LSD Executive Director Search

Louisiana School for the Deaf 

Executive Director Search

Update 07/20/2023
Congratulations Dr. Natalie Delgado - New Executive Director of LSD

Dr. David Martin, Superintendent of the Louisiana Special School District is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Natalie Delgado as the new Executive Director of  Louisiana School for the Deaf.  Dr. Delgado will assume the role on July 31, 2023.  Please help us in congratulating Dr. Delgado as they start their new adventure leading LSD forward and creating excellent opportunities for its students. 

Update 07/12/2023

REMINDER: Candidate Finalist Forum on 07/13/2023

LSD Executive Director Candidate Forum
The two finalists for the LSD Executive Director position will be on campus to provide details on their educational philosophy and introduce themselves to the community.
*If you are unable to attend in person the event will be available via LiveStream.
📅 Thursday, July 13
⏰6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Louisiana Special School District
2888 Brightside Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Student Center Room 196 (Board Room)

Update 07/07/2023
Announcement of Candidate Finalists 

To view the announcement as a PDF click here.

To view the candidates bios as a PDF click here


We are excited to share some important updates regarding the search for the position of Executive Director of the Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD). The Special School District (SSD) and LSD Executive Director Search Committee members have carefully reviewed the qualifications and experience of the candidates and conducted interviews, resulting in the selection of two outstanding finalists: Christopher Flint Fears and Dr. Natalie Delgado.

The finalists will be visiting the LSD campus on Thursday, July 13. During their visit, they will have the opportunity to interview with the committee, engage in a tour of the school campus, and meet with select staff and students.

We invite the larger community to attend a community forum on the evening of Thursday, July 13, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Louisiana School for the Deaf. Individuals may also participate virtually through this link: This forum aims to introduce each finalist to the community and provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about their qualifications and experience. We value your input and encourage you to share your thoughts on the presentations through a post-event survey, which will be distributed after the forum.

The Special School District and Louisiana School for the Deaf express their sincere gratitude to the LSD Executive Director Search Committee members for their dedication and support throughout this process. We also extend our appreciation to the LSD staff and community members who have contributed to the search through their participation in focus groups and surveys. Furthermore, we acknowledge the guidance and assistance provided by our partners and executive search firm which facilitated the search and screening process, Innivee Strategies, Inc..

ASL version of this announcement:

Update 06/02/2023
Stakeholder Feedback Survey 

SSD has partnered with Innivee Strategies, a Deaf-led consulting firm to coordinate the search for the next LSD Director. As part of this search a stakeholder feedback survey has been developed.   Thank you for your interest in completing this survey. This survey may take up to 20 minutes to complete. We encourage you to take the survey in one sitting. If you do not complete the survey in full, you will have to take it again from the beginning. Innivee Strategies is leading this survey. 

You have two options for responding to the survey: English or ASL. All responses, both English and ASL, will be kept confidential. Only Innivee Strategies will see the responses to the survey. A final report will be delivered without any names or identifying information.

Responses will be accepted until June 9th.

Link to Stakeholder Feedback Survey:

Update: 05/19/2023

Application Deadlines Extended for Executive Directors at Louisiana Special School District until June 9, 2023.

Please be advised, the application deadline has been extended for the Executive Director Searches at Louisiana School for the Deaf.

Questions or comments please email Diane LeBlanc. - [email protected]

Update: 05/08/2023
The Louisiana School for the Deaf Executive Director Search Video in ASL.
YouTube Link Included: 🎥
*English Closed Captions provided.
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Update: 05/05/2023 

LSD is holding  a community forum to get feedback on the next Executive Director on May 25th . Details are included below.

A forum for staff to give feedback is scheduled for May 18th, immediately after school in the Student Center Room 196.

Community Forum

Louisiana School for the Deaf

Executive Director Search


Date: Thursday, May 25th

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 P.M.


Louisiana Special School District

2888 Brightside

Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Student Center Room 196


Livestream Link included:

To download the graphic flyer for the event click here

*What are we looking for in the next LSD Executive Director?

*Please submit questions via email to: S[email protected]

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Core Purpose

The Executive Director’s core purpose is to provide professional, highly-effective leadership and management that will achieve outstanding results for students at LSD.  The executive director promotes an inspiring vision and clear direction that is shared by all members of the school, preK-12.  Ultimately, the executive director is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum, teaching and assessment practices inspire high levels of engagement, achievement and progress for all students at LSD.  The anticipated salary range for this position is $90,000 to $110,000 depending on the candidates experience and educational qualifications. 

To Apply

Please email the following documents to Diane LeBlanc at [email protected] 

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Phone number and email addresses of three professional references
  • Educational Leadership Philosophy (no more than one page typewritten) and a 3-5-minute video articulating this philosophy in ASL*
  • Deaf Education Instructional Philosophy (no more than one page typewritten) and a 3-5-minute video articulating this philosophy in ASL*

*The educational leadership and Deaf education philosophy videos should be combined into one video.   The video should be no longer than 3-5 minutes per topic (6-10 minutes total).  The video should be uploaded to YouTube and the unlisted link included in your email application for easy access. 

All applications should be received by Friday, May 26, 2023 for full consideration.  Please contact Diane LeBlanc with any questions by calling (225) 757-3208 or emailing [email protected]

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