Superintendent: Harrisburg School District, Harrisburg Oregon



Administrative Position Posting

Position Title: Superintendent

Closing Date for Applications: Monday, January 5, 2015

Employment Begins: July 1, 2015

About the Area – Harrisburg, OR, population 3450, is a small community with big ideas nestled in the heart of Western Oregon, along the banks of the mighty Willamette River and in the midst of the world's greatest grass seed industry. Harrisburg is justifiably proud of its peaceful, friendly, and family-oriented small-town life. The city’s large and scenic waterfront park hosts a picturesque gazebo, beautiful greenery, stylish park benches, outstanding vistas, and excellent river access. The community also sponsors a thriving youth sports program including a state of the art skateboarding park.

Harrisburg is surrounded by the nearby transportation and commercial hubs of Eugene, Corvallis, and Albany featuring prestigious institutions of higher learning, large shopping malls, diverse restaurants, modern movie theaters, outstanding arts programs, top-tier golf courses and myriad miles of magnificent hiking, jogging, and bicycling trails.

Harrisburg also lies within easy driving distance of the spectacular Oregon Coast, world-famous McKenzie River, majestic Cascade Mountains, and breathtaking high desert country of Central Oregon and offers a panoramic plethora of proximate prospects for outdoors proponents of every persuasion. See more at

About the District - The Harrisburg School District offers excellent opportunities for children to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Our schools are small enough to make personal connections, yet large enough to offer students a wide array of award-winning academic, athletic, and activities programs. The district also endeavors to inform, involve and serve the Harrisburg community at large in a respectful and inclusive fashion.

The district operates on a 4-Day School Week schedule with no school on most Fridays. The single, spacious and well-groomed campus features one K-5 elementary school, one grades 6-8 middle school and one grades 9-12 high school. Currently, the district’s K-12 enrollment is approximately 870 students with class sizes averaging 22 students at our elementary school, 23 at our middle school, and 19 at our high school.

Qualities & Qualifications – The district is seeking candidates with the following attributes:

    • Strong leadership traits 
    • Excellent communication skills 
    • Open management style 
    • Easy accessibility 
    • Desire to be an active and visible part of the community

Demands of the Position – The superintendent shall be the chief executive officer of the district. He/she will be responsible for the effective operation of the district; general administration of all instructional, business or other operations of the district; and for advising and making recommendations to the school board with respect to such activities. He/she shall perform all the duties and accept all the responsibilities of a superintendent as prescribed according to state and federal statute and in conjunction with the policies, rules and regulations of the Harrisburg School District.

Contract/Compensation - The board will negotiate a salary between $90K and $110K commensurate with the selected candidate’s background and experience.

Application Procedures/Timelines - A completed application will include the formal application, a letter of introduction, resume, transcripts, proof of administrative licensure and three letters of reference. In your letter of introduction, please state your reasons for wanting to work in our district and address your willingness to live in our community.

While the board reserves the right to extend the deadline if necessary, candidate should strive to have the materials to the search team no later than January 5, 2015. The district will review the materials in January, 2015.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact:

Michele Pelkey
School District Administrative Assistant 
541-995-6626 x361