Superintendent Search

The Position

The Governing Board of the Clovis Unified School District invites visionary, highly qualified educators with proven leadership skills to apply for the position of Superintendent in this truly superior district. The Superintendent provides the overall leadership for curriculum and instruction, standards and assessment, finance, budgeting, personnel and school facilities.

The Superintendent is responsible for the development of communication, collaboration, and outreach with the community, parents, staff and Governing Board.

Professional Profile

The Clovis Unified School District seeks
a Superintendent who:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of, experience with, and commitment to the District’s trust-based culture, strong core values and high standards.
  • Values the core philosophy that “It’s people, not programs who make the positive difference,” and demonstrates commitment to the District’s extensive hiring process. 
  • Upholds the District’s Strategic Plan and Aims to Maximize Achievement for ALL Students; Operate with Increasing Efficiency & Effectiveness; and Hire, Develop, Sustain and Value a High-Quality, Diverse Workforce.
  • Honors and respects the Governing Board, maximizing the effectiveness of the Governing Board.
  • Demonstrates a strong fiscal background and maintains the District’s sound financial status.
  • Supports the value and importance of the District’s expansive co-curricular program.
  • Values the important role high quality school facilities play in student achievement.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills with the District’s internal and external community.
  • Commits to upholding Board policies and procedures.
  • Recognizes and mentors leadership potential in others.
  • Maintains a positive and collaborative partnership between the District and local city and county agencies.

Personal Profile

The Clovis Unified School District seeks
a Superintendent who:

  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and communication skills and is open to ideas expressed by the Board, staff, parents, students and community.
  • Is adaptable, a good listener, and a good communicator at multiple levels, with all forms of communication.
  • Has an open door to both employees and the community.
  • Maintains the highest standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in all personal and professional conduct.
  • Is outgoing, sincere, authentic and approachable so that he or she gains the respect of employees, students and the community.
  • Is highly visible in the community and schools.
  • Will live in or near the district.


  • Experience as a teacher, principal, district office or executive level administrator and/or superintendent is desired.
  • Experience as a school/district administrator in the State of California is required.
  • A doctorate in Education Leadership is preferred.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered, the candidate must provide:

  • A fully completed application form, available online here (EdJoin).
  • Finalists will be required to submit official transcripts for all earned degrees and a copy of all credentials held.
  • A letter of application.
  • A résumé.
  • Three current letters of recommendation.
  • Essay responses to two writing prompts: 
    • What has motivated you to apply specifically for the role of Superintendent of the Clovis Unified School District? (300 words maximum)
    • Describe a substantial challenge you faced in the educational environment within the past five years and describe the leadership strategies you employed to navigate that challenge? (500 words maximum).
The deadline for application materials to be submitted via EdJoin at the link above was February 26, 2023. 

All materials will be acknowledged and treated confidentially.

Salary and Contract

The salary will be competitive and based upon qualifications and experience. A multi-year contract will be offered.

Selection Process

The Governing Board is conducting its search over the course of January – March 2023. The Governing Board will screen applications for interviews and further consideration in March. Selected candidates will be invited to a panel interview comprised of employees and community members in mid/late March with interviews by the Governing Board to follow. Any contact with Board members in an attempt to influence the selection process will be considered a breach of professional ethics.

Governing Board members reserve the right to visit the district schools/communities of a candidate prior to making a final decision. The Superintendent will be expected to begin July 1, 2023.
Questions may be directed to:
Kelly Avants, APR
1450 Herndon Ave.
Clovis, CA 93611

Phone: 559-327-9092

Governing Board Members
David DeFrank, President
Hugh Awtrey, Vice-President
Steven Fogg, M.D., Clerk
Deena Combs-Flores, Member
Yolanda Moore, Member
Clinton Olivier, Member
Tiffany Stoker Madsen, Member

This school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation, gender, mental or physical disability, sex orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation, in its educational program(s) or employment. No person shall be denied employment solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position(s) or program for which application has been made.



The District and Community

Located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, Clovis Unified School District is one of the state’s premier K-12 school systems.  Nationally recognized as a leader in public education, the District is dedicated to encouraging students to be the best they can be in mind, body and spirit. High quality academic programs, support of the arts and athletics, and the development of good character are hallmarks of Clovis Unified.

Clovis Unified’s close to 43,000 students come from not only the City of Clovis, but the City of Fresno, the rural community of Friant and unincorporated areas of Fresno County. Spanning close to 198 square miles, the district encompasses much of the region’s high growth areas. Since 2000, the district has grown by more than 10,000 students, and continues to grow. High quality schools continue to be ranked as one of the top reasons families move to our area according to studies conducted by local government.

Clovis Unified School District: Be the best you can be in mind, body, and spirit

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