State College Area School District
    I.U. 10 – Centre Co.

    To Apply:­­ Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Tom Templeton, Founder and Creative Director of TEMPLETON Advantage, LLC at tom@templetonadvantage.com.  (717) 636-3238. Candidates will then be given additional instructions to complete their credential files, including all documentation that qualifies one to serve as superintendent of schools in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 


    About the Position: 

    State College Area School District:  Situated in the heart of Pennsylvania, State College Area School District (6,600 students) is looking for its next superintendent.  SCASD is a thriving educational community in a university town (Penn State University), and the district draws its students from a 150 square mile attendance area encompassing the Borough of State College and five adjoining townships.  Serving a community that holds high expectations for its public schools, the district seeks a dynamic, energetic leader who exhibits the following qualities: Proven organizational and visionary leadership skills in public education;

    • Eagerness to commit and embed oneself into the fabric of the State College community, and strengthen and increase lasting collaborative efforts between the community and SCASD; 
    • A record of accomplishment in driving the achievement, readiness and success of students;
    • A deep sense of responsibility for developing the social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills of every child;
    • A recognition that diversity, equity and inclusivity are foundational to a world-class public school district;
    • A recognition that sustainability should be incorporated into the educational and operational aspirations of the district;
    • Excitement about community expectations for academic excellence in a high-performing educational environment;
    • Ability and work/life balance to manage the inherent demands of leadership; 
    • An empathic, decisive, ethical approach to executing the duties of the office;
    • Advocacy skills to advance a bold agenda for public education amongst legislative leaders and representatives;
    • The interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, build cross-functional teams, and minimize group siloes; 
    • The intellectual rigor to engage with a broad spectrum of viewpoints, and a willingness to hear respectful dissent, especially in a university town; 
    • Strong commitment to clear, consistent, and transparent communication and interpersonal skills with all district stakeholders;  
    • An ‘urgently patient’ disposition that displays the confidence to facilitate change with the humility to interact consistently with internal and external stakeholders;  
    • The well-developed managerial and operational talent to meet the challenges and competing demands of 21st century public education, including program and budget evaluation, implementing high-impact staff development, and embedding accountability systems within an environment of limited public resources; and,
    • A nimble competence for governance, including role clarification among school leaders; synthesizing information, driving board discussions, and communicating effectively with a diverse group of school directors. 
Last Modified on August 11, 2022