Superintendent Search

Pioneer Seeks Full-Time Superintendent

With the recent announcement of Leia Snyder accepting another position at another organization, the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities is currently seeking candidates with an established record of innovation, management and communication skills, and vision for the future to become their next Superintendent.

The ideal candidate will exhibit the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with Board members, individuals eligible for services and their families, employees, providers, advocates, and Ross County at large. The Board desires a collegial leader with proven fiscal understanding, creativity, strategic thinking skills and political savvy. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in community based services, levy campaigns, and a commitment to community involvement. The ideal candidate must have the ability to manage the Ross County Board in a way that increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references either through our website at or email by Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Position requirements can be found on our website as well as in the attached position description and more information about the organization and Ross County can be found below. Any questions should be directed to Cinda Knisley, HR Director at

Organization Overview:
The Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, also known locally as the Pioneer Center, provides a wide range of services and supports to over 750 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Ross County. Programs operated by the Board include but are not limited to:

  • Early Intervention Services and Help Me Grow Service Coordination
  • Inclusive Preschool Classrooms and Services
  • School-Age Services including Pioneer School, Satellite Classrooms, Education for Deaf/HOH Students and a Range of Therapy Services
  • Service and Support Administration, Supports for Employment and Advocacy, Positive Behavior Supports, Assistive Technology and Remote Supports, and Health and Safety Oversight
  • Residential Services including Medicaid Waiver Administration and Housing Assistance
  • Grant Funded Services for At-Risk Youth and Coordination of the Family and Children First Council

The Board works closely with many community partners including independent and agency providers of Medicaid services, school districts, mental health organizations, businesses and employers and other social services agencies.

INDIVIDUALS SERVED (numbers accurate as of 9/16/2020):

Children (Early Intervention) = 47
Children (Preschool) = 18
Children (School Age) = 291
Adults = 395
Total = 751

Any Waiver = 350
Waiver IO = 197
Waiver SELF = 18
Waiver LV1 = 135
Waiver as a % of total served = 47%

Ross County Overview:
Located in Southern Ohio, Ross County is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Region of America. Chillicothe serves as the County Seat of Ross County with over 75,000 residents living and working within the county. It still celebrates the “hometown” feel even with over 700 square miles of land.

Ross County offers 5 State Parks, 1 National Park, and over 120 miles of trails to explore. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy biking and hiking paths, including one atop our levee alongside the Scioto River. With several family-owned restaurants, you will easily discover the local flavors of Chillicothe and surrounding communities. Throughout the year, Ross County hosts a variety of events that are great for the whole family. Ross County has the premier outdoor drama in the United States in “Tecumseh!” and the Chillicothe Paints baseball team – members of the top collegiate wooden bat league in the country.