Superintendent – Monroe, WA

October 26, 2022
Application ends: January 3, 2023
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Job Description

Monroe School District
• Powerful Instruction
• Equitable Access
• High Expectations

The Monroe School District Board of Directors presents an invitation to apply for the position of

Position Summary
Monroe School District seeks a qualified, highly visible, collaborative leader to work closely with the school board, staff, parents, and community to ensure success for every Monroe student. Experience with district level leadership responsibilities and familiarity with Superintendent expectations within Washington State’s public school system is also desired. Monroe seeks candidates who manage district operations effectively while also building unity and trust among stakeholders in addressing the district’s current opportunities and challenges.

Minimum Qualities/Qualifications
Master’s Degree
Current WA State Superintendent Certification
Prior successful experience as a school administrator
A demonstrated history of responsive and transparent customer service as a leader
Effective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
Aware of recent state legislation for public schools and corresponding local impacts
Exceptional leadership and management skills
Strong interpersonal skills, including transparent and respectful interactions with students, staff, families, and community members
Demonstrated exemplary communication skills in listening, speaking, and writing
Models high standards of professional and ethical behaviors at all times and operates consistently with integrity and transparency

Preferred Qualities/Qualifications
Successful experience as a superintendent
District level administrative experience in P-12 education
Doctoral Degree (PhD or EdD) or willingness to obtain
Experience partnering with community members, consultants, and local organizations in support of public education
Experience on or working closely with a Board of Directors

Residency Requirement
The superintendent will be required to reside within Monroe School District’s boundaries. The School Board will work with the selected candidate to develop a timeline to meet this requirement based upon any relocation needs or circumstances.

About Monroe
Scenically set against the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Monroe is located in southern Snohomish County in Washington State, near where the Snoqualmie and Skykomish Rivers join to form the Snohomish.

Monroe is a diverse community where leaders work to promote inclusiveness so everyone feels at home and that they belong. Nearly 20% of Monroe’s residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, and 26 different languages are spoken as a first or second language by students in the Monroe School District.

In addition to amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, Monroe provides vibrant retail and dining options, several parks, supportive nonprofit organizations, and many community gathering places. Monroe hosts the annual Evergreen State Fair each summer and is also home to the Evergreen Speedway. Monroe retains the warmth and hospitality of a small community. Easy access to the Cascades as well as events in Seattle only 35 miles away make Monroe a very desirable location to live.

About the District
Established in 1909, Monroe School District is located in the southeast corner of Snohomish County and encompasses 82 square miles, serving the City of Monroe and surrounding unincorporated areas including the area south of Snohomish River known as Maltby.

Monroe School District serves approximately 5,400 students in preschool through 12th grade. The district is made up of ten schools, including 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 2 alternative learning schools, and 1 comprehensive high school. The District employs approximately 940 staff with a $90 million annual operating budget.

Monroe School District is fully committed to preparing every student for college, career, and life by providing powerful instructional strategies, equitable access for all learners, and holding every student to high expectations. They believe in developing the strengths and passions of students, honoring each student’s unique needs, and providing rigorous learning experiences necessary for independent success. This commitment shows in the wide range of programs offered throughout the district for their diverse population of students.

“The Monroe Commitment”

Designed to inspire greatness from our students, staff, and all those involved in educating the youth of Monroe, The Monroe Commitment is the foundation for every single decision we make. It is who we are and what we do and we take great pride in honoring the values of our community in our commitment to our students.

The Monroe Commitment promises that we will ensure EVERY student is provided with powerful instruction, equitable access, and be held to high standards.

Strengths and Opportunities
Pending: The School Board has selected the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to gather input from students, staff, parents and community members regarding strengths and challenges facing the district as well as the most important leadership qualities and characteristics participants believe the School Board should consider in selecting the next superintendent. This input will be used to develop a leadership profile report that will be shared with the public and prospective candidates in December. The report will also be used by the Board in making screening and selection decisions.

The district is seeking a superintendent to work collaboratively with the school board to provide responsible governance, effective leadership, an inclusive culture, equitable outcomes, and clear communication.

The Board seeks a dedicated advocate for children who champions the importance of equity throughout the school system. Experience navigating multiple perspectives and opinions in effectively creating a shared vision for this work is also desired.

Application Requirements

  1. Cover Letter (Addressing the opportunities and challenges; 4 page maximum)
  2. Resume or C.V.
  3. Completed Application Form at HYA website
  4. Copies of WA State Certificates
  5. Names and contact information for 3 References

Application Process and Timeline
Application deadline: January 3, 2023
Announcement of appointment: TBD (Late February or early March 2023)
Superintendent begins job: July 1, 2023

Confidential Inquiries Please Contact
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, Search Consultant:
Kristine McDuffy, 360-391-4934,

The Monroe School District Board of Directors will negotiate a compensation and benefit package that is regionally competitive based on education and experience.

How to apply for this job?

  1. Register for an account on the HYA website. Or, login to the HYA website if you already have an account created. Click the Login/Register button at the top of the page to get started.
  2. After logging in, click the Apply Now button at the top of this page.
  3. You will be redirected to the Frontline Education website. This website is where you will submit your application. This website also will require its own unique login and password.