School Committee Meeting Agenda: February 23, 2021

Ad-Hoc Superintendent Search Sub-Committee
February 23, 2021


1. Public Comment

2. Discussion: Interim Superintendent Job Posting
(see below)

Cambridge Public Schools Interim Superintendent

The Cambridge Public Schools are committed to rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning as well as the social, emotional, and academic supports each student needs to achieve their goals and post-secondary success as engaged community members. The School Committee is searching for a leader who will continue the District’s work to eliminate racial, socioeconomic, and academic achievement gaps, especially for scholars with special needs as well as lead us through the continual challenges the District will face due to the COVID 19 pandemic. With dedicated stakeholders throughout the community, including administrators, educators, families, students, and community partners, the Interim Superintendent will have the opportunity to move the needle with wide community collaboration and support.

The Interim Superintendent may be considered as a candidate for the permanent Superintendent role.

CPSD invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Interim Superintendent from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The successful candidate for the position must:
  • Ensure leadership and continuity of education and services provided by Cambridge Public Schools
  • Hold high expectations for all students and staff
  • Possess a track record of excellent communication with stakeholders including: administration, faculty, staff, students and the community, both in-person and remotely
  • Hold deep commitments to racial equity and education for liberation
  • Possess knowledge and experience of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; school finance and budget development and management; and instructional technology
  • Possess knowledge of collective bargaining and experience reaching collaborative agreements
  • Quickly gain an understanding of the Cambridge instructional models for hybrid and remote learning, and associated safety protocols under evolving COVID-19 conditions
  • Demonstrate willingness to make difficult decisions in the best interests of students
Top candidates also will:
  • Articulate bold vision for strengthening public education in the 21st century
  • Possess a history of closing opportunity and achievement gaps
  • Bring a track record of effective collaboration with staff and community partners
  • Demonstrate familiarity and relevant experience with the current short-term and long-term initiatives in Cambridge
  • Master’s degree; advanced degree preferred
  • Massachusetts DESE Superintendent licensure or license eligible
  • Five years’ experience as a Superintendent of Schools and/or relevant experience as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools or similar
The School Committee offers a contract and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should include a letter of interest, résumé, 3 current references, and appropriate MA DESE licensure to Lisa Richardson, Chief Talent Officer. The Screening Committee anticipates it will begin to review applications the week of March 8 and begin interviews the week of March 15. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
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