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Landing and Keeping the Superintendent's Job for the Long Run


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Landing and Keeping the Superintendent's Job for the Long Run

  1. 1. Landing and Keeping the Right Job for the Long Run AASA Annual Conference February 15, 2019 Max McGee, Jane Westerhold, Doug Wilson
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  3. 3. Everything you need to know about … •Landing the right job from Max •That critical first contract and first year from Jane •Keeping the job for the long run from Doug 2
  4. 4. Cover Letters that Get Read 1. Write with a service mindset! 2. Demonstrate you did your homework 3. Use numbers AND narrative as evidence of what you accomplished (not just how you accomplished it); think results, not process 4. Have a powerful, memorable opening two or three sentences 5. Have someone proofread it carefully 3
  5. 5. Include • Achieved/accomplished • Launched • Created • Improved • Increased/decreased • Led/managed • Resolved Avoid • Outside the box • Proactive • Thought leader • Strategic thinker • Team player • Beginning sentences with I Your word choice matters 4
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  12. 12. Resumes that Get an Interview 1. Include two or three SPECIFIC accomplishments related to any leadership responsibility (numbers and narrative). 2. Include three references (email and phone). 3. Education (just list completed degrees and be absolutely accurate) and Certification (in process is OK). 4. List other activities that reflect your desire and ability to make a contribution to students, teachers, and the community. 5. List publications, major presentations, and any special recognition. 11
  13. 13. Rubrics for Resumes Substance • Evidence of leadership accomplishments • Relevant experience • Education aligned with community expectations • Certification • References listed Style • Format- readable and coherent • Spelling and grammar • Complete 12
  14. 14. Interviews that Get the Job 1. Do your homework: peruse websites, Google search (all, news, images), learn the mission, jot down the strategic plan goals … 2. Make a list of the points you want to make that demonstrate how you can and will contribute to the district and community. 3. Anticipate questions, prepare talking points, and practice, practice, practice 4. Share stories that reflect who you are and what you value 5. THINK before you speak and answer the question 13
  15. 15. Non-verbal Communication Counts Smile Eye Contact Breathe Shake (and use) hands Exude energy Make a note Exhibit calm confidence Dress like you have the job “Athletic” posture Silence is on your side 14
  16. 16. Negotiate Wisely, Calmly, and Assertively • Determine and your priorities for you and your family’s financial and security needs • Remember they need you more than you need them • The first contract will be the framework for all future contracts • Due diligence with grace • It is NOT the time to be your own attorney • Think creatively and beyond the status quo 15
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  18. 18. Off and Running – “Seek first to understand …” • Honeymoon • First year of the marriage • Developyour entry plan • No surprise parties • Follow the Golden Rule • Personal/Professional balance and wellness • Trusted and trustworthy mentor, colleague, or friend • “Rome wasn’t built in day” 17
  19. 19. Keeping that Great Job and Keeping it Great • Consistency • Communication • Trust is a must; it begins with presence Remember Margaret Meads words: “The greatest force for change is to find out what a community cares about.” • Hire the best • Be a leader who serves 18
  20. 20. When the going gets tough … • Avoiding burnout • Managing split votes • That “special board member” who knows how to do your job better than you • Board elections 19
  21. 21. We admire and appreciate all of you present and future superintendents! We are confident you are and will be successful, accomplished, leaders who make an enduring difference. Glenn “Max” McGee Cell: (224) 234-6129 Twitter: @glennmaxmcgee Jane Westerhold Cell: (847) 772-3219 Doug Wilson Cell: (520) 289-9155