Superintendent Appointment Process

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Ventura County Superintendent of Schools

Appointment Process

Updated 2-17-21


The Ventura County Board of Education is in the process of appointing a Ventura County Superintendent of Schools to complete the term of the retiring County Superintendent.  The Ventura County Board of Education has selected an executive Search firm, Leadership Associates, to advise the Board in this important process. Updates will be provided on this webpage throughout this search process.

The process to appointing a new County Superintendent of Schools starts with developing a candidate profile. Development of the profile is probably the most important step in the process and the Ventura County Board of Education is committed to seeking the input of staff members, parents, community agencies, business partners, and all interested parties, on the desired qualities and characteristics in the next Ventura County Superintendent of Schools. 

To assist in this effort, Leadership Associates created an Online Stakeholder Survey that asked the critical questions of, “What do you see as the strengths of Ventura County Office of Education; what do you see the major challenges which will confront our next County Superintendent; and, what is important for our next County Superintendent to know about Ventura County?”  In addition, the survey allowed responders to identify and rank other qualities and characteristics they think are important for our next County Superintendent to possess. 

Over 700 Survey responses from parents, students, community members, staff, public officials, and business partners were submitted.  In addition, three stakeholder input sessions were held with representatives from these same groups.  Survey responses, along with input gathered from stakeholder input sessions, will be used to develop a Position Description of the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools, to guide the recruitment, and assist in the development of interview questions.  An Executive Summary of survey and input session responses will be presented to the Board on February 22, 2021.  A draft Position Description will also be presented.  Both will be posted to this website following the February 22nd Board meeting.

Position Description for County Superintendent of Schools

Executive Summary of Survey responses and Stakeholder Input Sessions (Link will be provided on 2/23/21)


Revised Search Timeline

The Ventura County Board of Education in conjunction with Leadership Associates has adopted a timeline for the search process.  Important dates are listed below and the full timeline is available at this link.

January 28 - February 8

Online Survey open for all stakeholders

February 5 – 8

Leadership Associates confers with all stakeholder groups

February 1 – 22

Consultants identify potential candidates; position open for applications

February 22

(Application Deadline)

Board receives an update on search process from consultants (Open Session)

February / March

Background checks and candidate review by Leadership Associates

March 22

Candidates are presented to the Board

March 29

Candidate Interviews and Deliberations

April 26

Board approves County Superintendent contract

April – July 1, 2021

Appointed County Superintendent of Schools begins

The successful candidate will serve in this position until January 2023 with the position being open for election during the Primary Election in June 2022


What’s Next?


February 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m.  •  Ventura County Board of Education Meeting

Leadership Associates will present an update on the search process including a review of the results from the survey and stakeholder input sessions, and a position description for the County Superintendent of Schools.


March 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m.  •  Ventura County Board of Education Meeting

The Board will review all applications and receive recommendations from the Board Subcommittee about candidates to be interviewed.


March 29, 2021, full day  •  Ventura County Board of Education Meeting

The Board will interview candidates and deliberate in Open Session. 


April 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m.  •  Ventura County Board of Education Meeting

Board approves County Superintendent of Schools contract.


Frequently Asked Questions


How does the search process work?

The Board is working with Leadership Associates to conduct a rigorous, nationwide search. The Board will seek, receive and consider input from interview candidates; and appoint the new County Superintendent of Schools.


When will the new County Superintendent be appointed?

The Board has approved a timeline which reflects these details. These dates are subject to change as the search process continues.


How and when do parents and other stakeholders weigh-in?

The Board will be soliciting input on the characteristics, experience, and skills desired in the next County Superintendent via an online survey and stakeholder conference sessions. Responses to the online survey were accepted from January 28 – February 8, 2021.


When will the County Board share the collected input with the public?

The information gathered on the survey and through stakeholder meetings will be presented to the Board and then compiled, summarized, and incorporated into the Superintendent Position Profile / Description, which will be published here following Board review.


Who will make the final selection?

Per Education Code 1042(e), the County Board may fill by appointment any vacancy that occurs during the term of office of the County Superintendent of Schools. The Board will seek, receive, and consider input from all interested stakeholders, review applications, interview candidates, and appoint the new County Superintendent of Schools.  Interviews will be held in Open Session. 


How can the public follow this process?

Updates regarding the County Superintendent search process will be posted here. The Leadership Associates will also provide updates to the Board at their regularly scheduled board meetings and future press releases.


More Information

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Ventura County Office of Education at 805-383-1902.