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Special Assistant to the Superintendent

at Austin Independent School District

Posted: 8/4/2019
Job Reference #: 30087
Keywords: office

Job Description

Openings as of 8/19/2019
05 - Administration: Central Office

  • Special Assistant to the Superintendent JobID: 30087
  • Position Type:
    05 - Administration: Central Office

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Superintendent`s Office

  • Date Available:

  • For Fiscal Year:


    This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Communications or Public Administration, or major coursework in a field related to the job. A minimum of five (5) years of experience is required including experience in public relations and communication functions with all forms of media. Experience working with school districts and public/community organizations is required. Bilingual preferred (English and Spanish).


    This position requires demonstrated mastery of communication skills (verbal, written, and interpersonal) as well as evidence of strong analytical, critical-thinking and judgment skills. Incumbent must have an understanding of current and emerging issues in education and public affairs. This position requires demonstrated ability to work closely with senior administrators and their staff as well as the ability to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures in a manner that affirms the worth and preserves the dignity of individuals, families, and communities. The ability to work in a self-directed manner within a fast-paced, deadline-driven and complex environment is required along with proficiency with current technology for performance of duties. Incumbent must have strong personal initiative, problem-solving skills, creativity, and ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

    Incumbent must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. Employees in this position must be able to read, write, and speak/communicate in English to receive and to provide work-related information in a timely manner to other employees, supervisors, principals, school personnel, volunteers, and, where appropriate, visitors and students.


    This position performs highly advanced public relations consultative work with district/campus staff, external agencies, and organizations. The incumbent is responsible for supporting the Superintendent in communicating and interfacing with district/campus staff, governmental entities, boards, community stakeholders, and the general public.

    • Serve as a liaison between the District and community stakeholders. Work directly with outside boards, public entities, and various levels of government.
    • Attend meetings and may act on behalf of the Superintendent.
    • Provide executive leadership on multi-departmental, community and district-related special projects.
    • Provide professional-level support to the Superintendent.
    • Maintain effective relationships with the leadership team and facilitate the resolution of problems presented to the Superintendent from the public.
    • Assist all facets of the Superintendent’s office, as well as the Chief of Staff’s office. Assist staff in carrying out the direction of the Superintendent.
    • Lead and oversee special projects for the Superintendent. Serve as a project champion for projects in support of the district’s strategic goals.
    • Act as a contact person for the district to public entities and community stakeholders. Coordinate outreach and communication, and respond to requests.
    • Build, maintain, and support the district’s relationship and activities with key partners to support the district’s public policy and regulatory positions.
    • Serve as district representative to outside agencies to explain programs, policies, and activities and respond to sensitive, significant, and controversial inquiries and issues.
    • Work closely with the Superintendent’s Executive Assistant to lead the development of speeches, presentations, letters, statements, social media and any other communication in support of speaking engagements or other events.
    • Serve as district representative on community committees as required. Demonstrate awareness of community and district needs and initiate activities to meet those needs, including speaking at civic organization meetings and making presentations.
    • Provide research support as needed to keep the Superintendent informed about emerging issues or current concerns.
    • Serve as district spokesperson and coordinate media coverage in collaboration with the Communications department including preparing press releases, photos in media, and other publications.
    • Review public policy issues and make recommendations on local, state, and federal legislation and other intergovernmental issues.
    • Conduct in-depth research to analyze and interpret information and prepare recommendations for an effective course of action.
    • Develop and implement strategies to achieve district goals with public entities and community stakeholders. Maintain an awareness of legislative activities affecting district operations.
    • Offer support to Superintendent at public events.


    Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.


    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position involves working in a normal office setting with no unusual physical demands or exposure to hazardous situations. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular and prompt attendance is required for this position. Travel within the district is required.


    This position directly supports and reports to the Superintendent.

    Duty Days: 230
    Pay Grade: A08
    Salary Range: $86,000-$96,500

    Closing Date: Until Filled

    An Equal Opportunity Employer