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If you are looking for a school leader, look to a leader *MASC*

The MASC team that will assist you includes four present and former school committee members who understand a school committee’s concerns when seeking a new school leader. With over 30 years’ successful search consulting experience, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees has provided technical assistance and/or complete search management to more than 200 member school districts across the state. We uphold our commitment to you — our members — by maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and accountability. As your Association, MASC is committed to helping you find the best superintendent for your particular district.

MASC’s search consultants are available to assist the school committee through all phases of the search process, either with technical assistance or full search services, by:

  • helping you to plan your search process
  • advising you on how to weigh your alternatives
  • assisting you in finding an interim superintendent while you search
  • conducting focus groups to determine what you and your community want
  • developing promotional materials for your district
  • crafting the job description that meets the needs of your district
  • designing and placing your advertisements
  • recruiting your candidates
  • developing your candidate screening process
  • managing the administrative details of your search
  • suggest appropriate interview questions
  • maintaining contacts with your candidates
  • following through on references
  • assisting you in planning your site visits
  • conducting post-contract workshops

National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers

By choosing to work with MASC on finding your next superintendent, your district will also benefit from the national network of superintendent search consultants that MASC is a member of.

The National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers (NASS), sponsored by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is comprised of over 100 leading search consultants in more than 40 states who help school board associations throughout the United States identify the best superintendent candidates for their particular district. As a member of NASS, your MASC search consultant can tap into this broad network of experience and resources and collaborate with colleagues to share vital background and reference information on candidates in other states.

Given NASS’ extensive work with school boards throughout the country, its team of professionals is uniquely positioned to understand the serious governance challenges facing school districts and the leadership qualities necessary to guide educational institutions through these turbulent times. NASS stands ready -- as the most experienced affiliation of search professionals anywhere – to undertake a national campaign to find your district’s next superintendent.

The Search Process

The search process can be divided into five phases, with the primary responsibilities of the search consultant and the school/search committee clearly delineated. MASC consultants work with the school committee to design as flexible a process as possible while advising the Committee on legal and regulatory consequences. The chart below outlines the responsibilities and progress of a typical superintendent search from start (phase 1) to finish (phase 5).

Note: Key school committee roles are in green.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

Phase 5

Leadership Profile Development

Candidate Recruitment

Candidate Screening

Committee Evaluation of Finalists



Identify success factors, major issues, expectations

Advertise vacancy

screen candidates against selection criteria

Assist School Committee in preparation for finalist stage and schedule interviews

Select next Superintendent and announce appointment

Develop job descriptions

Coordinate nominations and applications

identify semi-finalist candidates

Conduct reference checks on finalists

Inform other finalists

Approve leadership profile

Build candidate files

Inform successful candidates and schedule interviews

Assist Committee in preparation for site visits and final interviews

Assist School Committee in contract preparation

Conduct focus groups

Conduct reference checks on applicants

Deliver successful candidates to School Committee

Conduct site visits

Negotiate contract and announce agreement

Report to School Committee


Inform unsuccessful candidates

Conduct final interviews

Close search and process materials

Approve selection Criteria


Provide orientation and assist search committee


Assist with transition to new leadership

Compile salary and benefit data


Select finalists



Prepare publicity materials





Search Services Description

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Superintendent Searches

The following is a list of upcoming, current, and recently completed MASC Superintendent/Superintendent-Director searches.

Download brochures and applications for current searches below. For more information, call MASC at or, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the district's MASC Field Services Representative.

Upcoming MASC Searches

Waltham Public Schools, Waltham MA


Current MASC Searches

Douglas Public Schools (REOPENED)
Douglas, Massachusetts

  • Salary and contract: $123K-$135K; three year contract; competitive benefits package.
  • Application deadline: September 5, 2014.
  • Start date: January 5, 2015
  • Click here for brochure.  Click here for application.

Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District
Spencer, Massachusetts

The Spencer-East Brookfield School Committee seeks a dynamic, energetic individual to assume the leadership of the district.

  • Qualifications: Certification or eligibility for certification as a superintendent of schools in Massachusetts. Masters degree required; doctorate preferred. Administrative experience in Central Office position preferred; Additional experience as a teacher and school administrator preferred. Central office experience and curriculum knowledge at all levels.
  • Compensation and benefits: The School Committee will negotiate a compensation package with a full fringe benefits package that may include: A contract of employment of not less than three years. Salary range of $140,000.00 to $160,000.00. Negotiable fringe benefit package including membership in the MA Teacher Retirement System, including “Retirement Plus.”
  • Application deadline: August 15, 2014
  • Start date: Early fall 2014
  • Click here for brochure. Click here for application.

Belchertown Public Schools (REOPENED)
Belchertown, Massachusetts

The Belchertown School Committee seeks a dynamic, energetic individual to assume the leadership of the district.

  • Qualifications: Licensed or eligible for licensure as a superintendent of schools in MA; Master’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; Minimum of 10 years in education, including 3 years of central office and/or administrative experience preferred; Experience with school-based technology; Successful experience in school finance and management.
  • Compensation and benefits: Salary: $135-150K, Fringe benefits negotiable. No residency required.
  • Application deadline: August 1, 2014
  • Start date: January 5, 2015
  • Click here for brochure. Click here for application.



Other Massachusetts Searches

Superintendent-Director – School Spring ID #973902

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Closing date for applications: August 15, 2014
  • Full Job Description can be found on School Spring Website. Applicants must apply online to Only online applications will be accepted. For more information about the school district click here.

Assistant Superintendent/Principal

  • For all information click here (pdf). Deadline for application, August 22, 2014.


  • The Boston Public Schools is seeking a headmaster/principal with a proven track record of success to lead the John D. O Bryant High School of Math & Science.  The Boston Public Schools is looking for an instructional leader who possesses an exemplary managerial, instructional and operational skill-set and preferably with experience leading a STEM school. The leader must be committed to the belief in the potential of all students and be able to focus his/her work in a way consistent with the districts Acceleration Agenda.
  • For additional information or to apply online, please visit
    Ray and Associates, Inc.
    Ph:  319/393-3115   E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Application Deadline: Apply Immediately- Open Until Filled
    Please do not contact the Board or District directly.


Other School District Vacancies


Danvers: (click on employment)

Franklin County Technical School:


Martha's Vineyard:


Tantasqua Regional:


Whittier Voc. Tech.:


Out of State Searches Including CT, VT and NH

Information about out-of-state communities in which there are currently superintendent vacancies and other administrator vacancies can be found on the National School Boards Association NASS (National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers) website.


Recently Completed MASC Searches

  • Somerset School District, Somerset, MA (7/01/14)
    Appointed: Jeffrey Schoonover
  • Millbury Public Schools, Millbury, MA (7/01/14)
    Appointed: Greg Myers
  • Greenfield Public Schools, Greenfield, MA (4/17/14)
    Appointed: Jordana Harper-Ewert, M.Ed.
  • Wilmington Public Schools, Wilmington, MA (4/17/14)
    Appointed: Mary DeLai
  • Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District, Lakeville, MA (March, 2014)
    appointed: Richard Mederios
  • Ayer Shirley Regional School District, Ayer, MA  (04/1/14)
    Appointed: Dr. Mary Malone
  • Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District, North Dighton, MA (03/9/14)
    Appointed: Anthony Azar
  • Wachusett Regional School District, Holden, MA (12/9/13)
    Appointed: Darryll McCall
  • Wrentham Public Schools, Wrentham, MA (12/18/13)
    Appointed: Dr. Allen Cameron
  • Holbrook Public Schools, Holbrook, MA (5/1/13)
    Appointed: Dr. Patricia Lally
  • Gill-Montague Regional Schools, Montague, MA (4/15/13)
    Appointed: Michael Sullivan
  • Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District, Lakeville, MA (4/1/13)
    Appointed: Dr. Kristine Nash, appointed interim superintendent
  • Southern Berkshire Regional School District,  Sheffield, MA (4/1/13)
    Appointed: David Hastings
  • Holyoke Public Schools,  Holyoke, MA (4/1/13)
    Appointed: Dr. Sergio Paez
  • Mashpee Public Schools,  Mashpee, MA (4/1/13)
    Appointed: Brian A. Hyde
  • Leicester Public Schools,  Leicester, MA (1/2013)
    Appointed: Dr. Judith Paolucci
  • Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield MA (2/2013)
    Appointed: Jake McCandle
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