Superintendent Search

  • MUSD students at graduation, chemistry class and using chromebooks. Overview of District


    Make the RIGHT CHOICE! The Marana Unified School District is an integral part of the community and takes pride in knowing we are one of the reasons families choose to live in our area. The District has a long tradition of providing all students with challenging academics, full extracurricular offerings, and other experiences to enhance the quality of the education and the lives of the students in the District. 


    With a graduation rate higher than the state average, the District provides countless educational opportunities for the 21st-century learner within award-winning and “A” rated schools designed to give students the experience, knowledge, and skills they need to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. 


    As a K-12 public school district, the District serves approximately 12,700 students in ten elementary schools; a K-8 school; a CSTEM K-8 school; two middle schools; three high schools, and one alternative school. 


    Offering a diverse educational experience, the Marana district offers computer science immersion, talent development, gifted and special education, advanced placement, career and technical education, zSpace AR/VR and science labs, student mobile devices, CSTEM, makerspace and outdoor learning areas, arts, on-site athletics, and so much more only offered through the Marana district. Appropriately certified and nationally certified educators are committed to teaching the concepts and skills students need to be successful in college, career, and life. Learn more on our Welcome Page.

Phase I

  • IMAGE: MUSD students in K-8 makerspace and 9-11 flag event. Phase I: November 2019 Search Process Begins - Community Involvement


    In June 2020, Dr. Doug Wilson will retire from his position as Superintendent of Schools after serving 12 years in the Marana district and 39 years in education.


    Following the retirement announcement, the Governing Board of the Marana Unified School District engaged Ray and Associates, Inc. as the national executive leadership search firm. Ray and Associates, Inc. is charged with conducting a national search for exceptional Superintendent candidates qualified to lead the Marana district, serve students, families and community, and deliver outstanding results.


    As part of this exciting and comprehensive process to hire a new superintendent, the Governing Board invited parents, employees and community members to participate in a ThoughtExchange community conversation about what skills and qualities they believe make a great superintendent. Through this interactive process, hundreds of individuals shared their thoughts and rated the ideas of others. This outstanding conversation resulted in close to 600 thoughts shared with the Governing Board and 18,697 ratings! These thoughts and ratings provided direct input in developing the skills and qualities being sought in the next superintendent. View ThoughtExchange thoughts and ratings shared by our parents, employees, and community.   

Phase II

  • Phase II: December 2019 Call for Applicants


    December 13, 2019 through January 12, 2020, Ray and Associates, Inc. will conduct a nationwide search for the most qualified outstanding educational leader. Persons wishing to learn more and/or be considered for the position should submit an application file at Ray and Associates Website. Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2020.


    Applications are not accepted by the Marana district. Questions are directed to:

    Ray & Associates, Inc.

    901 17th Street NE

    PO Box 10045

    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

    Phone: 319-393-3115  Email –  Email


    Marana Unified School District Seeks a Superintendent Who:


    • Is strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions.
    • Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
    • Promotes a positive and professional environment that includes mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff, administrators and Board.
    • Is able to delegate authority appropriately while maintaining accountability.
    • Promotes positive student behavior conducive to a healthy and safe learning environment.
    • Possesses the leadership skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by an ethnically and culturally diverse student population and community.
    • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening and writing.
    • Demonstrates commitment to community visibility and is actively engaged in a broad range of community groups and organizations.
    • Is able to build consensus and commitment among individuals and groups.
    • Possesses excellent people skills and can present a positive image of the district.



    A Superintendent Certificate is preferred. More information about the Superintendent accreditation process is available at the Department of Education website.


    Salary and Benefits

    The salary will be in the range of $190,000.00 plus an excellent benefit package. The final salary for the successful candidate will be determined based upon proven experience, qualifications, and meeting Board of Education criteria.

Phase III

  • IMAGE: Overhead view of students working on an assignment together, and students using zSpace 3D Phase III: January 2020 Deadline and Applicant Review


    Deadline to Apply: January 12, 2020. Persons wishing to be considered for the position should submit an application file online.


    All materials submitted as part of the Superintendent application will remain confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law, which includes Board review in an executive session of the Governing Board. After all applications have been reviewed and preliminary screening interviews conducted by Ray and Associates, Inc., the consulting firm, the names of the recommended finalists will be presented to the Marana Unified School District Governing Board for their consideration.


    Selection of candidates for interviews is the sole responsibility of the Board.


    Candidates selected for interviews should expect that their names and resumes will become public information.


    Updates related to this phase of the process will continue to be provided.

Phase IV

  • IMAGE: Students with touchscreen. Phase IV: February 2020 Interviews


    The Governing Board anticipates conducting candidate interviews in February 2020.


    Candidates selected for interviews should expect that their names and resumes will become public information.


    Updates related to this phase will continue to be provided.

Phase V

  • Phase V: March 2020 Selection of Superintendent


    It is anticipated the next Superintendent of Marana Unified School District will be selected in March 2020.


    Updates related to this phase will continue to be provided.

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