Superintendent Posting


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The Board of Education for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District is seeking qualified, internal applicants for the position of Superintendent of Schools.  The position will become vacant at the end of this year due to the retirement of Superintendent Pete Haines, who is retiring after five years of exemplary service to Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) and decades of service to public education.

The Board will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract.  Compensation will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate and the requirements of the position.  Excellent benefits will be a part of the package. 

The Candidate Profile follows this notification.

Application Procedure

Applicants should email a LETTER OF APPLICATION, RESUME AND LETTERS OF SUPPORT (minimum 3) to the Michigan Association of School Boards consultant at the address below by no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020.

The subject line should contain the phrase, “Application Materials OAISD.”

All questions regarding the position or application process should be directed to:

Mark Dobias, Search Consultant, Michigan Association of School Boards



September 14                    Application Period Begins

September 25                    Application Period Ends (4:00 p.m.)

September 29                    Board Meets to Select Candidate(s) for Interview

October 5                            First Round Interviews (Time TBD)

October 12                          Second Round Interviews (Time TBD), First Opportunity to Select Candidate

October 21                          Board Meets to Adopt Contract with New Superintendent or Open Search to External Applicants

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Board of Education

Mrs. Carol Slagh, President

Mr. John Siemion, Vice-President

Mr. Ronald, Eding, Treasurer

Mr. Randy Schipper, Secretary

Mr. Rick Dernberger, Trustee



The Board of Education of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) is searching for a transformative leader to become the next Superintendent of Schools. He/she will embrace the existing foundation of excellence and utilize the collective strengths of the staff in navigating the organization through an ever-changing educational landscape to greater levels of service to students and the community.


  • A humble, honest and ethical leader with unquestioned integrity
  • Displays a service orientation toward all students with a focus on advocacy and equity
  • An established record of success in educational leadership, knowledgeable of best practices in teaching and learning
  • A visible leader actively engaged in developing partnerships with the public, private and social sectors
  • Ability to facilitate collaboration within the ISD, across local districts, the region and State
  • An exceptional communicator, listener and transparent decision-maker
  • Is approachable, empathetic and empowering; fosters professional growth with accountability
  • A forward-thinker who seeks fresh, innovative ideas and diverse opinions in developing strategic plans
  • Possesses a deep knowledge of and appreciation for OAISD structure and mission
  • Manages change in a manner that maximizes resources
  • Collaborates with the Board in maintaining a culture of trust between the Board, Administration, staff and public


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education Administration or related field.  Advanced degrees are valued.
  • Administrative certification or ability to obtain certification in the State of Michigan
  • Extensive, high-level leadership experience such as having served as K-12 or Intermediate School District superintendent, assistant superintendent, or other administrative position at an Intermediate School District
  • Candidates with exceptional credentials and experiences in leadership outside of the K-12 arena will be given consideration.