Assistant Superintendent – Neighborhood Network: School District of Philadelphia

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 10:30 am.

Quality school leadership contributes significantly to student achievement. The School District of Philadelphia’s Assistant Superintendents’ primary function is to support principals’ growth as instructional leaders. Consistent with the District’s bold Action Plan 3.0., each Assistant Superintendent – Neighborhood Network provides direct management and support to 15-20 principals of traditional neighborhood schools and neighborhood schools participating in the District’s School Redesign Initiative. Assistant Superintendents promote high-quality instructional practices; provide instructional leadership direction; and coach, mentor and support principals to grow their leadership skills. The work of Assistant Superintendents is an integral part of the classroom-by-classroom, school-by-school effort to reform instruction and increase student achievement in every school. Assistant Superintendents are responsible for helping to recruit, select and assign principals; supporting differentiated professional growth; and building the leadership capacity of the District. Additionally, the ability to collect, analyze and use multiple sources of data to guide continuous improvement of schools is an important function of this job. Assistant Superintendents also assess school climate and assist principals with the development of school improvement plans.

Essential Functions
Instructional Leadership and Talent Management

  • Promotes the District’s high-performing school practices and ensures the consistent implementation of the practices across all schools
  • Guides and develops principals to provide learning environments that enable every student to achieve
  • Formulates, plans and implements coaching and professional growth practices with assigned principals; observes principal practices, provides feedback and works as the primary coach and supervisor to increase assigned principals’ instructional leadership capacities
  • Supports principals to assess the core competencies that teachers need to implement curriculum, deliver instruction and improve their teaching practices
  • Creates professional learning communities to provide peer feedback, promote innovative thinking and collaborative learning among assigned principals; models effective teamwork and collaboration
  • Coordinates and ensures the successful integration of evidence-based strategies to support the growth and success of all District schools and to scale good ideas
  • Helps to recruit, select and assign principals to appropriate schools
  • Functions as a qualified observer of teachers and principals
  • Develops effective working relationships with principals and school stakeholders

Systems-Level Leadership

  • Provides leadership as a member of a collaborative team to ensure that school-level curriculum and instruction initiatives are aligned with District priorities
  • Ensures the deployment of resources and intervention approaches to appropriately, efficiently and effectively address challenges
  • Ensures the implementation of strategies to meet the District’s performance targets and continuous improvement plans.
  • Responds to constituents’ concerns and serves as the liaison to schools, central offices and community groups on matters related to instruction and school leadership
  • Ensures that all functions and activities are executed in compliance with District policies and professional standards and local, state and federal laws.
  • Communicates clearly with principals, parents and the community about District priorities, school performance and student achievement
  • Uses executive judgment to solve problems and manage crises

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Urban education and driving improvement in student achievement.
  • Using quantitative and qualitative information in an instructional setting to drive decision-making and evaluation.
  • Using systems level information to review, create and monitor school improvement programs and strategies
  • Strong strategic planning, executive leadership and organizational skills.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Coach and manage others to drive student achievement gains.
  • Work collaboratively to build consensus while also delivering exceptional results.
  • Inspire, manage and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Be flexible, resilient and adaptable to changing priorities.
  • Commit to high performance standards and maintain an unwavering belief that all students can excel.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational administration or a related field.


  • Seven years of full-time, paid, educational experience, at least three of which have been in a turnaround school-based administrative or supervisory capacity


  • any combination of prior experience deemed appropriate by The Office of Talent.


  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.

Selection Process

Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview. The selected candidate must have no anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months, and have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness in the last three years (3) years with the exception of one extended long-term absence).**

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

How to apply

Qualified applicants should apply for this position on our application tracking system. Click here to apply. Please note that paper application will not be accepted.

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