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Executive Search Services for School Districts

TASB Executive Search Services offers support and guidance as your district seeks to find highly qualified candidates to fill administrative leadership roles.

The Texas Association of School Board (TASB) Executive Search Services (ESS) has been building successful leadership teams in Texas school districts for more than 30 years. We know the education landscape and are dedicated to supporting districts as they search for exceptional superintendents with lofty standards and who will ensure success and excellence for your students, district staff, and community. In addition to searches we conduct for Texas districts, ESS works and builds relationships with superintendent candidates seeking new leadership roles and supports districts that want to conduct their own searches, sharing useful information for conducting the process. 

TASB ESS works with school boards, school districts, and applicants to make sure all parties involved in the superintendent search are taken care of from start to finish, resulting in successful schools with strong leadership.  

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

  • Associate superintendent 
  • Campus principal 
  • Chief academic officer 
  • Chief communications officer 
  • Chief financial officer 
  • Chief human resources officer 
  • Chief of staff 
  • Chief operations officer 
  • Chief strategy and innovation officer 
  • Chief technology officer 
  • Deputy or assistant superintendent 
  • 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, depending upon your district’s needs. Whether you are just looking to access our online application database to complete searches, or if you require our support through every step of the process, we can customize a plan specifically for your district that will save you time and money. 

Post Your District's Vacancy 

Prefer to handle 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 an Active TASB account. The posting form is available from your Member Dashboard. Your ad will be reviewed by ESS and, if accepted, posted to on our External Executive Vacancies page

It is important to check your district policies and follow them as closely 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: 

  1. A planning session to establish priorities and go over the process 
  2. The creation of a profile (qualifications and characteristics) for the new superintendent 
  3. Advertisement and recruitment 
  4. Interviews 
  5. Negotiations 
  6. Possible site visit to candidate’s previous district 
  7. Name and hire new candidate 
  8. Transition planning 

There are a lot of moving pieces in the search for your next leader, so let us guide you through the process.  

Membership Information

TASB Active Membership

Active Members consist of the boards of Texas public school districts and education service centers. They have voting privileges in the Association and may participate in all of TASB's services.

Executive Search Services School Boards FAQ

Find answers to your most frequently asked questions about TASB Executive Search Services and how we conduct searches for superintendents and other district leadership positions.

Executive Search Services Contacts

When you need a superintendent to meet your district’s unique needs, TASB’s experienced ESS team is here to guide your district through every step of the recruiting process.