For Applicants

Making a move to a new job—whether managing a good-sized department or a large urban district—is taking a risk. How can you really be sure the new place is the right fit for your goals and that you bring the qualities the job needs?

Success, for boards and applicants

Applicants are never left adrift during the search process. Executive Search Services' experienced consultants are looking out for the best interests of the hiring district, and that means creating a match that serves both the district and the potential candidate. Our consultants will do everything they can to ensure that your goals and dreams align with the district that may hire you.

Step into your new leadership position with confidence that you've found the right place.

Apply with ease, on line

ESS uses an online application process that helps applicants put their best foot forward. With Frontline Applicant Tracking, you can upload resumes, educator certifications, transcripts, and other materials you want to share with the board. At each step, your information and uploaded documents are saved so you can easily access them for future applications.

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Use the following links to learn more about certification requirements, retirement, professional education associations, and local education issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for too many positions?

A board hires only one person to be its superintendent. This means that a number of well-qualified candidates must be passed over, so you should not feel discouraged. Apply for any position for which you feel qualified, but applicants should not apply for positions that they wouldn’t accept if offered.

Does Texas honor other states' certifications?

In general, yes. Texas has rigid certification requirements for educators. Texas does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries about education certification should be directed to the Texas Education Agency. For other professional qualifications, applicants should contact the corresponding licensing agency in Texas. Most of these agencies are accessible on line.

How long should an application packet be?

The application packet should be long enough for you to “sell” yourself to a prospective board of trustees. The best way to do this is to stress accomplishments and show a positive track record. When all required documents are submitted and combined, the application packet should not exceed 30 pages.

How much information is needed to support my application?

The application should contain enough information for you to "sell" yourself to a prospective employer. The best way to do this is to stress accomplishments and show a positive track record.

I'm a superintendent in a 1A district. Do I have a chance of being considered in a 5A district?

Probably not, but it always depends on the applicant pool and what the employing board wants in the new superintendent. The general rule of thumb is that a superintendent can skip one classification—for example, from a 1A to a 3A position—but there are many examples to refute this. If a position looks attractive, you should apply, but keep your expectations realistic.

Is a doctorate necessary?

Rarely do school boards require a doctorate; those that do are usually larger districts.

Is a superintendent's certificate necessary?

Yes. Texas has a very rigid certification requirement. An applicant must have or be eligible to receive a valid Texas superintendent’s certificate. Texas does have reciprocity with other states, so an applicant with a superintendent’s certificate from another state can qualify for a temporary certificate until obtaining a permanent one. Inquiries should be directed to the Texas Education Agency.

Should I contact the employing board or district?

If the board has hired a consultant, then all contacts should be with the consultant. If a board is handling its own search, then a call to the board president or designated contact for instructions might be appropriate.

Will my application be confidential?

Yes. Executive Search Services makes every effort to maintain strict confidentiality of applicant names and materials submitted with an application.