Superintendent: Southern Oregon Education Service District, Medford Oregon


Notice of Open Administrative Position

Position Title:                                 Superintendent

Closing Date for Applications:     May 8, 2015

About the Position:

The Southern Oregon ESD Board of Directors is seeking a well-rounded, highly effective and communicative superintendent to lead the education service district for many years to come.

This is an excellent leadership opportunity for someone with a knowledge of Oregon’s education system and broad experience in the delivery of ESD services. The Board of Directors is looking for a leader who can support the work of staff within constituent school districts, maintain and expand the ESD’s leadership within the region and the state, and support a variety of ongoing initiatives.

- Michael Lasher - Northwest Leadership Associates

About the District:

Mission: Southern Oregon Education Service District, as a responsible partner, provides services and leadership to optimize educational opportunities for the children, schools and communities it serves.

Southern Oregon ESD is governed by a nine member board and staffed by approximately 275 full and part-time employees. Major program areas include: Special Education, Technology and Media Services, and School Improvement Services.

The district is especially proud of its versatile, professional employees and their ability to embrace change. The district has a strong financial position and a stable and long-serving board that works well together.

About the Service Region:

Southern ESD serves a 10,600 sq. mile region that includes three counties in southwestern Oregon. The entire student population served by the schools in the SOESD region approaches 50,000. Jackson County, and its largest city: Medford, pop. 77,000 serve as the hub of the ESD region. Josephine County includes the city of Grants Pass and has two school districts within the county. Klamath County lies on the east side of the Cascade Mountains and includes two school districts. Klamath and Josephine Counties host remote offices for SOESD.

For more information:


The Board is interested in someone who is willing to commit to the district for a number of years and will consider a multi-year contract with salary of between $130, 000 and $150,000. Medical, dental and vision insurances are also provided. The ESD pays the employee’s portion of PERS.

The Board:

Greg Applen – Jackson Co. (Chair)

DonnaJean Wendle - Josephine Co. (Vice-Chair)

Lorelei Goodman-Vogel – Jackson Co.

Jim Harrington – Josephine Co.

Christine Norton-Cotts – Jackson Co.

Doug McKinley – Jackson Co.

Paul Yates – Jackson Co.

Geoffrey Marx – Klamath Co.

Stephen Schultz – Klamath Co.

Opportunities and Priorities:

  • Preserving the momentum in the work of Southern Oregon Success, the Southern Oregon Early Learning System, the Klamath Promise and STEM Hub activities
  • Maintaining positive and constructive relationships with districts who remain within the ESD structure or opt-out through SB 529

  • Preparing for and transitioning of Business Office Administration 

  • Ensuring that the SOESD remains a viable and relevant service agency long into the future

Desired Qualities and Characteristics:

The Board of Directors, staff and community are seeking candidates with the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Ability to ensure SOESD remains relevant in the region
  • Ability to build relationships across stakeholder groups within the region and statewide
  • Familiar with Oregon reform projects such as the Early Learning Hubs, Regional Achievement compacts, College and Career Readiness and 40-40-20 
  • Active community involvement with ability to work across multiple sectors 
  • Experience as a school district or ESD administrator 
  • Ability to respectfully listen to a variety of viewpoints and communicate to a wide variety of audiences 
  • Ability to see where the ESD can add value with school districts and in the communities of southwestern Oregon 
  • Strong understanding of budget and fiscal acumen 
  • Strong communication skills with district personnel, community members, and ESD staff 
  • Understanding of the Oregon political process 
  • Willingness to travel throughout the region 
  • An open, collaborative leadership style that motivates and develops common purpose and encourages teamwork within the organization 
  • A sense of humor

Application Procedures and Timeline:

Applications are due Friday May 8, 2015; however, the district retains the option of accepting applications until the position is filled.

Screening of candidates will occur on May 11, 2015 with interviews currently scheduled for May 19, 2015.

Those interested in pursuing this position are urged to contact Northwest Leadership Associates through Michael Lasher at 541-969-6024 or at

A completed application packet should include:

  • A completed application form available from Northwest Leadership Associates (contact information below.) 
  • A letter of interest in the position 
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s experience and training prepares him/her to address the priorities outlined in this posting (maximum of one page per challenge) 
  • A resume including information about potential references 
  • Four current letters of recommendation

All application materials should be sent to either:

By mail to:       Michael Lasher 
                        Northwest Leadership Associates 
                        24 NW Mountainview Drive 
                        Roseburg, OR 97471

Or by email to :