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AASA’s Career Expo Provides Face Time with Recruiters Seeking to Identify Candidates for Superintendencies

Executive search consultants from five organizations across the country will use the 2024 AASA national conference to drum up interest in superintendent vacancies they are attempting to fill for their school board clients.

The participating search firms at the AASA Career Expo are Alma Advisory Group, BWP & Associates, Hazard Young Attea and Associates, Illinois Association of School Boards and McPherson & Jacobson. Also participating are the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colo., Sauers Lopez Construction and Tagapros Children International.

The Career Expo (formerly known as Job Central) runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 15 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 in Room 6-D at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is open to all attendees, and no appointments are necessary to talk with search firm consultants.

“The AASA Expo offers a private space for individuals to meet with recruiters to discuss career interests, skillsets and trends,” says Jennifer Rooney, AASA senior director of meetings and awards. “Our attendees value having a face-to-face conversation that helps recruiters and potential job seekers establish a connection. It allows the firms to put a face to the resumes and allows the candidates to introduce themselves.”

The firm with the largest number of vacancies to fill is Hazard Young Attea and Associates, which is based in suburban Chicago. The firm typically comes to the AASA conference with several dozen vacancies in hand.

Attendees can review a recruitment guide at before stopping by for information and to learn about potential employment matches for themselves or their network of aspiring and seasoned superintendents.   

The search consultants from private firms and a state school boards association, as well as a school district’s hiring manager, will use their time at the conference to solicit interest in dozens of current and expected vacancies in the superintendent and central-office leadership ranks in school systems across the country.

The superintendent search firm representatives will share insights on the changing skillsets and requisite qualifications of successful candidates sought by their school board clients.

Those who aspire to the superintendency and veteran superintendents can ask for feedback on their resume or solicit advice on the skills, experiences and qualifications that are most in demand.

Other career resources are interviewing skills and contract negotiations. Those considering new employment options can create a job seeker profile, upload a resume and browse free career resources at

(Liz Griffin is senior editor of Conference Daily Online and managing editor of AASA’s School Administrator magazine.)

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