Baltimore schools CEO position is officially advertised

The job profile for the next superintendent of Baltimore City schools was posted Thursday, kicking off the recruitment phase of the national search.

According to the job advertisement, posted on a website called "School Leadership 2.0," the candidate must be an individual with "visionary leadership and strong collaborative management skills to lead its district of 85,000 students."

The starting salary for the new permanent schools chief will be in the range of $290,000, the posting said, $60,000 more than the starting salary for former schools CEO Andres Alonso when he came to the district in 2007. Alonso's former Chief of Staff Tisha Edwards signed a $225,000 contract to serve as interim CEO until June 2014, or until a new schools chief is appointed.
The job posting cites several reforms underway in the school district, such as the $1 billion, 10-year-plan to rebuild and renovate its school infrastructure. It also boasts progressive union contracts and committed community partners.
According to the profile, "Baltimore City Public Schools seeks a leader who can continue this reform momentum and significantly raise achievement for all of its students."
Last month, the school sought community input to build the profile for the next schools chief. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also wrote an op-ed, published in The Baltimore Sun, outlining what she'd like to see in the next superintendent.
The application deadline is Jan. 8, the posting said. The city school board has said that it hopes to have selected finalists by March.