What We Do

TASB Executive Search Services (ESS) works with school boards, school districts, and applicants to make sure all parties involved are taken care from start to finish, resulting in successful schools with strong leadership. See how we work with each group to ensure satisfaction across the board.

For school boards

Identifying and attracting the best superintendent candidates and filling other key district leadership positions can seem like a daunting task. What is the first step? Where do you go to find candidates? What else needs to be done? We are here to answer those questions and guide you through the process from start to finish.

Selecting the leader of your district and school community is likely one of the most important tasks you will have as a school board. Throughout the search, we consider and prioritize.

  • Involving the community: Community involvement in the search process is important. Through group sessions and online surveys, you will learn the thoughts and perceptions of parents, students, staff, and other community members and help secure their commitment to the new district leader.
  • Finding the perfect fit: Every school community has different demographics, needs, and priorities. We know the state of Texas and understand that challenges and strengths of communities vary. A small rural district is different than a large urban one, and our experts will step into your district and help you find the right candidate based on your unique community.
  • Creating a strong team: You aren't just looking for any person to fill the position. You are looking for a partner who can help your district reach its potential. You’ll work together to help achieve success for your district, and we’ll help you find someone who will work well with your board for the betterment of the community.
  • Following through: Once the search is complete, our work continues as we assist you and the new superintendent in making the transition. And, we guarantee your satisfaction with your new district leader.

For applicants

Executive Search Services values working with a diverse and qualified group of candidates to create mutually beneficial long-term relationships leading to the perfect placement. We seek out leaders who want to be catalysts for change and improve schools and communities.

Success is a two-way street when it comes to placing leaders in school districts. While we focus on checking off wish list items for districts, we also value our candidates and are passionate about ensuring that the hiring district is a good fit with the history, skills, and priorities of our potential leaders, ultimately providing a place to call home.

Transform your career by setting up an application in our easy-to-use system. Visit our current searches page to find your perfect fit and to begin your application.

More resources

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

Visit our FAQ page for more answers to commonly asked questions by school boards and applicants.

For school districts

Your district’s key administrators play a vital role in the trajectory and success of your schools. TASB Executive Search Services can help you find the most qualified personnel—administrators who will be dedicated to helping your district reach its fullest potential.

  • Deputy or assistant superintendent
  • Associate superintendent
  • Chief of staff
  • Chief communications officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief human resources officer
  • Chief academic officer
  • Chief operations officer
  • Chief strategy and innovation officer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Campus principal
  • Director of campus programs
  • Director of diversity and equity

Searches tailored to your needs

ESS will customize the search to best fit your district's priorities. We can do as much or as little legwork as you would like us to. Whether you are just looking to access our online application database to complete searches, or if you’re looking for our support with every step of the process, we can come up with a custom plan for your district to save you time and money.

Post your district's vacancy

Handling the search on your own? ESS offers a free posting service to help TASB member districts advertise superintendent and key administrator job openings. To post a vacancy, you must have a myTASB account. The posting form is available in the Executive Search Services Tools. Your ad will be reviewed by ESS and, if accepted, posted to our website.

Conducting your own search

It is important to check your district policies and follow them as close as possible, or you leave the board and district vulnerable to action from an unsatisfied candidate. District policies can include, but are not limited to:

  • DDA (Legal) Equal Employment Opportunity
  • DBA (Legal) Credentials and Certification
  • DC (Legal) Employment Practices
  • Federal Employment Regulations

Check TASB Legal Services' School Law eSource for help with this.

The foundation of a successful search includes:

  • A planning session to establish priorities and go over the process
  • The creation of a profile (qualifications and characteristics) for the new superintendent
  • Advertisement and recruitment
  • Interviews
  • Negotiations
  • Possible site visit to candidate’s previous district
  • Name and hire new candidate
  • Transition planning

There are a lot of moving pieces in the search for your next leader, so let us guide you through the process. We can tailor your search based on the specific needs of your district to help you find the best leader for the job.