Director Selection Process

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is undertaking a search for a new Director of Education.   After seven years of exceptional service and unprecedented achievement as Director of Education, Dr. Jennifer Adams, will be retiring effective December 312018

Upon receipt of the Director's retirement announcement, the Board of Trustees carefully considered the best path forward for the recruitment of a new Director.  The Director of Education is directly accountable to the Board of Trustees and responsible for the educational, organizational, fiscal, operational and legislative requirements of the District.  Recognizing the importance of the role and the need to ensure a smooth transition for the organization, the Board decided to proceed with a Director Selection process immediately with a view to having a new Director in place for January 1, 2019.   

In June 2018, the Board announced that Boyden, a global executive search firm, had been retained to assist with this important work.  An integral first step in the process was seeking community input. Letters were sent to approximately 200 key stakeholders and community partners inviting them to share their insights into the director role and profile.  Participants were able to complete a survey; meet with the search consultants directly; and/or provide more detailed information by email.  In addition, a link to the survey was posted on the district website allowing any interested person to provide input.  Over 325 survey responses were received.  This information was invaluable in developing the position profile and candidate brief.

The position profile was posted by Boyden and on the district website at the start of July.  The recruitment process is well underway and the Board expects to announce the appointment of the next Director of Education by early October.  

The appointment of a Director of Education is a legal responsibility of the Board of Trustees.  Some members of the community have questioned whether the appointment of a new Director of Education should be delayed until after the next municipal election to allow the newly elected Board to make this decision.  The Board of Trustees considered this issue from the outset and decided it was important that this decision not be delayed for the following reasons:

  • The planned appointment schedule allows the Board to reflect on their experiences with the Director, reflect on the input from the community and select a candidate that can meet the future needs of the organization.  Most importantly, the planned schedule ensures the new Director will be in place to work with the new Board and allows an opportunity for the district to experience a smooth transition in the most senior leadership position of the organization.

  • The planned appointment schedule ensures that the new Board of Trustees and the new Director of Education will begin their term together - the new Board will be in a position to set priorities for the new Director.  This includes the critical work of developing our next strategic plan which is a key priority for both the Board and Director in the next year.
  • The municipal election will be held October 22nd, however, the new Board of Trustees will not be sworn in until December 3rd, 2018.  This would create a significant delay and the appointment of a new Director could not be done until after the current Director has left - essentially forcing the appointment of an interim Director of Education.
  • The position of Director of Education is highly specialized and requires both experience and credentials unique to the K-12 education sector.  There is not a ready supply of "interim candidates".  The workload of the Director of Education is significant and cannot simply be assigned, shared or distributed to existing staff without considerable impact.

The current Board of Trustees has intimate knowledge of the workings and needs of the organization and has managed the Director performance appraisal process for the past four years and is well positioned to make a decision that meets the long term needs of our students, their families, our staff and our community.  We look forward to sharing our announcement once the recruitment process has been completed.


Director of Education, Position Profile pdf
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