RECRUITMENT BULLETIN 12-113 CHIEF OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
APRIL 9, 2013 4 POSITIONS - EXEMPT
NOTICE OF POSITIONS
The Superintendent of Schools, Pamela C. Brown, Ed.D., is interested in receiving applications
from qualified candidates for the position of:
CHIEF OF SCHOOL LEADERSHIP (4 Positions)
Candidates interested in applying must complete an online application on the district
web site at: www.buffaloschools.org
Candidates must have a Master's degree, and a New York State School District Administrator (SDA),
or School District Leader (SDL) certificate by the time of appointment. Candidates must have a
minimum of eight years combined certificated teaching and supervisory experience, with a minimum of
five (5) years at the supervisory level. Candidates with prior administrative experience in an urban
school district with a large racially and ethnically diverse population are preferred.
Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) has begun a period of change that seeks to transform the district and its
schools. With the appointment of Superintendent Pamela Brown and a significant level of local, state,
and federal attention and investment, Buffalo has an incredible opportunity to ensure that all of its
students graduate prepared to succeed in college or a well-paying career.
Currently, BPS has 58 schools serving approximately 34,000 students, of whom 79% qualify for free
or reduced price lunch and 77% are students of color. Of the 58 schools in the district, 28 have been
given “priority” status by the state and 16 more have been given “focus” status. Within the district,
a sizable number of students do not meet state standards, and only about half of those who attend
high school graduate with a diploma. Superintendent Brown is building a talented and committed
leadership team to partner with her in moving BPS towards the ambitious goal of preparing all
students for success.
The Chiefs of School Leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring that BPS realizes it mission of
college and career readiness for all students in Buffalo. Each Chief of Schools will supervise and
support approximately 15 schools, evaluating the principals of the schools and overseeing and
supporting all school improvement activities. This position represents one of the district's key
levers for turning around the lowest performing schools and supporting continuous improvement
in all schools.
The Chiefs of School Leadership will also serve as a strategic partner to the Superintendent and
other senior leaders in re-imagining BPS as a service-oriented team providing support to schools
as the primary unit of change. Chiefs of Schools will act as thought partner, problem solver, and
change agent to internal and external stakeholders with an unwavering commitment to getting
the job done.
The Chiefs of School Leadership report to the district's Deputy Superintendent.
The Chiefs of School Leadership are a primary focus of the district's transition to an earned-autonomy
model for schools that will be phased in over the next three years with the goal to provide schools
the flexibility necessary to serve their students effectively. As such, Chiefs of School Leadership will
oversee a team of professionals that will serve as a “one-stop” shop for school principals:
Specifically, the Chiefs of Schools will be responsible for the following:
Work with fellow cabinet members to organize district-wide efforts and resources to support district's strategy for school turnaround, school improvement, and instruction and supports for students.
Work with fellow cabinet members and staff to monitor implementation of district's strategy for school turnaround, school improvement, and instruction and supports for students and adjust strategy as needed.
Work with fellow cabinet members and staff to define and phase in the district's “earned-autonomy” model for schools.
Serve as the district's primary supervisor of and support provider for approximately 15 schools.
Work with fellow cabinet members and staff to create a system that uses data to establish a culture of data-based decision making; build capacity to use data collaboratively, continuously and effectively to improve teaching and learning.
Help principals identify staff and student needs and suggest leadership strategies to promote continuous improvement in performance.
Conduct meetings with principals that focus on student achievement, student support, operations, parent and community involvement, data use, principal leadership.
Facilitate the professional development to principals and assistant principals (Leadership Institutes, Walkthroughs, Probationary Administrators' Meetings, Summer Retreat, Monthly Principals Meetings).
Work with school leaders to ensure expertise in analyzing school data.
Evaluate principals' performance and make tenure recommendations for probationary principals.
Prepare and oversee Principal Improvement Plans.
Assist principals in performance management concerns with staff.
Work with Chief of Talent Management to interview and recommend assignments of new principals and assistant principals.
Work with principals and Talent Management to oversee the Teacher Improvement Plan process at the school level.
Review and evaluate writing and implementation of the School Comprehensive Educational Plan (SCEP) for effectiveness.
Working with Chief of Special Projects, oversee all school monitoring activities required by State.
Work with fellow cabinet members to supervise a team comprising a “one-stop” shop for addressing principals' questions or concerns related to curriculum and instruction, professional development, human resources, operations, facilities, and finance.
Oversee the development of the template for the SCEP; review and approve all SCEPs.
Plan and implement SCEP Peer Review process sessions for school teams.
Work with school leaders to develop budgets, identify appropriate resources, and approve financial plans.
Work with central office and school level administrators to facilitate resolving school-level grievances.
Oversee and monitor the Extended Learning Opportunity Program in schools.
Act as designee for Superintendent.
Other duties as assigned
School Community Relations
Collaborate with school partners.
Communicate with parents regarding school complaints and related issues.
Oversee and communicate to the community regarding school reconstruction projects.
Attend District Parenting Coordinating Council meetings.
Individuals serving as Chief of School Leadership will demonstrate the following:
Strategic vision and courage to ensure that all students achieve
Ability to work collaboratively to support school turnaround and school improvement
Strong instructional leadership capabilities
Strong management, communication, and interpersonal skills
Ability to develop, execute, and monitor impact of plans for school turnaround and improvement
Proficiency managing a data-based, change-management process, and expertise in assessing, understanding and using data to identify a change in instructional practice that will accelerate learning for all students
APPOINTMENT: Appointment will be made by the Superintendent following assessment of
training, experience, credentials and evaluation of service. Personal interviews shall be scheduled
SALARY: By contractual agreement.
FUNDING: Pending funding
FOR FILING: Until the position is filled
DR. PAMELA C. BROWN,
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS