Cambridge Public Schools
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

Cambridge, Massachusetts is a dynamic, diverse urban community with a strong commitment to investing in our public schools. Rich in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity, the Cambridge Public Schools are committed to academic excellence and social justice, with rigorous, joyful and culturally responsive instruction for all students.

With approximately 8,000 students Gr. PreK-12  in 18 schools, an annual operating budget of $201M in FY 20, and a per pupil expenditure exceeding $29,000/student, Cambridge is a well-resourced urban school district from financial, educational, and community and civic perspectives.  

The Role:

The Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education reports directly to the Superintendent of Schools and provides senior level leadership and oversight of academic outcomes and the overall educational experiences of students in Cambridge’s 12 Gr. Pre-K -5 elementary schools, which offer a variety of educational programs ranging from dual language immersion in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese to a public Montessori school. This position also oversees the district’s early childhood programs.

The Assistant Superintendent is a member of the district’s Administrative Council and Superintendent’s Cabinet. Major responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership coaching, guidance and supervision to Principals with emphasis on quality instruction, student engagement, social emotional learning and standards implementation.
  • Lead the development and implementation of processes for implementing change and improving student achievement so that all students succeed.
  • Oversee and monitor the implementation of School Improvement Plans, including goals related to academic outcomes, school climate and culture, and family partnership. 
  • Lead Gr. Pre-K-5 budget planning and implementation of programs and initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other senior level administrators to assist the Superintendent in meeting district goals and managing district operations. 
  • Provide information and recommendations to the Superintendent and School Committee on matters relative to curriculum, instruction, staff development and professional learning, accountability, and other matters of general district concern.
  • Represent the Superintendent and the district in various community, civic groups, professional, partnership and state level meetings and initiatives, and lead committees/task forces with city, higher education, community and industry partners. 
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate Principals and other direct reports.
  • Address and facilitate the development of effective solutions to issues and problems as they may arise, both short and long term.
  • Follow through on other duties as assigned or expected by the Superintendent.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Educational Leadership or related field required. Doctorate degree desirable.  At least ten years previous experience in public education to include experience as a classroom teacher and as a Principal, or comparable experience, preferably in an urban school district. Possess or be able to gain Massachusetts DESE educator license in the area Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent.

Your Skill Set:

An inclusive and thoughtful leader with an appreciation for and commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion. A clear vision of educational excellence, and what effective schools look like in action.  Approach goals and areas of challenge confidently and with a high degree of emotional intelligence. Active listener with strong people management skills. Readily accessible and responsive; Ability to motivate principals and staff to gear up and move towards common goals. Values visibility as a leader and makes spending time in schools a priority. Communicates clearly and in a way that avoids confusion or ambiguity. Takes risks and is creative in problem solving. Makes informed and effective decisions promptly and with a sense of urgency. Effective meeting, project planning and writing skills. Commitment to own professional growth and lifelong learning. Sense of humor and perspective. Follows up and follows through.


Terms of Employment

Salary:  $160,161 – $172,597 plus generous benefits package

Work Year:  12 months (260 days). 

This position requires frequent evening and periodic weekend attendance at meetings and other work. Must be able to travel between multiple locations on a daily basis, and to periodically engage in regional and national travel. 

The Cambridge Public Schools is committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.

To Apply:

If you are interested in this leadership position, please email a letter of interest, resume, and three letters of reference to Dr. Ray Shurtleff, The Collins Center for Public Management, UMass Boston, at Further information about the Assistant Superintendent search process, including job descriptions, is available at the CPS website:

For further inquiries, please feel free to contact the Collins Center search consultant, Dr. Ray Shurtleff, at

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 27, 2020