff training, in-service educational activities and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Attends and/or conducts staff meetings and participates on committees within area of responsibility.
  • Performs other tasks related to area of responsibilities as requested or assigned by the Board of Education.

Required APS Pre-Employment and Other Employment Conditions

  • Satisfactory completion of physical examination.
  • Satisfactory completion of criminal background verification.

Minimum Required Education, Licenses, Certifications, Experiences and Skills:

  • Masters degree, with specialization in Education Administration.
  • Certifiable for a New Mexico State Administrative license.
  • Highly effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated skills in instructional leadership.
  • Skilled in evaluating educational programs.
  • Skilled in setting long and short-range goals.
  • Ten years of experience as a school administrator, preferably with a large school district at a top administrative level.
  • Experienced in developing and operating multi-million dollar budgets and programs.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Experience, and Education:

  • Flexibility, organization, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Interpersonal skills with diverse populations in-person and on the telephone.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects.
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others.
  • Proficient with the latest software.
  • Ability to place responsibilities in a priority order.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws relative to education.
  • Knowledge of group dynamics and group processes.
  • Doctorate degree with a major in educational administration.
  • Proficient with word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.
  • Ability to assess organizational strengths and weaknesses and administer policies accordingly.
  • Experience with strategic planning and forecasting alternative futures and resource allocations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative decision making and appropriate authority delegation.
  • Experience in communicating and negotiating with diverse community groups, bargaining units, funding bodies and other private and public institutions.
  • Experience in managing educational issues within a multi-cultural setting with diverse socio-economics.

Working Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an incumbent encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

  • The incumbent will work with APS staff members in a team environment, which may include the administrative staff, state department personnel, APS legal counsel, parents, students, advocates and others outside the district.
  • Frequent interactions with people in person and on the phone will be necessary.
  • Travel from location to location may be necessary.
  • Functions are performed primarily in a normal office environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent to perform successfully the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds in supplies, which requires bending, stooping and lifting.
  • The employee must use hands and arms to manipulate objects.
  • The employee must use keyboards, tools and other controls.
  • The employee must sit and stand for long periods.
  • The employee must have normal vision and hearing with or without aid.
  • The employee must be able to move about assigned location unaided during the day.

This position description indicates the general nature and level of work to be performed.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive listing of all functions, duties, skills, knowledge, and abilities. This position description is designed to illustrate the minimum requirements and expectations of the job.

Position descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis by incumbent and incumbent’s immediate supervisor and revised when necessary.  Position descriptions must be reviewed for accuracy prior to advertising vacated or new positions and used as guidance in writing position advertisements.

Requested revisions and final approval of all position descriptions are made by the Human Resources Compensation Unit. The “official version” of position descriptions for all jobs in the Albuquerque Public Schools are housed in the Compensation Unit of the Human Resources Department and are updated periodically.  Copies are available on request.