Leadership Associates executive search advisors Jim Brown and Larry Aceves have been selected by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board to conduct the recruitment and comprehensive search process for an interim superintendent.

As part of the recruitment process, Leadership Associates and the district are hosting community input sessions to receive feedback from employees and members of the community regarding the qualities and characteristics they are seeking in an interim superintendent.

These 60- to 90-minute sessions are scheduled at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12th.

No appointment is necessary to attend the sessions, which will be held concurrently at both the Santa Monica High School library, 601 Pico Blvd.; and the Malibu High School library, 30215 Morning View Drive, Malibu.

Those unable to attend a session may email Brown or Aceves at Leadership Associates with a response to the prompts (see below) at leadershipassociates@cox.net.

With the school board’s goal to have an interim superintendent hired by July 1st, public input should be emailed no later than June 18th.

During the input sessions, employees and community members will be asked to provide feedback regarding two primary questions:

… What are the desirable qualities, characteristics, background, and experiences (professional and personal) for the interim superintendent of SMMUSD?

… What do you see as the strengths of the district and the major challenges facing the district in the months ahead?

The Leadership Associates advisors will compile a report of comments received during the community input sessions and will share the comments with the school board and ultimately with the new interim superintendent when hired.

The comments will also be used to guide the development of the recruitment brochure, the recruitment process and reference checking.