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Assistant Superintendent

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Location: Fort Smith
Department: South Slave Divisional Education Council
Job ID: 18167
Salary: $116,630 - $166,608
Employment Type: Full-Time, Temporary
Closing Date: Open until filled

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Senior Management Occupation
This job opening is for a Senior Management Occupation. Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.
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Located on the Alberta border and gateway to the Wood Buffalo National Park, Fort Smith offers a wide variety of winter and summer sporting and cultural activities, including kayaking, fishing, golf, skiing, curling, tennis, squash, swimming pool, library and more amenities. It is a twelve to fourteen hour drive or a two hour flight available 6 days a week from Edmonton, Alberta. We also invite you to check out our web site at 

The South Slave Divisional Education Council Is seeking a highly motivated and exceptional educational leader to be a vital member of the senior administrative team.
Reporting to the Superintendent, this position offers an exciting opportunity and would appeal to an individual capable of providing multi-faceted leadership and Improving the achievement of all learners in a northern, cross-cultural setting
The South Slave schools enjoy a solid base of innovative and award winning students, staff and programs. With approximately 200 staff and an annual budget of over $29 million, the SSDEC serves 1300 students in eight schools in five communities on the southern shores of Great Slave Lake; Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Resolution, K'atlodeeche and Lutsel K'e. The Division takes great pride in its well ­established reputation of commitment to school improvement and student achievement. The collaborative working environment is a core strength and has been a foundation for the ongoing culture of respect, advocacy and learning.
The Assistant Superintendent has responsibility for K-12 programs, including curriculum / program implementation, staff in-service, student support services, capital planning, occupational health and safety, school improvement planning, and regional priorities (literacy/reading, numeracy, and social, responsibility). The position includes direct support and supervision of 5 program Consultants and 7 school Principals in collaboration with the Superintendent and Comptroller (senior leadership team). The more specific roles and responsibilities of the Assistant Superintendent will depend, in part, on the experience and expertise that the successful candidate brings to the division.

The Assistant Superintendent should

•  be regarded as having exceptional interpersonal qualities, consummate professionalism and be visibly committed to the Council's core principles for working and learning together;
•  have strong group facilitation skills, an orientation to providing support and empowering staff, and a history of leading by example within a team environment;
•  be an excellent communicator with exemplary writing skills. a high degree of technological proficiency, and an ability and commitment to community involvement and developing collaborative partnerships to supplement existing school programs and supports;
•  be committed to continuous improvement, with knowledge of the educational change process, an ability to promote research-based school improvement and instructional practices that result in improved student learning, and a proven record of implementation of successful educational initiatives;
•  be an accomplished leader in the areas of school organization, learning, curriculum, instruction and assessment, able to analyze and interpret data, and coordinate efforts within a culture-based and inclusive environment;
•  have exemplary skills in management, organization, analytical reasoning, strategic planning, problem solving and time management;
•  be a self-starter with a tremendous work ethic, a high degree of flexibility, an ability to work positively under pressure, and a willingness to travel extensively

Typically the above qualifications would be attained through the completion of an Undergraduate Degree in Education or another related field, a Master's Degree in Curriculum Development or Educational Leadership supplemented by 7 years of classroom teaching experience teaching in a K-12 school setting, 5 years of administrative experience in a K-12 school setting and 2 years of curriculum development experience. Eligibility for an NWT Teaching Certificate and NWT Principal Certification are also required.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Fort Smith HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 876

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

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Salary Information

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The salary range for this position is from $113,783 per annum to $162,552 per annum plus an annual Northern Allowance of $6,612

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory vulnerable sector check if they are contacted for an interview.  Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 18167    

Closing Date: Open Until Filled