California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)

Executive Director Search

Accepting Applications Now
Closing Date: April 9, 2018
Interview Date: May 24, 2018

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Board is conducting a confidential search for its next Executive Director. The CCEE Board has contracted with Leadership Associates to assist them with this search.

Update – March 15, 2018
For the past few weeks, Sally Frazier, Sandy Thorstenson, and Jim Brown from Leadership Associates have been having conversations with key stakeholders across the state regarding the work of the CCEE, desired qualities and characteristics for the next Executive Director, and the search process itself.

Thanks to the excellent input received, a final Position Description is now posted on the websites for the CCEE (here) and Leadership Associates (here).

If you are interested in this position, please send an email to Executive Assistant, Becky Banning, at Leadership Associates and request that an application and submittal instructions for the position of Executive Director, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence be emailed to you. Please be sure to include your name, current position, current employer, contact phone number, and preferred email in your request. All required application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on April 9, 2018.

Anyone who wishes to provide additional thoughts regarding the search process may still contact Jim Brown at

Overview of Stakeholder Input (as of March 15, 2018)

Several major themes emerged from the various stakeholder input sessions conducted by Leadership Associates:

  1. The next Executive Director will have to continue to build support for the work of the CCEE among county offices of education, school districts, and charter schools.
  2. Both strong, collaborative leadership and management skills will be necessary. The need to focus on implementation skills was very clear from a variety of sources. These include the ability to hire and retain a small, high quality staff; build a cohesive team; define the work of the CCEE clearly, and establish effective support systems and structures.
  3. The new Executive Director will need to have excellent communication skills with an emphasis on listening. Direct communication with the organizations that the CCEE was created to serve is of the utmost importance. That is particularly true for county offices of education among whom remains skepticism about the value of the CCEE and what it is being designed to do.
  4. The need to build partnerships and work collaboratively came through loud and clear - particularly with the county offices of education.
  5. The next Executive Director will need to be thoroughly familiar with the California education landscape. If not from K-12 directly, the person should have deep knowledge of how education works and the ability to hire a staff that has a high degree of credibility with the multiple agencies with whom the CCEE interacts.
  6. Being politically savvy, nimble, innovative, and forward thinking were all seen as desirable qualities. Add these to the importance of having a high degree of personal and professional credibility and integrity.
  7. Looking through an equity lens as issues of student achievement and success are addressed is absolutely essential. A track record of success in this regard is important.
  8. Knowledge of how to use data to inform decision making and determine the kinds of differentiated assistance districts and charter schools will require is essential.
  9. There was a strong emphasis on the need for the Executive Director to build effective systems and structures that will actually work for teachers, principals, and other school level personnel. These should help them address the current and future challenges schools are facing and reflect best practices. School districts are asking for more creative, innovative approaches to improving student achievement.
  10. The ability to build the credibility of the CCEE in a manner similar to that which has occurred for FCMAT so that the CCEE becomes the "go to" organization for ideas, assistance, and knowledge is something almost everyone would like to see.

This is certainly not an exhaustive list. Leadership Associates will use these themes and notes in the candidate recruiting process, selection of candidates for interviews, and the development of interview questions for the CCEE Governing Board to consider.

Leadership Associates will provide a search update to the full CCEE Governing Board on April 12, 2018, three days after the application period closes on April 9, 2018.

Executive Director search documents:

Executive Director Search Timeline
Executive Director Position Description

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