SUPERINTENDENT, PROVINCIAL AND DEMONSTRATION SCHOOLS BRANCH (2)

Job Title:
SUPERINTENDENT, PROVINCIAL AND DEMONSTRATION SCHOOLS BRANCH (2)
Category:
Job Location:
The successful candidates will have the option of working out of one of the following school sites:
• 350 Dundas Street West, Belleville
• 255 Ontario Street South, Milton
• 350 Brant Avenue, Brantford
• 1515 Cheapside Drive, London
Employer:
Ministry of Education, Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch
Description-Job Posting:

Apply by: Monday, June 14, 2021 11:59 pm EDT.

Job Term: 2 Temporary contract/assignment of up to 24 months with the possibility of extension
Job Code: M1208A – Prog Planning & Evaluation09
Salary: $98,028.00 – $146,668.00 Per Year
Posting Status: Open Targeted
Job ID: 164811

The Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch (PDSB) is a centre of excellence that operates schools and residences serving Ontario students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, low vision, Deafblind and students who have severe learning disabilities. Business offices, schools and their residences are located in Belleville, Milton, Brantford, and London.

There are two (2) Superintendent positions available as follows:

Superintendent – Provincial Schools and Operations:
The position includes responsibility for schools and residences as well as other portfolios and departments related to operations and student achievement. In the Schools for the Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of instruction.

The beginning portfolio for this position will be overseeing Provincial Schools, the Resource Services departments, and Operations.

Superintendent – Demonstration Schools and Curriculum:
The position includes responsibility for schools and residences as well as other portfolios related to operations and student achievement.

The beginning portfolio for this position will focus on Demonstration Schools’ program and operations and curriculum and capacity development programs for the system.

The Superintendent of Education positions at PDSB are fixed term positions available on a 24-month basis with the possibility of extension. Positions are open to Ontario Public Service, Provincial Schools Authority and Ontario School Board personnel as a secondment/temporary assignment opportunity. Assignments may be extended up to five years. Some travel, as needed, between sites is required for these positions.

PDSB is looking for two (2) transformational, inclusive, and innovative instructional leaders to join the senior team supporting school and residence operations, staff development, and student achievement and well-being. The senior team is seeking a collaborative team player who has a demonstrated track record of success with leading and managing change, staff and leadership development, evidence-based decision-making and ongoing data analysis, and continuous improvement to support achieving excellence in teaching and learning. PDSB is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

Interested candidates will be required to indicate which Superintendent position they are applying to such as:
(PDSB21-067) Superintendent, Provincial Schools and Operations
(PDSB21-068) Superintendent, Demonstration Schools and Curriculum

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) Leadership Behaviours defines what it means to be a leader by the following expected attributes and behavioural competencies:
• We are responsible for being a leader by demonstrating authenticity, accountability and courage.
• We are innovative for the future by embracing positive disruption, a future mindset and by developing each other, every day.
• We are collaborative by leading with a common purpose, being inclusive and driving people centered outcomes.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, remote work arrangements are currently in effect. The employer is willing to consider remote work arrangements beyond COVID-19, however, attendance at the office will be required as needed.

Interviews for this competition will be taking place in a virtual environment on June 29 & 30, 2021. Start date is tentatively scheduled for August 16, 2021.

The successful candidates will have the option of working out of one of the following school sites:
• 350 Dundas Street West, Belleville
• 255 Ontario Street South, Milton
• 350 Brant Avenue, Brantford
• 1515 Cheapside Drive, London

What can I expect to do in this role?
As a Superintendent of Education for the Provincial Schools and Operations, you will:
• build a shared vision of continuous improvement for service excellence to support student achievement and well-being for students in PDSB’s Schools for the Deaf, School for the Blind and Deafblind and for preschool to Gr 12+ students in the province who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, Low Vision, and Deafblind
• support system operations through issues management, grievance procedures, and collaboration with our union partners

As a Superintendent of Education for the Demonstration Schools and Curriculum, you will:

• build a shared vision of continuous improvement for service excellence to support student achievement and well-being for students in PDSB’s Demonstration Schools (for students with learning disabilities), District School Boards, and with the Learning Services curriculum support team
• build and coach system support teams to provide training and support to staff related to PDSB’s strategic priorities
• develop and refine onboarding and in-service programs to develop PDSB staff
• establish and provide ongoing leadership development programs for staff

Both Superintendents of Education will also:

• build a culture around service and develop trusting relationships and mutual respect that focus on student success with staff, students, families, union partners, and PDSB stakeholders
• hold responsibility for schools and residences and other assigned portfolios and ensure consistency and individual accountability to align behaviours to system goals and values
• lead ongoing evidence-based development of the instructional program
• foster ongoing development of coaching skills with system leaders and staff
• communicate clearly at all levels and cascade two-way communication practices across the branch
• develop integrated strategic priorities and system and school/residence improvement and action plans that prioritize student-centered decision-making and excellence in teaching and learning
• monitor growth and progress of strategic priorities and improvement actions using targeted metrics and identify strategic responses based on data trends
• align programs and supports based on current scientific evidence-base
• work collaboratively with the senior management team, with union partners, and model and support collaborative professionalism across the branch
• lead, navigate, and manage ongoing transformational change across branch departments
• coach, develop, and manage system leaders to effectively support teaching, support staff including issues management, working with multiple bargaining agents
• lead and develop legislative and policy initiatives ensuring development, communication and compliance
• seek and provide feedback and support to various departments and divisions within the Ministry of Education and partner ministries

How do I qualify?
Mandatory:
• You must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers.
• You must have a Supervisory Officer Certificate or be in the process of completing. (by August 31, 2021)
• For the Superintendent, Provincial Schools and Operations, you must have a Deaf Specialist, Blind Specialist or Deafblind Specialist qualification or be in the process of completing (by August 31, 2021)
• For the Superintendent, Demonstration Schools and Curriculum, you must have a Special Education Specialist qualification or be in the process of completing (by August 31, 2021)
• You must have awareness of the ASL community/culture and Deaf community/culture.

Preferred qualifications and capacities:
• Reading Specialist qualifications
• Math Part 1 Additional qualification
• Qualifications in all divisions (primary, junior, intermediate and senior)
• An effective ability to communicate in ASL is considered an asset for this position

Leadership skills:
• You build collaborative, proactive, focused, and motivated teams
• You inspire a passion for excellence, innovation, efficiency, and continuous improvement
• You build trust and lead staff in a unionized environment and have experience working with collective agreements
• You lead and manage organizational culture change through an asset lens, transparency, collaboration, and trust
• You lead with vision, an asset lens, a focus on equity and inclusion, and inspire a commitment to purpose with a team-first attitude
• You collaboratively develop strategic action plans and monitor and respond to their impact
• You make and own difficult decisions and take calculated risks with a clear focus on values, vision and objectives
• You take initiative, persistently execute action plans on time, and independently set work plans

Strategic thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills:
• You foster and participate actively in a culture of curiosity and ‘out of the box’ thinking
• You are a creative and collaborative problem solver who leverages human capital and ensures alignment and coherence of processes, programs, and actions to the vision and strategic priorities
• You have analytical, research, and problem-solving skills and display political acuity and professionalism when dealing with complex and/or contentious situations
• You have the courage to challenge others in ways that inspire and motivate them to initiate, connect dots, and drive strategic actions and ideas
• You identify and establish solutions to issues that result in proactive processes for the future

Stakeholder management skills:
• You identify new skill sets and mindsets that are needed and work with internal and external stakeholders and partners to develop them
• You have experience and success with building and maintaining trusting relationships across the organization, with stakeholders, and with external partners.
• You have coalition-building skills and you build trusting relationships to set direction and take action on strategic goals
• You model and expect professionalism, integrity, proactivity, and transparency
• You communicate clearly and with political acuity, provide briefings on program issues, and are able to represent the ministry with school boards, teachers and parents

Specialized knowledge:
• You have project management skills and use them to set goals and priorities, meet deadlines, and measure progress
• You are digitally literate and leverage digital solutions to streamline and manage organizational processes and programs
• You have knowledge of legislation, professional regulations, policy, priorities and directions related to education in Ontario
• You have an understanding of and experience with strategic planning and developing system strategic action plans for improvement of system operations, processes and policies. You have a keen understanding of Deaf culture, ASL and/or Braille and expanded core curriculum content and pedagogy, and/or bi-bi pedagogy (Superintendent, Provincial Schools and Operations)
• You have a keen understanding of severe learning disabilities and of math and literacy curriculum content and pedagogy (Superintendent, Demonstration Schools and Curriculum)

Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Anti-Racism:
The OPS is an innovative, responsive and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversifying leadership is a top priority for the OPS. Our goal is to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most underrepresented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) on our leadership teams.

The OPS is collecting socio-demographic information to identify potential barriers and help underrepresented groups to achieve equal opportunity to senior leadership roles. We invite you to contribute to our efforts in building a more diverse, inclusive and accessible OPS by completing our voluntary survey.

The OPS is an accessible employer and we offer accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process. Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

Interviews for this competition will be taking place in a virtual environment on June 29 & 30, 2021. Start date is tentatively scheduled for August 16, 2021.

Additional Information
Address:
• 2 Temporary, duration up to 24 months, 255 Ontario St S, Milton, Central Region or 350 Dundas St W, Belleville, East Region or 350 Brant Ave, Brantford, West Region or 1515 Cheapside St, London, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check
Compensation Group: Management Compensation Plan
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Schedule: 6
Category: Management and General
Posted on: Monday, May 31, 2021

Note:

• In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual’s employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, June 14, 2021 11:59 pm EDT. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.
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