The governing board of the Mountain Empire Unified School District invites applications for the position of Superintendent from qualified and dedicated professional educators who enjoy the visibility and opportunity for interaction with people that comes with working in a small, rural school district. The ideal candidate will be someone that is a visionary leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills that is able to build strong stakeholder relationships and coalitions for the benefit of children. This person must be a “generalist” with the knowledge and ability to organize and manage all facets of a pre-k through adult school system.
The successful candidate will be a strong instructional leader who is intent on improving academic performance for ALL students. They will have the requisite understanding and skills to effectively work in a multicultural, socio-economically diverse school system and the communities it serves. This person will also embrace and demonstrate a collaborative, inclusive leadership style.
Professional Skills and Abilities
Has experience with or knows middle/high school education and can lead staff to implement best practices that will result in achievement of high levels of student performance and behavior
Maintains knowledge of the latest developments, strategies, research and reform efforts, including effective programs that result in heightened student academic success
Has knowledge of and experience in finance, including budgeting, long and short range fiscal planning in an environment of shrinking resources and creative funding approaches (including grant writing)
Experienced in successfully building and maintaining positive relationships with employee associations/unions and their leadership
Has knowledge and experience serving in a district and community with similar demographics and issues to those of the Mountain Empire Unified School District
Familiar with all facets of managing a small (1,700 ADA) unified school district
The successful candidate will have the ability to:
Work effectively and efficiently to implement board actions, foster a common vision and commitment, maintain a strong governance team model and establish strong superintendent/board relations
Work openly with the board to ensure that its members receive all relevant information in a timely manner, including advice and recommendations necessary to make informed decisions
Honest and forthright; a person of integrity and trustworthiness
A “people person” who is open, approachable, accessible, possesses exceptional empathetic listening skills and can effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, with all stakeholders
A “hands on” leader able to wear many hats, highly visible and active in the community, schools and worksites
Able to know, appreciate and work effectively with all populations of a socio-economically and ethnically diverse community to build bridges and coalitions for the benefit of children
Respects, supports and encourages stakeholder involvement in school and district activities, including parents and parent organizations
A visionary leader who is fosters openness, collaboration and inclusiveness with all groups
A courageous leader able to make the difficult decisions based on what is best for students and will stand on their convictions when confronted with pressure
An enthusiastic and energetic team player able to create a team atmosphere within the district
Will study and quickly learn about the community and district, including their history, culture, victories and challenges
An inspiring, motivational person who actively reaches out to all segments of the community
Professional Experience and Preparation
Master’s degree required (doctorate preferred)
Classroom teaching experience required
Administrative experience at multiple levels required
Experience as a superintendent or assistant/deputy superintendent preferred
Bilingual (Spanish proficient) preferred
About Mountain Empire Unified School District
Mountain Empire Unified School District is located in the mountain range dividing the metropolitan area of San Diego and the deserts of Imperial County. It is approximately 50 miles east of San Diego. The school system serves the rural communities of Boulevard, Campo/Lake Morena, Descanso, Guatay, Jacumba, Mount Laguna, Pine Valley, Potrero and Tecate.
Mountain Empire Unified School District encompasses over 660 square miles of foothills, high desert and mountainous terrain in the eastern part of San Diego County. It serves over 1750 students in grades pre k-adult. There are four elementary schools, two middle schools and a comprehensive high school. The district also operates three Preschool Programs and an alternative education program.
The district’s simple, but clearly enunciated focus for student learning is summed up in its mission statement: “Students in the MEUSD will be prepared to participate productively in life through a collaborative effort among students, staff, and community.” This goal will be realized through the dedication of MEUSD staff in partnership with parents and community members.