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4J Opens Internal Search for Interim Superintendent

School board finalizes candidate profile and builds in opportunities for input from employee groups

The Eugene School Board has begun accepting applications from internal candidates to serve as interim superintendent for the 2020–21 school year. Superintendent Gustavo Balderas will depart in June after leading the district for five years.

A finalist will be announced in May and community members will have the opportunity to provide input before the board votes on approval of the selection.

During the school board’s virtual meeting on April 7, board members unanimously approved a hiring timeline and process that provides two formal opportunities for feedback about candidates from 4J’s three employee groups—the teachers union, Eugene Education Association (EEA); classified staff union, Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA); and administrators’ association (MAPS).

The board also unanimously approved the desired candidate profile for the interim superintendent. This list of preferred characteristics and qualifications will guide the board’s selection process. The board revised the initial draft to reflect input from about 200 parents, staff and community members.

Revisions include strengthening language that the interim superintendent must have a successful track record supporting historically underserved students, be committed to engaging staff and maintaining relationships with employee groups, and possess proven skills to manage the district during times of crisis.

Hiring process timeline
April 8–17: Position open for applications
April 18–24: Application screening, initial interviews, feedback solicited from employee groups
April 25~: Board determines finalists
April 26–May 5: Finalists interview with board, board deliberations, additional feedback from employee groups, public announcement of finalist
May 6: Board approves interim superintendent selection

To apply, a candidate must be a current 4J employee who has at least five years of experience in K–12 education administration, has earned a master’s degree or higher in education or a related field, and possesses or has the ability to obtain the required certification to serve as superintendent.

Community Input on Candidate Profile Invited
April 7 Board Meeting

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