Executive Director-Secondary Learning

The School District of Springfield R-12

Executive Director-Secondary Learning

Job Title:  Executive Director-Secondary Learning

Reports to:  Deputy of Academics


Work Schedule/FLSA Status:  Exempt, per contract agreement

Social Security Contribution:  Ineligible


Salary:  $106,921-$141,149 annually (Salary Schedule- A180), commensurate with experience


Purpose Statement

The Springfield, Missouri Public School District is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director, Secondary Learning.


The Springfield School District is Missouri’s largest public school district and has built a reputation of academic excellence based on the outstanding performance of our students and schools. About 25,000 students attend 36 elementary schools, an intermediate school, 9 middle schools, 5 high schools, and a variety of alternative education and choice programs.


The Executive Director, Secondary Learning will direct and monitor the implementation of processes related to teaching and learning in secondary schools and programs. The Executive Director will support principals and department leaders through the evaluation of results and implementation of improvement cycles resulting in high levels of student engagement and academic achievement.


Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the academic success of the secondary division, including in part, leadership excellence and instructional supports.
  • Supports principals in all matters related to the leadership of schools for the purpose of promoting high levels of student engagement and achievement
  • Directs and evaluates improvement cycles based upon the performance of schools and leaders, maintaining alignment to the vision of the Learning Division and the District’s strategic plan for the purpose of continuously improving results
  • Responsible for capacity building, on-going growth and development of secondary leadership, including principal, assistant principals and future leaders.
  • Collaborates with other executive directors within the Learning Division along with other members of the leadership team for the purpose of aligning supports to students
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of principals and other direct reports for the purpose of continuously improving performance
  • Responds to escalated issues arising from the operation of schools for the purpose of resolving issues in a matter consistent with policy, practice, or strategic plans
  • Collaborates with members of the Board of Education as directed by the Chief Learning Officer for the purposes of responding to inquiries and presenting results
  • Collaborates with educators throughout the system for the purposes of developing innovative approaches to learning and providing support
  • Develops and manages budgets, allocations, expenditures, fund balances and related financial activities for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed
  • Performs personnel administrative functions (e.g. hiring, counseling, training, supervising, evaluating, providing professional development opportunities, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining necessary staffing, enhancing productivity of staff, and ensuring necessary department/program outcomes are achieved
  • Prepares a wide variety of often complex materials (e.g. schedules, curriculums, plans, budgets, funding requests, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities and issues, meeting compliance requirements, providing audit references, making presentations, and/or providing supporting materials for requested actions
  • Presents information on a variety of topics related to administrative responsibilities (e.g. programs, schedules, activities, financial information, overviews of related data, policies and procedures, etc.) for the purposes of providing general information, training others, and implementing actions
  • Responds to issues involving staff, conflicts in policies and regulations, community concerns, parental requests that may result in some negative impact and/or liability if not appropriately addressed for the purpose of identifying the relevant issues and recommending or implementing a plan of action that will efficiently resolve the issue


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in job-related area, required;
  • Doctorate degree in job-related area, preferred.
  • Job related experience, required
  • Experience in senior or central office leadership with increasing levels of responsibility, preferred


Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Background clearance, the results of which must be satisfactory to the District, required

Certificates and Licenses

  • Administrator Certification as required by the MO Department of Education, required. 


The School District of Springfield R-12 is an equal opportunity employer who participates in the E-Verify program. Any interested applicants must go to www.sps.org/jobs and apply to be considered.