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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 the following 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.

A student-centered leader who puts the needs of children first by:

  • Ensuring a strong academic program focused on continuous improvement in key learning areas.
  • Creating an organizational culture that supports the social/emotional growth and well-being of children.
  • Supporting the education of the whole child through, but not limited to, the arts, music and physical health.
  • Valuing student voice in district decision-making.

A collaborative, stakeholder-focused manager who embodies a district culture that:

  • Prioritizes the support for schools and contributions of school-based educators in the education of students.
  • Recognizes the contributions of and seeks input from all district staff.
  • Establishes, aligns and sustains partnerships and cultivates relationships with the business community, governmental officials and community leadership.
  • Values equity, integrity, and transparency and promotes safety and security.
  • Takes responsibility and is accountable for decisions and actions and supports strong site-based shared leadership.
  • Adheres to the guidance and direction of the Board of Education.

A life-long learner and educator who:

  • Has extensive background and experience in education, preferably at the classroom, school, district and superintendent levels.
  • Deeply values and understands the richness of a culturally diverse student/community population and preferably speaks Spanish.
  • Has worked in a large, culturally diverse urban school system.

A proactive, articulate communicator who:

  • Is media savvy and will promote the APS brand at district, local, state and national levels.
  • Establishes and employs a communication flow of critical issues, actions, and decisions on an on-going basis and during times of crisis.
  • Is a systems thinker who coordinates the overall direction of APS and aligns central office operations and processes.