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, Executive Director, or call (907) 463-1668.

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).


Chugach School District

Superintendent

As Superintendent Mike Hanley will be finishing his time with Chugach School District at the end of the school year (June 30, 2022), the Chugach School Board is starting the process of hiring a new superintendent for the 2022-23 school year. The Association of Alaska School Boards is working with the Chugach School Board in preparation to conduct the search for qualified applicants. Input opportunities including Chugach stakeholder surveys and meetings will be provided during the Superintendent Search process, expected to begin in mid-to-late February. 

More information to come soon!

Tiffany Jackson
Director of Membership Services
Association of Alaska School Boards
tjackson@nullaasb.org (907)-463-1666


Dillingham City School District

Superintendent

Posted January 18, 2022

The Board of Education of the Dillingham City School District is conducting a search for a superintendent. The successful candidate will have outstanding leadership skills with a strong background in improving student learning, especially reading and math. Demonstrated experience with effective educator recruiting and retention efforts, and cultural sensitivity and responsiveness will enhance a candidate’s potential for selection. The board is especially interested in a leader with high integrity who has proven experience as a manager, team leader, as well as someone who has experience in budget development, human resources and will put students first in all decisions. The successful candidate must respect and work with all constituent groups recognizing the benefit that each stakeholder brings to the District in an effort to meet the needs of all children. 

The Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) is conducting the search.

Timeline

  • Closing date for all application material: February 7, 2022, 5:00 pm AST
  • The board of education will select finalists on February 21, 2022
  • Successful candidates will be interviewed in person in Dillingham on March 4-5, 2022, through the following process:
    • Arrival on March 4 – Student and Staff Q/A with Evening Community Meet/Greet
    • Formal interviews in closed session with the Board of Education on March 5
    • Contract will be offered to successful candidate on March 5, 2022, on-site 

Application Process

The Association of Alaska School Boards uses an online application system. Please visit the Association’s website at https://aasb.org/superintendent/ for more information about this search and guidance on applying through the Revelus online application system.

Visit the Dillingham City School District’s web at www.dlgsd.org.

Questions pertaining to the role should be directed to Heather Shaw or Lon Garrison at 907-463-1660. Please do not reach out to individual board members.

Download the Recruitment Brochure as a PDF


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.

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:


Superintendent

Anchorage School District Superintendent of Schools

Anchorage School District, located in Alaska, seeks an individual with visionary leadership and strong administrative skills to lead a district of 43,500 students. The salary will be in the range of $265,000.00 plus includes an excellent comprehensive benefits ,package. The final salary for the successful candidate will be negotiated and determined based upon proven experience, qualifications and meeting Board criteria with an additional opportunity bonus, based on success criteria mutually established by the Board and the successful candidate.

Interested candidates may apply online at

www.rayassoc.com

Ray and Associates, Inc.

Ph: 319/393-3115

E-mail: glr@nullrayassoc.com

Application Deadline: February 7, 2022

Please do not contact the Board or District directly.


Superintendent Search

Valdez City Schools

Valdez, Alaska

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, 2022.

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: January 26, 2022 (11:30 p.m. central time)
  • School Board selects finalists to interview: February 9, 10 or 11, 2022
  • Finalists Interviews with the School Board: February 14-25, 2022
  • Selection of new Superintendent: Late February 2022
  • Start date: July 1, 2022

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.


Superintendent/Principal Search

North River School District Cosmopolis, Washington

Apply to www.macnjake.com

The North River School District, Cosmopolis, Washington, Board of Directors, is seeking a highly qualified and fully certified Superintendent/Principal. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position July 1, 2022.

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 Board of Directors in identifying and screening the candidates.

Enrollment: 67
Location: 110 miles southwest of Seattle

The Qualifications

The candidate must have the background, skills, and abilities essential for excellence in Educational leadership. The Board recognizes that selecting a Superintendent/Principal is one of the most important decisions it will make. The Board developed the following desired characteristics.

  • An inspirational leader who cares about students, the value of public education and the unique benefits of a rural community
  • A person who has superior listening and communication skills, someone who is approachable, friendly, highly visible, and employs relationship building skills
  • The new superintendent should be skillful in leading collaborative organizational change, curious, authentic, and values integrity and honesty
  • Someone who is consistent, fair, holds themselves and others to high standards, and freely admits their own mistakes
  • The next superintendent should be a visionary who embraces technology, understands curriculum and instruction, and how to utilize team planning and the follow-thru necessary to promote implementation change
  • The next superintendent must understand the needs and opportunities of rural communities and finds the lifestyle satisfying

Search Timeline:

  • Closing date for applications: February 28, 2022 (11:30 p.m. central time)
  • Board of Directors selects finalists to interview: March 14, 2022
  • Interviews with the Board of Directors: March 28, 2022
  • Selection of new Superintendent/Principal: April 11, 2022
  • Start date: July 1, 2022

Salary: $115,000 plus benefits

Home available to rent—current rate is $1,000/month

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://nr.k12.wa.us

Consultant: Dr. PJ Ford Slack p_fordslack@nullmacnjake.com

North River School District 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.


INVITATION TO JOIN OUR ALASKA MENTORING TEAM

Office of K-12 Outreach, University of Alaska Fairbanks

asmp.alaska.edu

We are looking for experienced educators with a track record of collaborating with other educators, who display a serious willingness to learn, and are flexible and resourceful. Candidates must also have a working knowledge of virtual communication technology tools and be willing to learn and use online applications as an essential piece of this work.

NEW MENTOR APPLICATION

If this Scope of Work looks like a contracted position you would LOVE to deliver, please complete this application and return all documents digitally to: uaf-asmp@nullalaska.edu by February 1, 2022.

To qualify you must

  1. Have a minimum of eight years’ ALASKA teaching experience
  2. Have (and maintain) a current Alaska teaching certificate
  3. Be fully released from school district obligations
  4. Be willing to travel to remote/rural Alaska, i.e.
    1. Able to lift heavy luggage,
    2. Travel by small plane, ATV, snow machine, etc.
    3. Be absent from your home for extended periods of time
  5. Attend monthly online and quarterly online or in-person training (in Anchorage or Fairbanks)

Please submit your APPLICATION PACKET by February 1, 2022 to uaf-asmp@nullalaska.edu


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.

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More Info

Email Lon Garrison, Executive Director, or call (907) 463-1668.

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, Executive Director, or call (907) 463-1668

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