Superintendent--Rancho Santa Fe School District, CA
CSBA/McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, California
Type: Full Time
The Board of Trustees of the Rancho Santa Fe School District seeks a superintendent with a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of improving student achievement in a dynamic community, known for its high expectations and commitment to its students. It is the desire of the Board of Trustees to attract a qualified candidate who is interested in the position as the pinnacle of their career and expects to have an extended time leading and serving the District. The district is governed by a five-member school board, strongly committed to working as a collaborative governance team with its superintendent. This individual should have a successful record in short- and long-range planning and in organizing programs and activities to achieve the district’s goals and objectives. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position as soon as possible, no later than July 1, 2023.
McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., Executive Recruitment and Development, in collaboration with the California School Boards Association, has been engaged as the consultant in a search for outstanding candidates. They will assist the Board of Trustees in identifying and screening the candidates.
Location: 25 miles north of San Diego
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 developed the following desired characteristics.
An effective educator who has the ability to develop and promote a vision for the district that focuses on student excellence and achievement. Rancho Santa Fe School District is looking for a public school educator who must be knowledgeable and current in curriculum and has demonstrated the ability to work with staff in developing a K-8 articulated curriculum. The superintendent is expected to analyze and work to increase overall student achievement in all academic areas as measured by CAASPP, District assessments, formative classroom assessments, and student projects/portfolios, while maintaining a commitment to high quality instruction and a meaning centered curriculum. Systematic evaluation of program effectiveness, presenting data to the Board and making program modification recommendations on a regular basis are necessary skills that are required. Our leader must promote consistent District wide procedures for regular and Special Education interventions and services. The superintendent must understand and support the full K-8 experience and the need to provide students with a cohesive and comprehensive academic program to include core academic studies, the arts, CTE opportunities, and extra-curricular sports and activities. The superintendent must be knowledgeable and lead the development of the whole child, supporting our programs of values education, civic responsibility, anti-bullying, and healthy living practices. The next superintendent must know the best practices in teaching and learning, be able to implement effective curriculum and instruction, assist in the selection of purposeful professional development, and employ systems of assessment that all result in increased achievement for all students.
An effective collaborator and communicator who has strong verbal, written, and digital communication skills, and is accessible to all. The superintendent must be a team builder who is able to bring people together in unity, establishing trusting, transparent, inclusive, and respectful relationships with the Board, administration, staff, students, and community. Specifically, the superintendent must be skilled at keeping the Board informed in a timely manner, understand the role of the Board, and engage them in collaborative decision-making.
A community leader who makes it a priority to be visible in both the schools and community, engaging the community to promote parent participation and support for district activities. It is critical that our next superintendent build trust and positive relationships with parents and the community. They must be a able to motivate the engagement of the community through their effective communication skills (speaking, written and technology), genuine and respectful listening skills, and a strong work ethic. Having experience working as a partner with a successful educational foundation would be an asset for our next leader. This leader must be an inclusive, transparent, problem solver who is approachable, visible and assessable to parents, staff and community. Our leader must encourage partnerships with community organizations that support student well-being and mental health.
An ethical leader with a strong principled work ethic who leads by example and expects high standards for self, staff, and students. We need a person who possesses the characteristics of honesty, a sense of humor, confidence, empathy, and energy in order to motivate all to perform at high levels of expertise. The District desires a superintendent who has the courage and willingness to take positions and action that benefit students and the district even when it may be unpopular to do so. This leader can effectively relate to and work with diverse cultures, listen to their needs, expectations, and opinions, and is skilled in resolving their issues with the schools.
A strategic manager who demonstrates operational expertise and the ability to implement long-range educational and fiscal plans that benefit students. A strong team builder who empowers other leaders, by developing their knowledge and skills, appropriately delegating tasks and responsibilities, building leadership from within, and providing professional development and guidance. This hands on fiscal manager is expected to be able to: prepare and submit to the Governing Board an annual budget and the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), maintain all required financial records for the District and submit to the Governing Board all required financial and budgetary reports.
An evaluator who insures that there are systems of evaluation for self and all employees providing accountability on a regular basis. A person who, working as the Board’s agent, is an influential problem solver in the arenas of fiscal management, Special Education, collective bargaining, facilities, and other operational functions of the District. Demonstrated success working with employee unions must be evident. Having experience with managing facility construction and maintenance projects is desirable.
Administrative experience at the site and district office, with at least three years experience in the position of assistant superintendent or above, experience as a superintendent is preferred
A Master’s Degree in the candidate’s chosen field
Eligible for an administrative credential
Experience or knowledge of working in a Basic Aid district environment
Closing date for applications: January 11, 2023 (11:30 p.m. central time)
Board of Trustees selects finalists to interview: January 23,2023
Interviews with the Board of Trustees: January 27 & 28, 2023
McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. has been conducting national searches for governing boards since 1991. The firm has placed over 815 superintendents and other officials in public and non-profit organizations across the United States. McPherson & Jacobson is one of the leading national superintendent search firms.
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