Application Process

  • Carmel Unified School District (CUSD) is seeking an outstanding educational leader to be its next Superintendent of Schools. Located on the Central California Coast and spanning Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach, and Big Sur, the district serves 2500 students in three elementary schools, Carmel River in Carmel,  Tularcitos in Carmel Valley, and Captain Cooper in Big Sur); one middle school (Carmel Middle); and one high school (Carmel High). Additionally, CUSD has a continuation high school (Carmel Valley High), adult programs (Carmel Adult School), preschool and before/after school programs (Carmelo Child Development Center).  The area offers unmatched natural beauty, historic points of interest and life in a small town with big town amenities. Its 594 square miles encompass some of the most scenic areas of the world, combining the unspoiled natural beauty with the cosmopolitan spirit of California’s most famous peninsula.

    The successful candidate should have a proven track record as a confident and responsive leader who is an effective communicator.  Competitive and negotiable salary contingent upon professional qualifications and achievements as an educational leader.


    Desired Education/Experience

    • A successful track record of improving the academic achievement of all students;
    • A solid understanding and knowledge of state and district budgets;
    • A background as a classroom teacher, site and district administrator experience desirable;
    • A strong record of partnering with community groups;
    • High school experience desirable;
    • Unified school district experience desirable;
    • Curriculum and instructional leadership background desirable.


    Selection Process

    The Governing Board has retained Dr. Valerie Pitts and Dr. Glen “Max” McGee with Hazard, Young, Attea, and Associates (HYA) to recruit qualified candidates.  Any contact with board members, in an attempt to influence the selection process, will be considered a breach of professional ethics.

    Applicants should submit the following via email to HYA’s president, Max McGee, and Associate Valerie Pitts, with CUSD SEARCH in the subject line:

    • Full resume
    • Cover letter stating why they are seeking the job and why they will be an excellent fit for the district
    • Three reference letters
    • A one or two page written response to one of these prompts:
    1. In a page or two, please share how you have led your district through a controversial, divisive issue.  Please describe  the issue and the stakeholders it divided, explain how you addressed it, and detail the outcomes that resulted from your actions.


    1. The district is seeking a leader who will rebuild trust and unify disparate voices to move forward in a positive direction.  Describe a situation in which you have had to tackle a similar challenge as well as how you would use your first 100 days in CUSD to begin rebuilding trust in district leadership.

    The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on April 1, 2021.