Superintendent of Schools
Suffern Central School District
Hillburn, NY

The Suffern Central School District, an award winning and top-rated school district located in Hillburn, NY in Rockland County, is seeking a Superintendent of Schools. The district serves the 4,000 students residing in Airmont, Hillburn, Montebello, Sloatsburg, Suffern (including Viola), Tallman, and a section of Monsey.  The district offers five neighborhood elementary schools (Cherry Lane, Montebello, RP Connor, Sloatsburg, and Viola), Suffern Middle School and Suffern High School. 

The district is proud of its mission to educate students in the values, critical skills, and essential knowledge necessary to be informed and responsible citizen prepared to take the next steps in their education, careers, and lives in our diverse society.   The school community is focused on the success of all their students and provides a rich and exceptional array of academic, arts, athletic, music, and K-12 STEAM programs and extra-curricular activities to support students’ interests and further their accomplishments. The district enjoys the active and engaged support of their tightly knit and sought-after community. 

The Board of Education is seeking a leader who can build positive momentum around the district’s many successes and achievements to reinvigorate the appeal and dynamism of the community.

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Among the many hallmarks of the Suffern Central School District recently cited by staff, students, and residents are:

  • A high performing district that enjoys a history of excellence and a great reputation 
  • A district that excels in academics, athletics, and cultural programs
  • A district with comprehensive program offerings well beyond most school districts
  • A well-trained and dedicated faculty and staff 
  • A district with a rich culture and growing diversity
  • A community that is united and connected and cares for each other and for students
  • A district and community where people work well together
  • A community invested in the schools

Some of the major leadership challenges for the new superintendent, also cited by staff, students, and residents, are:

  • Addressing the changing demographics and growing diversity
  • Addressing the impact of declining enrollment and its impact on staffing and facilities
  • Leading the BOE through the process of enrollment decline 
  • Ensuring culturally responsive teaching to address increasing diversity
  • Enhancing efficiencies
  • Responding to the academic and economic impact of COVID 19

Following significant staff and community engagement, the Suffern Central School District Board of Education has approved the following specifications for its search for a new Superintendent.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An accomplished, courageous, and decisive leader, highly motivated and excited to lead a high-achieving and diverse public school district and further unite a committed and tightly knit community around its core mission to enhance and expand success for all students.
  • An innovative, purposeful, and politically savvy thinker who, with integrity, can navigate financial and demographic challenges while inspiring the highest levels of collaborative performance, productivity, and teamwork.
  • A student-focused and accessible educator with classroom experience who can adeptly and strategically accelerate curriculum and program innovation for all learners and will respect and engage the collective talents of faculty and staff and welcome input from the community to ensure academic consistency and equity.
  • A consummate communicator who values and practices open and honest dialogue and engages all stakeholders in a thoughtful and systematic process to make merit- and data-informed decisions in the best interests of the district.
  • A charismatic, humble, and passionate advocate for public education who can build positive momentum around the district’s many successes and achievements to reinvigorate the appeal and dynamism of the community.

The Board of Education is offering a regionally competitive compensation package.  New York State certification as School District Leader or School District Administrator is required for appointment.  Applications must be submitted online at by February 21, 2021 (click on “current searches”).   In addition to completing the basic application, candidates are asked to upload a cover letter describing how they meet the above criteria, together with their current resume.



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