Human Resources
Deputy Superintendent
School: St. Basil Catholic Education Centre (Board Office)
City/Town: Lethbridge

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

The Division invites applications for the position of Deputy Superintendent. The successful candidate, as a servant leader and who is student-focused, will find this an exciting opportunity. Duties will commence January 6, 2020.

The Division:

Our Mission:  We are a Catholic Faith community, dedicated to providing each student entrusted to our care with an education rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ. Guided by the Holy Spirit, in partnership with home, parish and society, our schools foster the growth of responsible citizens who will live, celebrate and proclaim their faith. Our Catholic Faith is the foundation of all that we do.

Our Divisional Strategic Priorities

1) Staff and students will grow in their faith and experience the richness of Catholic Education, 

2) All students will develop literacy and numeracy skills that will prepare them for a changing future, 

3) First Nations, Metis and Inuit students will achieve equitable educational outcomes, and

4) Stakeholders will be well engaged in the educational system. 

We offer Catholic educational opportunities to approximately 5,150 students in the communities of Bow Island, Coaldale, Lethbridge, Picture Butte, Pincher Creek, Taber and surrounding areas. There are 15 schools employing more than 550 staff, with an operating budget of $63 million. With the division office centrally located in the city of Lethbridge, Holy Spirit Catholic Schools provides a wide range of educational programs and services in urban and rural communities. 

The Opportunity:

The position will enact our mission, values and strategic priorities.  Reporting directly to the Superintendent, the Deputy Superintendent will oversee all aspects of Human Resources.  Additionally, he/she will support the vision of the Senior Administrative Leadership Team of Holy Spirit: "Attracting, retaining, and mentoring the best practitioners in the ministry of Catholic Education." The Deputy Superintendent's position is a channel for communication and action between many departments and interests within the system and must facilitate, expedite and coordinate many of the services that contribute to the educational programs and services provided to our students.  The scope of this portfolio may change, based on the successful candidate and needs of the division. 

The successful candidate will meet provincial requirements including completion of a Master's degree, eligibility for Alberta teaching certification and completion of the Leadership Quality Standard Certification.  The Division seeks a decisive, visionary leader committed to a collaborative approach of decision-making and who has a proven ability to inspire trust and confidence in his/her leadership.

Key Responsibilities:

Providing Faith Leadership (promotes and supports the permeation of the Catholic faith through the three-fold roles of evangelization, catechesis and religious education):

  • Actively participates within the Catholic faith;
  • Commits to the continuation and growth of Catholic Education;
  • Models leadership and service by being visible and contributing member of the parish community;
  • Demonstrates by interest, lifestyle, and growth involvement within a Christ-centered working environment; and
  • Supports divisional staff in the delivery of our Faith Mentorship Program. 

Building Effective Relationships (establishes a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment by building positive and productive relationships with members of the school community and the local community):

  • Takes appropriate actions to ensure open, transparent internal communications (and external when required) are developed and maintained in the areas of responsibility; 
  • Models ethical leadership practices, based on integrity and objectivity;
  • Assists in meaningful participation of members of the school and local communities in decision-making;
  • Ensures staff, students, and parents have a high level of satisfaction with the services provided and the responsiveness of the department; and
  • Investigates and facilitates positive resolution of concerns and conflicts. 

Modelling Commitment to Professional Learning (engages in career-long learning and ongoing critical reflection, identifying and acting on research-informed opportunities for enhancing leadership, teaching and learning):

  • Collaborates with teachers, administrators and system leaders to build professional capacity and expertise;
  • Communicates a philosophy of education that is student-centered and based on sound principles and best practices of effective teaching, learning and leadership;
  • Actively seeks out feedback and information from a variety of sources to enhance leadership practice;
  • Engages the members of the school authority to establish a shared understanding of current trends and priorities. 

Visionary Leadership (supports the school community in implementing a vision of a preferred future for student success, based on common values and beliefs):

  • Conducts the selection process and participates in the selection panel for all administrative positions other than that of the Superintendent; 
  • Recruits and hires all personnel in consultation with the direct supervisor in accordance with Superintendent direction and approved budget; 
  • Supports implementation of Continuous Improvement Plans; 
  • Provides support to ensure that each student is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging;
  • Promotes innovation and continuous improvement by building structures and developing strategies to support staff in professional collaboration; and 
  • Provides support in matters related to staff professional development and collaboration. 

Leading Learning (facilitates and sustains a learning culture in the school community that promotes ongoing critical reflection on practice, shared responsibility for student success and continuous improvement):

  • Establishes the framework for supervision and evaluation of all personnel; 
  • Conducts the supervision and evaluation of school-based administrative staff, as requested by the Superintendent; 
  • Supervises the evaluation of school staff by, and in consultation with, principals; 
  • Reviews Professional Growth Plans as required; and
  • Provides supervisory expertise to system/school leaders and Division personnel. 

Supports First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education for All Students (supports the school community in acquiring and applying foundational knowledge about First Nations, Métis and Inuit for the benefit of all students):

  • supports staff in accessing the professional learning and capacity-building needed to meet the learning needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all other students
  • engages and collaborates with neighbouring First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders, organizations and communities to optimize learning success and development of First Nations, Métis and Inuit and all other students
  • understands historical, social, economic and political implications of 
    • treaties and agreements with First Nations
    • legislation and agreements negotiated with Métis; and
    • residential schools and their legacy
  • supports the alignment of school authority resources and building organizational capacity to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit student achievement; and 
  • pursues opportunities and engages in practices to facilitate reconciliation within the Division. 

Sustaining Effective Instructional Leadership (ensures that every student has access to quality teaching and optimum learning experiences):

  • Provides for training of administrators and the development of leadership capacity within the Division as approved by the Superintendent; 
  • Provides effective Teacher and School Administrator Induction Programs; 
  • Provides recommendations to the Superintendent regarding strategic workforce planning; 
  • Assists Division personnel with human resources processes (e.g. conflict resolution and mediation); 
  • In collaboration with the Secretary-Treasurer, provides support to the Board's negotiating committees; 
  • Practices leadership in a manner that is viewed positively and has the support of those with whom she or he works in carrying out the Superintendent's expectations; and
  • Exhibits a high level of personal, professional and organizational integrity. 

School Authority Operations and Resources (supports the Superintendent in managing the school authority operations and strategically allocating resources in the interests of all students and in alignment with the school authority's goals and priorities):

  • Makes recommendations to the Superintendent regarding staff allocations to include in the Division budget; 
  • Develops and monitors a department budget within the parameters and constraints of the Division budget; 
  • Delegates responsibility to staff, where appropriate, to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Operates in a fiscally prudent and responsible manner. 
  • Assists the Superintendent in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Board policy within areas of responsibility; 
  • Demonstrates effective organizational skills resulting in compliance with all legal, Ministerial and Board mandates and timelines, and adherence to Superintendent directives;
  • Provides leadership in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of Administrative Procedures within areas of responsibility; and
  • Ensures the application of Board policy and Administrative Procedures as required in the performance of duties.


A competitive compensation package will be provided, including an attractive base salary and excellent benefits. Comprehensive background and reference checks will be conducted on the successful candidate. 

Application package must include the following:

  • A cover letter indicating the position applied for;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Most recent evaluation;
  • Contact information for at least three recent education references;
  • Current pastoral reference.

Please note that this position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Application packages received prior to 12:00 p.m. September 3, 2019 will be assured careful consideration. Submit to:

Mr. Ken Sampson, Deputy Superintendent

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division

                                                                   Lethbridge, AB

Phone: (403) 327-9555  Fax: (403) 327-9595


Please note:  This position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.  We wish to thank all applicants in advance for submitting résumés, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.



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