The Passaic City Board of Education is beginning the search for its next Superintendent of Schools.  The Passaic Public School District educates approximately 13,600 Pre-K – grade 12 students in 17 schools and five annexes, including Passaic High School, Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy, and two secondary school academies. The school district oversees the education of students who live in a city of a little over three square miles with a population of 70,000 via a budget of $359 million.

The Board is seeking an experienced educational leader who is familiar with a large and close-knit district like Passaic; a leader who has high standards for student achievement, and who believes unequivocally that all students can learn and succeed.   He or she will have deep knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy, and authentic, proven methodology for students to achieve the high expectations the Board has for its students.  The district provides exemplary programming to its  children and the new Superintendent will continue to build on this success.

The school district is the largest employer in the City of Passaic and needs an inspirational leader whom all staff, families, and students can believe in.  The district employs 1,934 dedicated professionals, including a team of 76 administrators, and 1170 teachers.  The successful candidate will become a well-known partner among all stakeholders, both within the district and outside of its buildings.  The community is proudly diverse, with a large Spanish-speaking population.

The Passaic City Superintendent of Schools will work collaboratively with a very high-functioning, efficient Board of Education in a mutually supportive manner.  He or she will nurture and sustain a healthy relationship with elected officials which enriches the educational experience for the students of Passaic, and will be a vital presence in this city.



  • NJ School Administrator Certificate or Certificate of Eligibility
  • Successful classroom teaching experience
  • Strong knowledge of Special Education and ELL programs
  • Ability to connect the school district’s budget to the school district’s mission

Strongly preferred:

  • Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate in Spanish desired.


Position available:  July 1, 2021

Application deadline:   March 17, 2021

Salary is competitive with experience and State of New Jersey guidelines.


Kathleen Helewa, Search Consultant

Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer

New Jersey School BoardsAssociation

For inquiries call: 609-695-7600 or email

Job Overview

Closes:March 17, 2021
Location:Passaic County
Job Title:Superintendent