Mar. 16, 2017 - The application period for the position of Superintendent is now closed. The review process for submitted applications commences.



    Feb. 28, 2017 -  The application period for the positon of Superintendent is now open. For position description and details about the application process, interested parties should refer to Information for Applicants for the Position of Superintendent (updated March 13)


    Applications will be accepted through March 15 at 5:00 p.m. 




    Feb. 6 - Feb. 20, 2017 - Comments from the community were collected via an online community survey, available in six languages. The survey data will be used to inform the OUSD Superintendent position description and the continued superintendent search process.


    Those wishing to provide input about the search process after Feb. 20 may do so by contacting Linda Hunt with Leadership Associates at (760) 771-4277 or by email: lhunt@leadershipassociates.org.



    Feb. 1, 2017 – BOE Directors provided an update and timeline regarding the search for a permanent candidate.


    BOE Directors have retained Leadership Associates to assist in facilitating the search process and are committed to an open and transparent process that will engage staff and community in determining the key qualities and attributes needed in the new superintendent.


    This will involve opportunities for community members to have their voices heard in a variety of different ways including open forums, group input sessions and an online survey. The online survey will be available on this page from February 6 - February 17. Community members are encouraged to participate in the online survey even if they plan to attend one of the engagement meetings held by BOE Directors or Leadership Associates.


    "Please know that the Board is unified in our desire to choose a superintendent that has demonstrated a true commitment to the children of Oakland and the greater Bay Area," said James Harris, Board of Education President. "The ideal candidate is one that is currently or was formerly a part of our school system and/or our extended community and plans on a long-term commitment to the District." 



    James Harris, President of the Board of Education, spoke Tuesday, Nov. 22, about the resignation of Supt. Antwan Wilson, who will become the next Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools.




    “We have to stand here strong for our children and I can also say we will continue under the leadership of the Board of Education and the strong staff leadership with the effort and vision to build quality community schools in our district. That was the vision set forth by the Board of Education in 2009. It is working and we will continue. So, let that message ring clear and true to the citizens of Oakland: Now is the not the time to fold but to be bold,” said James Harris, Board President. “We have an opportunity here in Oakland to set a standard for what it means to educate children in a diverse fashion and in a way that allows them to see the best of themselves in classrooms and at school sites.”
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What's Coming Up

  • March 

    • Mid March - Leadership Associates begins review process for submitted applications.


    • Apr. 22 -23 - BOE interviews candidates and selects finalist.


    Full timeline

What's Happened

  • March

    • Mar. 15: Application window closes at 5:00 p.m.



    • Feb. 28: OUSD Superintendent position description finalized. Application window opens.
    • Feb. 20: Online community survey closes.
    • Feb. 14 - 15: Consultants meet with staff and community designated by BOE.
    • Feb. 11: BOE hosts a Town Hall Community Meeting.
    • Feb. 6: Online community survey opens. Available in six languages. 
    • Feb. 1: BOE Directors announce that Leadership Associates will assist in facilitating the search process for the next superintendent and provide updated timeline.  



    • Jan. 19The NAACP, OUSD, the City of Oakland, GO Public Schools Oakland, and the Unity Council hosted a public town hall to identify the qualities that will make the next superintendent successful in Oakland, discuss how the community can support the work of the next superintendent, and explore the needs of the community during this transition.Read the findings, including all community comments.


    • Jan. 11: BOE Directors vote to approve the contract of Devin Dillon, Ph.D., current Deputy Superintendent of Academic Social Emotional Learning, to serve as Interim Superintendent, as the Board conducts the search for a permanent candidate who is expected to begin by July.



    • Dec. 14: Devin Dillon, Ph.D., current Deputy Superintendent of Academic Social Emotional Learning, is selected by the Board as Interim Superintendent. Dillon’s proposed contract will be voted on by the BOE on January 11.


    • Dec. 9: Board announces proposed timeline for naming Interim Superintendent and hiring a permanent candidate



    • Nov. 22: Board of Education President James Harris holds a press conference with members of the OUSD Leadership Team to publicly announce Supt. Wilson's resignation
    • Nov. 21: Supt. Wilson announces to OUSD Staff he is resigning in February to become the Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools
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About OUSD

  • In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of its 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home.


    Each of its 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals who unite around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Culturally-Responsive and Joy. OUSD is committed to preparing all learners to excel in college, career and community.

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