2020 Superintendent Search

Superintendent Search

Position Description

The Board of Trustees has worked with The Cosca Group and has approved the position description and the recruitment brochure. Click HERE for Brochure

Application Process

Dr. Dave Brown and Dr. Steve Goldstone of The Cosca Group (TCG) have been retained by the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Board of Trustees for the search, recruitment, screening, and selection process for the new Superintendent of Schools. 

Interested applicants must submit all of the following to be received by The Cosca Group on or before 4 p.m., February 21, 2020:

  • Completed Application Form (Click Here)

  • Personal Letter of Application

  • Résumé including record of professional education and professional experiences

  • College or University Placement File forwarded by request of the applicant OR letters from five professional references (three of which must be current)

During the screening process, reference checks will be made with those familiar with candidates’ professional performance. Board members will visit the district and community of the final candidate.

Candidates should send the completed application and related information electronically only to The Cosca Group c/o Dr. Dave Brown and Dr. Steve Goldstone at: gostevego@live.com

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Dave Brown          707-256-9200

Dr. Steve Goldstone     707-373-3786

 

All materials must be received by 4:00 p.m. on February 21, 2020

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is responsible for hiring the Superintendent?
Public school boards in California are responsible for selecting and employing a superintendent. The superintendent is the Board of Education's only employee.

Why is the Board utilizing a search firm?

Finding the right candidate to lead CRPUSD is one of the Board of Education's most important task. Throughout California and across the nation, school districts rely on search firms to provide them with process expertise and access to the best candidates. The Board selected The Cosca Group to advise the Board in the recruitment and selection process. The Cosca Group is a California executive search firm with a national reach that specializes in helping California school boards find new superintendents. Founded in 2000, The Cosca Group has assisted school districts across California with their search for Superintendent.  Dr. Steve Goldston and Dr. David Brown are the lead consultants for CRPUSD.

The search firm is helping to:

  • Gather input from across the community

  • Develop a position description

  • Identify candidates through existing networks and advertisements in relevant publications

  • Bring forward candidates for consideration

  • Support the interview process

Utilizing a search firm best enables the Board of Trustees to leverage a vast network to find the right candidate that best meets the position description developed for Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified’s next Superintendent.

What is the timeline for the search process? 
The Board of Education is going to take the time necessary to ensure the selection of the best leader for CRPUSD. At this time, the Board has established a timeline that has interviews of candidates scheduled for March 2020, with finalist candidates and tentative contract approval late March/early April 2020, with a planned start date of July 1, 2020.  

How are applicants screened?
After The Cosca Group actively recruits and receives applications, they will engage in an extensive and thorough review of each applicant's qualifications and references. They pay particular attention to how applicants match the profile the Board of Education developed based on community input.  The Cosca Group then meets with the School Board to review and discuss all applicants.  After careful review, select candidates, that are believed to be excellent matches for CRPUSD. will be invited to interview with the Board of Education. The Board of Education will make the final decision on which candidates will be interviewed. 

Who will be interviewing the candidates and the finalists?
The five members of the Board of Education will interview selected candidates. Upon the completion of initial interviews, the Board will conduct additional interviews with selected finalists. The School Board is responsible for selecting the next superintendent.

How is confidentiality being handled?
The Cosca Group strongly believes the quality of the applicant pool is directly dependent on the confidentiality of the process. The Board has greatly considered The Cosca Group’s experience and expertise and has decided to conduct a "closed," confidential search. The Cosca Group will not divulge the names of interested applicants to any party other than the Board within Closed Session.

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