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Superintendent Job Description

The following is a sample job description for a Superintendent to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


The Superintendent of a school district is a general-purpose manager who oversees the daily operations of the district’s schools and other educational facilities. The Superintendent’s responsibilities include setting policies and procedures for professional development, curriculum development, marketing, building operations, and budgeting. They also oversee all administrative functions of the district—including finance, personnel, human resources, facilities management, technology and communications.

The Superintendent may also be responsible for transportation, food services and maintenance for schools. They are responsible for hiring staff members who are qualified to work in each school location (e.g., teachers).

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  • Develops and implements district-wide policies, procedures, and goals
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with community members and organizations within the district.
  • Coordinates all aspects of educational administration including personnel, budgeting, program planning, reporting requirements, etc.
  • Leading the district in developing and implementing a district vision and mission statement.
  • Developing and managing school budgets.
  • Developing a sustainable curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation for success in the 21st century.
  • Ensuring all students are achieving their maximum potential.
  • Maintaining high expectations for staff, students, and parents.


  • Master’s degree in educational leadership or equivalent experience. Doctorate degree is preferred.
  • 30 + hours of approved graduate preparation able the master’s degree.
  • Completion of state licensure requirements.
  • At least five to ten years’ experience as a principal.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups effectively (e.g., through planning, decision-making and delegation)
  • Possess good organizational skills.
  • Be punctual and able to work long hours.
  • Have a desire to learn new things; have a sense of humor.
  • Enjoy helping others learn new skills or improve existing ones.

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