After receiving input from nearly 1,000 community members through an online survey, focus groups and community meeting, the Des Moines School Board has outlined the qualifications being sought in the next Superintendent of Iowa’s largest provider of public education:

  • Possesses the leadership skills required to respond to the challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse community.
  • Inspires trust, self-confidence, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance with the ability to develop and communicate a vision of quality education for the future to the board, staff and community.
  • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing.
  • Is strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions.
  • Possesses excellent people skills, presents a positive image of the district and will listen to input and make a decision when necessary.
  • Possesses the ability to enhance student performance, especially in identifying and closing or narrowing the gaps in student achievement.
  • Has knowledge of emerging research and best practice in the area of curriculum/instructional design and practice.
  • Has experience in the management of district resources and knowledge of sound fiscal procedures.
  • Is able to identify and select building and central office administrators who are capable of advancing the district vision.
  • Has the ability to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the business community and the school district.