TITLE: Superintendent

JOB GOAL: To provide district-wide leadership in improving teaching and learning that increases achievement and promotes success of all students.


  1. Three years experience in teaching and three years experience in school administration, totaling at least six years.

  2. An earned Master’s Degree with a major in educational administration; preferably, completion of one year of graduate work beyond the Master’s Degree.

  3. A valid teaching certificate issued by the State Board of Education with a Superintendent endorsement.

  4. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the board may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO: Board of Education

SUPERVISES: Directly or indirectly, every district employee.



1. Shared Vision

The superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of every student by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. Functions include:

A. Develop and implement a shared vision and mission;

B. Collect and use data to identify goals, assess organizational effectiveness, and promote organizational learning;

C. Create and implement plans to achieve goals;

D. Promote continuous and sustainable improvement;

E. Monitor and evaluate progress and revise plans.

2. Culture of Learning

The superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of every student by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. Functions include:

A. Nurture and sustain a culture of collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations;

B. Promote and ensure a comprehensive, rigorous, and district-wide coherent curricular program;

C. Create a personalized and motivating learning environment for students

D. Use data to determine needs and oversee provision of quality professional development to meet district needs;

E. Use data to monitor the assessment and accountability systems to assure student progress;

F. Develop the instructional and leadership capacity of staff;

G. Promote the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning;

H. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program.

3. Leadership/Management

The superintendent is an education leader who promotes the success of every student by ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. Functions include:

A. Manage district budget, facilities and staff;

B. Monitor and evaluate the management and operational systems;

C. Obtain, allocate, align, and efficiently utilize human, fiscal, and technological resources;

D. Promote and protect the welfare and safety of students and staff;

E. Develop the capacity for distributed leadership;

F. Ensure teacher and organizational time is focused to support quality instruction and student learning.

4. Family and Community

The superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of every student by collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. Functions include:

A. Collect and analyze data and information pertinent to the educational environment;

B. Promote understanding, appreciation, and use of the community’s diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources;

C. Build and sustain positive relationships with families and caregivers;

D. Build and sustain productive relationships with community partners.

5. Ethics

The superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of every student by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner. Functions include:

A. Conduct oneself in an ethical, fair, trustworthy and professional manner;

B. Establish practices to promote personal, physical and emotional health;

C. Demonstrate respect for diversity in students, staff and programs;

D. Safeguard the values of democracy and equity;

E. Consider and evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision-making;

F. Promote social justice and ensure that individual student needs guide all aspects of schooling.

6. Societal Context

The superintendent is an educational leader who promotes the success of every student by understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context. Functions include:

A. Advocate for children, families, and caregivers;

B. Serve as an articulate advocate to community and legislature for issues beneficial to improved teaching and learning;

C. Provide leadership for defining superintendent and board roles, mutual expectations, procedures for working together, and formulating appropriate district policies;

D. Knows and supports the district school improvement plan and accurately reports progress on goals.

7. Essential Functions

In addition to the physical and mental capabilities implied by the responsibilities detailed above, the essential functions of the superintendent include the following:

A. Reading, writing, hearing, listening, and speaking effectively with the ability to analysis data;

B. The ability to sit and stand for periods of time, have use of hands, the ability to climb and other postures that may be required as duties are assigned;

C. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision and depth perception;

D. Be able to occasionally lift/move items weighing up to 40 pounds;

E. Must hold a valid drivers license and be able to drive to school locations and events;

F. The position regularly requires evening and weekend work;

G. The position deals with noise levels that of a typical school office and building setting;

H. The position regularly requires the ability to handle stressful situations and resolve conflict.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and in not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.

8. Other Duties

The superintendent performs these and other duties as may be assigned by the board, both consistent with local board policies and South Dakota Codified Law.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Twelve months a year. Salary and benefits to be set by the board.

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with board policy, based on performance indicators and/or progress on annual superintendent goals as set by the superintendent and board.