The mission of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens.
BESE's responsibilities include approving learning standards, voting on charter school applications, deciding when to intervene in the state's lowest-performing districts, and hiring the commissioner. The Board includes the secretary of education, a student (the president of the State Student Advisory Council), and nine members appointed by the governor. Those members must include a parent representative, a labor representative, and a business representative.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has launched a nation-wide search for a new commissioner to succeed the late Mitchell Chester. The documents below describe the position, provide the position specifications, and list the members of the Preliminary Screening Committee. To inquire about the opportunity, or apply, please contact the Preliminary Screening Committee c/o search consultants at Korn Ferry, led by Rosa Morris, by email at Mass-ESE@kornferry.com.
Commissioner Position Detail
Commissioner Position Specification
Commissioner Search Preliminary Screening Committee Members