Gravenstein Union School District Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced educator with proven leadership skills to continue the District’s tradition of creating a challenging, enriched, safe, and caring environment for every student.
Successfulapplicants for the Superintendent position will demonstrate the ability to:
Inspire change and develop positive, cooperative school culture;
Further the District’s commitment to academic excellence, STEM and arts education, and life skills development;
Develop and execute the Local Control and Accountability Plan;
Provide fiscal oversight of the District Budget and Local Control Funding Formula;
Maintain transparency, openness, and integrity within the school community; and
Maintain and expand the District’s positive affiliations with community organizations and governmental agencies.
The Community and District
Our districtis home to two small, award winning public schools in the rolling hills near Sebastopol, California. Gravenstein Elementary enrolls 500 TK-5 students and Hillcrest Middle enrolls 270 in grades 6-8. These are strong, attractive schools with steady enrollment attributable to our strong academic programs and outstanding creative arts and music instruction in a safe, rural setting. We are proud of our ENRICH! magnet program, and we are excited that after Board approval in December 2018, we will be extending the ENRICH! program to all students in the 2019-20 school year.
District Vision and Mission
District Vision: We are convinced that all students can learn and that our mission is to ensure that each child masters the knowledge and develops the attitudes and skills necessary to become a contributing and productive citizen. We believe the education of our children is a cooperative effort of home, school and community. We provide a comprehensive program of education for grades K-8 and are grateful for our very supportive and caring parents.
Mission Statement:We, the Gravenstein Union School District, are dedicated to academic excellence and the cultivation of individual strengths and talents in a caring and cooperative environment. Our sense of community fosters a high level of ethical, responsible citizenship. State and district policies support our common goal.
Seeking a candidate who:
Is an open, approachable, and visible team-builder, with the ability to lead diverse groups of stakeholders in an environment of change;
Has the ability to listen, communicate, and work effectively with diverse groups;
Possesses sound financial management skills;
Works harmoniously and respectfully with the Board, community, students, staff, and parents;
Is committed to collaborative bargaining with a record of creating a positive climate in employer-employee relations;
Has experience using and implementing technology to promote learning, teaching, communication, and productivity;
Has experience in Special Education;
Has experience in Human Relations;
Has a personal commitment to implement the District’s mission statement;
Has the ability to identify, select, supervise and evaluate staff in a manner that promotes outstanding performance and high morale; and
Successful teaching and/or administrative experience in elementary and middle school is a plus.
Selection Process and Compensation
The Board of Trustees is offering a multi-year contract with a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience consistent with small Sonoma County School Districts, beginning July 1, 2019. The District offers a contribution for all employees toward the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision.
The final filing deadline for applications is April 26, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. It is the applicant’s responsibility to have all forms, materials, and letters submitted in time to meet this deadline. All material will be treated confidentially.
A completed application includes:
A fully completed on-line Edjoin application
A letter describing personal qualifications and interest in the position
A resume detailing educational preparation, experience, and achievements
Four (4) letters of recommendation (dated within the past 2 years)
If you have specific application questions, please contact Susie Truelove, Human Resources Analyst at the Sonoma County Office of Education, by phone: (707) 524-2677 or by email: email@example.com.
If you have questions about the position, please contact the board’s representative, John Laughlin, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources at the Sonoma County Office of Education, by phone: (707) 524-2729 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do not make direct contact with members of the board as this will result in immediate disqualification of your application.
About Sonoma County Office of Education and Districts
The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) is to foster student success through service to students, schools, and the community.
SCOE is a partner to the county’s 40 districts, providing services and oversight that help them serve roughly 71,000 students. SCOE does not have or create policies directing district behavior. Each district sets its own policies. Here are some of the key programs SCOE offers:
Service and support to help districts meet legal mandates, operate cost-effectively, and raise student achievement.
Fiscal oversight to districts.
Schools and services for special education and alternative education students who are not enrolled at district sites.
College and Career Readiness Services helps districts prepare their students for college and career.
Professional development for teachers and administrators.