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Regional Superintendent of Schools - 1.0 FTE

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools envisions every student, every teacher, every school succeeding. As we commit to a major transformation, we are actively seeking talented, driven professionals who are energized by big challenges. If you are solution-oriented, a strong communicator and collaborator, and passionate about urban education, then this is the place for you! Read more about PPS, our schools and programs, and beautiful Portland, Oregon, at the bottom of the posting.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking dynamic leaders with demonstrated records of improving student performance and eliminating achievement disparities to join us as Regional Superintendent of Schools. This position will be part of Portland Public Schools’ Instruction and School Communities leadership team, reporting to the Chief of Schools. The Regional Superintendent will support and monitor the delivery of educational programs at a cohort of assigned school sites: overseeing curriculum, staff development, evaluation, assessment, personnel and community issues, redesign and program innovations, problem-solving and other district-wide responsibilities.

These leaders will become part of a newly formed instructional leadership team that will develop a coherent system focused on the instructional core and multi-tiered systems of support in every Pre K-12 school. Leaders in this role will also network with school support teams under the Chief Academic Officer and Chief of Student Support Services to provide guidance, instructional coaching, and leadership development. The Regional Superintendent establishes a culture of high expectation which provides every student with equitable access to high quality and culturally responsive instruction and evidence-based supports and interventions.


• Work closely with the Deputy Superintendent, Chief of Schools, Regional Superintendent team, and Area Senior Directors to lead the supervision of school sites and actively support differentiated leadership development for a cohort of school leaders.
• Collaborate with the Area Senior Directors, Regional Superintendent team, and other district leaders to implement well-structured data-driven continuous improvement structures and processes at every school site and to develop differentiated school support plans.
• Support and monitor the delivery of educational programs at an identified set of schools, many of which host language pathways: overseeing curriculum, staff development, student assessment, and compliance requirements.
• Contribute to the development of and the promotion of the district’s strategic plan at school sites; review, monitor and assess site-based performance data and improvement strategies that are high-leverage and focused on narrowing student achievement gaps.
• Provide visible, district-level leadership, support and guidance across all assigned school sites; take part in school community and family engagements; attend instructional leadership team and school site council meetings as appropriate to communicate district priorities and to support school improvement efforts.
• Collaborate with school site leaders and centralized district departments to develop, implement, regularly evaluate, improve and redesign instructional programs toward increasing student achievement at under-performing schools and closing the achievement gap at all schools.
• Coordinates effective communications with district and school leaders, ensuring the dissemination of information, policies, regulations, procedures, and reports in a clear and timely manner.
• Navigate and partner with centralized district departments to resolve student issues related to placement, transfer, discipline, complaints, appeals, investigations and litigations.
• Develop and implement a strong talent strategy to supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel, interview and select employees, and recommend transfers, reassignments, terminations and disciplinary actions.
• Prepare and manage annual budget and resource planning for your assigned area: progress monitor, analyze and review budgetary and financial data; support staffing allocations, assignment, and unassignment; monitor and authorize expenditures in accordance with established guidelines.
• Appropriately represents PPS at meetings in partnership with the city and state government, human service agencies, institutions of higher education, business/industry, and judicial and law enforcement agencies.
• Supervise and evaluate assigned Directors, and Area Senior Directors, including but not limited to: developing specific plans to meet identified school targets; determining and acquiring support services budget; development and management; facility appearance, maintenance, and utilization; program implementation and effectiveness; community and parent involvement, labor relations; and staff and student performance.
• Oversees development of school improvement plans with Principals, Senior Directors, and Directors; regularly reviews and tracks progress on school performance objectives and academic excellence indicators to assure effective deployment of improvement strategies; direct implementation of revised or new strategies as required.
• Collaborate and partner with Area Senior Director(s), school communities, district and school leaders to develop measurable goals for student growth; align with PPS Milestones and/or PPS’ Equity Goals; reviews baseline and progression data to identify and implement strategies for improvement; confers with school site leaders to identify implementation activities and regularly review progress; ensure instructional systems which monitor student progress; regularly assesses and refines strategies which eliminates the effects of institutional racism.
• Builds and develops leadership teams which reflect diverse perspectives; develops and mentors Building Administrators, Directors, and Area Senior Directors.
• Monitors school progress through feedback from students, Teachers, Principals, Senior Directors, Superintendents, Board of Education, business leaders, consultants and parents. Receives suggestions, advice and general feedback on the operations of schools; helps ensure an open line of communication across the school system hierarchy, bringing insight from all levels to incorporate policy and sound decision-making.


• An active Oregon Administrative License issued by Teacher and Standards Practice Commission or the ability to obtain licensure by the first day of employment.
• 5+ years of experience in school system leadership, as senior district or school administrator.
• Demonstrated knowledge of public school laws and policies as they relate to the delivery of instructional services.
• Evidence of strong conceptual, analytical, organizational and management skills, and demonstrated leadership ability; evidence of the ability to collaborate with diverse individuals.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and written.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student and program assessment, data analysis, program development and evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, research related to learning and curriculum implementation.
• Evidence of working in a multicultural/ urban school environment and with diverse school communities.
• Evidence of improving student achievement and outcomes.
• Demonstrated ability to motivate people and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents, and the broader community.
• Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered.


Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

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Job #: 20406

Closing Date:

This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning. PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service. Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer.