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Superintendent, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233



flossmoor, il, usa
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

About our District

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233, known as “HF,” serves nearly 3,000 students and is located in the Cook County suburb of Flossmoor, IL, approximately 25 miles south of downtown Chicago. The award-winning high school provides an impressive campus that encompasses nearly 11.5 square miles, with state-of-the-art facilities to support the academic, athletic, fine arts, and activities. HF draws students from the communities of Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, Glenwood, Hazel Crest, and Olympia Fields, and the student body - just like the HF community itself - is diverse (72% Black, 15% White, 8% Hispanic, and 5% Two or More Races). This is an attribute, along with quality education, that parents repeatedly cite for moving into the district. The high school is a hub of the community and a point of pride for generations who may well live within blocks of each other. A tradition of excellence is the cornerstone of Homewood-Flossmoor: the result of a community’s commitment to the idea of a community high school with high standards for students and staff.

About the Superintendent Role

Reporting to a seven-member elected Board of Education, the Superintendent of Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School will enter the district soon after the launch of the next five-year strategic plan, which is focused on improving academic excellence and ensuring equity and access so that all students meet or exceed HF’s high academic expectations. The incoming Superintendent will need to maintain and sustain the momentum for transformation, using critical change management skills to build on the foundation that has been laid to improve the academic standing of the district and the experience of all students. The Superintendent should possess the cultural competence to embrace and leverage the unique strengths of the high school while maintaining a keen focus on accelerating learning for all students.

What You’ll Do (Responsibilities)

  • Ensure whole student support and strong academic achievement and growth
    • Build on HF’s history of academic excellence by ensuring access to high-quality instruction and effective interventions for all students.
    • Partner with school administration to adopt instructional models and structures based on practices that are research-based, culturally responsive, and demonstrated to be effective.
    • Advocate for learning environments that integrate and support students with diverse learning needs.
    • Oversee innovative and comprehensive student support services and programming that address a spectrum of students.
    • Prepare HF graduates for career and college by expanding access and opportunities for rigorous coursework, including advanced placement offerings, international baccalaureate programming, dual enrollment, career pathways, and career and technical education.
    • Shape the district’s vision for the use of technology with respect to personalized learning platforms and instructional classroom technology to enhance student learning.
  • Communicate and build strong relationships across the community to support HF’s success
    • Serve as an ambassador for HF students, building effective relationships with city and community leaders, helping to tell the story of HF’s successes, and successfully advocating when needed to ensure that the district is able to meet students’ needs.
    • Communicate and collaborate with all members of the Board, advising the Board on initiatives and issues in the district; provide leadership to enable the Board to function effectively.
    • Welcome students as partners in the decision-making process, ensuring that students' voices and feedback are heard at all levels of the organization.
    • Strengthen communication and collaboration with feeder districts to ensure vertical alignment and articulation so that incoming freshmen are able to achieve and excel.
    • Expand trust, partnership, and connection with our community, learning what matters to our families and our communities to inform key decisions and priorities for the district.
    • Continue to collaborate and strengthen partnerships with the collective bargaining units and their leadership to amplify coherence and promote consistent communication.
  • Execute and implement the next five-year strategic plan
    • Ensure that the district’s mission, vision, and key priorities are well-articulated and well-understood by the staff, partners, and stakeholders.
    • Translate the approved strategic plan into the annual priorities, metrics, and key performance indicators that will advance HF’s vision and mission.
    • Develop performance measures and monitor the district’s progress toward meeting the goals of the strategic plan priorities.
    • Develop long-range plans, aligned with the board’s annual goals, vision, and priorities of the district, and ensure accountability for meeting targets.
  • Recruit, develop, and lead a diverse and healthy workforce
    • Ensure that roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and articulated throughout the organization.
    • Identify opportunities for cross-functional collaboration, distribute leadership, and align teams to improve efficiency and support.
    • Attract, 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 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.
    • Assess the leadership team and individual skills, identify development needs, and provide feedback and support to improve practice, build capacity, and maximize talent.
  • Build effective systems and structures that maintain and improve facilities, operations, technology infrastructure, and school safety
    • Maintain HF’s reputation for state-of-the-art facilities by ensuring adequate funding and forecasting that support the growing student population’s academic, athletic, career and technical education, and fine arts needs.
    • Work collaboratively with the Board of Education, city leaders, school leaders, parents, and community to develop a long-term strategic facilities and technology plan.
    • Ensure consistent application of and accountability for all policies and procedures for student discipline, engagement, and school safety.
    • Develop the annual budget and long-term financial forecast which reflects the district’s goals, vision, and priorities.
    • Systematize key financial and operational functions in the district to maximize efficiency, enhance productivity, and provide access to necessary information for all internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ensure a clear vision, long-term strategy, and support for the district’s portfolio of technology hardware, network and voice infrastructure, IT and instructional software, and network/cyber security.