ESD 123 Superintendent Position

Application Information for

 Educational Service District 123  | Pasco, Washington

The Board of Directors of Educational Service District 123 announces its search for a new superintendent to replace Mr. Darcy Weisner who will retire June 30, 2022. The Board has selected Ray & Associates as the consultant to assist them with the search. The application deadline is December 31, 2021; however, the Board retains the right to accept applications until the position is filled.

Download the 2021 ESD 123 Superintendent Position Flyer (printable PDF)


Apply for the Position HERE

About Educational Service District 123

Established in 1969 by the State Legislature, Educational Service District 123 is one of nine regional service agencies in Washington. ESDs ensure all public and private schools can access high-quality services in their area, in a way that makes sense for their individual students and communities. Washington’s ESDs serve to equalize educational opportunities, provide cooperative and informational services to meet the needs of their regions, and support the work of the State Board of Education and the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Based in Pasco, ESD 123 develops and delivers a wide variety of programs and services that provide instructional and administrative support to schools, families, and students from birth to age 21. Learn more at
Current ESD Staff Count: 27 Administrators, 19 Certificated, 171 Non-Certificated

ESD 123 Service Region

Educational Service District 123 supports over 75,000 students in 23 school districts in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, and Walla Walla Counties.

ESD 123 Board of Directors

Terry Brandon, Kara Kaelber, Mark Thompson, Cara Broeckel, Paul Whitemarsh, Matthew Backlund, Bev Abersfeller, Steven Landon, and Lee Ann Dudney

ESD Funding

ESDs ensure participating school districts can use more of their taxpayer dollars in the classroom, rather than on support services. The state Legislature provides funding for just 4% of ESD 123’s total budget. The ESD makes up the other 96% of their budget through federal and state grants, service fees charged to local school districts and other agencies, and facility rentals and other miscellaneous revenue sources.

Deadline & Selection

All materials submitted as part of the Superintendent application will remain confidential to the extent allowed by law, which includes Board review in a closed session of the Board of Directors. After all applications have been reviewed and preliminary interviews conducted by the consulting firm, the names of the top candidates will be presented to the ESD 123 Board of Directors for its consideration. Selection of candidates for final interviews is the sole responsibility of the Board. Board members may elect to visit the communities of finalists for the position of Superintendent.

Persons wishing to be considered for the position should submit an application file online including:

  • A letter of application stating personal qualifications, experiences, and reasons for interest in the position.
  • The online application form and a resume.
  • 3-4 current letters of recommendation.

Apply online at
Questions should be directed to:
Ray & Associates, Inc. 4403 First Avenue SE, Suite 407 Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-393-3115
Fax: 319-393-4931
[email protected]
Please do not contact the Board or ESD 123 directly.


Compensation package includes a base salary of $260,000

Qualities and Qualifications

Candidates are expected to possess the following characteristics:

  • Possesses high integrity and a strong moral compass.
  • Is a strong communicator in speaking, listening and writing, with demonstrated ability to build consensus and commitment among individuals and groups.
  • Possesses excellent interpersonal skills, presents a positive image of the district, will listen to input and is an effective decision maker.
  • Promotes a positive and professional environment that includes mutual trust and respect among staff, administrators and Board members.
  • Possesses the leadership skills, knowledge and sensitivity required to respond to opportunities and challenges presented by diverse school districts being served.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead innovation and reform efforts, as well as develop and communicate a vision of quality education for the future.
  • Is able to work with legislators on key topics and can lead an organization throughout the legislative process.
  • Has a demonstrated record of achieving positive outcomes through effective management, planning practices and delegation, leading by example to ensure appropriate accountability and long-term financial health.
  • School district superintendent experience strongly preferred.

Our Mission and Culture

ESD 123 Strategic Priorities

Traits All ESD 123 Employees Must Possess:

  • Proactive self-starter. A strong sense of taking initiative moving forward without waiting to be told what to do and how to do it.
  • Flexible and can thrive in a fast-paced environment where you may have to wear several hats.
  • Possess confidence while being humble. Lack excessive ego or concern about status. Willing to share credit, emphasize team over self and define success collectively rather than individually.
  • Hungry: always looking for more. More things to do, learn, and take responsibility for. Constantly thinking about the next step or opportunity.
  • Smart: have common sense about people. Good judgement and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of your words and actions.

These Statements Must Resonate with You:

  • “Yes, that is possible. Let me handle it, I’ll figure it out.”
  • “I am not sure, but I will find out for you.”
  • “I have not done that before, but I can do it.”
  • “I take a see-it, own-it, solve-it, do-it approach.”
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