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Closing date: Jan 22, 2018

Location: Fort Simpson

Department: Deh Cho DEC

Job Code: 15070

Salary: $121,797 - $173,999

Job: Full-Time

Term: Regular

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About the Job

Department Information

Dehcho Divisional Education Council

Reporting to the Chairperson of the Dehcho Divisional Education Council as well as supporting the direction and mandates of the Deputy Minister/ Department of Education/ Culture and Employment this position is an exciting opportunity for advancement and would require an educational leader with vision for shaping the future direction of the school division and improving the achievement of all learners in a northern/ cross-cultural setting. Serving 510 students in Fort Providence/ Fort Simpson/ Kakisa Lake, Jean Marie, Nahanni Butte, Sambaa K'e, Wrigley and Fort Liard/ the Dehcho Divisional Education Council (DDEC) has approximately 90 staff and an annual budget of over $13 million. The Division is proud of its commitment to school improvement and student achievement through the provision of culturally relevant and inclusive programs. The collaborative working environment has been key to maintaining a culture of respect and learning.


The Superintendent has responsibility for JK-12 programs/ including curriculum / program implementation, staff in-service/ student support services, capital planning/

occupational health and safety/ school improvement planning, and regional priorities

{literacy/reading, numeracy, and Dene language and culture). The position includes direct

support and supervision of one financial comptroller, one administrative assistant,

three JK-12 regional program consultants/ one technical consultant and nine school


Job Information

The Superintendent reports to the Chairperson of the Dehcho Divisional Education Council. The Dehcho Divisional Education Council (Dehcho DC), is the governing body for the Dehcho region as legislated under the Education Act. The Dehcho DC consists of one member from each of the eight District Education Authorities (DEAs) that represent the communities of Fort Simpson, Fort Providence, Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Wrigley, Sambaa K'e, Jean Marie River, and Kakisa Lake.

The Dehcho DEC serves approximately 630 students in nine schools, is responsible for a staff of approximately 100 administrators, teachers and support staff and a budget of over $15 million. The Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and administrative staff of Dehcho DEC, provide professional advice, educational, administrative, technical and financial services; and support and assistance to the Council, DEAs, school administrators and staff, stakeholders, members of the public, and particularly, students and their families in order to ensure the delivery of quality educational programs and services within the Council.

The Superintendent is responsible and accountable for the development, delivery and results of educational programs from kindergarten through grade twelve in the nine schools of the division and the allocation of financial resources for their delivery. A thorough knowledge of legislation and directives including the Education Act, Regulations and Ministerial Directives; the Financial Administration Act and the Financial Administration Manual, the Public Service Act and Human Resource Manual, the NWTTA and UNW Collective Agreements and the Excluded Employees' and Senior Managers' Handbooks is necessary in carrying out the duties of the superintendency.

As CEO, the incumbent is required to perform duties assigned by the elected officials of the Council and the eight District Education Authorities. Once established the Superintendent is required to implement Council policies and directives. The Superintendent represents the Council's and DEA's interest with all other boards and agencies.

The Council employs program and language consultants that provide support to schools. The program and language consultants, the Comptroller, the principals in each of the 9 schools and other designated staff report to and take direction from the Superintendent. As Deputy Head, the Superintendent has the authority to hire staff, appoint layoffs, and administer disciplinary action including suspensions and rejections on probation when required.

The Superintendent oversees all recruitment and is directly involved in the recruitment and supervision of all principals, and regional office staff including the Assistant Superintendent, the Comptroller and consultants.

The Superintendent is responsible to work with the Council and staff and external auditors in the development of a long term strategic plan and an annual accountability report that included audited student achievement data and financial statements.

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

  • A Bachelor of Education degree or related degree
  • A Masters degree in Educational Administration or Education Leadership
  • 5 years of classroom teaching experience teaching in a K-12 school setting
  • 8 years of administrative experience in a K-12 school setting
  • Eligibility for an NWT Teaching Certificate
  • Eligibility for an NWT Principal Certification obtained through completion of the NWT Educational Leadership Program offered over two summers
  • Participation in a variety of training programs offered by the employer and professional organizations is considered an asset.

More Information

Senior Management Occupation

This job opening is for a Senior Management Occupation.  Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Salary Information

The salary range for this position is from approximately $121,797 - $173,999. plus an annual Northern Allowance of $10,239.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 15070  

Closing Date: JAN 22, 2018- 23:59, Mountain Standard Time

GNWT Inquiries

Ms. Sandra Tanche

Administration Officer

Dehcho Divisional Education Council

PO Box 376

Fort Simpson, NT X0E 0N0

Telephone: (867) 695-7307

Fax: (867) 695-7359