About the Search Service

Current Vacancies      About the Service     Application Materials     Contact the Search Service

Applicant FAQ     Board FAQ     Search Service Experience



NRCSA operates the Superintendent Search Service as part of our commitment to maintaining the vitality of rural schools and communities.


Finding the right Superintendent for your rural school and community is one of the most important tasks a Board of Education will ever undertake, and selecting the right Superintendent search service is a crucial part of that task. Fortunately, you can have a partner at your side with more than 30 years of experience in serving the needs of rural community schools – NRCSA.


Why Choose NRCSA ? Not all Superintendent search services are the same.   NRCSA can make a difference for you! 


  • Since 1980, NRCSA has represented Nebraska’s rural community schools.  We represent the Board-Superintendent teams that lead rural schools and the rural communities they serve.
  • NRCSA’s focus is solely on rural schools and communities.  Your schools are the reason we exist and we are dedicated as an organization to serving them effectively. You are our priority!
  • NRCSA understands rural school leadership.  Our Superintendent Search consultants are experienced, successful former rural community school Superintendents.   They know what it takes to be an effective educational leader in a Nebraska community.
  • NRCSA isn’t done when your Superintendent search is completed.  We’ll work with your new Superintendent and Board to bring about a smooth transition.


Our Consultants… We’ll assign two NRCSA consultants to your search and they’ll work with you from the initial planning meeting to the post-selection transition.  Our consultants actively recruit and personally screen all applicants, assist you in selecting finalists, help with your interview and selection process, and facilitate the transition to new leadership. 


A NRCSA Search... We will help your Board carry out a five-phase search plan, including:


  • Comprehensive planning with the Board, faculty/staff and community.  We’ll work with you to develop a community engagement plan, build district and candidate profiles, and analyze comparable salary and contract language. 
  • Active recruiting and screening.  We broadly advertise your vacancy, actively seek out candidates that fit your profile, use our consultants’ extensive personal networks to effectively screen candidates, check for proper certification, and handle the paperwork burden of a search.
  • Finalist selection.  Our consultants provide your Board with each applicant’s materials, make recommendations on those best suited to the position, and arrange for a formal background check of finalists chosen by the Board.  
  • Interviews.  We help your Board and faculty/community groups develop interview questions and facilitate the interview day.  We’ll be there to assist you throughout.
  • Transition.  Our consultants meet with the Board and new Superintendent once he/she is on duty to get your new leadership team off to a great start.


What Does It Cost?   A NRCSA Superintendent Search costs $5,250 for member schools ($6,100 for non-members) and includes all expenses except newspaper advertising and consultant travel to your district for meetings.  There is no additional charge for office expense, background checks, etc. 


Does NRCSA Offer a Lower-Cost Option?   Yes.  A reduced-price search, with more limited services, is offered for $2,500 plus the reimbursable expenses listed above.


For Further Information…We look forward to a face-to-face presentation to your Board should the need for a Superintendent search arise.  Contact Jack Moles, Executive Director, at (402) 335-7732 or jmoles@nrcsa.net




Our Consultants


Dan Bird spent 35 years in education as a teacher, coach and school administrator, including 21 years as Superintendent at Burwell Public Schools,  a long-time NRCSA member.  Dan has devoted his career to making a difference in his student’s lives.


Rob Hanger began his career in Sutton where for 19 years he taught social studies and coached. Rob then served as the Principal and Superintendent of schools in Chambers for five years and has served the past 10 years as Superintendent of Schools in Palmyra-Bennet. As a long time NRCSA member Rob has championed the cause of rural schools with a focus on student achievement.


Jim Havelka spent 27 years as a Superintendent in NRCSA schools, including Rising City, Howells, Dodge, and North Bend. He’s a past president of NRCSA and its 2009 Superintendent of the Year.


Fred Helmink spent 36 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator in a number of Nebraska schools including Norris, Geneva, Polk, Gothenburg, Beatrice, and his final 13 as the Fairbury superintendent.  He is a past president of the NRCSA organization and was also served as chair of the NRCSA legislative committee.


Cynthia Huff spent 30 years as a teacher, coach, Principal and Superintendent in Nebraska rural schools, including Trenton, Culbertson, Stratton, and Wood River.  She is a past Executive Board member of NRCSA and received the 2013 University of Nebraska at Kearney Leaders in Education and Service Award.


Robin Stevens spent 40 years in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, including 13 years as Superintendent of Schuyler Community Schools, a long-time NRCSA member.  His experiences not only focus on rural schools, but also on cultural diversity.

Back to top