The responsibilities of a superintendent include overseeing projects, coordinating staff, maintaining communication between employees and management, and delegating responsibilities. Superintendents can be used in a variety of different industry capacities. Two of the most common include building superintendents and school superintendents.
Building superintendents are responsible for running day-to-day operations and work directly with the project manager when delegating tasks. On large construction projects, the superintendent is stationed on the job site while the project manager handles a different set of responsibilities from the contractor's office. The superintendent controls short term crew scheduling, including coordinating subcontractors. This position is also responsible for handling quality control issues with suppliers. The superintendent may also be assigned an assistant referred to a project engineer.
School superintendents function in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer of an entire school district. In addition, they must perform general management duties such as planning budgets, allocating resources and hiring senior staff members. School superintendents are also involved in monitoring and maintaining academic progress. They are charged with ensuring education standards are met and student achievement is ongoing. They are responsible for updating and communicating with the school board, as well as acting as the liaison between government agencies.