State Board of Education officials are searching for a new spokesperson and legislative affairs officer, just seven weeks before the start of the 2018 session.
On Thursday, Blake Youde announced that he is voluntarily leaving the State Board position to work in the private sector.
Youde plans to remain in Idaho and continue to do public affairs and government relations work, just as an independent contractor. He said he envisions doing some work with well-known Boise-based attorney and lobbyist Emily McClure.
Youde has been with the State Board since January 2015. His last day is Nov. 28.
The State Board posted the new job opening Thursday. The board will accept applications through Nov. 30. The salary range runs from $42.31 per hour to $44.24 per hour.
The State Board is a policy-setting body that is charged with general supervision and governance of Idaho’s public education system, from public schools and charters through the state’s college and university system.