Superintendent/Principal: Crane School Districts, Crane Oregon


Administrative Position Posting

Position Title:                  Superintendent/Principal

Re-Opening Date:           April 13, 2015

Application Deadline:     May 14, 2015

Re-Posting increase to Full Time Position: The Joint Boards of Directors for Crane Union High School and Crane Elementary School are seeking a Superintendent/Principal. Candidates must have the demonstrated record of providing administrative, instructional and fiscal leadership.

Desired Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Ability to provide vision and direction that focuses on instruction, curriculum, and improved achievement for every student.
  • An appreciation and understanding of the needs and culture of a remote rural and agricultural community. 
  • Ability to work with high school students in residential dormitory. 
  • Understanding of school finance and the ability to effectively manage the budgets for two school districts 
  • Working knowledge of collective bargaining and contract negotiations. 
  • Seeking to make a long term commitment to the school districts.


The compensation package ranges from $75,000 to $82,500 + benefits including use of a 4 bedroom house with utilities paid. Salary is commensurate with experience. Candidates must hold or qualify for an administrative license valid to assume the position of Superintendent.

The Districts:

The Crane School Districts are located in southcentral Oregon and serve the frontier ranching community of Harney County, Oregon. Crane Union High School and Crane Elementary School are two separate school districts. The Superintendent/Principal serves as the administrator for both districts. Crane Elementary School is a K-8 district with approximately 60 students. The elementary district currently employs 6.5 full-time teachers. Crane Union High School District is a public boarding school with attendance boundaries encompassing 7,500 square miles. Crane Union High School currently serves approximately 50 students with 8.5 full-time licensed staff. The dormitory serves students who come from up to 150 miles away. Crane is a “union” high school because students come to high school from eight small rural K-8 elementary schools that are all independent school districts. Both Crane Elementary and Crane Union High School districts offer a comprehensive academic program complimented by a strong athletic program.

The Community:

Crane is located on the high desert in southeastern Oregon, approximately 30 miles from Burns and 150 miles east of Bend, Oregon. The Crane area is rich in pioneer history. Reflective of this is a highly involved and supportive community in all aspects of the school districts. Primary industries include agriculture and tourism. Cattle ranching and farming are the primary agricultural products. The area is also known for its many outdoor recreational activities including hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling, and rodeo. Our attendance boundary include Steens Mountain, the Malheur National Forest and the Malheur Refuge.

For more information regarding this posting, please contact:

Charles Beck, Superintendent
Harney ESD

To Apply:

SchoolSpring send via email to Janet Caldwell

Letter of interest addressing qualifications and why you would be a good fit for the position, EdZapp/School Spring application, current resume, TSPC license, a minimum of 3 current letters of recommendation, and a short essay describing your leadership philosophy.