Based on input from the hastily scheduled superintendent search forums (I went to one at Westlake Middle School with about 10 people, including the school principal), the search firm Ray & Associates created a profile of the ideal candidate, which the Oakland school board approved this week.
You can find the complete document, which touts Oakland’s assets — diversity, weather, professional sports, even the zoo — here. Candidates have until April 21 to turn in their applications for this $275,000-plus-benefits job (which, strangely enough, might seem like a deal after paying two executives $250,000 apiece.)
The characteristics sound pretty generic, actually. Do you agree that the profile (below) describes the sort of leader/superhuman Oakland needs? What would you add?
Oakland Unified School District Seeks a Superintendent Who Possesses the Following Characteristics
• Will inspire trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
• Is strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions.
• Has demonstrated the ability to enhance student performance and to use research, especially in identifying and closing or narrowing the gaps in student achievement.
• Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
• Demonstrates effective communication skills to include speaking, listening and writing within a diverse community.
• Has successful experience in the selection and implementation of educational priorities consistent with the interests and needs of students, staff, board and community.
• Is able to build consensus and commitment among individuals and groups with emphasis on parental involvement.
• Will listen to input, but can make a decision when necessary.
• Has knowledge of and successful experience in sound fiscal practices, contract negotiations, and management of district resources, including appropriate participation of others in planning and decision-making.
• Is able to lead a large organization dedicated to goals of continuous improvement.
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