Careers in District Administration

The Superintendent is the Chief Executive Officer of a school district responsible for the supervision of schools, implementation of approved programs, evaluation of senior staff, overseeing of district budgets and reporting to the Board of Education.

One of their key responsibilities is to work with the district’s stakeholders and various constituents to revise and refine the District Achievement Contract to ensure that it continues to meet the needs and priorities of the district.

In addition, the Superintendent plays a key role in advising the Board and recommending actions to address current and emerging issues.

Assistant/Association Superintendent

Reporting to the Superintendent, Assistant/Associate Superintendents are responsible for the general supervision of schools in the district, for the implementation of approved programs, for the evaluation of staff and programs.

As well as leadership, the Assistant Superintendent may be responsible for curriculum, instruction, and shaping the future direction of the school district as a part of the senior management team.

Assistant Superintendents also ensure that close contact is maintained with principals, staff and the school community.

Qualifications and Certification Requirements

In addition to school-based and district-level leadership experience, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents are experienced educators.  They are experienced in the K-12 sector, and they possess extensive knowledge of effective instructional practices.

In terms of education, a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field and senior educational leadership in a school system may be required. Additionally, membership in the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Regulation Branch is also necessary.

Furthermore, Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents may also be members of the British Columbia School Superintendents’ Association.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation among district administrators, including Superintendents and assistant superintendents, varies among districts. Since each position has its own unique requirements and responsibilities, total salary and compensation may vary. Because the roles and responsibilities of a senior administrator varies among district, and the fact that total compensation is negotiated, total compensation varies among districts too.

Like all other public education sector employees, Superintendents receive a comprehensive extended health benefits, professional development allowance, and generous pension.

Training and Educational Programs

The following is a list of Masters of Education programs offered in British Columbia post-secondary institutions.


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