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Executive Director of Elementary Programs

Bend-La Pine Schools
Closing date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2023

Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to the principle of equity. Equity supersedes the notion of equality, where all are treated the same. Pursuing equity requires the removal of barriers and the promotion of inclusive practices so that all students fully benefit. The principle of equity will inform all BLS policies, regulations, programs, operations, practices, and resource allocations.

Studies have shown that some individuals (women and people of color, for example) are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single qualification in a job description. Our goal is to find the best candidate for the position, and we acknowledge that that candidate may be an individual from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of a position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.

Position Title: Executive Director of Elementary School Programming
Department: Teaching and Learning
Reports To: Deputy Superintendent
Salary (based on 2022-2023 salary schedule): $131,271 - $139,830

The executive director provides oversight to elementary schools and related programming, supervising the instructional leadership and operational management of each school and providing administrative leadership and support to each school principal. The executive director provides or enlists centralized district support to ensure the advancement of schools towards the mission and vision of the district as defined in the board-adopted ends.

In concert with the other executive administrators, the executive director operates with autonomy in alignment with all applicable local, state, federal laws, regulations and district policies. Independent judgment and decision-making that are aligned with peer executive administrators and district goals are required in matters not having established rules, regulations or policies. The executive administrator directly supervises and coaches elementary school principals.

About the District:
Bend-La Pine Schools (BLS) is the fifth-largest school district in Oregon and comprises 33 schools, plus two charter schools, across an attendance area of approximately 16,000 square miles. We employ over 2,000 staff members in licensed and non-licensed capacities, making us the second-largest employer in Central Oregon. At Bend-La Pine Schools, we believe in educating thriving students and know the importance of supporting our students to become kind and thoughtful humans who engage with the world around them

Conducts oneself in the best interest of students, in accordance with the highest traditions of public education and in support of the district’s mission.
Oversees the leadership and management of elementary schools. Supervises and routinely engages in coaching with each school principal.
Maintains effective communication and working relationships with staff, students, and parents, including those with diverse identities and lived experiences.
Serves as a key member of the superintendent’s cabinet.
Fosters a culture of equity in Bend-La Pine Schools, with high expectations for every student’s experience and learning
Engages all invested parties in developing, aligning, implementing, communicating, monitoring, and evaluating strategies to meet the district’s goals.
Keeps current on best practices to facilitate student achievement and professional growth of staff.
Supports principal collaboration to promote student, staff, and organizational success.
Establishes a culture of college and career readiness for all students.
Follows district protocols and procedures. Assumes the responsibility for the observance and implementation of board policies and administrative regulations. Complies with state and federal requirements.
Ensures effective curricular materials and instructional strategies are used to meet the needs of all learners.
Effectively uses student, grade-level, and school-level data to guide decisions and direction
Exercises sound judgment and leadership in crisis situations.
Models reflective learning and demonstrates resilience.
Ensures equitable distribution of resources to meet the needs of historically excluded students.
Encourages multiple points of view to form solutions and consensus.
Responds in a positive and strategic way to the social, political, and legal factors that influence student success.
Demonstrates integrity, sound judgment, ethical and professional behavior.
Maintains confidentiality in student and personnel matters.
Follows district protocols and procedures. Assumes the responsibility for the observance and implementation of board policies and administrative regulations. Complies with state and federal requirements.

The employee performs under extreme heavy workloads and inflexible deadlines. Requests and issues are often received which require immediate attention setting up conflicting priorities. Sound judgment is required in stressful situations. The employee needs to be able to lift materials, boxes or equipment weighing up to 30 pounds and/or maneuver up to 50 pounds. This position generally works in an office environment with occasional travel to schools and other locations for meetings.

Best practices in curriculum and instruction
Strategies for effective staff supervision
Organizational systems
Resource allocations that promote equitable outcomes for students
K-12 trajectory and pathways
State, local and school system fiscal regulations, policies and procedures

Skills & Abilities:
Personal and professional commitment to equitable outcomes for every student
Build effective relationships with all invested partoes, particularly those whose voices have been historically marginalized
Inspire others through effective leadership
Participate in change in a constructive way, demonstrating flexibility in dealing with ever-changing conditions
Provide leadership in curriculum development, principles of effective teaching, application of learning styles and classroom management procedures
Work effectively as part of a leadership team
Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
Analyze and coordinate a wide variety of complex tasks
Possess a high level of conflict resolution skills
Maintain confidentiality
Establish and maintain accurate record-keeping systems
Maintain a high level of commitment to the completion of all tasks
Interpret and comply with laws, rules and policies related to education, district AR’s, and labor laws

Applicants who are successful through the screening process will receive an invitation to an in-person interview consisting of various activities at the school site and the district office. A site visit to the finalist’s current school site may be conducted as part of the interview process. All finalists will interview with the Superintendent, who has final decision-making authority.

Qualified applicants should apply online at: and should be prepared to submit an application packet that includes:
A cover letter
Current resume
Three current letters of recommendation that include the names, titles, addresses, home and office phone numbers of the recommender
College transcripts
Any other relevant supporting materials

238-day contract
Family medical, dental, and vision insurance
Term life and long-term disability insurance
Professional development program and tuition reimbursement
Salary estimate (based on 2022-2023 salary schedule): $131,271 – $139,830
Bend-La Pine Schools, unlike many districts, currently pays the employee’s portion of PERS, a 6% contribution of the employee’s annual salary

Position closes: April 2, 2023
Interviews: Week of April 13, 2023
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2023

Current state-required administrative license or the ability to acquire such license by July 1, 2023
Minimum of five (5) years of leadership experience
Demonstrated track record of success in the following areas:
Improving outcomes for student populations that have been historically underserved
Facilitating large-scale system change
Internal and external, formal and informal, communications with multiple interested groups
Partnerships with entities such as higher education institutions, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and community groups

Fluency in Spanish language
Successful elementary school principal experience
Successful large district leadership experience

Direct additional requests for information to:
Ryan Kelling
Director of Recruitment & Retention
Human Resources Department
Phone: 541-355-1110
Fax: 541-355-1109
520 NW Wall St Bend, OR 97703

Application materials of final candidates may be published. Reference checks will be made and there may be a site visit of the candidate before selection.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Bend-La Pine Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.