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Superintendent, Everett Public Schools



Everett, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2023

About our District

“Everett’s Schools are Everett’s Pride.” Everett Public Schools (EPS) is located in Everett, Massachusetts directly north of Boston, bordering the neighborhood of Charlestown. The district is comprised of ten schools, employs approximately 550 teachers, and enrolls nearly 7,400 students in PreK through grade 12. The Everett community is full of pride, with a long rich history, and a place where generations have chosen to live and raise their children. The district boasts about the long-established sports programs and amazing marching band from Everett High School. Everett embraces its longstanding diversity as a community, with currently nearly 70% of the students speaking more than one language and able to say that English is not their first language. Over the last three years, the district has invested in one-to-one technology for all students, expanded summer school and after-school enrichment programs, and has empowered students to use their voices to improve the culture and inclusivity in their schools. The district embraces the following four core values: Resilience, Innovation, Self-Awareness, and Empowerment.

About the Superintendent Role

The Everett School Committee comprises nine (9) elected School Committee members plus the Mayor of Everett and a student representative. The committee is looking for an experienced educator who is resilient, puts students first and ensures that EPS provides students with a rigorous education in inclusive and welcoming schools that serve a growing multilingual and multicultural student population. The Superintendent must be able to unify, bring stability, and build trust by fostering relationships and collaborating in a solutions-oriented manner.

What You’ll Do (Responsibilities)

Prioritize academic achievement and growth, and increase graduation rates and career pathways for all students

  • Keep students at the center of all decision-making and ensure equitable opportunities to enable students’ academic success and student support, including mental and behavioral health.
  • Oversee the vision for, the development and evaluation of all academic programming, including curriculum and instruction, career and college success, early childhood, and fine arts.
  • Champion and advocate for all students, strengthening supports for multilingual and multicultural students, students with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Ensure that the core curriculum instruction addresses the needs of diverse learners and is supplemented by enrichment and support programs.
  • Develop innovative approaches to better prepare our students for college and career pathways, including early college models, dual enrollment opportunities, and new apprenticeship and certification options.

Promote innovation and collaboration in the classroom

  • Adopt instructional models and structures based on research-based best practices which are also culturally responsive and demonstrated to be effective.
  • Improve collaborative learning across schools and grade levels, align content expectations and professional development for teachers between elementary, middle and high school.
  • Ensure high-quality professional development opportunities are offered to teachers, principals, and other staff aligned with the district’s priorities and academic vision.
  • Support teaching that sparks curiosity, strengthens self-confidence, and conveys joy in learning.

Strengthen and stabilize relationships and build a unified vision among the School Committee, staff and community

  • Ensure that the district’s mission and vision and key priorities are well-articulated and well-understood by the School Committee, staff, partners and stakeholders.
  • Communicate and collaborate with all members of the School Committee and the Mayor, keeping them up-to-date on developments, initiatives and issues in the district; provide leadership to enable the School Committee to function effectively.
  • Work closely and openly with the School Committee and subcommittees and foster an open relationship and clear vision for role clarity between the School Committee, City Hall, and the Superintendent.
  • Develop long-range plans, aligned with the School Committee’s annual goals, vision and priorities, consistent with population trends, community growth, cultural needs, and appropriate use of district resources.
  • Welcome students as partners in the decision-making process, ensuring that students' voices and feedback are heard at all levels of the organization.

Develop systems and structures to improve school facilities, operations and safety

  • Work collaboratively with the School Committee, city leaders, school leaders, parents and community to develop a long-term strategic facilities plan to alleviate overcrowding and improve safety.
  • Ensure consistent application of and accountability for all policies and procedures for student discipline, engagement, and school safety.
  • Prepare and submit to the School Committee a proposed annual budget reflecting the district’s defined goals, vision and priorities.
  • Identify funding opportunities that will enhance EPS’ revenue through grants, partnerships or new legislation.
  • Systematize key financial and operational functions in the district to maximize efficiency, enhance productivity, and increase access to necessary information for all internal and external stakeholders.

Lead and support a safe and healthy workforce

  • Recruit, retain, develop and inspire highly qualified, effective and diverse staff at every layer of the organization, with a particular emphasis on diversity, and fair and equitable compensation.
  • Create the working conditions for staff to collaborate, feel supported and valued, and have the mental health supports needed in order to do their best work on behalf of the students.
  • Build collaborative relationships with the four collective bargaining units.
  • Identify opportunities for cross-functional collaboration and align teams to improve efficiency and support.
  • Assess leadership team and individual skills, identify development needs, and provide feedback and support to improve practice, build capacity, maximize talent, and distribute leadership.

What Skills You Need to Be Successful (Competencies)

Compassionate Communicator and Relationship Builder

  • Seeks, welcomes, and elevates the voices of the diverse community and potential allies to ensure diverse input, new perspectives, and new innovative solutions to key decisions.
  • Navigates politically complex environments and acts with integrity, honesty, transparency, and courage in the best interest of students.
  • Maintains visibility and presence in the schools and greater community, engaging genuinely with others in a way that engenders trust and creates meaningful connections.
  • Challenges assumptions and preconceived notions when needed to avoid distraction from core priorities and goals in the best interest of student success.
  • Listens actively and intentionally to understand and find common ground.
  • Gives constructive feedback and able to receive feedback in order to improve performance and build trust. Expresses ideas with clarity, respect, and awareness in conversations and interaction.
  • Models integrity through actions and communications; upholds principles and values in the face of challenges.

Student and Data-Centered Decision Maker

  • Demonstrates through belief, words, and action that each student can achieve at the highest levels.
  • Maintains the focus on data-driven results through the pursuit of improvements in school leadership, instruction, and operations.
  • Produces quantifiable student achievement gains by aligning systems, measuring progress, and holding teams accountable.
  • Creates conditions for every student to access necessary support, and to thrive emotionally, socially, and academically in an inclusive environment.
  • Engages in transparency in decision-making and shares with stakeholders how their input informed the district’s decisions.
  • Pursues and implements innovative ideas and methods and intentionally seeks out and shares current research and evidence-based best practices.

Systems and Operational Leadership

  • Exhibits critical-thinking skills and experience in leading data-driven practices at a systems-level, including the ability to analyze data, identify trends, pinpoint problems and root causes, ask probing questions, set goals, track resources, and develop innovative solutions.
  • Possesses a deep understanding of systems-level operations, management, and organizational design and uses this knowledge to deliver upon desired outcomes districtwide.
  • Operates at a micro and macro level, and balances the overarching goals with detailed steps to achieve the district’s objectives and priorities.

Team Leadership and Management

  • Hold self and others accountable for high standards of performance, communication, collaboration, and transparency toward the achievement of goals and priorities.
  • Promotes professional learning and utilizes effective adult learning techniques.
  • Courageous and successful at challenging and influencing peers to approach all work through the lens of equity.
  • Inspires, mentors, coaches, develops, and empowers the leadership team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 3-5 years of teaching/classroom experience or experience in a direct student-facing role preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of success with improving student outcomes and data-driven decision making ideally in an urban public school district setting.
  • Deep knowledge and experience working inclusively in diverse economic, multicultural, and multilingual communities and environments.
  • Deep understanding of the complexity of education systems and evidence of leading change in urban public school contexts, including a record of success with fiscal accountability and data-driven decision-making.
  • Experience and successful track record of collaboration with labor unions and collective bargaining units.
  • Experience working in conjunction with a School Committee (e.g. School Board) to identify priorities, establish goals, monitor progress, and produce outcomes in service to stakeholders.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and a desire to develop and maintain deep relationships with a variety of diverse constituents.
  • Eligible for an Academic: Administrator, Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license in Massachusetts.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Bilingual skills preferred.

Salary for this integral leadership position is competitive, and commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package will be included in the ultimate offer for the identified sole finalist. We look forward to discussing details with you as the interview process progresses.

The Everett Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.