Rochester Superintendent Job Posted on National Website

District is seeking candidate who is "highly successful" and has "demonstrated leadership experience in high performing school districts."

The search for a permanent superintendent for Rochester Community Schools is under way with an official "help wanted" ad posted on a national superintendent search website.

According to the job posting on School Exec Connect, the search firm hired to find Rochester's school leader, applications will be accepted through Nov. 15 and selected candidates will be taken to the board Dec. 5.

The selection and start dates of a new superintendent are to be determined, according to the job posting, which can be viewed here.

The new superintendent will replace Fred Clarke, who resigned last week after 14 months on the job. School Exec Connect, which helped find Clarke in 2011, agreed to help board members with a new search free of charge. The district will be responsible for expense and advertising costs, but the search firm will not charge its normal $19,500 base fee. 

The salary for Rochester's next superintendent is listed as "regionally competitive;" Clarke was paid a base salary of $172,000.

The advertisement lists the following qualifications for the Rochester position: "Highly successful; demonstrated leadership experience in high performing school districts; doctorate preferred."

The Rochester position is one of five open superintendent positions listed on the School Exec Connect website; it is one of several national superintendent search firms. Others include: 

The Michigan Association of School Administrators has no superintendent postings online.

A representative from School Exec Connect has been invited to the board's Oct. 8 meeting.

Tresa Zumsteg, a former middle school principal in Rochester and a longtime superintendent in Berkley, is serving as interim superintendent until at least Jan. 1. 


Jeremy Nielson October 01, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I wonder how Ford and General Electric search for CEOs. Is there a newspaper that sidelined chief executives look at to explore new opportunities? I'm sure this is a "first steps" kind of thing, but in my experience Executives recruited. I'd love to hear more about what our search committee is doing to actively recruit superintendents from other high-performing school districts to come to ours. Why aren't the Search Committee meetings open to the public?


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