The Parlier Unified School District, Parlier, California, Governing Board, is seeking a highly qualified and fully certified Superintendent. The Board wishes to have the successful candidate assume the responsibilities of the position September 1, 2020.
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 Governing Board in identifying and screening the candidates.
Location: 30 miles southeast of Fresno
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:
A visionary and creative leader who has the ability to effectively interact with all district stakeholders in order to continue to move and improve educational initiatives that serve our students and families. A person who will implement a vision and best educational practices in the context of state and federal educational reforms such as the Common Core State Standards, LCFF/LCAP planning, 21st Century skills, and Smarter Balanced Assessments. A person who has the skills to maintain or enhance existing successful programs while discerning new programs for implementation.
An experienced and passionate educator who is committed to student achievement as integral to the culture of the district and each school. The next superintendent must know the best practices in teaching and learning, be able to implement effective curriculum, assist in the selection of purposeful professional development, and employ systems of assessment that all result in increased student achievement. The next superintendent must be an instructional leader who focuses on the whole child and is knowledgeable and experienced in the best practices to close the achievement gap. This leader must have successful experience administering Special Education services.
An effective collaborator and communicator who listens to and thinks about others first before stating their own opinions, has strong verbal, written and digital communication skills, and is accessible to all including those with differing opinions. The superintendent must have a proven ability to bring people together to build trusting, open, inclusive, and respectful relationships with the Board, administration, staff, students and community.
A community-centered leader who is excited about and committed to being visible in the schools and engaged with the community in a meaningful and discernible way. A person who can competently engage diverse cultures, likes people, effectively listens to diverse opinions, and is skilled in conflict resolution. The superintendent is expected to like to work in a community like Parlier. Parlier expects its next superintendent to be a person who invites the community to be involved with the schools and likewise models the district’s involvement with the community through participation in community events and organizations.
An ethical leader a with strong principled work style who leads by example and models and expects high standards for self, staff and students. A person who possesses the characteristics of honesty, loyalty, dependability, humor, and motivates all to perform at high levels of expertise. A superintendent that has demonstrated a willingness to take calculated risks that benefit students and district.
A manager who has an operational understanding of school finance, education law, grant writing, teacher and administrative evaluation, negotiations and strategic planning. The superintendent must have knowledge and skills in budget development and the ability to direct resources utilizing the Local Control Accountability Planning (LCAP) process. This person must understand how to maintain and improve the technology infrastructure and building facilities.
Closing date for applications: July 30, 2020 (9:30 p.m. Pacific Time)
Governing Board selects finalists to interview: August 11, 2020
Interviews with the Governing Board: August 12-14, 2020
Selection of new Superintendent: August 25, 2020
Start date: September 1, 2020
Prefer at two to three years Assistant Superintendent experience in California
Prefer Spanish speaking
Prefer Doctorate degree, Master’s degree required
About CSBA/McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.
McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. has been conducting national searches for governing boards since 1991. The firm has placed over 750 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.
The California School Board Association has selected McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. to represent them in conducting superintendent searches in California. McPherson & Jacobson is a leading national search firm that has California-based consultants. Our California consultants understand California and its unique requirements and laws.