If you glance at the help wanted ads in Washington D.C., Oklahoma City, Houston, Seattle and Las Vegas, you might notice a similar help wanted ad. These communities are all looking for school superintendents. While the pay often ranges up to $500,000 a year, there is a shrinking pool of candidates interested in accepting the pressure these jobs entail.
Communities are looking for people who have spent many years in the classroom, so they can act as a role model for faculty. They must also be willing to work as a spokesperson on national issues in education. The right individual must also work to bring together diverse parties in their own regions.
Many of the communities who are looking have recently had a scandal like Washington D.C. graduation rate and Los Angeles’ debate over charter schools. Others, like Houston, have recently had catastrophic events impact many schools in their jurisdiction.
Finding the right person, however, can be very challenging for large school districts. People who have left the job report that there are many different frustrations. Over 76 percent say they struggle with their jobs because of inadequate state and federal funding, 50 percent over the amount of time required to do their jobs and 48 percent over imposed regulations.
If you are ready to take on a new challenge, then you might want to consider applying for these positions. According to the Council of the Great City Schools, cities used to receive between 50 and 100 applicants when they went hunting, but they only receive between 10 and 20 applicants today.