Under the supervision of the Associate Superintendent of Instruction, the Chief Officer of Middle Schools is responsible for the management, direction, supervision, and evaluation of the teaching and learning process within all middle schools in the division, grades 6-8. This individual in collaboration with members of the instructional team carries out the strategic vision and direction of the Superintendent for the curricular framework and pedagogical approach to the district’s middle school academic programs. The Chief Officer of Middle Schools serves as the leader, spokesperson, and resident expert on curriculum, instruction, pedagogy, and learning at the middle school level. In addition, the position works to establish a culture of high expectations and shared responsibility for equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction. This role works to create authentic partnerships between district offices and schools to ensure not only closer alignment of district resources with school needs to implement an instructional plan for the district’s middle schools, but also effective teaching in every classroom. The position plays a critical role in helping to create conditions that ensure systemic improvement of practice over time in every middle school classroom.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE Master’s degree required. Eligible for a license issued by the Virginia Department of Education with an endorsement in Administration & Supervision required. Minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible and successful service as a secondary administrator required. Recent successful division level leadership experience desired. Track record of improving academic outcomes for students and eliminating disparities in achievement, opportunities and services for students.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Ability to support Principals to ensure high quality implementation of each school’s educational design, including school culture, standards, assessments, and instructional guidelines. Knowledge of best practices and effective equity strategies for the instruction of diverse learners. Current on the national trends and research in those areas. Demonstrates belief and holds self and others accountable for reaching high academic achievement of all students. Comfortable addressing matters of equity, race, and bias in decision-making. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver programming that drives improved academic performance for all students.
Comfortable pushing a group’s thinking and challenging ideas to enable better decisions. Ability to navigate political structures, relationships, and dynamics to improve results for students. Ability to actively listen to others, understand nuances, and effectively interpret motivations/perceptions. Able to integrate feedback from others to achieve better results. Ability to communicate effectively, tailoring message for the audience, context, and mode of communication. Ability to build positive relationships and coalitions as well as work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels (i.e. district staff, students, families, communities, advocacy groups, etc.). Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze data, identify trends, and diagnose root causes with a strong focus on goals and results. Ability to set clear metrics for success. Ability to create environments that encourages systemic improvement of practice over time. Knowledge of how to build and lead effective teams to achieve ambitious goals. Ability to conceptualize, initiate, monitor, and evaluate new and/or current programs.
About Stafford County Public Schools
STAFFORD COUNTY is located in northern Virginia nestled 40 miles south of Washington, D.C. and
55 miles north of Richmond, Virginia right off the I-95 corridor. The Potomac River flows along the
eastern border of the county. Historical sites, as well as cultural and recreational opportunities, are
plentiful for the residents of Stafford County. Residents are able to travel 70 miles to reach the
Shenandoah National Forest and 160 miles to visit Virginia Beach. The University of Mary Washington,
ranked by Forbes as a 2018 America’s Top College, is located in the adjacent City of Fredericksburg with
a graduate campus in Stafford County.
STAFFORD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS is home to 17 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 5
high schools, the Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning and two (2) early childhood learning centers.
The district’s enrollment of approximately 29,000 PK-12 students is supported by almost 4,000
contracted staff members and an operating budget of over $300 million. We take pride in our great
diversity and highly professional staff.