Draft of Desired Characteristics for Superintendent

After seeking input from its members, parents, faculty, staff, students, and community via focus groups, interviews, and an online survey, the Fairfax County School Board seeks a strong educational leader who possesses skills and beliefs in the following areas:

  • Visionary Leadership
    The proven ability to think and plan strategically and to anticipate the future in order to develop outstanding programs and services capable of addressing the interests of the whole child and meeting the needs of the full spectrum of learners attending Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Meaningful Communication and Engagement
    The willingness to authentically engage all stakeholder groups in decision-making by communicating regularly, transparently, and sincerely as information and viewpoints are discussed and considered.
  • Instructional and Organizational Excellence
    The knowledge of research-based best practices, the ability to implement them through effective and efficient use of the financial, human, facility, and time resources available within the system, and the talent to find unique and innovative solutions to problems which look beyond the issues and solutions on the table.
  • Collaboration and Team Building
    The relationship skills to build a strong board/administration leadership team, to develop a sense of partnership with staff, parents, and community members, and to work collaboratively with the Fairfax County government and leadership in order to build consensus around the collective needs within Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Continuous Improvement and Systems Thinking
    The desire to determine constituents' expectations, define priorities, secure resources, align processes, deploy personnel, and implement meaningful change efforts in order to continually improve the performance of Fairfax County Public Schools.
  • Advocate for All Children
    The strength to make decisions and commit resources to serve all children's needs and to guide the system in closing the achievement gap.

With regard to leadership experiences and accomplishments, the successful candidate will:

  • Be or be able to be certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Have a demonstrated track record of success working in a high expectation, diverse community and helping to improve opportunities and learning for all children.


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