In February, the San Diego County Board of Education launched a nationwide search for a new superintendent who will lead the County Office of Education and support efforts to serve local school districts and educate the region's most vulnerable children. The board gathered input from the community through interviews, focus groups, and an online survey in five languages on what qualities are important for this individual to possess.
More than 600 people participated in interviews/focus groups, or provided comments via online survey, to provide input to assist the San Diego County Board of Education in determining the primary characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The interviews and focus groups also collected information regarding the strengths of SDCOE and some of the challenges the organization will face in coming years.
The input was synthesized into a leadership profile that outlines the professional experience expected of the new county superintendent of schools.
Stakeholders in both focus groups and the online survey expressed consistent themes on the professional experience expected of the new superintendent:
- A strong track record as a superintendent serving similar demographics as the county.
- An unwavering commitment to diversity.
- Is willing to collaborate with all stakeholders and be inclusive in decision making process.
- Will approach his or her work from the perspective of servant leadership.
- Humility, honesty, and integrity will be essential in building meaningful, engaging relationships with SDCOE stakeholders.
Candidates who meet the criteria described in the leadership profile are encouraged to apply by March 17. The search is being conducted by Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates consultants Darline P. Robles, Maria G. Ott, and Rudy Castruita.
Additional details are available at sdcoe.net/superintendentsearch.