Chief Executive Officer/District Superintendent of Schools, Ulster BOCES

Ulster County BOCES
New Paltz, NY, US
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The Ulster BOCES Board of Education is seeking qualified educators to apply for the position of Chief Executive Officer & District Superintendent of Schools.

Ulster BOCES
New Paltz, New York
Ulster County

Ulster BOCES is an Equal Opportunity Employer

From the Board
The Ulster BOCES Board of Education is seeking an exceptional, experienced, visionary educational leader with a proven record of administrative accomplishments to serve as the Chief Executive Officer/Superintendent of Ulster BOCES and the District Superintendent of the Sole Supervisory District of Ulster County. The District Superintendent serves as the New York State Commissioner of Education's representative to the region. The District Superintendent is responsible for both the BOCES and its component district and leads and oversees the multitude of BOCES programs offered to the eight component districts.

Ideal Candidates Profile
The Board of Trustees has identified the following key attributes of the ideal candidate:
  • Create, lead, manage, and direct with vision a complex array of programs and services offered by the BOCES for the component district.
  • Foster a collaborative environment within the BOCES and with the eight component districts.
  • Build on an existing highly successful organization.
  • Create short- and long-term financial strategies to make the best use of resources.
  • Communicate effectively in written and spoken language.
  • Counsel and advise Boards of Education and area superintendents on issues of law, regulation, policy, and educational programs.
  • Listen actively to the needs of those within the educational and county communities.
  • Respect the needs, as well as the contributions, of all of the individuals who serve or are served by Ulster BOCES.
  • Use ingenuity and imagination to create ideas and solutions to the challenges of the region.

In addition, the successful candidate should have:
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and organizational skills with a proven track record of success in improving outcomes for students and staff.
  • Experience with school financial management.
  • Experience with Capital Projects.
  • Experience in leading diverse personalities throughout all sectors of the educational and county communities.
  • An approachable, flexible, self-confident personality.
  • The ability to delegate-yet maintain control and knowledge of-various initiatives.
  • A willingness to become part of Ulster County's community.

The successful candidate must hold or be eligible for New York State School District Administrator certification, and must reside in or be willing to relocate to New York State.

Terms of Employment
A District Superintendent is considered a Management/Confidential employee of the State of New York. All salary and benefits for this position are outlined in statute and regulations and are subject to review by the Office of Counsel at the New York State Education Department. The maximum salary permitted under the law is up to $208,250 in total, $43,499 of which is paid for by New York State. The balance of the salary to be paid beyond the state share is determined by the local BOCES and is based on qualifications and experience.
Past teaching, building-level administration, and district-level senior administrative experience are desired.

Candidates should submit the following materials by the announced due date:
  • Letter of interest
  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts
  • Copies of administrative certificate(s)
  • List a minimum of three professional references

All inquiries should be directed via email to the search consultant.
(Please use DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH in the subject line of any emails)

This is a Confidential Search Process

As a result, the names of all candidates will only be known by the consultant and members of the Ulster BOCES Board of Education. Only the successful candidate will be named publicly and only after a signed contract between the parties is completed.

The consultant will coordinate the task of screening applicants and recommending a group of potential semi-finalists to the board. Candidates must not contact board members directly. The Ulster BOCES Board of Education will make all decisions concerning the selection process, the evaluation of candidates, and the recommendation of the final candidate to the Commissioner of Education for approval.


To be given full consideration, all application materials should be on file by the initial deadline of January 25 by 3 PM. The search consultant and the Ulster BOCES Board of Education will begin to review application folders upon receipt. (Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)

About The Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services (UC BOCES):
We are guided by our North Star Educational Commitments, which were designed to foster a learning environment in which:
  • All Learners will Develop Their Unique Self
  • All Learners will Develop Their Capacity
  • All Learners will Contribute to Society
  • All Learners will Engage in Continuous Cycles of Inquiry
BOCES, or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, were created in 1948 by the New York State legislature and operate as extensions of local school districts to help them meet their educational and financial goals. Ulster BOCES supports this charge by offering high-quality, cost-effective shared programs and services that enable component districts to develop the capacity of their students and adults to achieve success. In addition to providing five student-based programs that serve elementary school through senior citizens, more than 200 other services are offered including support for writing grants, professional development, food services management, purchasing educational technology, processing employee W2 forms, and so much more.

  • Adult Career Education Center
  • Career & Technical Center
  • Centers for Innovative Teaching & Learning
  • Hudson Valley Pathways Academy (P-TECH)
  • Phoenix Academy (Alternative Education)

The District Superintendent is supported by a team of experienced school district leaders, including:
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • School Business Director
  • Assistant Superintendent Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services
  • Assistant Superintendent Career & Technical Education and Alternative Education
  • Assistant Superintendent Instructional Services
  • Director of Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center

District Profile
  • Number of component districts - 8
  • Districts served: Ellenville, Highland, Kingston, New Paltz, Onteora, Rondout, Saugerties, and Wallkill
  • Locations: Adult Career Education Center, Adult Education at Ellenville, Career & Technical Center, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Mt. Marion, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Anna Devine, Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning at Port Ewen, Central Administration/Business Office, Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, Instructional Services, Jane Bullowa Conference Center, Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center, Operations and Maintenance, Phoenix Academy, Risk Management, and Transportation.
  • Initial Budget, adopted for 2022-2023: $82,476,25
  • Current Budget as of December 2022: $95,813,304

Board of Trustees
Barbara Carroll - President
Susan Gilmore - Vice President
Krista Barringer
Robert Curran
Christopher Farrell
Donald Greene
Marla Kaplan
Vincent Petroccelli
James Shaughnessy
David Thompson
Roxanne Babcock - Clerk of the Board

About the Region
The Ulster BOCES Central Administration campus is located in New Paltz, NY. Founded by the French Huguenots in 1678 on the traditional land of the Lenni-Lenape people, the Village of New Paltz has the oldest street of original houses in the United States.

Strong relationships with local colleges provide opportunities for enriching partnerships. Located in the center of town is SUNY New Paltz, a highly-regarded four-year college with a strong education program.

Other nearby institutions of higher education include Vassar, Marist, and Bard Colleges, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the Culinary Institute of America, SUNY Ulster, SUNY Orange, and SUNY Dutchess.

While the safety, peace, and beauty of rural living are highlights of New Paltz and the neighboring Ulster County communities, there is an abundance of entertainment, recreation, and cultural opportunities in close proximity to the area. Easy access to the culture of New York City is just a short bus, train, or car ride eighty miles to the south, and the State Capitol in Albany is only seventy miles to the north. New Paltz offers an exceptional quality of life unmatched by many areas in New York State. Six regional hospitals provide top-notch medical services: Vassar Brothers, Northern Dutchess, St. Luke's, Mid-Hudson Regional, HealthAlliance, and Catskill and Orange Medical Centers.

Major airlines are serviced at Stewart International Airport (20 miles), LaGuardia (80 miles), JFK (90 miles), and Newark Liberty (90 miles). The Metro-North Railway is only 11 miles away.



Our mission is to provide high quality shared educational, administrative, and technical services that enable component districts to develop the capacity in their students and adults to achieve higher standards of performance. With an emphasis on economic efficiencies, Ulster BOCES is committed to offering educational programs that enable all students to prepare for employment and/or post-secondary education.


BOCES, or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, were created in 1948 by the New York State legislature. They operate as extensions of local school districts to help them meet their educational and financial goals by offering shared educational programs and services.

The Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education have also charged the 37 BOCES in New York State with providing leadership and developing the capacity of local schools to enhance and improve student achievement. The chief executive officer of a BOCES also serves as the District Superintendent and works closely with local school districts as both a liaison to and agent of the New York State Commissioner of Education.


Ulster BOCES serves the eight public school districts in Ulster County. Our programs and services benefit almost every student, teacher, administrator, business, and taxpayer in Ulster County. Partnerships between all of the public schools is fostered by school leadership and provides extensive benefits to our communities, students, and taxpayers.


BOCES opens doors to innovative and exciting programs in a manner that is effective, efficient, and fosters equity for all students. A BOCES program or service is created when two or more school districts have similar needs that can be met through sharing. This is an economical way for districts to provide opportunities they otherwise might not be able to afford or that would be more expensive to provide independently. BOCES programs and services eliminate duplication of such things as staff time, space, and equipment. BOCES staff members also have particular skills and expertise related to each of the programs and services offered, making participation an effective option for districts.

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175 Route 32 N
New Paltz
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