Apply (process closed)


Applications should be completed through Ray & Associates. To begin the application process please click here. And for a copy of the Superintendent Search brochure, with more information about Des Moines Public Schools and the position, click here.

The salary will be in the range of $250,000 to $275,000, plus an excellent comprehensive benefit package. The final salary for the successful candidate will be negotiated and determined based upon proven experience, qualifications, and meeting Board criteria.

The candidate must have or be qualified to obtain superintendent certification in Iowa. Questions about certification should be directed to the Iowa State Department of Education either by telephone at 515-281-5294 or through the Iowa State Department of Education website at

All materials submitted as part of the superintendent application will remain confidential to the extent allowed by law, which includes board review in a closed session of the Board of Education. After all applications have been reviewed and preliminary interviews conducted by the consulting firm, the names of the semifinalists will be presented to the Des Moines Public Schools Board of Education for its consideration. Selection of candidates for final interviews is the sole responsibility of the Board. Board members may elect to visit the communities of finalists for the position of superintendent.

Persons wishing to be considered for the position should submit an application file online including:

  • A letter of application stating personal qualifications, experiences and reasons for interest in the position.
  • The online application form and a current resume.
  • Current letters of recommendation.

All application materials must be received by Ray and Associates, Inc. by February 11, 2013.

Questions about the position and application process should be directed to:

Ray & Associates, Inc.
4403 First Avenue SE, Suite 407
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-393-3115
Fax: 319-393-4931

Applicants should not contact the board or district directly.