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Leadership and Vision through Equity

  • Lead the research and evaluation necessary to determine and improve types of programs needed by the students, staff and schools and makes appropriate recommendations to the Superintendent.
  • Guide district personnel to educational excellence with equity for all, by endeavoring to provide highly effective teaching and learning options for students from every background.
  • Support the establishment of mutual respect and equal human dignity across the entire school community.
  • Provides for continuous evaluation and assessment of the district’s curricular and instructional programs in order to measure their effectiveness and make changes to enhance their impact on student learning.
  • Serves on external committees and boards to support the academic programs and mission of the district and gather information on visions and effective applications in education .
  • Remains abreast of developments and innovations in the field by reading current literature, attending professional society and association meetings and conferences, and discussing developments and problems of mutual interest with others in the field.
  • Evaluates district leaders as assigned by the Superintendent.
    Keeps informed of and interprets all laws, regulations, statutes, rules and policies affecting the educational services of the district.
  • Leads the Equity Leaders and equity work in the district.


Programs and Federal and State Compliance

  • Studies all federal and state legislation regarding student achievement and ensures district and school compliance in the areas of services and activities including Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Illinois School and Administrative Code requirements).
  • Assumes final responsibility for the writing of all proposals, the filing of all applications and the reporting requirements for federal and state monies.
  • Evaluates all federally and state funded projects in operation in the district on a regular basis.
  • Compiles and maintains written records and reports on results of all federal projects, and disseminates this information, as appropriate, to other educational institutions, the Illinois State Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Performs, or assigns as appropriate, the duties of the District’s Title I, Title II and Title III director and other state or federal mandated programs.
  • Supervises the Director of Language Acquisition who serves as the state mandated District Bilingual and ESL Director.
  • Supervises all high ability student programming including identification of students, coordination and training of staff and communication with parents.
  • Reports on the status of District programs and services at the request of the Superintendent.


  • Provides leadership in curriculum planning and professional development.
  • Provides leadership to facilitate understanding and promote the educational goals of the district.
  • Studies, evaluates, and recommends adoption of new instructional materials, methods, and programs, and assists in budget preparation for newly approved instructional programs as related to instructional supplies, equipment, and materials.
  • Support the development of curriculum and the purchasing of resources to support the wide range of identities of students in the district.
  • Coordinates all formal efforts of the certified staff in projects of curriculum and instruction improvement.
  • Works with administrators, Equity Leaders, specialists, curriculum coordinators and teacher committees in organizing and coordinating grade level and departmental meetings, in order to effect horizontal and vertical continuity and articulation of the curriculum and instructional programs throughout the district.
  • Communicates the approved curriculum to the certified staff and maintains a list of approved instructional materials.
  • Supports the instructional technology vision of Woodland that supports teaching and student learning at all levels through software selection, professional development and delivery, and other district-wide technology planning and policy development as needed.
  • Supports the Equity Leaders and other curricular leaders in their work to facilitate the integration of equity into curriculum.



  • Provides guidance to and works collaboratively with staff members in the planning, administration and evaluation of professional development activities.
  • Works with principals in the improvement of individual staff competencies to reflect instructional best practices.
  • Collaboratively works with principals and staff on best practice and effective evaluation techniques to improve the instruction provided in the district.  When needed provides training to all staff in the improvement of instructional techniques.
  • Facilitates instructional methods which reflect the needs of the diverse student enrollment through capacity-building activities.



  • Assumes responsibility for reviewing and evaluation results of District-wide testing programs, and for other evaluative measures used by the schools.
  • Develops, implements, interprets, and communicates the results of the district’s testing program to the entire school staff, to the Board, and to other interested parties.
  • Reviews assessment data to determine equity gaps and develops plans to reduce gaps in student achievement.  


Support Staff Professional Development

  • Works in collaboration with school administration and department leaders to determine professional development/training for all Support Staff.
  • Ensures that Directors and school administration facilitate the development of Support Staff throughout the district.
  • Supports school administration and department leaders in conducting quarterly new hire orientation sessions for all Support Staff as requested.



  • Supervises all departmental personnel as assigned.
  • Assists in the recruitment, screening and employment, training, assignment of instructional personnel.
  • Prepares drafts of needed Board policies, administrative rules and status reports for the Superintendent’s review and action.
  • Assists in the development and coordination of the sections of the budget that pertain to curriculum and instruction.
  • Works collaboratively with the schools and other departments in integrating and coordinating individual and collective efforts into a unified program for the district.
  • Studies federal legislation, projects and programs for the possibilities and opportunities they offer for educational grants, entitlements and allocations relevant to the needs of the district.



  • Performs such other tasks and assumes such other responsibilities as may from time to time be assigned by the Superintendent of Schools.



  • Planning and Preparation – Demonstrates knowledge of content and pedagogy, student needs, and available resources.  Effectively breaks down large organizational issues into attainable elements.  Manages the multitude of expectations in the role.
  • Communication – Fosters an environment of respect and collegial rapport.  Supports the leadership team in effectively communicating the plans, actions and programs related to curriculum, instruction and assessment.   
  • Leadership – Collaborates with staff, students, parents, community members and local and national educational leaders at all levels to build the best possible solutions to the complex challenges of the district. 
  • Professional Responsibility – Reflects on professional practice independently.  Determines areas of professional needs and develops solutions to increase capacity. 


Technical:       Uses digital tools including state systems, school district management tools and general office productivity tools, for example, district email system, Google platforms, Microsoft Office Suite, and the district’s attendance system.

Interpersonal: Works collaboratively with a team, makes difficult decisions that impact the district, works respectfully with students, parents, staff, and administration.  Communicates effectively with students, parents and staff.  Exhibits reasonableness in dealing with people.  Possesses strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.  Develops and maintains positive relationships with staff, parents, students, businesses and community.  Cope with deadline pressures; works harmoniously with the community, students, parents, staff, and administration, etc.; and follows directives given by Administration. Must also be a creative problem solver; and empathetic, humanistic and open-minded.



  1. Support the establishment of mutual respect and equal human dignity across the entire school community.
  2. Welcomes inclusion, equity and diversity.
  3. Have an unwavering commitment to the success of all students.
  4. Understanding that your identity may be different than students, parents, and staff, you are willing to put those differences aside for the success of all students.
  5. Regardless of the identities of students, staff, or parents, works collaboratively to build a successful relationship with them.
  6. Willingly anticipate, identify and adopt change.
  7. Engage in all job-related interactions and activities, with contacts from within and outside the district, in a courteous and professional manner.
  8. Communicate with styles that are approachable and respectful.
  9. Participate in professional development and training to become more effective and efficient.
  10. Take initiative to manage multiple tasks.
  11. Effectively organize work to be as productive as possible.



Manual Dexterity:   Work requires definite skilled and accurate physical operations requiring some closely coordinated performance.

Physical Effort:       Work requires handling average weight materials or equipment, but not for sustained periods.

Working Conditions:  Some exposure to definitely disagreeable elements may exist.  Must be able to travel to other district buildings and conferences.  Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time position, 260-Days, Exempt Status

SALARY RANGE:  Salary and benefits established by the Board of Education

EVALUATION: Conducted yearly     


  1. License: Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsement in General Administrative Superintendent endorsement preferred. 
    1. Required – Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision or Masters of Education in an area of curriculum, instruction or assessment.
    2. Preferred – Educational Doctorate or Doctor of Philosophy in the areas of administration and supervision, curriculum, instruction or assessment.
  2.  Experience:
    1. Required – Ten (10) years of successful public school district level leadership experience, which includes three (3) years of leadership at the school level. Proven experience leading other administrators. Illinois Qualified Teacher and Principal Evaluator.
    2. Preferred – Ten (10) years of leadership in a district level teaching and learning/curriculum and instruction department. Proven experience leading other administrators. Illinois Qualified Teacher and Principal Evaluator.


Salary and benefits established by the Board of Education


How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY:  External applicants should apply online at www.dist50.net and attach three letters of recommendations, resume and transcript(s) to the online application.
All applicants must be willing to interview in person and demonstrate skills through a situational analysis. Applicants will be contacted within three weeks if invited for an interview.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
Further information regarding this position may be obtained by contacting: 
            Mr. Robert Machak
            Superintendent of Schools
            (847) 596-5603

Link to District/Third Party Online Application Web Page


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