Who we are
Who we are

The mission of Intermediate District 287 is to be the premier provider of innovative specialized services to ensure that each member district can meet the unique learning needs of its students.

We are experts in Special Education, Alternative Learning Center Academies (ALCs), Transition Services, Career and Technical Education, Itinerant Services, Care & Treatment, Online Learning, and Enrichment Programs.

Qualifications
Qualifications

Preferred candidates will:

  • Hold or be eligible for licensure as a Superintendent in Minnesota.
  • Have successful experience as a Superintendent or in a District level setting.
  • Experience leading or working with Special Education programs as well as transition and special services for unique learners.
Lead our District
Lead our District

District 287 is committed to advancing racial equity and producing equitable student outcomes through evidence-based instruction, trauma-sensitive and healing-centered practices, and employee well-being. Racial equity is foundational to District 287’s mission and embedded in all its priorities.

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About District 287

Intermediate District 287 is a west metro school district for unique learners, trusted to provide trauma-sensitive, customized services so that all students get the best education possible.

Mission and Core Values:  The mission of Intermediate District 287 is to be the premier provider of innovative specialized services to ensure that each member district can meet the unique learning needs of its students. District 287 is committed to advancing racial equity and producing equitable student outcomes through evidence-based instruction, trauma-responsive and healing-centered practices, and employee well-being. Racial equity is foundational to District 287’s mission and embedded in all its priorities.

We’re experts in:

  • Special Education
  • Alternative Learning Center Academies (ALCs)
  • Transition Services
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Itinerant Services
  • Care & Treatment
  • Online Learning
  • Enrichment Programs

Member Districts:  District 287 is an education partner focused on innovative solutions for eleven member school districts in the West Metro of the Twin Cities, including Brooklyn Center, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Orono, Osseo, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, Wayzata, Westonka.

District Schools:

  • Ann Bremer Education Center
  • North Education Center
  • South Education Center
  • West Education Center

Education Partners

  • Hennepin Technical Center
  • Care and Treatment Programs
  • Northern Star Online
  • Hennepin Gateway to College

Financial Information:  District 287 programs operate on a fee-for-service basis.  Revenue to fund the district’s student services is generated by tuition billing.  The regional approach makes the costs for specialized services lower.  The cost for individual districts to serve students with complex needs can be extraordinarily high, especially in staffing.  District 287 manages a budget of more than $100 million.

Union Affiliations:

  • Local 2209 Represents Teachers and Non-Licensed Staff
  • Local 284 Represents Support Staff

Teacher Contract Status:  The current contract is under negotiation, expected to expire 6/30/23

Compensation Package Offered:  Regionally Competitive

You should be familiar with an Intermediate school district before you apply. Review our strategic priorities and view the following videos.

Committment to Equity

We are interested in candidates who are diverse, bilingual, or have experience working with diverse populations.

Studies have shown that women and People of Color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Our healing community works together to achieve racial equity. Our strategic vision includes hiring and retaining racially diverse and racially conscious staff across all levels of our organization. Our employees engage in conversations about race to increase their individual, as well as our collective, racial consciousness.

Search Process & Application

Search Calendar (The Board reserves the right to modify all dates as necessary)

  • Application Deadline: November 19, 2021
  • Selected Candidates Taken to the Board: December 1, 2021
  • First Round Interviews: December 2-3, 2021
  • Second Round Interviews: December 6,7,8
  • Board Action on Superintendent Contract: December 2021
  • New Superintendent Transition Activities: January – June 2022
  • Superintendent Assumes Duties: July 1, 2022

Finalist Interview Process

Each finalist will be involved in an all-day interview process including open virtual or in person forums available to staff, students and community members with a final interview conducted by the Intermediate Board. The Board will ask staff, students, and community to provide input into the final selection. We will invite stakeholders to participate in the open question and answer session with each of the final candidates and then complete a feedback form to be shared with each Board member prior to their final interview. Candidates will be assessed using the “Superintendent Profile” developed via the feedback obtained from stakeholder engagement opportunities. We, the Intermediate Board will narrow the choice to one final candidate at the end of the last day’s interview. We plan to act on the new superintendent’s contract at a Board meeting in December 2021.

Application Process: Interested candidates are encouraged to apply and submit the required credentials through www.schoolexecconnect.com

Consultants Assisting the Board:  School Exec Connect