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Director of Secondary Education

Nature of Work 

Under limited supervision, performs a variety of supervisory and administrative tasks to provide leadership and coordination of curricular and instructional programs across the organizational levels. Employee is responsible for supporting and coordinating the efforts of principals and other curriculum personnel, as well as supervision of high school instructional specialists. Employee, in cooperation with other instructional leaders, is responsible for interpreting changes from the federal, state and local level and informing principals of the implications of those changes. Employee works with principals and other leadership to monitor the overall effectiveness of programs and effectively implement new programs and services deemed appropriate by leadership teams. 




Provide consultation and support for school-based leadership and provide supervision of designated program employees.

Consult with centrally-based staff to ensure coordination of program efforts and adherence to federal, state and local policies and procedures.

Coordinate with appropriate agencies, parents and school personnel to resolve problems and secure resources and services.

Respond to community and school queries regarding program offerings and operating procedures.

Assist in the preparation of budgets for assigned programs and monitor expenditures.

Maintain appropriate records and statistics regarding trends, needs and success at the high school level.

Assist principals, as requested, in the development of school improvement activities and/or school-based staff development.

Assist schools, as requested, with school staff-community relations and parent involvement issues.

Maintain open communication with all levels of the school system hierarchy; serve as a liaison between schools and various departments with the Central Office; maintain regular contact with other Directors in order to exchange ideas, share information and develop successful plans.

Develop meeting agendas for regularly scheduled high school principal meetings.

Compile data and other information for various local, state or federal reports.

Maintain appropriate files and documentation as required by law.

Maintain Course Master and Course Planner for high school registration.

In cooperation with Wilkes Community College supervisors and liaisons, prepare registration materials for Career and College Promise.

Read various publications and attend various seminars and conferences to continuously upgrade professional knowledge.

Complete random moment in time studies as required by MAC program guidelines.

Perform other related work/activities as required by the position or as requested by supervisor.




Master’s degree in Education or Administrator’s License and 5 - 7 years of experience in educational administration or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.




Employee must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including computer, facsimile machine, audio-visual equipment, copier, calculator, etc. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle and travel throughout the LEA. Must be able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.




Demonstrate understanding of federal and state leadership and the impact of federal and state decisions on the LEA

Remain current with educational trends and changing federal and state policy and procedure

Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or composite characteristics of data, people or things.

Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving instructions, assignments or directions to subordinates or assistants.

Requires the ability to read a variety of correspondence, reports, forms, articles, proposals, contracts, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, forms, evaluations, policies, etc. using prescribed formats.

Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form.

Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including medical, legal and counseling terminology.

Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving of instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with emergency situations.




A meaningful understanding of high school curriculum and scheduling

Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal policies and procedures regarding education

Considerable knowledge of the organization and communication channels of the school system

Considerable knowledge of the ethical guidelines applicable to the position as outlined by professional organizations and/or federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations

Considerable knowledge of the principles of supervision, organization and administration

General knowledge of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study

Skill in listening and developing relationships

Ability to plan, develop and implement and evaluate programs

Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures and standards for services offered

Ability to evaluate existing programs and make recommendations for improvements

Ability to use common office machines and popular computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs

Ability to maintain complete and accurate records and statistics and to develop meaningful reports from that information

Ability to effectively express ideas orally and in writing

Ability to make oral presentations before large groups of people

Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in frequent contact with the public

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments

Ability to work constructively within a team environment

Demonstrate an ability to manage fiscal, physical and human resources to successfully carry out the function and programs of the office

Ability to interpret statutes and regulations for principals and teachers


REPORTS TO: Associate Superintendent 



The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to perform this job.