ASBSD Executive Director Application

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Executive Director

Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)

Pierre, South Dakota


About Associated School Boards of South Dakota:

Associated School Boards of South Dakota is a private, non-profit organization representing more than 850 local school board members, the school districts they govern and the students they serve.

ASBSD provides services and support to local school boards and local school districts, specializing in assisting members with aspects related to the governance of public education. As the state school board association, we advocate in the interest of local school board members for continued advancement of the K-12 education system.

Vision: Leadership to achieve excellence for South Dakota public education.

Mission: Partnering. Advocating. Leading.

Beliefs: ASBSD believes:

  • Every student has a right to a high-quality public education.
  • The strength of our society depends on high quality public education.
  • All students can achieve in a culture of high expectations.
  • Partnerships maximize advancements in public education.
  • Governance is best exercised closest to the people.
  • Effective leaders value professional growth.

Goals: In order to best reflect our beliefs and fulfill our mission, ASBSD will:

  • Provide school board members and board-superintendent teams with valuable leadership development.
  • Deliver valuable, useful, and accessible member services.
  • Strengthen broad-based advocacy programs.
  • Increase school board member participation and engagement.

ASBSD Website:

The Position:

Executive Director for Associated School Boards of South Dakota. A minimum salary of $140,000 plus benefits, to be determined by candidate’s education and experience.

Essential Functions:

The position serves as the primary lobbyist for ASBSD and as the main spokesperson and representative of the ASBSD organization. The Executive Director is responsible in directing all functions of ASBSD including, but not limited to:

  • Government relations and advocacy functions
  • Policy services
  • Board training
  • Financial management
  • Programs and events
  • Protective Trust risk pools
  • Teacher placement services

The successful candidate must have the background, skills, and abilities essential for providing excellence in leadership for the Associated School Boards of South Dakota, and ideally will have experience lobbying and with K-12 education.

Qualifications & Requirements:
  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Business or School Administration, Public Administration, or other approved fields
  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
  • Lobbying experience strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of K-12 education preferred
  • Travel extensively in-state and frequently out-of-state
  • Minimum 40-hour work week; evening and weekend hours are required.
Nature & Scope:
  • Directs, develops, and carries out ASBSD’s legislative activities, including lobbying, testifying, developing speaking points, and providing information to legislators.
  • Informs ASBSD Board of Directors of all major events, activities, and financial and operational activities of the Association.
  • Directs the planning, coordination, and execution of training functions and educational programs for school board officials.
  • Directs the organization and execution of the ASBSD annual conference and other training throughout the year.
  • Manages and coordinates staff completion of projects.
  • Maintains excellent relationships with schools, elected board members, and their employees.
  • Serves as the secretary of the Protective Trust Board, responsible for its overall operation.
  • Promotes good relationships with the state, local government, their associations, and with industry, trade, and professional groups.
  • Serves as an information resource to schools on education-related topics and fields questions on issues that affect schools.
Skills & Abilities:
  • Provides a strategic vision for ASBSD and formulates policy, procedures, and programs to ensure the advancement of ASBSD’s vision, mission, beliefs, and goals.
  • Strong ability to converse with legislators and testify during legislative sessions.
  • Hold self and others accountable to high standards of performance.
  • Accessibility and open-mindedness.
  • Consideration of all points of view before making decisions.
  • Effective communication skills at all levels.
  • Ability to deal directly and fairly with board members and staff.
  • High visibility and engagement with the board and staff.
  • Strong fiscal management, with knowledge of finance, budget, and insurance programs.
  • Exhibits self-confidence, models integrity, and inspires trust.
Terms of Employment:

This is a contracted employee and reports to the ASBSD Board of Directors. The position will be performed to the satisfaction of the ASBSD Board of Directors and the membership of ASBSD.  The position oversees a staff of nine employees.

Position Location:

The Executive Director will live in the immediate Pierre area and will work from the ASBSD offices except for required travel.

  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retirement Plan

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, the online application and required documents must be submitted to ASBSD Board Vice President Garret Bischoff via and received no later than 5:00 PM CT on June 30, 2024.

  • Application Deadline:  5:00 PM CDT, June 30, 2024.
  • Interviews: July 11-12, 2024.
  • Starting Date: To be determined.
Requirements Include:
  • Completed online application form
  • Three professional references with contact information
  • Resume
  • Application Letter
For Questions Contact:
  • Holly Nagel, 605-773-2515 or
  • Applicants, and/or their designees, are asked not to contact members of the board of directors during this search process.
  • Names of applicants will be held in strict confidence.
  • Anyone representing ASBSD shall not discriminate based on gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • ASBSD is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:

Submit online application and required documents through

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