Executive Search Services

Finding Bold Leaders to Lead in Uncertain Times

Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services is committed to helping school districts find superintendents who are ready to serve as bold chief executive officers with the necessary blend of knowledge, expertise, attitude, experience, and commitment to lead with heart and passion.

Our superintendent search team works closely with the Board of Trustees to ensure that all stakeholders have an opportunity to be involved in establishing the criteria and leadership profile for the organization’s next superintendent. Tailored to the individual needs of each district, our community/staff engagement process is designed to achieve strong levels of input while maintaining confidentiality of candidates involved in the search.

Our consultants have over two decades of combined experience in conducting chief executive searches and more than 70 years of service as district superintendents of schools. Collectively, our talented team of consultants has over 200 years experience in the field of education. They have not only been superintendents of schools, but have served as district and site level administrators and teachers. They also have rich backgrounds as university and college instructors. Our team represents a culturally diverse group of professional educators who maintain a single focus, to assist school systems find and retain top leadership talent.

Consultants are carefully selected to work closely with the Board of Trustees throughout the process. Using the most up-to-date and proven best practices in the field, the consultant will provide guidance and assistance each step of the way. They also help implement an extensive marketing plan for the search. In addition to advertising through professional publications and over the internet, they will make use of our large network of contacts to actively recruit highly qualified candidates that best match the leadership profile developed by the Board of Trustees with input from district stakeholders.

No surprises is our credo! Knowing that the best predictor for future behavior is past behavior, we conduct detailed background checks on all applicants recommended for interviews. Further, once a finalist has been selected we provide state and federal records reviews of personal finances, driving history, criminal background and verify successful attainment of all academic degrees and credentials.

Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services is dedicated to the success of each candidate ultimately selected by the Board of Trustees. Upon completion of the search, our consultant will conduct a half day workshop with the new governance body (at no additional cost) to ensure a smooth transition of the leadership team. Among the areas discussed during this workshop will be the establishment of governance team norms and protocols, short and long term objectives and development of a superintendent evaluation process and timeline. Dave Long and Associates will maintain contact with the Board and superintendent following the new superintendent’s appointment. This is to monitor continued success of the district’s new leadership team and be available should there be a desire for additional services such as coaching, board/superintendent workshops and seminars.

Our team of highly trained and experienced consultants enjoys a proven track record of success in assisting Boards of Education throughout California in hiring and retaining gifted leaders for their school districts. For a complete list of references, please contact us. We are THE firm to consider when contemplating a search for a new superintendent.

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