Superintendent Search: Brochure & Invitation to Apply

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From the Niskayuna Board of Education

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of Superintendent of Schools

two students working on a laptop and a drone on the gym floorThe Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education is seeking a forward-looking, student-View the Printer-Friendly Superintendent Search Brochurefocused leader to be our next superintendent of schools. This individual will work with all members of our school community to guide our school district in pursuit of our newly established vision: An equitable community of lifelong learners.

The Board is working with the District Superintendent of the Capital Region BOCES to conduct a confidential process for the superintendent position. This process will be informed by the extensive community input we have gathered about our district and the characteristics desired in our next leader.

It is an exciting time to come to Niskayuna. We have a new vision and mission, and a strategic plan that emphasizes strengthening academic programs and school culture. We are moving forward with a comprehensive approach to diversity and equity, and a significant capital project that will transform middle-level education and athletic facilities for generations of students to come.

We seek an empathetic and collaborative educator who will learn and grow with our community. We thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

The Board of Education of the Niskayuna Central School District

Application Timeline & Procedures

Application Timeline

  • Application materials must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2021.
  • Anticipated appointment in January 2022
  • Anticipated start date March 1, 2022

Application Procedures

Candidates should submit the following by Oct. 31, 2021:

  • Cover letter, completed application, a current resume and a list of five professional references (Download a fillable application here)
  • All certificates, including New York State School District Administrator certificate

Materials should be sent to:

Anita Murphy
District Superintendent
Capital Region BOCES
900 Watervliet-Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 862-4901
To email the District Superintendent: sharon.kisby@neric.org.

About the Position

The Board of Education will offer a three-year contract with a regionally competitive salary, commensurate with the preparation, qualifications, experience and record of the successful candidate, as well as an attractive benefits package.

The Board expects the new superintendent to be involved in school and community events and activities. Residency is not required but will be strongly encouraged and incentivized.

Candidate Profile

photo of an elementary student giving a thumbs upThe following characteristics will be vital to the success of the candidate who becomes the next superintendent of the Niskayuna Central School District.

  • EXCELLENT COMMUNICATOR: The ability to build strong relationships through communication and trust. Someone who actively seeks input from others, listens intently, communicates well, and connects with people individually and in groups, both internally and externally. Skilled at putting the larger issues facing education and our school system into context to work side-by-side with community members to solve problems and capitalize on opportunities.
  • COLLABORATIVE: The willingness and ability to work in partnership with the board, staff and community. Someone who will include a broad range of stakeholders in decisions and processes, build consensus and follow through on decisions and commitments.
  • INNOVATOR: A lifelong learner who can work with the board of education and the school community to pursue educational excellence while understanding how decisions affect students, teachers and learning, and the capacity for innovation.
  • INTEGRITY: Possess and demonstrate honesty, good judgment, high moral standards and a respectful and caring demeanor, so that others will know that their efforts, ideas, work and perspectives are valued and essential to the healthy operations of the district.
  • EXPERIENCED: Classroom, building-level and central office leadership experience in the areas of curriculum and instruction, diversity, equity and inclusion, social-emotional learning and educational technology. Someone who appreciates and considers the district’s community and culture when making positive change.
  • FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL ACUMEN: Knowledge and experience in: school district budgeting and finance; business operations, management and internal controls; the use of data to support sound decision making; and overall district management.

About our School District

Niskayuna is a vibrant, suburban school district with five neighborhood elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

Photo of a student outside playing the trumpetYesterday

The Niskayuna Central School District was founded by citizens who wanted to ensure a high quality education for the community’s children. It was centralized in 1953, and became known for educational excellence across the region and beyond.

In 1983, Niskayuna High School was among the first schools to be recognized through the federal “Schools of Excellence” program at a White House ceremony.

In 2006, voters approved a nearly $95 million building renovation and expansion project that provided a much-needed update to school facilities and incorporated energy-efficient infrastructure, as well as security and technology improvements.

a Niskayuna High School girls soccer player kicking the ballToday

Teachers, support staff, families, community members, administrators and board members work to prepare students for future success, putting opportunities for them at the heart of decision-making.

A rigorous academic program at all levels culminates at the high school, where students have access to Advanced Placement, honors, and college-credit bearing courses. Community support has sustained exceptional programs in all areas, including world languages, music and art, and athletic and extracurricular activities.

The district’s strategic plan calls for ongoing review of academic programs, ensuring that curriculum and instructional practices are regularly updated so students are prepared for an ever-changing world. In recent years, investing in social-emotional learning and support and involving student voice in decision-making have been major areas of focus.

photo of a student at graduation in a cap and gownTomorrow

This past summer, a team of stakeholders came together to develop a new district vision, An equitable community of lifelong learners. The mission they created to go along with it is EPIC: Empower, Persevere, Innovate Connect. Construction on the first phase of an $80 million capital project will begin this year. The reconfiguration of our middle schools, which will happen through the facilities work, will bring with it new opportunities for academic program growth and community building. After all, student learning and bringing the community together are what Niskayuna has been about from the start.

Our Community & the Region

aerial photo of Niskayuna High SchoolNiskayuna is an active suburban community with approximately 23,000 residents. While essentially a residential community, it is home to major employers, including General Electric Global Research Center, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Environment One, and SI Group.

General Electric, New York State agencies, hospitals and health care providers, high-tech businesses and numerous colleges and universities are also major employers in the region, with the institutes of higher education providing educational, cultural and recreational opportunities as well. Many civic groups enhance the larger community and address the needs its diverse population.

Both Niskayuna and the neighboring city of Schenectady host weekly farmers’ markets and Schenectady is home to a growing number of culinary and entertainment options. This includes Proctors Theater which brings high profile music and comedy acts, as well as Broadway productions to just minutes from Niskayuna each year.

In nearby Saratoga Springs, you will find more restaurants, shopping and the renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Albany is home to the New York State Capitol, museums and musical and sporting events at the Times Union Center. From our area, New York City, Boston, Montreal, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, Lake George, and the Catskills can be visited in a day or a weekend.

Geographic Location

Walking/biking trail along the Mohawk River in NiskayunaThe Niskayuna Central School District is located in New York’s Capital Region, about 20 miles from the City of Albany.

The district covers 20 square miles. Approximately 80 percent of the district is in the Town of Niskayuna in Schenectady County. The remaining portions of the district are in the Town of Glenville (Schenectady County), the Town of Clifton Park (Saratoga County), and the Town of Colonie (Albany County).

The district borders the City of Schenectady to the west, and the Mohawk River to the north and east, where a beautiful stretch of the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway provides a popular biking and walking trail. This is part of the Erie Canalway Trail that runs from Buffalo to Albany.