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Executive Search Service

CSBA, in partnership with McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., offers Executive Search Service to provide districts and county offices of education with a streamlined process to meet their executive hiring needs. From identifying possible candidates, to the selection of a qualified superintendent, Executive Search Services offers an extensive and comprehensive process that guides the board through this critical time with ease and professionalism.

The program

If you’re faced with a superintendent vacancy in your district, you’ll want to be certain you’re getting the best possible candidate. After all, high-quality education is dependent on high-quality leadership. Our California-based consultants are experienced in the state’s educational landscape and understand the needs of local districts. Our team of consultants, working in conjunction with the board and stakeholder groups the district identifies, will implement a systematic, comprehensive process culminating in the hiring of the most qualified candidate for your district.

Success is ensured through a five-phase, comprehensive process:

Phase I

  • Identify the desirable characteristics of the future superintendent
  • Establish appropriate timelines
  • Determine advertising venues

Phase II

  • Meet with designated stakeholder groups
  • Advertise the vacancy and develop promotional materials
  • Send out, receive, and catalog all application materials
  • Actively recruit applicants

Phase III

  • Read and evaluate all completed applicant files
  • Conduct complete reference checks
  • Assist the board members in selecting final candidates to be interviewed

Phase IV

  • Prepare the board for the interview process
  • Schedule and coordinate interviews
  • Keep all candidates informed of their status in the selection process

Phase V

  • Establish performance objectives for the superintendent
  • Provide a GUARANTEE

"We were really impressed with the interview process. This was my third time in my twenty years to select a superintendent and this was the best! We had an opportunity to meet informally and formally in a quiet setting and really get to know the candidates better." - Priscilla Cox, Board Member Elk Grove Unified School District

"It gave us peace of mind and made our work much easier. We would focus on our needs rather than getting bogged down and frustrated with the process." - Janet Alonso, Board Member/VP Winship-Robbins Elementary School District

"They provided qualified candidates, a thorough process, professional demeanor, and quick answers to questions".—Jeanie E. Smith, Sonora Union High School District

"Throughout the process, team offered us advice that helped us make better decisions. I feel they went above and beyond their job description".— Jen Miller, Cold Spring School District, Santa Barbara 

"It went so smoothly and with very little to worry about. A huge relief off our  shoulders. Very impressed with the Superintendent candidates we got to choose from. I know we would not have gotten the same highly qualified candidates if we had done the search on our own".—Amber Lynn, Johnstonville Elementary School District, Susanville

"Vetting perspective candidates was vital to the selection process. The team from McPherson & Jacobson did a wonderful job in ensuring the candidates were thoroughly screened".—Sausalito Marin City School District, Marin City

"I was extremely satisfied with the service provided for the cost."— Sausalito Marin City School District, Marin City




Below is a listing of districts with recently closed/filled superintendent positions.

Albany Unified School District
Alisal Union School District
Alpine Union School District
Anderson Union High School District
Benicia Unified School District
Cold Spring School District
Conejo Valley Unified School District
Denair Unified School District
El Monte Union High School District
Elk Grove Unified School District
Fallbrook Union High School District
Fallbrook Union High School District
Fort Sage Unified School District
Glendale Unified School District
Golden Valley Unified School District
Gustine Unified School District
Hemet Unified School District
Johnstonville Elementary School District
Lakeside Union School District
Nevada Joint Union High School District
New Haven Unified School District
New Haven Unified School District
Newcastle Elementary School District
Old Adobe Union School District
Oxnard Union High School District
Parlier Unified School District
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District
Penn Valley Union Elementary School District
Pollock Pines Elementary School District
Red Bluff Joint Union High School District
Richland School District
Roseville Joint Union High School District
Saugus Union School District
Sausalito Marin City School District
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District/Sierra County Office of Education
Soledad Unified School District
Sonora Union High School District
Ventura Unified School District
Winship-Robbins Elementary School District

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McPherson & Jacobson has been conducting national searches for boards of education since 1991, placing more than 750 superintendents and public officials in non-profit and public organizations nationwide. Almost 80 percent of the superintendents hired by its clients are still in those positions.  Contact us to find out how we can help you pick the best candidate by matching the expectations of your district and community with those of a skilled leader. 

McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.
11725 Arbor St. Suite 220
Omaha, NE 68144
888.375.4814 | 402.991.7031
Fax: 310.397.6001