The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the school system as it continues its pursuit of excellence. Applications are due by May 15, 2019.
Serving approximately 55,000 diverse students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the fourth largest school system in North Carolina and the eighty-first largest school system in the nation. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools operate eighty schools, including forty-two elementary schools, fourteen middle schools, fifteen high schools, and nine other non-traditional schools, with a total operating budget of $576 million. The school system has over 7,200 employees, including more than 4,200 teachers, committed to providing all students with educational opportunities that ensure they become responsible and productive global citizens. The school system is governed by a nine-member board of education elected to serve four-year terms, with six members elected by district and three members elected by the county at-large. For more school system information, please visit https://www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us, or follow the school system on social media via https://twitter.com/wsfcs, https://www.facebook.com/wsfcsofficial/, and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQCYB1DfLGkZQNMljB1ktag (Cable 2 Television).
Forsyth County, including the city of Winston-Salem (the county seat), is centrally located in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic coast. With convenient access to Interstates 40, 74, 77, and 85, Forsyth County is just a short distance from Greensboro, Charlotte, and the Triangle region (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), as well as Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO). Forsyth County has a diverse population of approximately 376,000 residents scattered throughout urban, suburban, and rural communities, including Bethania, Kernersville, Lewisville, Rural Hall, Walkertown, Clemmons, and Tobaccoville. The county also is home to several excellent colleges and universities, including Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, and the UNC School of the Arts. With major businesses, innovative healthcare, historic downtowns, a thriving arts scene, and many local museums, restaurants, and shops, the area is nationally recognized as one of the best places to live, learn, work, and retire. Additional area information is available at http://www.cityofws.org/, https://www.co.forsyth.nc.us/, https://www.winstonsalem.com/, http://www.wsbusinessinc.com/, and https://visitwinstonsalem.com/. Local news can be found at https://www.journalnow.com/, https://www.wschronicle.com/, https://www.wxii12.com/, http://abc45.com/, https://myfox8.com/, and https://www.wfmynews2.com/.
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) organization and administration of short-term and long-term strategic planning, budgeting, and personnel and facilities management; (6) strong communication and effective team-building skills; (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 Forsyth County.
Applicants must complete the board’s required application form, accessible online via the North Carolina School Boards Association’s webpage at www.ncsba.org/super-search/north-carolina-vacancies. Please do not contact, or ask anyone you know to contact, 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.