Arlington, Virginia
Aug 11, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Full Time




• A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the fields of human resource management, business administration, educational administration, or related field of study. Possession of an advanced degree in business, human resource management, education, or related field of study preferred.

• Five or more years of experience in school administration and/or supervisory human resources management.

• Experience should include general employment duties such as recruitment, benefits, and employee relations with progressively responsible leadership.

• Experience and knowledge of the operation of public-school systems preferred. • Experience with collective bargaining preferred.

• Knowledgeable of federal and state laws, regulations, and directives pertaining to human resources operations.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Superintendent, Cabinet, ELT, school and county personnel, parents, community groups and the general public.

• Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.


Arlington Public Schools (APS) announces an opening for the position of Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. This is a twelve-month position, Grade P-19. APS is a diverse, dynamic, and professional community located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The district contains 37 schools and programs and serv es a diverse and sophisticated student body of approximately 27,000 students from 142 nations, speaking over 115 languages. The system is financially strong, is noted for its high academic standards and its many programs to meet individual student needs and has tremendous community support. DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF WORK The Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources is responsible for providing collaborative, proactive and responsive leadership in the human resources field to all levels of the school system in order to further the effective and efficient delivery of quality services to APS employees, parents, students, and to Arlington residents. Human Resources is responsible for administration of all aspects of personnel and payroll programs for APS including recruitment and selection of diverse staff; employee relations and assistance; employee communications;  substitutes; maintaining the Oracle database; development of the APS school calendars; classification and reclassification of positions; employee benefits programs; licensure of teachers and administrators; scholarships; evaluation of staff; retirement programs; employee recognition programs; grievances; discipline; terminations; policy development, review, updates and changes; and data in response to staffing and strategic plan goals. The Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources serves in an executive level position that performs duties under the general direction of the Chief Operating Officer. Work is reviewed primarily for compatibility with school system goals and objectives, School Board policies and goals, and federal and state guidelines. The Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources works independently while keeping the Chief Operating Officer and colleagues informed of sensitive and controversial issues that might arise.


ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK (May not include all duties performed – These are intended as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.)

• Oversees the recruitment, hiring, and retention of highly qualified diverse teachers, administrators, and support staff to provide for the many educational and operational programs.

• Develops and implements overall departmental strategies, goals, and objectives. Collaborates with and supports personnel assigned to schools, other offices, departments, and non-school positions.

• Represents the Department of Human Resources at School Board meetings, community meetings, and related events. Speaks before school, community, and government organizations concerning departmental matters.

• Directly supervises office administrators and others within the department. Coordinates the work of the various departmental offices, including staffing, employee assistance program, employee benefits, employee relations, licensure, professional learning, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and payroll.

• Assures that staff members are aware of and implement priorities, goals and objectives of the School Board and Superintendent.

• Provides advice on classification matters, position control, and reassigning staff according to enrollment.

• Directs and actively participates in the recruitment, selection and employment of staff including administrative, teaching, instructional and support staff.

• Manages administration of the substitute employee program.

• Supervises and administers portions of the employee communications process, employee discipline and grievance process, and makes decisions on grievances.

• Coordinates with the Director of EAP on matters related to employee needs and concerns.

• Communicates regularly with administrators and the ELT regarding needs.

• Conducts investigations for sensitive or critical matters and prepares reports for the Chief Operating Officer.

• Works with administrators in addressing staffing needs; chairs the staffing committee; and keeps record of all staffing requests and staffing provided.

• Provides leadership for Human Resources policy development and revisions.

• Oversees classification studies and maintains position descriptions.

• Assists with the development of labor relations processes and procedures as it relates to employee groups within APS.

• Performs related duties as required or assigned



• Ability to problem solve and articulate a clear vision for the department.

• Ability to work in a culturally diverse setting.

• Broad knowledge of the methodology, procedures, and practices of the specialties required to deliver human resources services.

• Ability to develop effective working relationships with staff, parents and the community.

• Thorough knowledge of and skill in using conflict resolution techniques.

• Ability to operate personal computers with a variety of software applications. 

• Skill in exercising tact and diplomacy when working with staff, parents, community and county officials.

• Skill in managing and directing the operations of a broad range of activities through directors, supervisors and coordinators to successfully carry out goals and objectives of the Department of Human Resources.

• Skill in designing, developing and directing the implementation of plans and programs.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with APS administrative, technical and support staff, both central and school/department based.

• Ability to lead a complex department and to build and sustain high credibility with the staff and department’s customers.

• Ability to apply the methodologies, procedures, and practices of human resources.

• Ability to deal effectively with staff issues and disciplinary problems in conformance with School Board policies and state and federal law, rules, and regulations.

• Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.

• Ability to perform research and prepare reports.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of national, state and local issues related to human resources.



Candidates must apply online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Professional Application at - Careers@APS. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AND WILL ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION IS INCLUDED. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the Arlington School Board, as stated in the School Board Policy G-2.30, that employment opportunities shall not be restricted, abridged or otherwise adversely affected on the basis of race, national origin, creed, color, religion, gender, age, economic status, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, pregnancy status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and/or disability.

APPLY TO: Please follow the instructions listed above.

SALARY: Salary range from $114,319 to $185,415 (2021-2022 salary schedule).