Superintendent – Maplewood, NJ

February 2, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The South Orange-Maplewood School District seeks an exceptional educational leader to join a collaborative team of passionate educators dedicated to intellectual growth, character development, and well-being for all. Shape the future of our diverse, high-performing district (90% graduation rate, Columbia HS ranked 45th in NJ) by spearheading the development and implementation of a long-range strategic plan that champions equity and excellence. Make a lasting impact in a supportive environment where your vision and leadership will empower both students and educators to reach their full potential.

A multi-year contract will be offered with a salary in the range of $240,000 per annum based on actual qualifications, experience, and negotiations. All interested candidates should apply through the link on this website. Applications will be received through March 27, 2024. NOTE: Specific desired leadership characteristics and detailed qualifications will be available on or around March 1, 2024.

About the District

The South Orange-Maplewood School District is a regional public school district, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the suburban communities of South Orange and Maplewood, two municipalities in Essex County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey.

We are a vibrant community that celebrates the unique backgrounds and experiences of our students. As of the 2022–23 school year, the district, comprised of 11 schools, had an enrollment of 6819 students and Classroom Teachers (FTE): 576.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4. Columbia High School ranks 45th in New Jersey and boasts a 90% graduation rate, with nearly 70% of students taking AP classes.


  • Proven Executive: Multi-year success in high-level educational leadership roles within comparably complex organizations. NJ School Administrator/Certificate of Eligibility required.
  • Strategic Visionary: Develops and implements a comprehensive long-range plan aligned with district goals and community values.
  • Collaborative Leader: Builds trust and fosters open communication across students, staff, parents, and the community.
  • Equity Champion: Possesses a deep understanding of systemic inequities and implements impactful strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Exceptional Communicator: Connects effectively with diverse audiences, inspiring and motivating stakeholders to embrace change and strive for excellence.

Visit our website for detailed application instructions and submit your application online by March 27, 2024. We look forward to hearing from you!

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