Division News



Associate Superintendent (Area 1)


Location: Area 1

Competition #: 9153

Open To: Everyone

Date Posted: July 16th, 2019

Closing Date: Open Ended

Additional Information:

Tansi, Edlánat’e, Hello! Join us for an exciting career opportunity to make a difference in student success!

The Superintendent invites applications for the position of Associate Superintendent of Learning for Northland School Division No. 61. Duties will commence September 1, 2019 or as mutually agreed.

Do you enjoy working with people in small, remote communities? Are you passionate about the future successes of Indigenous children and youth? Do you want to make a difference?

Northland School Division is recognized as being culturally and geographically unique. We provide student centered learning opportunities to primarily First Nation and Métis students located in the northern half of Alberta. We serve approximately 2000 students and employ 500 staff in 20 schools. This position will be located in the Division Office which is in Peace River, Alberta or in one of our schools in the High Prairie area.

Our goal is to give our students a springboard to academic success. As one of the Associate Superintendents you will be a fundamental part of making the necessary changes for the children we serve.

The Associate Superintendent will be responsible and held accountable to the Superintendent for providing leadership and coordination of all curricular and instructional programs within a group of Northland Schools through, but not restricted to, the following components:

  • Working directly and collaboratively with Division Office staff, principals and instructional staff to ensure that initiatives related to enhanced student achievement are implemented and meet provincial objectives. This will include Curriculum Redesign, High School Redesign, Early Learning Programs, Dual Credit and Off-campus Work, as well as other transformational initiatives.
  • Working directly and collaboratively with First Nations and Métis leaders, organizations and communities to establish strategic directions in support of optimal learning success and development of First Nations and Métis students.
  • Working directly and collaboratively, will be engaged in the Regional Collaborative Service Delivery model in a group of school communities and will be engaged in the development of inclusive education practices.
  • Working directly and collaboratively with principals and instructional staff, to ensure that provincially prescribed Programs of Study and Board-mandated programs are being followed and evaluated for effectiveness and excellence.
  • Working directly and collaboratively with Division administration and instructional staff to identify, plan, implement, and evaluate Division professional learning and mentorship projects.
  • Working directly and collaboratively with Division Office staff, principals and school staff to develop pathways beyond the residential school legacy.

It is expected that the Associate Superintendent will spend a significant amount of time working with staff in schools in Area 1, the western portion of Northland School Division. The Associate Superintendent will perform other tasks from time to time as may be assigned by the Superintendent.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A working knowledge of education/societal issues relevant to the First Nations and Métis communities and past experience in promoting educational access for Indigenous learners and leaders;
  • An understanding of historical, social, economic and political implications of treaties and agreements with First Nations, agreements with Métis and of residential schools and their legacy;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of teaching pedagogy, structures and systems that support inclusive learning and community development;
  • Personal attributes that demonstrate the ability to serve in a dynamic, engaged and collaborative environment;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Successful experience as a school-based and/or Division administrator; AND
  • A Master’s degree with a major in an educational discipline would be preferred; must be eligible for a Permanent Teaching Certificate in the Province of Alberta;
  • An in-depth understanding of Indigenous cultures will be considered an asset;
  • Proficiency in Cree and/or Dene will also be considered an asset.

For more information:

Northland School Division:  www.nsd61.ca

The competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Applications received prior to July 30, 2019 are assured of careful consideration.


E-mail by July 30, 2019, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of five recent references in one single PDF document to:

Attn:  Nancy Spencer-Poitras, Superintendent of Schools

Northland School Division No. 61

E: applications@nsd61.ca P: (780) 624-2060