HIDOE recruiting for Assistant Superintendent

The Department seeks a visionary leader for the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design.



Under the 2030 Promise Plan, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has focused its efforts to ensure that all students have the academic and personal skills required to succeed in life. As the 9th largest school district in the country, the HIDOE has a workforce of over 22,000 full-time employees, 10,000 substitutes and other casual employees, and a $1.9 billion-dollar budget. The system consists of 256 public schools and 34 charter schools spanning seven islands that collectively serve nearly 180,000 students, of whom nearly 53 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The statewide, one school district is comprised of three levels of governance: State, Complex Areas, and Schools. This position is located at the State level.

The Department seeks a visionary leader for the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design to work closely with the Superintendent of Education (Superintendent) and Deputy Superintendent as a strategic partner in the coordination, supervision, and implementation of the HIDOE's priorities to meet the academic goals of the Promise Plan. The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design provides program oversight and technical assistance on standards-based curriculum and oversees and supports Instructional Design.

Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, the responsibilities of the office are performed by the following branches:

  • Extended Learning Branch
  • Curriculum Innovation Branch

The Extended Learning Branch supports schools and complex areas through extended learning programs for students and professional development for educators. It is also responsible for statewide coordination of extracurricular activities. The Curriculum Innovation Branch focuses on the development and implementation of research-based practices, processes, and professional development for teachers and administrators.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has achieved outstanding results in identifying the educational needs of students and interpreted and implemented those needs in terms of goals, objectives and student achievement;
  • Possesses a collaborative and open leadership style;
  • Has a track record of successfully building strong relationships and communicating with senior state and local leaders, principals, teacher leaders, administrators, labor unions, parent groups, and other stakeholders;
  • Exercises sound judgment amidst change and ambiguity; and
  • Thinks strategically, plans conceptually, and has strong problem-solving skills.

The ideal candidate should possess a bachelor or master's degree, and 12 years of progressively responsible job-related experience in the specialized area of responsibility or closely related fields, of which seven (7) years shall have been in an executive capacity in a large educational organization and at least five (5) years shall have been in school administration as a principal or comparable appointment; or any equivalent combination of training and experience, including five (5) years of supervision of professional staff.

Qualified applicants should respond by April 9, 2020, with resume, cover letter, and salary requirements in confidence to:

Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto

c/o Gary K. Nakamura, Recruitment Administrator

Office of Talent Management, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI 96804

or via e-mail at Gary.Nakamura@k12.hi.us

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