Superintendent of Schools

Date: Mon. 5 Mar, 2018 10:00 am - Fri. 6 Apr, 2018 4:00 pm


The Ridgway School District is seeking a superintendent for the 2018-19 school year.


Ridgway, Colorado, with an elevation of 6,985 feet, is known as “The Gateway to the San Juans”. The area provides some the most beautiful natural scenic views in all of Colorado and the world. The pristine Uncompahgre River runs through the heart of town, bringing an abundance of wildlife to the area. The Uncompahgre Valley is also surrounded by the 14,150 foot Mt. Sneffels Mountain and the majestic backdrop of the San Juan Range.


Ridgway is located 9 miles north of Ouray, 24 miles south of Montrose, 37 miles east of Telluride, 86 miles south of Grand Junction, 90 miles north of Durango and 290 miles southwest of Denver. The area provides a plethora of activities, including skiing, snowmobiling, fishing, camping, rafting, hiking, hunting and so much more.  There’s something for every adventurer all year round.


Ridgway residents are very involved in their community, including the schools. Ridgway students benefit greatly from a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers. With 979 people, Ridgway is the 210th most populated city in the state of Colorado out of 452 cities. The largest Ridgway racial/ethnic groups are White (86.7%) followed by Hispanic (8.6%) and Two or More (3.3%). Ouray County currently has over 4,600 residents.



The Ridgway School District R-2 currently educates 343 pre-k through 12th-grade students. The district has two campuses which are approximately 1 mile apart: Ridgway Elementary educates 168 preK-5th grade students and Ridgway Secondary program educates 174  6th-12th grade students.


The board of education is comprised of five elected members. Current and past board members have worked closely with the superintendent, building principals, the staff, and community members to create a comprehensive strategic plan. This plan charts our course toward increasing academic achievement and growth for all students, establishing a comprehensive curriculum, developing a vibrant outdoor and experiential education program, and retaining excellent instructional and support staff. As a result, Ridgway School District students continue to demonstrate some of the highest achievement scores in the state and the middle, secondary, and elementary schools have been recognized as “John Irwin Schools of Excellence”. As the board and school community look toward the future, we are seeking a superintendent who will recognize and appreciate the great things happening in Ridgway’s schools, and continue to move us further toward our goals.


The selected candidate must understand and value the benefits and challenges of life in a small rural mountain community. For the first year of employment, the direction from the board will be to keep us on course with the current strategic plan, minimize disruption to our current team and projects, and look for methods to improve our programs for students and staff. We are optimistic that whoever we hire as our next superintendent will prove to be a great match for RSD and that he or she will lead our district for years to come. The selected candidate’s success will be dependent upon his / her ability to:

  • Lead with integrity, honesty, and humanity
  • Take direction from, and keep the board apprised of matters regarding district policy, legal issues, curricular and program development, financial conditions and priorities, and inter-governmental advocacy
  • Skillfully manage the finances of the school district
  • Promote a model of participatory leadership
  • Promote a positive district and school culture
  • Work with a variety of people to refine the district vision and define the actions for continual improvement
  • Value and promote the professional growth of administrators, teachers, and support staff
  • Effectively supervise the personnel of the school district
  • Become an active and contributing member of the school community and the town of Ridgway
  • Maintain and improve a positive and safe environment in which to work and learn



  • Master’s degree
  • Successful experience as an educational leader and administrator; has a background in the classroom and other administrative experiences
  • Colorado Administrator License, or ability to qualify


Assessed Valuation $94,309,790
Mill Levy $649,532
General Fund $4,495,249
Capital Reserve Fund $117,000
Pupil Activity Fund $250,000
Grant Fund $99,586
Food Service Fund $201,000




All applicants will provide the following documents in PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • A completed Ridgway School District Certified Application
  • A letter of interest stating how you meet the qualities and qualifications of this position, and why you wish to be the superintendent of the Ridgway School District
  • A current resume
  • Three to five current letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your administrator license or proof of eligibility for a Colorado Administrator License
  • Unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.
  • Answers to the following five questions, no longer than one typewritten page each:
  1. Explain your leadership philosophy and what factors ( experience, events, individuals, etc.) have influenced your development as a leader.
  2. Reflecting on your administrative experience, how have you promoted successful relationships that established trust, buy-in, and commitment with the various stakeholders of your organization?
  3. What steps do you take to communicate your vision for your organization, enlist stakeholder support, empower people to accomplish the vision, and evaluate progress toward reaching that vision?
  4. Describe the process you use to evaluate the financial position of the school district and make funding decisions. Include examples of innovative and creative solutions that provided financial stability while balancing competing interests.
  5. Describe a difficult professional situation or event you have experienced and the steps you took to address or resolve the matter.


These materials must be submitted via email to Autumn Bailey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Secretary to the Board of Education, by 4 p.m. on April 6th, 2018.


Candidates who are included in the interview process will be notified the week of April 9th. In-person interviews for the position will be held latter April or early May, TBA.


Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement: In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Ridgway School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation (which includes transgender), genetic information, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates.


Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The following person has been identified as the compliance officer for the district: Personnel Coordinator, Ridgway School District R-2; 1115 West Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO 81432; 970-626-4320; or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Outside agencies: Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex/gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

Search Calendar