Superintendent Search Services

The Association of Alaska School Boards Superintendent Search Service offers maximum flexibility to Alaska School Boards and assures the Board has total control of the selection and appointment process. The search team performs the legwork associated with the search, allowing the Board to concentrate on the most critical steps in the search; setting the criteria, interviewing the most qualified candidates, and selecting the next superintendent.

Search facilitation fees are based on the level of assistance that the Board may require regarding the search. This can range from a packet of information to help you conduct your own search to various levels of involvement and facilitation including a fully supported search. Fees are also based on your ADM. Our facilitated searches now include exclusive and required online document management for all application materials.

For more information about working with AASB to manage your superintendent search, please contact:

Email Lon Garrison, Director of Membership Services, or call (907) 463-1666.

Superintendent Openings

The following school districts in Alaska have contracted with AASB to facilitate the search for their next superintendent.

Candidates who do not possess an Alaska Type B Certificate with a superintendent endorsement should begin the process with the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. (AK DEED 907-465-2800)


Unalaska City School District

Superintendent Vacancy

Unalaska, Alaska

Posted: December 21, 2021

The Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) is facilitating a superintendent search for the Board of Education of the Unalaska City School District.  The School District is located on the island of Unalaska along the Aleutian Island chain (~800 air miles from Anchorage) on the ancestral lands of the Unangan people.  The district is positioned in one of Alaska’s most remote and breathtaking regions and serves 413 students.  The student population is highly diverse and includes Unangan, Inupiaq, Filipino, Pacific Island, African-American, Russian, Hispanic, and European. Commercial fishing is the primary economy. 

Applications are sought from those candidates with successful experience as a superintendent, principal, or central office administrator in a uniquely close community.  The Board is seeking a candidate that is dedicated to providing an education that engages students, increases academic proficiency, and prepares them well for any post-secondary educational opportunity.  The new superintendent is expected to start employment on July 1, 2021.  

A salary range between $115,000 – 125,000 (DOE) for a 260-day contract with an attractive fringe benefit package is being offered to the successful candidate.

Timetable

Application deadline: ………………………………………. January 20, 2021

Selection of finalists: ……………………………………….. January 30, 2021

Interviews with Board: ……………………………………. Week of February 11-13, 2021

Selected candidate site visit………………………….. TBD (February)

Employment begins: ……………………………………….. July 1, 2021

For more detailed information please click here to download a complete recruitment announcement and district brochure: 

Unalaska City SD Superintendent Recruitment Brochure

Unalaska City School District

To apply, please click here: aasb.myrevelus.com    

Questions?  Please call Heather Shaw or Lon Garrison at 907-463-1660.


Sitka School District

Superintendent Vacancy

Sitka, Alaska

Posted: December 24, 2020

The Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) is facilitating a superintendent search for the Board of Education of the Sitka School District.  The School District is located on the west coast of Baranof Island near the center of the Southeast Alaska archipelago (~150 air miles from Juneau, 861 air miles from Seattle) on the ancestral lands of the Kiks.ádi, a part of the indigenous Tlingit people of the region.  Sitka is a community of 8,800 people with a variety of cultures, including Tlingit, Filipino, Pacific Islander, African-American, Latino, and European.  The school district serves 1,144, k-12 students utilizing five schools and a homeschool program.

Applications are sought from candidates with demonstrated experience as a superintendent, administrator, or principal.  The Board is looking for a candidate dedicated to collaborative leadership combined with excellent communication skills.  The new superintendent must work well with Alaska Native or other indigenous cultures and be ready to continue creating a culturally responsive education system for Sitka.

An annual salary range of $120,000 – $140,000 with an attractive benefits package is being offered to the successful candidate.

Timetable

Application deadline: ………………………………………. January 25, 2021

Selection of finalists: ……………………………………….. February 2 or 3, 2021

Interviews with Board (onsite if possible): … February 17-19, 2021

Employment begins: ……………………………………….. July 1, 2021

For more detailed information please click here to download a complete recruitment announcement and district brochure: 

Sitka SD Superintendent Recruitment Brochure                      

Sitka School District

To apply, please click here: aasb.myrevelus.com

Questions?  Please call Heather Shaw or Lon Garrison at 907-463-1660.


Wrangell Public Schools

Superintendent Vacancy

Wrangell, Alaska

Posted January 16, 2021

The Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) is facilitating a superintendent search for the Board of Education of the Wrangell Public Schools.  The School District is located on the northwest corner of Wrangell Island (approximately 750 miles north of Seattle in the Southeast Alaska panhandle) on the ancestral lands of the Tlingit people.  The district is located in the breathtakingly beautiful Tongass National Forest, the largest forest in the nation (16.7 million acres).  The school district serves ~200 students.  Fishing, marine services, and adventure tourism are several industries in the community.

Applications are sought from those candidates with successful experience as an administrator or principal, with superintendent experience preferred.  The Board is seeking a candidate dedicated to providing an education that engages students, maintains high academic proficiency, and prepares them well for any post-secondary educational opportunity.  The new superintendent is expected to start employment on July 1, 2021. 

A salary range of $110,000 – $125,000 with an attractive benefits package is being offered to the successful candidate. Rental housing is available in the community, and moving expenses are negotiable.

Timetable

Application deadline: ………………………………………………………………. February 15, 2021

Selection of finalists: ……………………………………………………………….. February 20, 2021

Interviews with Board: …………………………………………………………… Week of March 3-6, 2021

Selected candidate site visit……………………………………………….. TBD (March)

Employment begins: ………………………………………………………………. July 1, 2021

For more detailed information please click here to download a complete recruitment announcement and district brochure: 

Wrangell SD Superintendent Recruitment Brochure              

Wrangell Public Schools

To apply, please click here: aasb.myrevelus.com

Questions?  Please call Heather Shaw or Lon Garrison at 907-463-1660.


Superintendent Search Process

Each Board of Education has different needs and approaches to conducting its business. The Association of Alaska School Boards Superintendent Search Service understands this and will work to ensure that the superintendent search is directed by the Board and is tailored to its needs and desires.

The entire search process emphasizes that the search will be objective, fair, and confidential and will reflect the criteria determined by the full board, and not that of the search consultant.

AASB has a proven search process and extensive sources for advertising vacancies. This includes nation-wide exposure through the National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers (NASS), the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and other colleagues and opportunities.

For more information, email Lon Garrison or Timi Tullis or call (907) 463-1660.

The superintendent search process includes these steps:
1. Outline the Process

AASB will assist the Board in developing a tailored approach to the search that will cover all necessary components including:

  • Selection criteria
  • Finalist Screening
  • Vacancy notice distribution
  • Interview structure and facilitation
  • Application packaging
  • Contract terms•Candidate recruitment
  • New superintendent news release
  • Candidate background verification
2. Identify Selection Criteria

The AASB consultant will assist the Board in developing the criteria for selecting the new superintendent by determining whether:

  • the search will be nationwide or limited to Alaska
  • Alaska experience or special strengths are required
  • in-district candidates are given preference
  • issues within the district require special consideration
3. The Recruitment Process

Once the selection criteria have been identified, AASB will work with the board to develop a vacancy announcement that will describe the position, school district and community, and professional background and attribute criteria desired. This information will be published as an electronic brochure on the AASB website and shared widely.

4. Applicant Files

AASB now uses an entirely online application and candidate review program developed and supported by our colleagues at the Ohio School Boards Association. Interested candidates can apply by going to aasb.myrevelus.org.

5. Candidate Background Verification

AASB requires all applicants to go through a background check that consists of a national criminal background check, a sex offender list review and a SSN trace for each applicant. An education, employer and professional license verification is also conducted. Through AASBs extensive professional network, confidential reference verification of all candidates is completed. AASB solicits valuable information from other state associations and school boards that can then help Alaska boards gain insights into each candidate.

6. Screening to Identify Finalists

During the formal applicant screening process the search consultant will meet with the board; provide a brief overview for each applicant including any background information secured. In addition, the search consultant will facilitate the board’s screening of applicant file according to the established criteria. This process could include brief audio conferences with individual candidates as necessary.

The board, at its discretion, will determine the best-qualified candidates for further consideration. AASB will notify all applicants not selected as finalists.

7. Selection of Finalists & Logistics

Following review of applicant files, background verification and executive session consensus; the board will select the finalists they wish to interview. During this time, the board will also develop a schedule for the finalist’s on-site visit and formal interview. Common questions to be asked candidates during the formal interview will also be developed at this time.

AASB will accept responsibility for contacting finalists, preparing a press release announcing the finalists and the process for the on-site visit by the candidates, and make all finalist travel arrangements for formal interview.

8. The Interview Process

The AASB search consultant will be on-site during the interview and selection process. AASB will assume responsibility for providing the board with the tools necessary to successfully interview the candidates and present the candidates to the staff and community. The search consultant is available to facilitate the processes necessary to present the district and community to the candidates as well as afford the opportunity for staff and community to “experience” the finalists.

Once a candidate is selected and accepts, the search consultant will facilitate the contract parameters to be signed by the candidate and board. These parameters will form the basis for a formal contract to be developed by the district’s legal counsel. The search consultant will also assist the Board with preparing a press release of the superintendent appointment.

9. Timelines

An adequate timeline is critical to the success of the search. The suggested timeline shown below is offered as a guideline should time and circumstances allow.

ActivityTime
Meet with the board to develop criteriaWeek 1
Design and post an electronic brochureWeek 1
Soliciting candidate interestWeek 2-10
Conduct background investigationsWeek 11
Notify finalists and arrange interviewsWeek 13
Conduct interviews, final section, contractWeek 14
Follow-up workshopTBD — Fall
10. Follow-up Workshop

Following the appointment and arrival of the new superintendent, the AASB consultant will conduct a workshop in the district to help the board and superintendent “check-base” on the evolving relationship, clarify responsibilities and develop any necessary understandings to ensure a long-term partnership. This workshop helps the new board-superintendent team establish effective communication and mutual understanding.

Candidate Application Process

To apply for any of the AASB-facilitated searches you will need to go to our online application system at aasb.myrevelus.com and complete a candidate profile.  Once you have done that you may then access the specific Alaska district vacancies and any other out-of-state vacancies using the REVELUS system. 

Please download the directions to create your Revelus account (Guide to Creating a Revelus Profile). AASB will no longer accept application materials emailed or mailed to our office in our search process. Candidates can only apply through aasb.myrevelus.com.  Every applicant applying for a superintendent position through AASB will be required to complete a background check. The background check will include a national criminal background check, a sex offender list check, and an SSN trace for each applicant. An education, employer, and professional license verification are also conducted.

Get Email Updates

Want to be notified of future vacancies? If you are a Superintendent applicant and would like to receive emails about position vacancies in Alaska, sign up for our Superintendent Vacancies Email list by clicking on the button below.

Superintendent Openings Email

More Info

Email Lon Garrison, Director of Membership Services, or call (907) 463-1666.

Other Superintendent and Administrative Openings

As a courtesy to our member districts, we will post your other central or district office openings for no charge.  Please contact us at aasb@nullaasb.org or (907) 463-1660.

AASB also provides access to our partner state associations that may have superintendent positions open.  

Within the REVELUS Network:  Go to aasb.myrevelus.com to view superintendent vacancies within the Revelus network (Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ohio, Michigan).

Washington State:  Northwest Leadership Associates in conjunction with the Washington State School Directors Association is searching for superintendents to serve many school districts around the state. For information please go to the NWLA website.

Other Superintendent and Administrative Openings:


Valdez City Schools

Valdez, Alaska

Superintendent Vacancy

Apply to www.macnjake.com

The Valdez City Schools, Valdez, Alaska Board of Education, is seeking a highly qualified and fully certified Superintendent. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position on or before July 1, 2021.

McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., Executive Recruitment and Development has been engaged as the consultant in a search for outstanding candidates. They will assist the School Board in identifying and screening the candidates.

Enrollment: 686

Location: 300 miles east of Anchorage

The Qualifications

The candidate must have the background, skills, and abilities essential for excellence in educational leadership. The board recognizes that selecting a superintendent is one of the most important decisions it will make. The board has identified the following desired characteristics:

Possess strong leadership skills and management skills with a respect for the opinions of others to establish a good working relationship and focus on excellence with students, staff members, district patrons and the Board of Education. Be a visible and active participant in the school and community.

Well versed in quality educational ideals. Has the ability to create a climate for strong educational values. Have a proven track record on successful implementation of effective educational programs

Possesses excellent interpersonal relationship and public relationship skills. Has the ability to work effectively with all stakeholders, listening to all, while maintaining the focus of the district.

Has the ability to identify strengths of others and build upon those strengths and develop collaborative relationships. A positive team builder with ability to delegate and create a climate for positive risk-taking.

Search Timeline

Closing date for applications: February 18, 2021 (11:30 p.m. central time)
School Board selects finalists to interview: March 5, 2021
Finalists Interviews with the School Board: March 8-15, 2021
Selection of new Superintendent: April 2021
Start date: July 1, 2021

Contact information

McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.
11725 Arbor St., Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68144
888-375-4814
Email: apps@nullmacnjake.com

School Website: http://www.valdezcityschools.org

Consultant: Dr. Steve Lowder s_lowder@nullmacnjake.com

Valdez City Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability and, when needed, will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees. Anyone requesting a reasonable accommodation in the application or recruitment process please contact McPherson & Jacobson at the address/phone/email above.


Yupiit School District

Akiachak, Alaska

Superintendent Vacancy

The Yupiit Board of Education desires a superintendent that understands, appreciates and will be involved in our local Yup’ik culture. The Board seeks a superintendent that will work to build trusting, positive relationships with employees, regional board members, local advisory board members, and all stakeholders in the three villages of the district (Akiachak, Akiak and Tuluksak). The applicant will recognize and have experience with the uniquely important role of village school principals and their associated local advisory boards and work to support their success in effectively educating Yupiit students who are connected to their local culture and traditions. The Board is seeking an individual that has demonstrated experience with effective and uniquely appropriate ways of measuring student growth and proficiency that recognizes the learning styles and cultural qualities of indigenous people.

The ideal candidate will be adept and experienced in working with federal, state and local agencies including our tribal governments in a collaborative fashion that promotes meeting the needs of Yupiit student success and academic achievement. Additionally, the superintendent will have the skills to work collaboratively with the Board and school communities and will spend quality time in all three communities. We desire a person who has shown an ability to be creative when resources are scarce; who can motivate and lead without oppressing; who is not afraid to aggressively seek other sources of support for educational programs and school maintenance. It is essential in a small district such as ours that a superintendent knows how to work well with a business office and manage the district resources as effectively and efficiently as possible.

2021 Yupiit Superintendent Search Brochure

Application and Timetable

The Yupiit Board of Education is facilitating the search. The following is the timetable the Board has established for the superintendent search:

Timetable

  • Application deadline: May 31, 2021 (5:00 pm AKST)
  • Selection of Finalists: June 10, 2021
  •  Interviews with Board: Week of June 21, 2021
  • Employment begins: July 1, 2021

The following items must comprise a complete application file:

  • A current or updated complete ATP candidate application
  • Applicable academic transcripts
  • A current resume and/or CV
  • Copies of current certifications or licenses. (Candidates applying should possess an Alaska Type B Certificate with a superintendent endorsement in order to be considered for this position.)

Application Materials should be sent to:

(Digital submission of materials is highly desired, preferably as PDF files.)

Bonnie James, HR Specialist
P.O. Box 51190, Akiachak, AK 99551 Phone: (907) 825-3600
Email: bjames@nullyupiit.org

Visit the School District’s website at www.yupiit.org for additional information about our district, schools and communities.


Superintendent Search FAQ
Who conducts superintendent searches?

Each search is facilitated by a member of the Association staff. Norm Wooten and Timi Tullis are the primary search consultants.

How will AASB know what the board and district need in a superintendent?

The AASB search consultant will meet with the board to identify the district priorities and specific selection criteria. The Board will use this information throughout the search to identify the most suitable candidates for the position.

How can the board include the community in identifying needs and priorities?

Districts have utilized a variety of approaches to involve community and staff in the search process. These approaches include using the district’s website for an interested individual to provide input into the qualifications and personal attributes for the new superintendent; having parent organizations and staff respond to a formal questionnaire regarding what is desired in a new superintendent; identifying a committee representing a cross-section of interested parties to meet with the search consultant; and a host of other less formal approaches.

Can the community be involved in the selection of candidates?

Most boards have finalists meet with the community in an open forum when the finalists are on-site. These sessions, moderated by the AASB search consultant, are structured to invite questions from the audience. In districts where multiple communities are involved, video conferencing has been utilized effectively to involve all interested constituents.

Who will review the candidate applications?

The Association has a formal application that all candidates must complete to be considered for the position. In most cases, the completed application is accompanied by the candidate’s professional portfolio and a minimum of three confidential references provided on AASB forms. Each candidate’s complete application file will be reviewed by the Board of Education when determining candidates to be interviewed.

How many candidates does the board interview?

Most Boards select three or four candidates to interview in the district. Travel and accommodations are almost always paid by the district.

What questions should the board ask of candidates?

The AASB consultant will guide the interviews and assist the board in the development of questions that pertain to the selection criteria.

How long will the search take?

A thorough search can take as long as three months from the initial workshop that identifies board priorities and candidate criteria through the selection of the new superintendent. Searches that occur in the late spring are usually expedited to better ensure a candidate pool and provide sufficient time for the successful candidate to assume responsibility as the new superintendent by July 1.

How does the Association’s Superintendent Search Service differ from other consultants?

Association staff does not select superintendents or superintendent finalists. That is the sole responsibility of the board. AASB helps ensure the search results in the best candidate for the district, not the best district for a particular candidate. AASB is committed to relieving the burdensome “tasks” associated with a search, so that board members can focus their energy on determining the best candidate to move the district forward for students.

How often will the search consultant be in the district?

For most searches, the search consultant will be in the district on four occasions:

  1. An initial meeting to familiarize the board with the search process, establish timelines and other search parameters and identify selection criteria.
  2. A second meeting to determine the candidates to be interviewed. This session also allows the board to prepare for the on-site candidate visit and the development of formal interview questions.
  3. A third meeting when the candidates are on-site for interviews and the new superintendent is selected and contract parameters determined.
  4. A final meeting is scheduled after the new superintendent is in the district. This workshop helps to clarify board and superintendent responsibilities and priorities to help ensure a positive beginning to the relationship.
AASB-Facilitated Superintendent Searches

The Association of Alaska School Boards Superintendent Search Service offers maximum flexibility to Alaska School Boards and assures the Board has total control of the selection and appointment process. The search team performs the legwork associated with the search, allowing the Board to concentrate on the most critical steps in the search; setting the criteria, interviewing the most qualified candidates and selecting the next superintendent.

Search facilitation fees are based on the level of assistance that the Board may require regarding the search. This can range from a packet of information to help you conduct your own search to various levels of involvement and facilitation including a fully supported search. Fees are also based on your ADM. Our facilitated searches now include exclusive and required online document management for all application materials.

Get Email Updates

Want to be notified of future superintendent openings? If you are a Superintendent applicant and would like to receive emails about position vacancies in Alaska, sign up for our Superintendent Vacancies Email list by clicking on the button below.

More Info

For more information about working with AASB to manage your superintendent search, please contact:

Email Lon Garrison, Director of Membership Services, or call (907) 463-1666

Email Heather Shaw, Executive Administrative Assistant, or call (907) 463-1660