HYA for Boards
A Superintendent Search Process Designed to Match the Right Leader With Your District
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Recruiting, developing, and retaining great leaders is essential to improving your district’s student outcomes. Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), takes a collaborative, research-based, approach to the superintendent search process. We match the right leader with the goals and priorities of your school system and community.
Superintendent Search Process
At HYA, we know that your district is unique and we understand that a comprehensive superintendent search process does not meet the needs of all districts. We will work with your district to build the search that best fits your needs and vacant position. HYA’s process is built around four phases. Components of each phase are modularized and can be combined in a way that best fits the needs of your district.
Our approach allows us to partner with any district, no matter the size, demographics, or location.
Learn about our recent superintendent searches below.
“Hands-down HYA was the best! I was completely satisfied with our work and interactions with HYA from start to finish. None of our Board had been through a Superintendent search process before and HYA was there for us every step of the way. I was the main contact with them and they made themselves available via text, telephone calls and email. They were thorough, professional, and accommodating.”
Charlottesville City Schools
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We recommend a search process that includes four phases. A typical time frame is 4 months.
- Engage: Extensive community engagement through in person and virtual focus groups, interviews, and surveys to understand the community’s desires for their next leader.
- Recruit: outreach and advertising through HYA’s networks to ensure the widest and most diverse candidate pool.
- Select: creation of a slate of candidates for the Board’s review that best matches the leadership profile and desired characteristics developed during the engage phase
- Transition: work with the selected leader and board president to review information gained throughout the search process and offer services for transition support, governance and long-range planning.
The Board interviews a slate of candidates vetted by HYA. It is rare that a candidate will be interviewed by the Board that was not slated by HYA. The Board’s decision to hire or not hire a particular candidate is at the sole discretion of the Board; and the Board takes responsibility for that decision. HYA’s satisfaction guarantees apply to HYA slated candidates.
HYA always works to provide a slate of candidates that is representative of the student demographics in a school district. We do so by proactively reaching out to minority candidates. HYA is represented by 130+ Associates from various demographic communities in the United States; all actively recruit for our clients. HYA is proud of the diversity of candidates hired with its assistance, including individuals – both male and female – of varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation and religious backgrounds.
HYA does not believe that “if you post it, they will come;” rather we aggressively recruit candidates of color from across the nation. In fact one of our distinguishing differences from other search firms is that we use our vast network of associates to recruit candidates. In addition, our consultants believe we must make every effort to develop untapped potential and thus several of us mentor individuals who have enormous potential but have not yet had the opportunity or access to acquire the depth of knowledge and skills needed to succeed in executive positions. With access to our expert mentors, these future leaders thrive, and we have a record of placing several in key positions. As your search consultant, we are committed to using our equity lens in recruiting, identifying, screening, and slating candidates for your team.
Many HYA associates serve on state and national boards for minority educational organizations such as the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) and the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) and their state affiliates at the local level. These associates are aware of current and up-and-coming educational leaders who might be appropriate candidates for the districts we serve.
HYA has a long standing partnership with ALAS (Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents); HYA has placed their last 3 Executive Directors and networks and presents at their conferences as part of our partnership to advance leaders of color into top education leadership positions.
Finally, HYA’s Associates are currently working with school districts across the country to advance their equity initiatives through strategic planning, audits and professional development. This work also informs the firm and advances our policies and practices.