The Washington County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system as it continues its pursuit of excellence. Applications are due by April 20, 2020.

The Washington County Schools are governed by a five-member partisan board of education elected by district to serve staggered four-year terms. The school system operates five schools that serve approximately 1,200 students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, including two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one early college high school. Washington County Schools is also one of four partner school districts involved in North Carolina’s first multi-district early college high school, the Northeast  Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, which is designed to serve as a statewide model school for STEM education (see for more information). The board’s vision is that “Washington County Schools will produce students who take ownership for their learning and who are avid readers, writers, and mathematical thinkers ready for any challenge in the 21st century.” For more school system information, please visit, or follow the school system on social media via and

Washington County is located in northeastern North Carolina, situated where the Roanoke River flows into the Albemarle Sound, just over an hour from the beaches of North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks.  The county has a diverse population of approximately 13,000 residents scattered throughout rural landscapes and communities, including the incorporated towns of Plymouth (the county seat), Roper, and Creswell. The agricultural, forestry, and marine industries comprise the foundation of the area’s economy, and heritage  tourism is rapidly increasing in popularity. Washington County boasts many natural areas, including several lakes and Pettigrew State Park, where history and recreation merge. Additional area information is available at,,, and  Local news can be found at

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 must demonstrate ability and success in (1) visionary educational leadership, including an understanding of equity factors and the influence of equity on educational outcomes; (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 facilities management; (6) strong communication and effective team-building skills, including an ability to get along with a variety of individuals; (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.  In addition, a successful candidate will be required to live in Washington County.

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, 7208 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 301, Raleigh, NC 27615. Phone: (919) 841-4040. FAX: (919) 841-4020. E-mail: All inquiries will be kept confidential.