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At Ray and Associates, we provide our clients with the services they need to locate the perfect job candidates.  From recruiting, and background investigations to contract negotiations -- we provide the resources you need to make the right decision.

Developing the Profile

One of the best features of working with Ray and Associates, Inc. is that our firm closely customizes each and every search to the criteria and qualifications determined by our clients. In fact, we take extra measures to ensure the proper development of these criteria and qualifications. This includes individual interviews with each member of the board or selection committee. If constituent input is desired, we have a systematic process that organizes various groups and surveys their expectations for a new leader. In turn, this information is provided to the board or selection committee in a very useful format that lends high credibility to the search.


The quality and extent of recruiting efforts is an important key to any executive search. Ray and Associates, Inc. maintains a positive working relationship with key individuals at the college and university level along with other national public and private organizations for the purpose of attracting outstanding candidates. Because of our own extensive network of professional associates, our relationship with other search firms, and other contacts, we are able to stay abreast of the performance of many of the best school administrators and non-traditional leaders in the country. These school leaders typically have good jobs and must be recruited.

Background Investigations

Ray and Associates, Inc. makes every effort to ensure our clients that the candidates recommended for consideration are exactly who they say they are. Careful screening and background checks are essential to this process. Our firm provides our clients with detailed information on each semi-finalist in addition to all other application materials. This information relies upon many hours of research and investigation. No attempts are made to conceal anything from our clients. In fact, our clients often remark that they are very impressed with how much they actually learn about candidates before ever meeting them.

Contract and Guarantee

We will provide a written agreement between our clients and Ray and Associates, Inc. that will contain the provisions of our proposal and any modifications upon which we mutually agree. Additionally, we provide a satisfaction guarantee with all terms specified in the written agreement.

Additional Services Provided by Ray and Associates

Included in the basic fee, the consultants from Ray and Associates, Inc. will spend time with the Board in determining areas of interest for the development of the relationship between the Board, superintendent, and other administrators. We have found that there is really no better time than very early in the tenure of a new superintendent to address issues and expectations. Our services in this regard include interviewing and providing an assessment of board members. Assessment results are then analyzed and shared with the Board and new superintendent along with recommendations to consider for a training plan which would be scheduled by mutual agreement.

High-Performing Educational Governance Teams

It is no secret that one of the attributes of a high performing school district is to have an effective functioning Board/Superintendent governance team. The purpose of professional development for boards and superintendent teams is to strengthen their effectiveness. All boards need continual professional development to insure that they are high performing and effective. School boards fail and school boards that succeed are often fairly predictable given certain descriptors. Ray and Associates can be the difference between success or failure. We have had thirty-five years working with boards and administrators, and are nationally recognized with an excellent reputation for producing positive results. We have a diverse cadre of active professionals from education and business leadership roles. Our focus is on problems that you want to solve. We are data-driven and determined to help you become a better leadership team!

Superintendent Development

We are pleased to announce that as of November 1, 2013, Ray & Associates has entered into an exciting new relationship with VISTA Quest. VISTA Quest, LLC is a new firm with some of the most talented education leaders in our country. An association of proven leaders made up of superintendents of the year and proven higher education leaders whose experience assists clients in matching technology/services and capabilities with K-12/Higher Education requirements.  VISTA Quest specializes in superintendent mentorshipleadership improvement and crisis management.

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