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  • 1. WSU--Pursuing the Position WSU Superintendent Program 2009-11 Cohort Prepared by Gay Selby
  • 2. Goals • To assist you in your preparation for securing the position of Superintendent of Schools • To assist you in distinguishing yourself as a candidate for the position of Superintendent of Schools
  • 3. Calendar and Topics • (August) Overview • (September) Preparing Your Resume, Placement File and Obtaining Letters of Recommendation • (October) What the Process Looks Like from the School Board’s Perspective • (November) Researching the Vacancies and the Positions
  • 4. • (January) Analyzing the Vacancy Announcement and Submitting Your Application • (February) Preparing for Your Interview • (March) Negotiating Your Contract • (April) Transition Planning and Assuming the Position
  • 5. August • Overview – Superintendent changes for 2010-11
  • 6. Washington Superintendents 2010-11 • 42 New Superintendents (14% turnover) – 3 positions filled by females (7 %); 11 in 09-10 – Deer Park, Mabton, Napavine – 2 positions filled by out of state candidates – Federal Way, Bellingham • 295 School Districts (275-285 Superintendents) – 228 male superintendents (77%) – 67 female superintendents (23%) – National Average (21.7%) • 9 ESD Superintendents -- 1 new superintendent (ESD 105) -- 1 female superintendent (ESD 112)
  • 7. Number and Percent of Superintendent Openings for Washington, 2005-2010 • 2005 (50 openings, 18%) • 2006 (37 openings, 13%) • 2007 (57 openings, 20%) • 2008 (48 openings, 17%) • 2009 (50 openings, 18%) • 2010 (42 openings, 14%)
  • 8. Number of Openings and Average Number of Applicants by District Size, 2010 Less than 500 Students (12 openings/average number of applicants 12) 500 – 1000 Students (10 openings/average number of applicants 16) 1001 – 3000 Students (10 openings/average number of applicants 14) 3001 – 5000 Students (3 openings/average number of applicants 17) 5001 – 10,000 Students (4 openings/average number of applicants 16) 10,000 – 20,000 Students (1 opening/average number of applicants 15) Over 20,001 Students (1 opening/average number of applicants 16)
  • 9. Number and Percent of Female Superintendents in Washington by District Size, 2010 • Less than 500 (24/37%) • 500 – 1000 (7/10%) • 1001 – 3000 (12/18%) • 3001 – 5000 (7/10%) • 5001 – 10,000 (8/12%) • 10,001 – 20,000 (7/10%) • Over 20,001 (1/3%)
  • 10. Cougar Superintendents 2010-11 • 130 current superintendents (including ESD’s) • 43% of current superintendents (including ESD’s) • Represented in each county
  • 11. For September • Dust off your resume and update it – What is a resume? – Pro’s and Con’s of Placement File – Purpose and Focus of Letters of Recommendation • Meet with your superintendent for the purpose of discussing his/her “operating protocols” or “operating principles” with the board of directors. (Bring copy and be prepared to discuss.) – What process was used to develop this document? – How often is it reviewed? – Is it formally adopted by the board? – How is it “operationalized”? – Does your superintendent find the protocols/principles useful?
  • 12. What is a Resume? (public document) • Answers the question “what” ? – What is your career goal – What schools you attended – What degrees/certificates you hold – What places you have worked/positions you have held – What are your responsibilities (optional, be selective, use verbs, only positions “that contribute”) – What professional organizations you belong to and what leadership roles you have held – What community groups you belong to and what leadership roles you have held – What awards you have received – What articles you have authored – What ________________________
  • 13. Reminders About Resumes fits the position for which applying • well organized and easy to read (adequate white space)--professional appearance • be truthful!!!! • proofread carefully--watch dates • white paper--professional and best for duplicating as necessary • most recent first for education and experience information • list personal address, phone numbers, and e-mail address (not business)
  • 14. • references--list on separate sheet as do not want these included when duplicated for distribution
  • 15. Pro’s and Con’s of Placement Files • Pro’s – Historical archive • Con’s – Can become dated if not attended to regularly
  • 16. Purpose and Focus of Letters of Recommendation • Helps reader get a more complete picture of you as a candidate • Address specific required requirements and/or experiences desired by the district • Be selective as to who you ask to do a letter of recommendation-- need at least two current school board members; select good writers who will invest in the effort • Be clear with those writing letters of recommendations as to what you want them to focus on--provide a current resume and writing points if needed and clarity as to when needed • Must be current letters--be dated
  • 17. Assignment for October Interview the Board President/Chair about the work of the board and its expectations of the superintendent Update your resume and bring 8 copies to the seminar; send resume to University Supervisor for feedback Review your placement file (if you have one) Create a list of persons you would seek a letter of recommendation from when applying for a superintendent position
  • 18. October • What the Process Looks Like from the School Board’s Perspective

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