Superintendent, San Marcos Unified School District
Dave Long & Associates - Executive Search Services
August 1, 2018
San Marcos, California
Competitive and Negotiable
Contract - Experienced
The Governing Board of the San Marcos Unified School District, an award-winning K-12 public school district in Northern San Diego County, seeks a superintendent to replace Melissa Hunt, who will have completed her transitional year on August 31st. This high performing district, known for its innovation and academic excellence, seeks a Superintendent willing and able to continue its award-winning success, and in cooperation with the Board and staff, lead SMUSD to the next level.
The ideal candidate is an experienced educator with exceptional leadership skills, who models an innovative approach to education and a commitment to educating 21st Century learners. The successful candidate will be an exceptional communicator with knowledge and/or experience in all areas of district and school administration, including instruction, finance, budget, personnel, special education and facilities.
The ideal Superintendent will be outgoing, with excellent interpersonal skills and must have a reputation for fairness, and for building and maintaining positive relationships throughout the District.
The Community and District History
The San Marcos Unified School District serves approximately 21,000 students from pre-school through adult education in 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, two K-8 schools, one continuation high school, one Independent study high school, one charter and one adult school. The students live in San Marcos, Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido and an unincorporated area of San Diego County.
The district employs over 2,200 people, which includes nearly 1,100 certificated teachers. It is the largest employer in the city of San Marcos, having substantially more staff than Palomar College and California State University San Marcos. SMUSD employs roughly ten times the employees of the City of San Marcos.
Legend has it that the San Marcos area between Vista and Escondido was discovered in the latter part of the 18th century by Spanish troops chasing Native Americans, who had stolen their horses. The Spaniards called the Valley, Los Vallecitos de San Marcos because it was discovered on St. Mark’s day, April 25th. The name was shortened to San Marcos in 1797.
San Marcos Elementary was first built in 1910, with additional buildings constructed in 1929, and completely remodeled in 2010, is currently the oldest school in use in the district. Starting in 1957, other schools followed such as Alvin Dunn, Richland Elementary, and San Marcos Junior High School. Although San Marcos High School opened in 1961, it didn’t join as part of the district until 1976 when the district officially became the San Marcos Unified School District.
The District has an established Mission, Belief and Commitment
The San Marcos Unified School District is an innovative and collaborative community providing an unparalleled educational experience. Through an engaging and supportive environment, all our students are challenged, inspired and poised to excel.
That every student deserves to learn every day.
Positive relationships and a strong sense of community connect students to learning. Teachers who challenge and care for students make a significant impact on students’ lives.
To attain excellence, we can accept only the best from every individual in the learning community.
To providing each student with an appropriate and challenging educational experience.
Maintaining a respectful environment that fosters learning through positive relationships among students, adults and our diverse community.
Hiring and retaining only the best educators and investing in their success.
Providing quality education based on high standards, effective practice, continuous improvement and innovation.
San Marcos Unified District Socio-Economic Indicators
The following are District-wide socio-economic indicators:
Other Demographic Information
21,007 (Oct. 2017)
15.0% English Learners
16.1% addn’l Redesignated FEPs
11.5 % Students with Special Needs
The following criteria represent standards to be used in the evaluation of applicants and in the selection of the superintendent:
Experience as a classroom teacher is required
Master’s degree and CA administrative credential are required
Experience as a school principal is required
Central office experience is desirable
Bilingual ability (Spanish) is desirable
CA driver’s license is required
Doctorate is optional
The Superintendent must be visible, approachable, personable and demonstrate a sense of humor. The successful candidate will be a visionary with an eye to the future who can inspire others to achieve and grow. The successful candidate will be one who can embrace change without forcing it, use data to drive decision making, and be a visible presence in our community. This Superintendent must have a clear sense of self and the common sense to get important work done in a positive and collaborative way.
Educational Skills and Abilities
Committed to academic excellence with a clear vision for education that maintains a focus on improving student performance, while supporting a broad course of study for all students.
Ability to work collaboratively and honestly with the Governing Board, staff, and community.
Ability to develop and support the executive management team, as well as prepare individuals for future advancement within the district.
Provide Board members with accurate and timely information so as to prepare them to make effective decisions in a timely manner.
Demonstrate ability to responsibly manage the district’s finances, facilities and resources, and to seek additional funding source.
Understand collective bargaining and able to maintain a positive climate with all employee groups.
All applications will be held strictly confidential. Each applicant is required to follow the procedures listed below. Those applicants wishing additional information should contact the Board advisors from Dave Long & Associates, Beverly Hempstead at 714-746-6828 and/or John Roach at 760-802-7049.
Applications must be submitted to:
San Marcos Unified School District
c/o Beverly Hempstead or John Roach
Dave Long Executive Search Services
All applicants must provide the following items by the closing date of August 22, 2018, by 5:00 PM, PDT to be considered:
A completed Application Information Form. (Please complete as instructed; do not complete by stating “see attached resume”). The Application Information Form and brochure may be downloaded via Dave Long & Associates web page at DLAssoc.com
A personal letter of application stating reason for interest in the San Marcos Unified School District superintendent position.
A resume’ providing biographical background information about educational preparation, experience and achievements.
A placement file and/or five (5) current letters of professional references describing the applicant’s performance in previously held positions.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange to have all of the above items submitted to the DLAssoc.com website no later than 5:00 PM PDT, on August 22, 2018.
A professional screening committee will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant. The Board and the screening committee will use the described criteria during the screening, interviewing, and final decision-making process. After receiving and studying the report of the professional screeners, the Board will select and interview a select number of top candidates.
The Board will select candidates for the final interviews, conduct the interviews, and select the superintendent. Any applicant who contacts a Board Member with the intent of influencing the Board’s decision will be disqualified. Travel expenses for those candidates selected for the initial interview will be the responsibility of the candidate.
It is the candidate’s responsibility to provide the District with employment eligibility and verification of citizenship in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Contract Terms
The San Marcos Unified School District Board of Trustees will offer a competitive and negotiable salary, plus fringe benefits to the successful candidate, based on the individual’s experience and qualifications. The Board intends to offer a multi-year contract.
About Dave Long & Associates - Executive Search Services
Finding Bold Leaders to Lead in Uncertain TimesDave Long & Associates Executive Search Services is committed to helping school districts find superintendents who are ready to serve as bold chief executive officers with the necessary blend of knowledge, expertise, attitude, experience, and commitment to lead with heart and passion.Our superintendent search team works closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure that all stakeholders have an opportunity to be involved in establishing the criteria and leadership profile for the organization’s next superintendent. Tailored to the individual needs of each district, our community/staff engagement process is designed to achieve strong levels of input while maintaining confidentiality of candidates involved in the search.Our consultants have over two decades of combined experience in conducting chief executive searches and more than 70 years of service as district superintendents of schools. Collectively, our talented team of consultants has over 200 years experience in the field of education. They have not only been superintendents of schools, but have served as district and site level administrators and teachers. They also have rich back...grounds as university and college instructors. Our team represents a culturally diverse group of professional educators who maintain a single focus, to assist school systems find and retain top leadership talent.Consultants are carefully selected to work closely with the Board of Trustees throughout the process. Using the most up-to-date and proven best practices in the field, the consultant will provide guidance and assistance each step of the way. They also help implement an extensive marketing plan for the search. In addition to advertising through professional publications and over the internet, they will make use of our large network of contacts to actively recruit highly qualified candidates that best match the leadership profile developed by the Board of Trustees with input from district stakeholders.No surprises is our credo! Knowing that the best predictor for future behavior is past behavior, we conduct detailed background checks on all applicants recommended for interviews. Further, once a finalist has been selected we provide state and federal records reviews of personal finances, driving history, criminal background and verify successful attainment of all academic degrees and credentials.Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services is dedicated to the success of each candidate ultimately selected by the Board of Trustees. Upon completion of the search, our consultant will conduct a half day workshop with the new governance body (at no additional cost) to ensure a smooth transition of the leadership team. Among the areas discussed during this workshop will be the establishment of governance team norms and protocols, short and long term objectives and development of a superintendent evaluation process and timeline. Dave Long and Associates will maintain contact with the Board and superintendent following the new superintendent’s appointment. This is to monitor continued success of the district’s new leadership team and be available should there be a desire for additional services such as coaching, board/superintendent workshops and seminars.Our team of highly trained and experienced consultants enjoys a proven track record of success in assisting Boards of Education throughout California in hiring and retaining gifted leaders for their school districts. For a complete list of references, please contact us. We are THE firm to consider when contemplating a search for a new superintendent.