Desired Characteristics

Superintendent of Schools for the Collingswood New Jersey School District

The Collingswood Board of Education seeks an experienced, passionate and

a visionary leader who is committed to equity and student achievement, community

engagement and sound fiscal management to lead the district and its shared district,

Oaklyn, by continuing to provide an excellent educational experience for all

students. After seeking input from both internal and external stakeholders

through interviews, focus groups, forums, and a community survey, the Board

identified the following desired characteristics for the next superintendent:

• Ability to communicate and work with all stakeholders as partners

• Relationship builder with board, staff, parents, students, and the community

• Successful experience leading a district of comparable size, complexity, and diversity

• Strong educational leader with compassion and flexibility to adapt to changing dynamics

• Able to make and standby tough decisions based on what's best for the students served

• Understanding of budget and finance and of how to maximize available resources for the ultimate benefactors, the district students

• Ability and willingness to learn and understand the culture of the district and community

• Hands-on, visible leader with the ability to delegate and hold others accountable

• Willing to listen and seek input when possible before making a recommendation or acting

• Strong ethics and integrity

• Clear and strong vision to carry out the district's mission for equity of opportunity and the success of each student

• Ability to create an environment to capture the vision of the community for equitable education for all students

• Passion for the work and high energy level

• Problem solver who is willing to put forth innovative and creative solutions

• Commitment to a vision that encompasses educating the whole child in a student-centered learning environment

• Ability to understand and work in a shared service environment

• Strong understanding of curriculum and the learning process

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• Must hold or immediately be eligible for a New Jersey School Administrators Certificate

• Leadership experience in a district of comparable size and complexity

• Successful leadership experience that encompasses a Pre/K 12 environment is required

• School/building level experience is desirable

• Shared service understanding and experience is desirable


The board is seeking candidates who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the

community and District. A multiyear contract will be offered at a salary in the range of

$200,000 subject to actual qualifications, experience, and negotiations.

Interested and qualified individuals can learn more about the position and apply:


Para la versión en español haga clic aquí.
Dear Collingswood & Oaklyn Communities,

The Boards of Collingswood & Oaklyn made a promise to both communities that we would keep you updated about the search for our next superintendent. It is incredibly important to us that you are involved in this process. As community members, you play a vital role in helping the Board develop a leadership profile that reflects the type of school leader that our communities want and need moving forward.

To help us develop that profile and recruit and hire the candidate that best fits the unique needs of our two districts, the Collingswood BOE has contracted with the firm, HYA Associates. The ad hoc search committee interviewed a number of firms and consultants last week, and we have full confidence that HYA Associates will help us get this right.

You should have received a text alert and email from Collingswood & Oaklyn Public Schools yesterday with a link to an online survey. If you missed that email, you can find the link here. This is the first step of the research-based community engagement process we are undertaking with the help of our consultant team to identify the goals, needs, and priorities of our school districts along with the desired characteristics of our next superintendent. A translation of this update will be forthcoming shortly in Spanish. Please keep an eye out for more engagement opportunities in the next few weeks.

Thank you,

Fiona Henry, President of Collingswood Board of Education & Bill Stauts, President of Oaklyn Board of Education

Actualización sobre el proceso de búsqueda de superintendentes 


Estimadas comunidades de Collingswood y Oaklyn, Las Juntas de Collingswood y Oaklyn prometieron a ambas comunidades que los mantendremos informados sobre la búsqueda de nuestro próximo superintendente. Para nosotros es muy importante que ustedes participen en este proceso. Como miembros de la comunidad, ustedes juegan un papel vital en ayudar a la Junta a desarrollar un perfil de liderazgo que refleje al tipo de líder escolar que nuestras comunidades quieren y necesitan para avanzar. Para ayudarnos a desarrollar ese perfil y reclutar y contratar al candidato que mejor se adapte a las necesidades únicas de nuestros dos distritos, el Board of Education de Collingswood ha contratado la firma HYA Associates. Nuestro comité de búsqueda entrevistó a varias firmas y consultores la semana pasada, y tenemos plena confianza en que HYA Associates nos ayudará a hacerlo bien. Ayer debería haber recibido un alerta de texto y un correo electrónico de las Escuelas Públicas de Collingswood y Oaklyn con un enlace con una encuesta en línea. Si se perdió ese correo electrónico, puede encontrar el enlace aquí. Este es el primer paso del proceso de participación comunitaria basado en la investigación que estamos llevando a cabo con la ayuda de nuestro equipo de consultores para identificar las metas, necesidades y prioridades de nuestros distritos escolares junto con las características deseadas de nuestro próximo superintendente. Esté atentos a más oportunidades de participación en las próximas semanas.


Fiona Henry, President of Collingswood Board of Education & Bill Stauts, President of Oaklyn Board of Education

Superintendent Survey

Please join us in completing this survey to assist with choosing the next leader of the Collingswood and Oaklyn Public Schools. Your voice matters and we would like to hear from you.


Thank you, Collingswood & Oaklyn Public Schools




Hello Collingswood and Oaklyn Families,

Since learning of Dr. Oswald's retirement, members of the Collingswood School Board, working with our Business Administrator Mrs. Coleman, formed an Ad Hoc committee tasked with determining the best path forward to hiring a new leader for our district.

Since forming, the committee has been in discussions with professional search firms and consultants to learn more about this process. We purposefully selected groups that know our district and have proven track records of hiring Superintendents that match the leadership needs of the community they will serve. It is the intent of the Board to partner with one of these external search groups in the coming days to start our search in earnest.

We have been fortunate to have Dr. Oswald leading our district for the past 14 years. Finding his successor will not be easy or fast. We will take the time, funds, and actions necessary to find the right fit for Collingswood and Oaklyn. We look forward to engaging with the community and staff at different stages of this process and ensuring that your voice is heard. Thank you for your support.

Matthew Craig

Ad Hoc Committee Members:

Collingswood Board President- Fiona Henry

Collingswood Board Vice President- Regan Kaiden

Oaklyn Board President- William Stauts

Collingswood Board Member- Christine Sheridan Celia

Collingswood Board Member- Matthew Craig


Dear Members of the Collingswood School Community,

Collingswood has been fortunate to be under the leadership of Dr. Scott Oswald for the past 14 years. As the Board of Education accepts his retirement announcement, we reflect on his dedication to the students of Collingswood and its sending districts, Oaklyn and Woodlynne. During his tenure, he has led the district through facilities improvements and technology upgrades that have served us well during this pandemic. Dr. Oswald is a strong instructional leader who recognizes the importance of social-emotional learning and supports needed to ensure students are ready to learn. Consistently, he has kept student achievement as the focus of decisions regarding curriculum and teacher professional development. He is a champion for equity and social justice and has worked consistently with the Board in the ongoing work of improving practices and policies.

Throughout these recent months of uncertainty, our superintendent tirelessly communicated with families to provide a reassuring consistency to the end of an uncharted and uncertain school year. Dr. Oswald’s summer months were spent navigating guidance and mandates from the state and translating that into planning for the current school year in a way that would best serve the students of our district. As the school year unfolds, the Board is confident that Dr. Oswald will continue to support the students of Collingswood Public Schools to succeed in the face of these challenging times. Dr. Oswald will be missed and we wish him the best for his retirement.

Due to Dr. Oswald’s long-term leadership and staff development, we are confident that he is leaving behind a strong team and systems in place to set this district up for success and carry out a smooth transition. The Board is committed to hiring a superintendent who meets the needs of our rich and diverse school community. We are in the beginning stages of this process right now. It is important to us that we ensure all stakeholders - from our teachers, administration, and staff to our students, families, and community members - have the opportunity to be a part of the process and provide valuable feedback that will help us develop selection criteria that match the priorities of our community. A superintendent sets the tone for a school district and carries out its mission and goals. We know how vital this job is and we do not want to rush the search process for finding the right fit for Collingswood and Oaklyn Public Schools. We will continue to update you as we move through the various stages of the search. As we prepare for the future of Collingswood Public Schools, we wish Dr. Oswald success in his future endeavors.


The Collingswood Board of Education