Superintendent Search Begins
After completing a survey among Livingstone Range families and community members, the Division is ready to move ahead with the search for a new superintendent. The Board of Trustees used feedback from the surveys, conducted in December 2017, to help generate an ideal candidate profile, including the skills and traits considered most important to LRSD stakeholders. Results of this survey will be made available to participants later in January.
The profile and job advertisement will be placed in cross-Canada electronic advertising by the Alberta School Boards Association, and will run until February 2nd, 2018.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS/CEO - LIVINGSTONE RANGE SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 68
The Board of Trustees invites applications for the position of Superintendent/CEO for Livingstone Range School Division No. 68. Duties will commence at a mutually agreed date.
Livingstone Range School Division is a rural school division located in the southwestern corner of Alberta. The large geographical area includes portions of the Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and many farming communities in the prairies. The name is taken from the Livingstone mountain range within the Division.
Our 14 schools draw rural students from the communities of Nanton, Stavely, Claresholm, Granum, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek, Lundbreck and Crowsnest Pass. Currently the Division serves Hutterian students in 13 colony schools; we also provide programming through three outreach/NAPI friendship centers and one virtual school. We are committed to providing a broad range of student learning experiences outside the classroom and are proud to provide an amazing place for students from around the world to study and learn.
Livingstone Range School Division employs approximately 228 teachers and 230 support staff, including secretaries, bus drivers, maintenance workers, educational assistants, custodians and others to deliver educational services to approximately 3400 FTE students. The annual operating budget for 2017-18 is approximately $52,000,000.
Seven trustees were recently elected in three wards to serve students and to provide for the governing of the Division. The Board is committed to governance excellence.
Our vision statement “to be leaders in providing quality education to rural students in a dynamic learning environment” reflects both our greatest strength and primary challenge. Our goals are based on a continual commitment of building success for our students, and working in the community context is important to us.
The Division models and promotes a safe and caring environment of mutual respect within the education community. Accountability for excellence in student achievement is supported by the following behaviours:
- transparent and effective communication
- collaborative decision-making
- commitment to success and achievement
- recognition and celebration of accomplishments
The region boasts an extensive variety of year-round recreational opportunities and is a popular holiday destination. Strong and diverse cultural opportunities are provided throughout this rural area, which has ready access to major urban centres. Ranching, farming, logging, tourism, wind power, oil and natural gas provide a strong economic base for this area.
The successful candidate will qualify for an Alberta teaching certificate, hold a master’s degree, and have significant, successful, broad-based educational leadership experience, including work as a system and school-based administrator. Knowledge of current educational research, issues and trends, including Alberta’s transformation agenda and impending legislation, would also be an asset.
As an innovative and collaborative leader, you have a vision for vibrant rural education and are committed to building strong working relationships within the Division and with external partners; significant experience with diverse student populations would also be vital to your role as Superintendent.
The Board seeks a supportive, knowledgeable individual who is passionate about meeting student needs, with a strong focus on shared decision making, the capacity to develop leadership potential of others, and commitment to student achievement and success in all curricular areas.
The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received prior to February 2, 2018 are assured careful consideration.
Email by February 2, 2018, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five recent references to:
Mr. Jim Gibbons
Alberta School Boards Association
E: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 403.507.9522
Ideal Candidate Profile
LIVINGSTONE RANGE SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 68 - SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS/CEO SEARCH
Master’s degree as a minimum
Must qualify for or hold teaching certification in the Province of Alberta
Knowledgeable of current educational research, issues and trends, including Alberta’s transformation agenda and impending legislation
Significant, successful, broad-based educational leadership experience, including work as a system and a school-based administrator
Demonstrated strong classroom experience
Significant, successful experience with diverse student populations
Knowledgeable and supportive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture, education and issues
Committed to meeting student needs first
Ensures each student is provided with a safe, caring and inclusive learning environment
Strong commitment to student achievement and success in all curricular areas
Committed to providing a broad range of student learning experiences outside the classroom
Continued support of international student programs
A vision for vibrant rural education - commitment to diversity of programming in rural
Understanding of and passion for rural and small urban education issues
Is an ethical leader who demonstrates personal and corporate integrity
Committed to a collaborative, transparent approach to decision-making processes
A strong focus on shared decision making
Navigates difficult issues and takes responsibility for decisions
Models lifelong learning
Demonstrates supportive teambuilding skills
Committed to building strong working relationships within the Division and with external partnerships
Works collaboratively and has the ability to establish a positive working relationship and a “first team” approach with the Board of Trustees
Committed to continuous improvement of self, others and the organization
Capacity to develop leadership potential of others
Maintains an effective process for staff growth, supervision and evaluation
Ability to work effectively with other partners – local, regional and provincial
Committed to innovative and visionary leadership building on current Division strengths
Utilizes policy effectively to guide decision making
Is politically astute and has the ability to work effectively with Alberta Education and other ministerial partners
A proven innovator who has the courage to implement change and enables others to do so
A good listener who seeks first to understand and is non-judgmental
Capacity to facilitate strategic planning processes with appropriate stakeholder input
Represents the Division in a positive, balanced and professional manner
Ability to work with rural and small urban communities to support community goals
Models a healthy balance between personal life and work
Fiscal/Organizational Management Skills
Is knowledgeable and has an understanding of technology applications to enhance organization and learning effectiveness
Strong oral and written communication skills
Strengths in planning, delegating, time management, assignment of responsibilities and ensuring successful completion of tasks
Displays knowledge of the policy process and an ability to facilitate the Board’s work regarding advocacy, governance and policy issues
Ability to understand and optimize financial operations for maximum student learning
Clearly articulates and inspires a shared vision throughout the Division
Demonstrates strong communication and facilitation skills, including public engagement
Will seek out new opportunities for collaborative partnerships at local, provincial, national and international levels
Is approachable and has the capability to work effectively with administrators, staff, parents and school