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The Hawaii State Board of Education (Board) seeks highly-qualified and motived applicants for the position of State Superintendent of Education to lead the Hawaii State Department of Education (Department) and the statewide system of public schools. The Superintendent serves as the chief executive officer of Hawaii’s unitary public school system—which is a single, statewide school district—and is responsible for both the State Education Agency (SEA) and Local Education Agency (LEA) functions of the Department.

The successful candidate will be paid a competitive salary, commensurate with preparation, qualifications, experience, and proven record of transformational leadership, as well as the State of Hawaii benefits package. The Board governs the Department and is empowered by the State Constitution to formulate statewide education policy and appoint the Superintendent.

The Board has retained the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to lead the search for the Superintendent. The Board is a member of NASBE, the only membership organization for state boards of education. A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, NASBE elevates state board members’ voices in national and state policymaking, facilitates the exchange of informed ideas, and supports members in advancing equity and excellence in public education for students of all races, genders, and circumstances.

Position Summary

The Superintendent serves as the chief executive officer of the statewide public school system and is responsible for both the SEA and LEA functions of the Department. Hawaii has 257 Department schools and 37 charter schools organized into 15 complex areas on six islands, with over 171,000 students (159,000+ in Department schools and over 12,000 in charter schools), approximately 22,600 permanent employees, approximately 20,000 casual hires and substitute employees, and an annual operating budget of more than $2 billion. Reporting to the Board, the Superintendent is accountable for achieving the goals established in the statewide strategic plan for education as approved by the Board and guided by the Board’s vision, mission, and policies.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, business, public administration, or a closely related field.


Minimum of ten years in progressively increasing leadership roles with history of successfully handling the increased responsibilities associated with each promotion earned. At least five years shall have been as a chief executive officer or similar position of leadership. Desired experience in a similar sized organization.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate must exemplify necessary skills, attributes, and abilities to be successful in the following areas. Please see the full position description for further details.

  • Visionary Leadership and Organizational Culture. The Superintendent promotes the success of all students by articulating and implementing a vision of learning, developing, and modeling a positive organizational culture and school climate throughout the Department, and sustaining instructional programs conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Operations, Resource, and Personnel Management. The Superintendent manages operations and implements sound personnel practices to promote a safe, trusting, respectful, effective learning environment for students and staff and to ensure the fiscal fidelity and efficiency of the Department.
  • Board Governance and Policy. With an understanding of how their distinct roles promote student success, the Superintendent partners effectively with the Board to ensure a high-quality education for every student and leads and manages the Department consistent with Board policies, promoting transparency, fairness, and trust.
  • Communication and Community Relations. The Superintendent establishes effective communication and engagement processes with students, parents, teachers, and the community at large and seeks understanding of cultural, political, social, economic, and legal contexts to respond effectively to internal and external stakeholder feedback, build staunch support for the public education system, and promote the success of all students.
  • Equity Advocacy. The Superintendent advocates for equitable opportunities and conditions and builds a foundation rooted in the promise of equity, integrity, and fairness for every student and every staff member.

Application Process

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining interest and motivation for seeking the position along with a complete resume including references for consideration. All submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Board’s search committee at by April 12, 2022 at 5:00 pm HST.

Hawaii State Superintendent of Education Position Description

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