The Cumberland County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system as it continues its pursuit of excellence. Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed as a superintendent in North Carolina or be qualified to serve under the State Board of Education’s alternative guidelines. Central office and building-level experience are preferred. A doctorate degree or progress toward a doctorate degree is preferred but not required. A successful candidate will be required to live in Cumberland County. Applications are due by January 8, 2018.
A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in (1) visionary educational leadership; (2) curriculum and instruction; (3) goal-setting and monitoring achievement; (4) fostering community and intergovernmental partnerships; (5) administration and organization of short-term and long-term strategic planning, budgeting, and personnel and facility management; (6) strong communication skills and effective team-building; (7) procuring additional funding; (8) visibility and involvement in community activities; (9) leadership in maintaining safe and orderly school environments; (10) planning and funding of school facilities; and (11) decision-making, delegation, and follow-through.
The Cumberland County Schools are governed by a nine-member nonpartisan board of education elected to serve staggered four-year terms, including six members elected by district and three members elected by the county at-large. The school system operates 87 schools that serve over 50,000 students from prekindergarten through grade twelve, including 52 primary/elementary schools, 18 middle schools, and 17 high schools. The school system also employs over 6,000 employees, including approximately 200 National Board-Certified Teachers. Cumberland County Schools is one of the top five largest school systems in North Carolina and one of the largest employers in Cumberland County. The school system’s vision: “Cumberland County Schools is committed to empowering all students to collaborate, compete, and succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.” The stated mission of CCS is “to provide a safe and caring learning environment in which every student develops the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a productive life, to be successful in a diverse and global society, and to empower students to become lifelong learners.” For more school system information, please visit ccs.k12.nc.us/, www.facebook.com/CumberlandCoSch/, www.twitter.com/CumberlandCoSch, and www.youtube.com/user/CumberlandCoSch.
Cumberland County is ideally situated in southeastern North Carolina along the Interstate 95 corridor and near Interstate 40 with easy access to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Located in the scenic Cape Fear River Valley, Cumberland County is less than two hours from the beaches of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast and less than four hours from the mountains of western North Carolina. The county is home to Fort Bragg (U.S. Army), Pope Field (formerly Pope Air Force Base), and the third largest concentration of military-connected children in the world. The county also is home to Fayetteville State University and Fayetteville Technical Community College, with several other public and private colleges and universities nearby. Cumberland County features a mix of rural, suburban, and urban communities with opportunities to explore local arts and entertainment, sports and outdoor recreation, and history and culture. Additional area information is available online at http://www.co.cumberland.nc.us/, https://fayettevillenc.gov/, http://www.faybiz.com/, http://www.fayedc.com/, and http://www.visitfayettevillenc.com. Local news can be found online at http://www.fayobserver.com/.
Please do not attempt to contact, or ask anyone you know to contact, the individual board members about your interest in or application for this position. All inquiries should be directed to Allison Schafer, Legal Counsel/Director of Policy, North Carolina School Boards Association, P.O. Box 97877, Raleigh, NC 27624-7877. Phone: (919) 841-4040. FAX: (919) 841-4020. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries will be kept confidential.