The Santa Fe Indian School, Board of Trustees, is seeking a highly qualified School Superintendent.
Mission and Vision of the SFIS – The Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) is a sovereign educational community that builds upon its rich cultural legacy to be the leader in Native American education. The mission of SFIS is to foster Ideal Graduates, who are responsible, productive members of their Tribal Nations and the global community. In pursuit of this mission, SFIS strives to create, implement, and continuously improve programs that support learning and living environments designed to meet the needs of all our students. Since 1977, the school has been owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Governors of New Mexico, who have overseen our comprehensive approach to programming and services.
About the School – SFIS is a residential school with a total of 700 students in grades 7-12. SFIS has separate middle school and high school academic and residential programs, situated on a 114-acre campus in central Santa Fe, NM. The School has 235 full-time employees, administered by two (2) Principals and eleven (11) Department Directors. SFIS is accredited by AdvancEd.
General Position Description – The Superintendent is the executive officer of Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS), working under the direction of the SFIS Board of Trustees. The Superintendent is responsible for the efficient administration and supervision of the entire school system and the general welfare of the students and staff. The Superintendent is charged with carrying out the goals and directives of the SFIS Board of Trustees. The Superintendent is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the departments and programs and reporting on these programs and evaluations to the Board of Trustees, and to the 19 Pueblo Governors. All functions of this position shall be performed in a positive and respectful manner, while using the SFIS Core Values to achieve the school’s vision and mission.
Qualifications – Master’s Degree in Education required, PhD in education, preferred. Experience in education, preferably serving Native American students; four (4) years’ teaching experience, plus four (4) years’ administrative experience with responsibilities for supervision of educational program and services, preferably for Native American students. The combination of education and experience may be considered. Must Possess a New Mexico School Administrator License or commit to obtaining licensure within a negotiated time-period. Additional requirements: Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, and successfully pass a criminal background check in accordance to PL 101-630, and meet the requirements of 25CFR 63. Valid NM Driver’s License.
Additional Knowledge and Experience – Knowledge of Pueblo Culture and the SFIS student population; Experience working with and educating Native American Students; Demonstrated understanding of Tribal and Educational Sovereignty in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Tribally Controlled Schools; Experience guiding and overseeing student-centered teaching and learning; Experience guiding and overseeing student-centered support for social, emotional, and physical wellness
Salary and Contract – Salary and benefits are competitive/ salary is negotiable. Initial Contract period will not exceed two (2) years.
Apply – APPLICATION DEADLINE – APRIL 23, 2021, at 5:00PM
Applications Must Include: A letter delineating qualifications, experiences and reasons for interest in the position; A current resume; A completed application form (available at; Reference letters, certificates and licenses, and official academic transcripts from colleges/universities indicating degree(s)
Submit completed applications and /or inquires to;
Santa Fe Indian School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (Native American Preference)

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