Superintendent of Schools - Durham Public Schools - Durham, NC


Post Date: May 24, 2017



The Durham Public Schools Board of Education is seeking an extraordinary, innovative superintendent to lead the school system as it continues its pursuit of excellence. The board is committed to equity, innovation and social justice. A successful candidate must demonstrate ability and success in (1) working toward educational equity for all students; (2) demonstrating visionary educational leadership; (3) implementing successful, evidence-based programs to raise academic achievement for all students; (4) exhibiting strong communication skills and effective team-building; (5) fostering community and intergovernmental partnerships; (6) drafting and implementing short-term and long-term strategic planning, budgeting, and personnel and facility management; and (7) maintaining safe and orderly school environments.

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 Durham County. Applications are due by July 10, 2017.

The Durham Public Schools includes 53 schools that serve approximately 33,000 students from the city and county of Durham in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, including traditional elementary, middle, and high schools, year-round calendar schools, magnet programs, and small specialty high schools. Durham Public Schools is one of the top 10 largest school systems in the state of North Carolina and one of the top 30 school systems in the nation for employing National Board Certified Teachers. The school system’s mission is to “provide all students with an outstanding education that motivates them to reach their full potential and enables them to discover their interests and talents, pursue their goals and dreams, and succeed in college, in the workforce, and as engaged citizens.” The Durham Public Schools are governed by a seven-member nonpartisan board of education elected to serve staggered four-year terms. For more school system information, please visit, or follow the school system on social media via,, and

Durham is a progressive, forward-thinking, human rights-centered community. It has a rich history of activism in civil rights issues and pride in its ethnic, economic, and linguistic diversity. The county also hosts a large immigrant population. Durham is widely recognized for its vibrant urban lifestyle, including arts, culture, food, history, and music. Together, the Raleigh-Durham area is ranked seventh on the U.S. News and World Report’s “2017 Best Places to Live” list. Durham has received numerous other accolades, including Yahoo Finance’s “25 Happiest Cities in America” and “Most Educated City in North Carolina,” Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers,” WalletHub’s “2016 Most Caring Cities in America,” Today’s “Top 5 Places to Retire,” and Southern Living’s “Tastiest Town in the South.”

Durham County has a diverse population of over 270,000 residents scattered throughout urban, suburban, and rural communities, including the city of Durham (the county seat). As part of the Research Triangle with  Raleigh and Chapel Hill, the area offers world-renowned healthcare facilities, biopharmaceutical research, and a cutting-edge technology sector. The city of Durham is also home to several excellent educational institutions, including Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and Durham Technical Community College. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are also nearby. Durham is located in central North Carolina, just hours from the beaches of eastern North Carolina and the mountains of western North Carolina, with convenient access to Interstates 40 and 85 and to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Additional area information is available at,,,, and  Local news can be found online at,,, and

Applicants must complete the board’s required application form, accessible online via the North Carolina School Boards Association’s webpage at 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: All inquiries will be kept confidential.