Superintendent of Schools
Location: Division Office (Cardston)
Competition #: 6974
Open To: Everyone
Date Posted: December 6th, 2018
Closing Date: Open Ended
Superintendent of Schools/CEO
The Westwind School Division Board of Trustees is inviting applications for the position of Superintendent of Schools/CEO for Westwind School Division. Duties to commence on August 1, 2019, or as mutually agreed.
Reporting to the Board, the Superintendent is responsible for carrying out the duties as specified in the School Act Sec 113 and Regulations, and in Board Policy as amended from time to time. The Superintendent will also be accountable to the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard as prescribed by Alberta Education.
As the leader of an interdependent executive team, the Superintendent is the Chief Education Officer as well as the Chief Education Officer reporting to the Board of Trustees. It is critical that the Superintendent has a strong working relationship with the Board of Trustees and the successful candidate will work effectively with the Board to realize the vision of the Division. The specifics of the Superintendent/Board relationship are outlined in Westwind Board Policy 2: Role of the Board as well as Board Policy 12: Role of the Superintendent.
Ideal Candidate Profile The successful candidate will have the following:
- A minimum of a Master’s degree from a university in Alberta or from a University of
equivalent standard – an Ed.D. would be considered an asset; and
- A certificate of qualification as a teacher issued under the Province of Alberta School
Act or an equivalent certificate issued by another Province or Territory.
- Successful broad-based leadership experience, including experience as a teacher as well as a school-based administrator and experience in a senior education administration position.
- Demonstrated ability to adapt to leading in a diverse learning environment while successfully balancing the needs and opportunities for all learners;
- An understanding of indigenous communities and First Nations worldview. Experience working with First Nations students and communities is an asset.
- Experience with or knowledge of Hutterite culture is beneficial.
- Exposure to or an understanding of Board governance and reporting to a Board of
- A demonstrated ability to create a safe and respectful learning environment for students, staff, parents and other stakeholders in a diverse rural school division
COMPETENCIES & ATTRIBUTES
- Student-focused and committed to personal and academic excellence for all learners.
- Superior communicator with excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
- Must possess a forward-thinking education perspective and be open to new ideas, differing opinions and honest, transparent, healthy dialogue and discussion.
- Strong relationship builder who is able to quickly engage others and garner their trust and confidence; the ability to be a good listener and ensure that all voices are heard and valued.
- Demonstrated research and fact-based decision-making abilities;
- Respect and appreciation for the role of staff, parents and community organizations as partners in public education;
- Highest standards of personal integrity and ethical decision-making; as well as personal and public accountability, trust, and transparency;
- Energetic, self-confident and yet adaptable and flexible in approach;
- A belief in the value and worth of all persons and empathy for all employees;
- Must be respectful and aware of the unique cultures that exist within the various communities that make up Westwind School Division.
- Must be a visionary leader with the capacity to inspire and engage the entire Westwind community in that vision.
Although the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, applications received by noon on January 4, 2019, will be assured careful consideration. Please email a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three professional letters of reference including all applicable reference contact information, in a SINGLE pdf document to:
Mr. Jim Ralph, Board Chair
Westwind School Division Board of Trustees
Westwind School Division (WWSD) serves a diverse and largely rural population of just under 4,400 students in preschool through grade 12 and employs more than 250 teachers and 300 members of a support staff who share a common goal of putting students first.
Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the far southwestern corner of Alberta, within the County of Cardston, and the County of Warner, the Division encompasses the Towns of Cardston, Magrath, and Raymond and the villages/hamlets of Stirling, Glenwood, Hill Spring, Mountain View, Del Bonita, Spring Coulee and Welling as well as 19 colony schools. The Westwind School Division is neighbour and partner with the Kainai Nation, the largest First Nation reserve in Canada. More than ten percent of Westwind’s student population are members of the Blood Tribe.
Governed by nine publicly elected Board of Trustees, Westwind School Division operates thirteen public schools, an open campus location providing distance learning, home education and personalized education plans, and nineteen Hutterite Colony schools. Our student body reflects the communities we serve and we offer a rich variety of innovative programs and services to meet the needs and interests of a broad spectrum of learners.
The mission of Westwind School Division is to foster engaging and student-centered learning environments that will inspire each student to strive for personal excellence and allow all learners to thrive.
Our values guide our behaviour, structure our operations and shape our Division strategies. For every decision we make, we will hold ourselves accountable to these values, and ask:
Is this what’s best for our students?
Will this help us build trust and improve relationships?
How will this decision further education, inform practice and enhance learning?
Westwind School Division values students by:
Ensuring students are always our top priority. We are committed to making decisions in the best interest of our students and seeing every learner as unique and worthwhile while supporting them in their learning journey
Supporting inclusive, safe and caring learning communities that respect diversity and foster a sense of empathy and belonging
Establishing and communicating high expectations for students when it comes to academics, attendance, achievement, behaviour, citizenship and extracurriculars
Westwind School Division values education and learning by:
Providing high-quality learning opportunities for all
Engaging our students and staff to pursue their passions and empower all to realize their potential and achieve personal excellence
Supporting teacher and staff development to best meet the needs of a diverse and vibrant student population, preparing them for an ever-changing modern society
Promoting wellness and balance and supporting the mental and emotional health of all staff and students
Providing students with access to a rich variety of learning opportunities and ways they can demonstrate their learning
Westwind School division values trust and relationships by:
Recognizing that learning is a collaborative effort that requires the engagement of students, staff, parents/guardians, and communities
Striving to ensure all stakeholders feel connected, valued, respected and have a voice
Recognizing that we are accountable to students, parents/guardians and all stakeholders
Earning and maintaining the confidence of the communities we serve through transparency and integrity in our decision-making processes
Understanding that the parent-division partnership is essential in a student’s development and fostering a relationship of reciprocal trust
We are committed to providing a safe, caring and inclusive learning environments for our students and focus on developing healthy, respectful relationships at all levels – with our students, school families and employees.
For more information about Westwind School Division please visit the website at https://www.westwind.ab.ca/