Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Mercer County Special Services | Hamilton, NJ


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Posted Date 4/28/2022
Expiration Date5/28/2022

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction


Qualifications: Possession of Standard valid NJ School Administrator Certificate and/or Certificate of Eligibility.  Experience as a Building Principal, Program Director, Supervisor, and/or Central Office Administrator.  Leadership skills in the areas of curriculum development, program evaluation, staff development, and school improvement.  Special Education experience preferred.  Must pass criminal history background check and have proof of US citizenship or legal resident alien status.


Reports to: Superintendent of Schools


Position Summary:   The Assistant Superintendent, either directly or through the proper delegation of authority, provides leadership in the planning, development, coordination, evaluation of the district’s Pre-K-12 curriculum/instructional programs, district-wide professional development programs and services, and supervises all certified and non-certified staff for which he/she is responsible. 


Essential Duties:   The Assistant Superintendent has the duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this position, including, but not limited to the following which are performed directly or through the proper delegation of authority, within the framework of the general laws of New Jersey, the regulations of the NJ State Department of Education, the policies, and rules of Mercer County Special Services School District (MCSSSD).


Responsibilities:  The Assistant Superintendent is responsible for the areas of administration, curriculum and instruction, and professional development. The Assistant Superintendent will assume responsibility as requested by the Superintendent in the following areas and specific duties, including but not limited to:




The Assistant Superintendent shall:

  1. Assist the Superintendent in the general operations of the district, including but not limited to supervision of the district instructional programs and services, personnel, fiscal and facility planning, preparation of the official forms and documents, response to requests from agencies and the public as approved by the Superintendent.
  2. Assist the Superintendent as a member of his/her cabinet.
  3. Evaluate the operation of programs and make recommendations to the Superintendent for changes in policy, procedures and/or program implementation as necessary.
  4. Ensure implementation of programs in accordance with Administrative Code.
  5. Design and implement district wide in-service training.
  6. Attend Board meetings and prepare such reports for the Board as the Superintendent may request, attend, and preside over other meetings as the Superintendent designates.
  7. Exhibit respect and support for and adherence to goals, objectives, policies, and procedures approved by the Board.
  8. Share in upholding and enforcing rules, administrative regulations, and the policies of the Board.
  9. Assist the Superintendent and the Business Administrator in developing and maintaining budgets for special projects under grants and service agreements.
  10. Report regularly to the Superintendent on any developments or problems within the district coming to his/her attention and requiring the Superintendent’s awareness or action.
  11. Communicate to the Superintendent the requirements and needs of the district as perceived by staff members.
  12. Interpret state laws and district policies related to curriculum.
  13. In collaboration with the Human Resource Manager, plan and administer an effective system for the recruitment, selection, and assignment of professional personnel and substitute staff.
  14. Provide leadership in monitoring of all assessments, including federal, state, and local measures of accountability.
  15. Provide guidance, oversight, supervision and evaluation of all principals, directors, and supervisors in the effective evaluation and supervision of personnel.
  16. At the request of the Superintendent participate in the management of all grievance, arbitration, and tenure matters.
  17. Assist with the interpretation of all bargaining agreement language.
  18. Supervise all reductions in force.
  19. Implement all Board policies and regulations, State Board of Education rules and regulations, and statues regarding the employment of personnel.
  20. Take responsibility for accuracy of the County District School (CDS) Information System and CDS Handbook.
  21. Act as the Superintendent’s designee during grievance, arbitration, unemployment compensation hearings, Commissioner of Education level personnel matters, and other litigation upon the Superintendent’s request.

Curriculum and Instructional Supervision


The Assistant Superintendent shall:

  1. Plan for the implementation of all educational programs and curriculum alignment with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and New Jersey Learning Standards.
  2. Chair the districts’ curriculum committee, set agendas, and monitor implementation.
  3. Define and implement best practices and continuous improvement strategies with high expectations for performance.
  4. Provide staff leadership to ensure understanding of the educational objectives of the district’s plans and administer programs of in-service educational activities for instructional personnel.
  5. Work with principals and supervisors in organizing and coordinating grade level, level alike, PreK-12 articulation, and departmental meetings, to affect articulation of the instructional program through the district.
  6. Assume a leadership role in development curriculum for any course newly mandated by the Legislature or the NJ Department of Education.
  7. Plan and coordinate district-wide evaluation of curriculum reviews and development.
  8. Direct creation of all curriculum guides and materials prepared by and to be distributed among the instructional staff.
  9. Recommend adoption of new instructional programs, texts, and materials.
  10. Accumulate and disseminate to administration and instructional staff any information on new educational research and instruction.
  11. Report on the status of the district’s programs and services at the request of the Superintendent through public presentations and other methods of communication.
  12. Assist in interpreting the present educational program and curriculum with proposed curriculum changes to the Board at the request of the Superintendent.
  13. Collaborate and monitor curriculum grant opportunities in consortium with other districts.

Professional Development


The Assistant Superintendent shall:

  1. Assume a leadership role in fostering professional growth by planning for a multitude of opportunities for staff development, in-service programs, and conferences based upon the district’s priorities for instructional improvement.
  2. Develop and administer the professional development budget.
  3. Arrange new teacher orientation programs on teaching procedures, materials for instruction and pupil-teacher relationships.
  4. Disseminate materials and information related to the latest developments within the education process.
  5. Develop and administer in-service programs and conferences for the professional staff based upon the district’s priorities for instructional improvement.
  6. Provide opportunities for teachers to be involved in curriculum development and revision.


Additional Responsibilities:

Perform additional duties as directed by the Superintendent or his/her designee.


Evaluation of Performance:

Performance of this position will be evaluated annually by the Superintendent in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative Code and the Board’s policies for the Evaluation of Administrators.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described in this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.


Terms of Employment:

12-month contract-non-affiliated

Salary and benefits as determined by the Board of Education


The information contained in this job description is a Board of Education Guideline and may be changed at any time as Mercer County Special Services School District needs necessitate.  Further, this job description does not constitute a written employment contract.


The Mercer County Special Services School District guarantees equal opportunities to all, regardless of race, color, age, creed, gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, nationality, or sex.


Americans with Disabilities Act Statement:

External and internal applicants, as well as employees who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential functions listed on this job description either unaided or with reasonable accommodations.  The Mercer County Technical Schools’/Mercer County Special Services Schools’ Superintendent shall determine reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law; in the event such a determination becomes necessary.





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