The Superintendent in Residence, Leadership & Systems Development will be responsible for supporting and developing public school leaders to improve the quality of education for all students.  The primary responsibility will be in mentoring and coaching superintendents and other district leaders through ASCD programs and services in the areas of leadership development and system-wide transformation and/or changes with an emphasis on curriculum, equity, SEL, ELL, and closing student achievement gaps.  This role will work collaboratively with our ASCD Managing Director of Educator Success and our ASCD authors and faculty to ensure the content and structure of our leadership and system-wide implementations of change are aligned to the latest research and are meeting the needs of our districts and schools.  Piloting new leadership services and system-wide implementations is a major responsibility within this role. This leader will spend time on our community platform engaging leaders across the country on current topics, events, and challenges.  Internally, this role will be a critical subject matter expert resource for each of the departments across the organization in the areas of messaging, sales, state-wide initiatives, product development, membership and more, to drive revenue and meet educators’ needs.


  • Provides both leadership coaching and mentoring services, both in-person and virtually.
  • Assists in growing the business by being a “door opener” and subject matter resource in the organization for our Sales team and being responsible for helping to grow revenue.
  • Works with the Managing Director of Educator Success and the Managing Director of Learning & Digital Learning Systems to develop and pilot new products and services in leadership and system-wide initiatives, such as Equity Audits, Curriculum Audits, etc.
  • Works with the ASCD Cadres to ensure our leadership services are aligned to the principles of the various cadres and act as a resource to our cadre leaders.
  • Leads the cadres dedicated to our Executive Coaching and Principal Development Services. 
  • Works with the Editor-in-Chief’s team to write articles, blogs, etc. as needed and with the Book Acquisitions team to review proposals, as needed.
  • Works with the Conferences team to present ASCD conference sessions and webinars, as needed. Attends and presents at other education conferences as an ASCD representative.
  • Co-leads the ASCD Emerging Leader program and contributes to the ASCD Community platform in the areas of leadership development and system-wide solutions, e.g.. Equity Audits, Curriculum Audits, etc.
  • Advises the internal teams around the district and school leadership roles and responsibilities, their processes, and challenges to better facilitate our understanding of how and when to go to market.
  • Advises the organization around current educational research and how it informs our work at ASCD
  • Provides a climate for motivation and innovation; supports positive working relationships with direct reports; establishes effective teamwork and collaboration practices; openly supports the organization’s direction, strategy, and employee programs; and is accountable for adhering to and upholding all applicable employment laws and the association’s operating protocols.


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field of study is preferred or eight or more years of work experience in K-12 district leadership roles.
  • Knowledge of how strategic and tactical plans are developed
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the district and schools needs and processes, including curriculum design, equity initiatives, and SEL skills.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in leadership development at both the school and district levels
  • Has a strong grasp of research in the field of Education
  • Understanding of the budgeting and financial streams within a school and district, e.g., Title I, ESSA funding, education grants, etc.
  • Extensive knowledge in implementing system-wide change and initiatives
  • Experience in working with school boards and communities
  • Extensive knowledge of the work of our top ASCD authors and how to operationalize some of their work in a district and school.

Skills and Abilities
  • Effective communication verbally and in writing
  • Effective facilitation of conversations, especially with district and school-level staff
  • Active listening
  • Dedication to life-long learning via education experts and modern research
  • Strategic planning and execution of those plans
  • Learning and use of web-based office applications for online collaboration, document/content management, and intranet management
  • Discrete handling of highly sensitive and confidential matters
  • Complete basic math calculations and data analysis.

Critical Success Factors / Leadership Attributes
  • Creates value for the organization
  • Possesses the ability to make meaning by keeping others well-informed on the big issues
  • Cultivates talent who contribute meaningfully to the organization
  • Seeks and applies new learning from a variety of disciplines and addressing obstacles immediately and directly
  • Recognizes the importance of acting together by encouraging imagination and creating opportunities for others to step up and contribute
  • Executes accountably by creating clear plans to achieve goals and monitoring costs, progress, and results
  • Continuously reinvents by demonstrating the ability to change
  • Leads self by setting a personal example of authenticity and inspiring others to want to follow his or her lead.

  • 10 or more years of experience in K-12 School and District leadership and supervisory positions
  • Experience with system-wide implementations
  • Experience with change management and transformative initiatives
  • Experience in working in different types of school districts, (rural, mid-size, and large, high ELL, high free and reduced lunches, and high performing)
  • Demonstrated success in closing achievement gaps

  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment
  • The noise level is generally quiet to moderate
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to remain at a desk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to communicate and exchange information with others.
  • Ability to move about to coordinate work in areas of varying heights.
  • Ability to perceive and inspect records in a document management system.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment.
  • Ability to travel to off-site meetings up to 60%.
  • Ability to lift, carry, move, or position objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

This position description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

This is a full time position

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