Chief Administrator Search

The Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) Board of Directors seeks an exemplary educational leader to serve as the Agency’s Chief Administrator, effective July 1, 2023. Heartland AEA is guided by its mission: “To improve the learning outcomes and well-being of all children and youth by providing services and leadership in partnership with families, schools and communities.”

Iowa’s AEAs were created in 1974 to ensure efficient, effective and equitable educational opportunities for Iowa’s children and are regarded as one of the finest systems of intermediate services in the nation. As an educational services provider, Heartland AEA supports students, families and communities across 11 counties in central Iowa. The Agency’s main office is located in Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines. The Agency also has regional offices located in the central Iowa towns of Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Carroll, Guthrie Center, Indianola, Knoxville and Newton. Heartland AEA works in partnership with 53 public school districts and 30 accredited non-public schools to provide educational support services, programs and resources for improving the learning outcomes and well-being of over 150,000 children ages birth to 21 in central Iowa.

The Agency employs 735 staff members, 75 percent of whom are licensed educators, who aid student achievement in many ways. Heartland AEA provides a wide array of services to local school districts, including professional learning courses; curriculum, instruction and assessment support; support for diverse learning needs; multicultural and gender fair services; media and technology support; leadership; and management services. Additionally, AEA staff teach students in detention and shelter facilities; provide direct services to students with disabilities; consult with teachers, principals and superintendents; meet with parents; lead school/community meetings and undertake efforts to improve teaching and learning.

The Agency is a public entity funded by federal and state aid, legislatively-controlled property taxes, grants, course tuition and fees, represented by a budget of $113.5M. Approximately 75 percent of the Agency’s funding serves children with disabilities. The remainder of the Agency’s budget provides a variety of educational and media/technology services to schools. A nominal fee is charged for some services such as printing, graphic design, lamination, some professional learning courses and special school district requests, with most of Heartland AEA’s services delivered at no cost.

The Board seeks a highly qualified leader who has achieved demonstrated and progressive growth in successful district-level leadership positions with a record of graduate-level academic accomplishment.

Compensation will be very competitive. The Des Moines area offers numerous cultural, educational, sports and entertainment options; residence within the Heartland AEA service area is expected. Screening is ongoing and immediate with a slate to be presented in November 2022.

Desired Characteristics of Chief Administrator

Heartland AEA Leadership Profile

For additional information about this position and/or to apply online, go to the Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates website.