Saline Area Schools is a public school district that serves approximately 5,150 students. Located in Washtenaw County, Saline is just minutes away from downtown Ann Arbor and has been recognized at the regional, state and national level for exemplary academic, fine arts and athletic achievements. The district is committed to an environment that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences, whether through professional, personal, educational or volunteer experiences.

We encourage interested candidates to review the essential functions, performance responsibilities and qualifications required for our posting and to apply for the position if you feel that it matches your skills and capabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability. The district is composed of:

  • Three K-3 Elementary Schools (Harvest, Pleasant Ridge, Woodland Meadows)
  • One Grade 4-5 School (Heritage)
  • One Grades 6-8 Middle School (Saline Middle School)
  • One Grades 9-12 High School (Saline High School)
  • One Grades 9-12 Alternative High School (Saline Alternative High School)



The district covers more than 90 square miles, including the City of Saline and six surrounding townships. Our community shows unwavering commitment to the school district by providing resources and engagement through volunteers, mentors, and business partners. CNN/Money Magazine have named Saline as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live.



  • Michigan Administrative Certificate, or equivalent
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership or related field; Doctorate preferred
  • Minimum of five years successful experience as a school administrator; Superintendent experience is preferred



The Saline Area Schools Board of Education has determined that the following criteria are those which are the most highly sought in a new superintendent:

  • Exemplifies the highest level of personal and professional ethics, personal integrity and trust
  • A visionary leader with the ability to engage all stakeholders in the pursuit of a clear vision for the district that focuses on student achievement, communication and use of district resources
  • Leadership experience in a traditional public school setting that reflects a record of success in positions of increasing responsibility, including five years of administrative experience; however, non-traditional candidates with proper credentials and background may be considered
  • A community member who embraces the values of the community and will immerse themselves into the community
  • An approachable school leader who treats everyone with respect and dignity and who is open to ideas and suggestions from a variety of sources within the school community
  • Demonstrates a true love of all children
  • Demonstrates effective communications skills (writing, public speaking and listening), and excellent interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Dedication to education excellence and the success of all students
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with effective curriculum, instruction, professional development, assessment and best practices to improve teaching and student achievement
  • Commitment to a philosophy of continuous improvement through collaboration and evidence-based practices
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and experience in public school finance and fiscal management issues, including of bond issues and sinking funds
  • Knowledge of facility maintenance and operations, including support services, facility studies and improvements, and bond funding opportunities
  • Demonstrates success in human resource management, including conducting negotiation with collective bargaining units, contract administration and employment practices
  • An individual who sets high expectations for self and others; holds staff at all levels accountable; and who accepts responsibility for results
  • An individual who has demonstrated a solid working relationship with staff while managing challenging external factors affecting public education.
  • Demonstrates a record of direct involvement with and knowledge of political issues in public education at the local, intermediate, state and federal levels
  • Demonstrates ability to be visible throughout the district and be actively engaged in school and community activities
  • Proven leadership ability with skills in implementing change, collaboration, successful systems, creative problem solving, intelligent risk taking and team building



The Saline Area Schools Board of Education will offer a regionally competitive comprehensive, multi-year contract with a salary commensurate with experience.



  • Interested candidates should complete and submit the Michigan Leadership Institute on-line application found at www.mileader.org or http://www.applitrack.com/mileader/onlineapp
  • Completed on-line applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM on Friday, April 2, 2021.
  • No “hard copy”, fax or email copies accepted. All materials will be treated confidentially through the screening process only upon the written request of the candidate.
  • All questions regarding the search should be submitted to David Killips, Regional President, Michigan Leadership Institute, 734-320-6572, dkkillips@gmail.com.    

Applicants are advised not to make direct contact with any member of the Board of Education



❖ Application deadline – 4:00 PM, Friday, April 2, 2021
❖ Selection of candidates for first interviews – April 8, 2021
❖ First Round Interviews – April 26, 28, 29, 2021
❖ Final Interviews – May 5, 2021
❖ Site or in-district visit – To be determined
❖ Start date – July 1, 2021

The Board may make exceptions to this profile, process and/or timeline to ensure selection of the best possible candidate. The services of Michigan Leadership Institute have been secured to assist the Board in the search process and in the screening of candidates. The Board of Education will make all decisions concerning the process, evaluation of candidates, and appointment of the successful candidate.

Saline Area Schools is an equal opportunity employer.