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Posted: January 27, 2015

We Asked, You Told Us What You Want in a Superintendent

APS held several community meetings and conducted an online survey to find out what traits the next superintendent should possess.

The next APS superintendent should have excellent people and leadership skills, inspire trust, be a strong communicator and be highly visible in the community, according to the results of community meetings and an online survey.

The APS Board of Education, which hopes to hire a new superintendent in the next few months, asked students, parents, employees and community members for a list of characteristics they'd like to see in the leader of the state's largest school district.

A list of those qualities have been compiled and included in application materials posted to the district's website. The deadline for submitting applications is March 2.

According to public input, candidates who apply for the job should have a “student first” approach to education, knowledge of emerging research and best practices and the ability to develop mutually beneficial relationship between the business community and the school district.

“The selection of a new superintendent is probably the most important decision any board of education has to make,” said Dr. Analee Maestas, president of the APS Board of Education, has said. “We want to use the best possible method to select the new superintendent because we know this choice affects the education of thousands of students and the entire community.”

Here are the top qualities the community is looking for in an APS superintendent:

  • Possesses excellent people skills, presents a positive image of the district and will listen to input and make a decision when necessary
  • Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally
    diverse community
  • Is able to work with legislators on key topics and can lead an organization throughout the legislative process
  • Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and
    personal performance
  • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing
  • Demonstrates commitment to community visibility with high interest in a broad range of community groups
    and organizations
  • Is strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions
  • Has experience in the selection and implementation of educational priorities consistent with the interests and needs of students, staff, board and community
  • Is able to identify and select building and central office administrators who are capable of advancing the district vision
  • Has the ability to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the business community and the school district
  • Possesses the ability to enhance student performance, especially in identifying and closing or narrowing the gaps in student achievement
  • Has knowledge of emerging research and best practice in the area of curriculum/instructional design and practice.