Director Selection Process

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is undertaking a search for a new Director of Education.  Dr. Jennifer Adams, will be retiring effective December 312018 after seven years of exceptional service and unprecedented achievement as Director of Education.

The OCDSB has retained Boyden, a global executive search firm, to assist the Board with this important work.  Over the coming months, the Board will undertake a comprehensive recruitment process which includes the following key steps - seek community input; develop a position profile; advertise the position; interview candidates and make an offer.  The Board hopes to make a decision by the start of October in order to have a new Director in place for January 1, 2019. You will find a description of the position below. Applications can be submitted to Boyden hereWe thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

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The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has much to be proud about. Over the past decade, OCDSB’s Board, senior staff, community partners, educators, parents and, most importantly, students have demonstrated the strength, potential and impact of public education on communities and society.  Today, OCDSB is seen as a leader and innovator in the province and around the world.

In the coming months, OCDSB will be recruiting a dynamic and highly skilled leader as its Director of Education who will build on the Board’s achievements to date and tackle some big challenges in the years ahead.

As Director, you will be directly accountable to the Board of Trustees and be responsible for the educational, organizational, fiscal, operational and legislative requirements of the District.  You will foster a sense of purpose and a culture of organizational cohesion and coherence; champion student well-being and achievement; promote and personify the values of equity, diversity and inclusion; lead efforts to address systemic issues that lead to inequity and inequality; further strengthen the Board/staff relationship; support the Board’s policy development function; mentor and empower an engaged senior management team; enhance the Board’s stakeholder consultation process; develop excellent relations with local communities and partners across the city and region; and ensure a strong presence and continued influence at Queen’s Park.

Your passion, motivation and interest, both as an educator and administrative leader, are deeply anchored in the well-being, achievement and learning needs of each and every student.  Highly strategic and innovative, you have a record of success driving bold changes that have broad system impact.  You are, by all measures and accounts, a trusted and respected community partner and exceptional communicator and facilitator. You actively build meaningful and lasting relationships founded on trust, transparency, respect and accountability.  Words used to describe your leadership style: collaborative, inspiring, team-oriented, confident, humble, empowering, empathetic, encouraging, demanding and supportive of others.  You have a record of developing succession plans and leadership teams that espouse and reflect the values of diversity, inclusion and equity. You display exemplary judgment and financial acumen in managing resources, developing budgets, and setting priorities.  You are considered by many an authoritative and influential voice for public education, who governments, partners and the media call on for insights and direction on major public policy matters.

You are qualified as an Academic Supervisory Officer in Ontario or are eligible to be qualified based on equivalent experience and qualifications. Fluency in French is considered an asset.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is the largest school board in Eastern Ontario, employing 10,000 staff dedicated to student learning and serving over 73,000 students in urban and rural settings through a system of 143 schools - 118 elementary including 2 special education sites, 25 secondary including the Adult High School, plus 5 secondary alternate sites, and a vibrant Extended Day Program.

Equity is a strategic priority of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The OCDSB is committed to an inclusive workplace culture where all employees have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. The OCDSB is also committed to attracting and retaining a highly skilled and representative workforce with the knowledge and competencies necessary to deliver quality education and service to the diversity of students and communities we serve.

For a full executive briefing document, please contact Jessa Chupik and Michael Naufal at

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