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Wayland Union Schools Superintendent Selection Criteria

The Wayland Union School District is seeking a strong, collaborative leader to work with the board, staff, and community to create a successful educational experience for all students. The Board of Education has identified the following criteria for selecting its next superintendent:


  • Possesses a strong background in K-12 education, administration, curriculum, and instruction
  • Record of success in past positions including improving achievement for all students
  • Proven experience with finance and effective budget management
  • Demonstrates a collaborative leadership style
  • Implements professional development and identifies and cultivates leadership opportunities for staff
  • Uses data driven strategies in decision-making processes and curriculum development
  • Actively engages and responds to community
  • Excels in instructional leadership for students with different abilities and interests
  • Is an ambassador for public education at the local, county, and state levels


  • Proven experience with strategic planning with all stakeholders and the ability to inspire others toward the shared district vision
  • Can identify and prioritize both short-term and long-term goals
  • Identifies emerging trends, anticipates their impact, and develops strategies to address them
  • Progressive with technology and able to integrate as appropriate into the learning process and operational systems


  • Effectively oversees budget and finances
  • Is a collaborative decision-maker and follows through on implementation
  • Explains district decisions and provides timely feedback to stakeholders
  • Supports and defends districts decisions
  • Respects, values, recognizes, and supports all staff members
  • Efficient and effective management of operations and facilities
  • Successfully collaborates with staff, including labor relations and negotiations
  • Skilled in conflict resolution
  • Develops and empowers the leadership team and school improvement teams of the district


  • Is honest, ethical, and transparent
  • Must build trust in the school district and community
  • Is an effective listener and communicator
  • Is engaging, visible, approachable, and accessible to staff, students and community
  • Uses common sense, treats others with empathy and respect
  • Displays strong leadership skills that builds support with staff and community
  • Will become part of the community and lead by example

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