Catapult - Buffalo, NY

The Opportunity

Child & Family Services is seeking a collaborative and experienced leader to be the next Superintendent of the Stanley G. Falk School. Child & Family Services (CFS) is a leader in the Western New York Community, providing support and services aimed at improving the lives of children, families, and individuals.

The Stanley G. Falk School (“Falk School”) is a private, special education, 853 school in Buffalo, New York which aims to develop the leadership skills, social-emotional skills, and academic skills necessary to prepare students for success. Supporting the special education needs of 45 school districts, the Falk School is the education arm of CFS and delivers essential services in the continuum of care offered by CFS to the Western New York Community. The Superintendent is the primary administrative officer for the Falk School, reports directly to the CEO, and is a member of the CFS executive team. As a certified NYS School Administrator, this individual will be well versed in NYSED non-public, 853 school rules, regulations, and legislation, and focused on building and maintaining key relationships in the educational community. The successful candidate will provide strategic insight to the CEO and executive team around the existing and continued growth initiatives for the school. At the same time, this individual will oversee the leadership of the day to day operations, curriculum and academic objectives for the students, and the professional development initiatives for the faculty and staff. The Superintendent will be a leader in the community, building upon the agency and the Falk School’s strong reputation as trailblazers and innovators in human services and special education.

Position & School Overview

The Superintendent must be an experienced leader and team-oriented consensus builder, with a high level of integrity, interpersonal skills and a genuine passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of students and their families. This experience must be combined with a track record of success, leading and upholding standards of excellence for students’ social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. The Superintendent must also maintain high academic standards to promote life-long learning and prepare students to achieve success in their post-secondary goals, careers, and relationships. Key competencies include:

  • Administrative Leadership Experience
  • Mission-Driven
  • Strategic & Adaptable
  • Inclusive & Collaborative
  • Relationship Builder
  • Leadership & Team Development Expertise

The Superintendent reports to the Child & Family Services President & CEO and provides strategic insight to the CEO and Board of Directors.

Direct reports include the following positions:

  • Principals (3)- Cambridge, Rossler, Roosevelt & satellite locations within BPS
  • Executive Director of Learning
  • Enrollment Coordinator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Safety Engineer
  • Food/Nutrition Services Coordinator
  • Office Manager

School Overview:

  • Total faculty and staff: 323
  • Total Classrooms: 101, all of which are a 6:1:1 setting
  • Number of students served: 606 (expanding to 636 for 2020-21 school year)

To view the full position profile visit: HERE

Please submit your application before August 1st, 2020 for consideration.

Administrative Leadership Experience

As a certified NYS School Administrator, the Superintendent will work in partnership with Child & Family Services (CFS) and is a member of the CFS leadership team. The Superintendent will be an advocate for CFS and provide expertise, insight, and recommendations to ensure that The Falk School and CFS are continuing to provide an environment that supports children and their families. The Superintendent will do this by:

  • Outlining and maintaining high standards of excellence when it comes to academics, social-emotional, and behavioral objectives and outcomes.
  • Working in conjunction with internal school leaders to provide oversight and input on curriculum, ensuring academic outcomes are achieved to support the success of the students.
  • Keeping informed of current curricular and educational thoughts, trends, and practices, as well as proposed legislation impacting the school and keeps the CEO and Board informed on significant developments.
  • Maintaining membership and participation with the NY State Coalition of 853 Schools.
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of objectives and long-range plans for curriculum and instructional evaluation and improvement.
  • Assuring continuous study and revision of curriculum guides and courses of study.
  • In collaboration with Child & Family Services Business and Finance Team, preparing annual operating budget recommendations based on guidelines set by NYSED. Implements the approved budget.
  • Preparing and submitting documents necessary for the receipt of all supporting funding sources.
  • Submitting recommendations to the Board relative to matters requiring Board action, supported by data and information necessary to make informed decisions.
  • Managing budgets and operations at The Falk School.
  • Manage school spending, monitor budget compliance, and mitigate financials risks.
  • Working closely with the Chief Development Officer to drive key results in fundraising, to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and key leaders.
  • Working with the Chief Risk Officer on risk management, compliance, and auditing initiatives.
  • Taking necessary steps to assure the safety and welfare of students and employees in the School and at School sponsored activities.
  • Working with the Chief Human Resource Officer, maintaining an environment that attracts and retains highly motivated staff, develops future leadership, and provides guidance to ensure the school hires and promotes the most qualified employees.

Mission Driven, Strategic, & Adaptable

The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader who will continue to drive the mission forward with a passion for students and their families. The Superintendent will lead The Falk School’s vision and strategy, built on a strong foundation of accessibility, responsiveness, community support, and inclusion. In order to do so the Superintendent will:

  • Contribute to strategic planning and its implementation as it relates to The Falk School and the overall mission of CFS.
  • Stay up to date and engaged on the NYS educational system and special education rules, regulations and initiatives to maintain a high level of effectiveness and responsiveness to community and student needs.
  • Work with the CEO and Board to develop a vision for the School and develops annual goals toward achieving that vision.
  • Determine, with the Chief Financial Officer, short and long-range building needs and oversee implementation of construction, operation and maintenance programs.
  • Be dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good.
  • Understand the dynamics of the local, regional, and national environments for special education, and specifically stays up to date when it comes to the rules and regulations for the Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education, and uses this knowledge to meet the needs of the children at The Falk School in conjunction with the overall mission of CFS.
  • Provide expertise and recommendations to the CFS CEO and Board regarding scaling the School to effectively support the growing needs of the community.
  • Respond quickly to changing environments, situations, responsibilities, expectations, trends, strategies and other processes.
  • Practice resilience in the face of challenges with a focus on leading with quality and providing innovative programs that will have a positive impact on the students, families, and the community.

Inclusive & Collaborative Leadership

The Superintendent will work in collaboration with the CFS leadership to provide the best environment and opportunities for the students as well as a great working environment for the teachers and staff. They will create an inclusive culture, where faculty and staff are engaged, and communication is open and transparent. In order to do this, the Superintendent will:

  • Operate with transparency and accountability at both the school and agency level.
  • Build and maintain a culture of trust and respect throughout the school.
  • Lead the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the school.
  • Cultivate a culture of employee empowerment and collaborative decision-making.
  • Inform and advise the Board about the programs, practices, and challenges of the school.
  • Collaborate with the CFS Leadership Team and Board to advocate for needed changes, anticipate and solve problems, and be a team player.

Relationship Builder

As a leader in the Western New York Community, the Superintendent will be skilled in the areas of advocacy and community relations. The Superintendent will value the power of networks; striving to leverage CFS’s community presence and strategy in order to build meaningful relationships inside and outside the organization. To do this the successful candidate will:

  • Establish relationships/partnerships across CFS and amongst the faculty and staff at The Falk School, in order to build teams, manage conflict, and promote an engaged and inclusive culture.
  • Maintain open lines of communication and cooperative working relationships with participating local school districts and other boards and departments of town government.
  • When appropriate, attend meetings of local agencies at which matters relating to the School appear on the agenda or are expected to be raised.
  • Attend and actively participate in the NYS Coalition of 853 Schools meetings.
  • Attend and actively participate in Board meetings and sub-committees of the Board.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Child & Family Services Senior Management Team.

Leadership & Team Development Expertise

It is of the utmost importance that the faculty and staff of The Falk School are highly qualified and well-equipped to meet the specialized needs of the students, families, and community in which they serve. It will be the Superintendent’s responsibility to ensure administrators, faculty and staff are provided continuous opportunities for development. At the same time, the Superintendent will ensure that the school leaders work alongside the human resources department of CFS to attract and retain the most qualified school leaders and educational professionals. In order to this, the successful candidate will:

  • Work with the Human Resources team to ensure the hiring of qualified and competent personnel.
  • Assign, transfer, and promote employees as the interests of the School may indicate.
  • Assure professional development opportunities are provided to the School staff.
  • Assure performance evaluation of School personnel.
  • Provide coaching and mentoring of direct reports and make recommendations to the Human Resources team regarding disciplinary action steps.
  • Build cohesive teams across the School that engage the ideas of people with diverse skillsets and backgrounds at all levels.
  • Build the necessary talent, systems, and culture to optimize the outcomes for students and opportunities for growth of faculty and staff.


  • Master’s degree in education required, Special Education preferred
  • NYS School Administrator certification required, NYS School District Leader (SDL) certification preferred
  • Certification as a special education teacher in New York State preferred
  • 8-10 years combined certified teaching and administrative/supervisory experience with a minimum of 5 years in a supervisory role
  • Effective communicator with a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Experience working to successfully bring people together in a racially and ethnically diverse environment
  • Inquisitive and humble learner, who can work alongside an experienced, knowledgeable, strategic and tenured executive team and Board of Directors – willing to lean on existing experience, and has the confidence to push for initiatives that promote impact and growth for the school, organization, and community

Catapult has been retained to conduct the search for Child & Family Services. Please submit your resume and cover letter to apply.

Posted On: Monday, July 6, 2020

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