Role of the Superintendent
The Superintendent is the Chief Executive Officer of the Board and the Chief Education Officer of the Division. The Superintendent reports directly to the corporate Board, and is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the conduct and operation of the Division. All Board authority delegated to the staff of the Division is delegated through the Superintendent.
Specific Areas of Responsibility:
1. Student Welfare The Superintendent shall:
1.1. Ensure that the social, physical, intellectual, cultural and emotional growth needs of students are met in the overall school environment.
1.2. Ensure the accommodation, safety and welfare of students while participating in school programs or while being transported to or from school programs on transportation provided by the Division.
1.3. Ensure that learning environments contribute to the development of skills and habits necessary for the world of work, post-secondary studies, life-long learning and citizenship.
2. Educational Leadership The Superintendent shall:
2.1. Ensure students in the Division have the opportunity to meet the standards of education set by the Minister.
2.2. Implement education policies established by the Minister and the Board.
2.3. Ensure that leadership is the shared responsibility of everyone within the organization and build leadership capacity.
2.4. Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning by participation in professional organizations and development activities.
3. Fiscal Responsibility The Superintendent shall:
3.1. Ensure the fiscal management of the Division is in accordance with the terms or conditions of any funding received by the Board under the School Act or any other applicable Act or regulation.
3.2. Ensure the Division operates in a fiscally responsible manner, including adherence to recognized accounting procedures.
4. Personnel Management The Superintendent shall:
4.1. Have overall authority and responsibility for all personnel-related matters except the development of mandates for collective bargaining and those personnel matters precluded by Board policy, legislation or collective agreements.
4.2. Ensure that the processes regarding grievances, as described within existing collective agreements, are followed.
5. Policy The Superintendent shall:
5.1. Provide leadership in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Board policies.
6. Superintendent / Board Relations The Superintendent shall:
6.1. Establish and maintain positive, respectful, professional working relations with the Board and endeavour to ensure staff interacts with the Board in a similar manner.
6.2. Respect and honour the Board’s role and responsibilities, and facilitate the implementation of that role as defined in Board policy.
6.3. Provide the information which the Board requires to perform its role.
6.4. Ensure that the relationship between the office of the Superintendent and the corporate Board demonstrates mutual support and that this is conveyed to the entire staff and to the community.
7. Planning and Accountability The Superintendent shall:
7.1. Demonstrate effective organizational skills resulting in Division compliance with all legal, Ministerial and Board mandates and timelines.
7.2. Report to the Minister with respect to matters identified in and required by the School Act.
7.3. Facilitate the three-year education planning process including the development of Division goals, budget, facilities and transportation plans and implement plans as approved.
7.4. Involve the Board in the establishment of strategic priorities and key results early in the process, with final Board approval.
8. Communications and Community Relations The Superintendent shall:
8.1. Take actions to ensure open, transparent, positive internal and external communications are developed and maintained.
8.2. Keep the Board informed through the provision of monitoring reports.
8.3. Strive to ensure that parents and students have a high level of satisfaction with the services provided and the responsiveness of the Division.
8.4. Strive to maintain effective relationships within the system and the community served by the system.
8.5. Act as, or designate, the head of the organization for the purposes of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.
9. Leadership Practices The Superintendent shall:
9.1. Practice leadership in a manner that is viewed positively and has the support of those with whom the Superintendent works most directly in carrying out the directives of the Board and the Minister.
9.2. Develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with provincial and municipal government departments, external agencies and provincial organizations.
9.3. Ensure that meaningful collaboration arises from relationships built on trust, honesty and respect.