Education Commissioner post still open

Posted on Feb 18 2006

The Board of Education is still accepting applications for the next Commissioner of Education in lieu of former Commissioner Rita H. Inos’ second retirement last December 2005.

According to the eight-member Board of Education for the CNMI Public School System, the board is seeking “a student-centered and exemplary educational leader” to serve as the Commissioner, to start no later than July 01, 2006.

Based on the recently released document from the board that has been published on the PSS website since Feb. 6, the candidate for the Commissioner of Education must be a dynamic, motivated educational leader with a collaborative management style and excellent communications skills who has demonstrated a commitment to educational excellence.

“Additionally, the successful candidate will be one who can demonstrate knowledge and experience in applying current education research and practices and a clear record of improving student achievement. The successful candidate must demonstrate organizational knowledge and skills,” PSS said.

The vacancy came about due to the retirement of Inos, who successfully served the CNMI education system as Commissioner since 1998.

Candidates for the positions will have the following duties and responsibilities: will serve as chief executive officer of PSS, responsible for all of its operations and activities; will report to the Board of Education; will be appointed by the Board of Education for a term of four years “but serves at the pleasure of the board.”

The board emphasized that an applicant for the Commissioner of Education must be a graduate from an accredited college or university with at least a master’s degree in some field of education. He or she must have five years experience in teaching or education administration and must have demonstrated knowledge of the PSS.

Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing and must be a U.S. citizen or be eligible and authorized to work in the U.S., including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The board said the full time salary for this position is approximately $60,000 to $80,000, plus other benefits applicable.

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