Superintendent of Gwinnett County Schools GA

Suwanee, Georgia
A negotiated compensation arrangement with a mix of salary and benefits.
Apr 06, 2021
Job Type


The Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Superintendent of Schools. Applications will be accepted through May 16, 2021. See Application Process for more details.
Search Timeline

  • Application Deadline: May 16, 2021
  • Interviews: To Be Determined
  • Finalists Named: July 2021
  • Reporting Date: To be negotiated 

Students and Staff
Number of students: 177,401

  • Asian: 11%
  • Black: 32%
  • Hispanic: 33%
  • Multicultural: 4%
  • White: 19%

Number of schools:

  • 80 elementary schools
  • 29 middle schools
  • 23 high schools
  • 7 specialty schools 
  • 2 external charter schools 


  • Total # of Teachers: 11,610
  • Total # Certified Staff: 13,302
  • Total # Classified Staff: 8,071
  • Total # Staff (including subs and temp/misc. staff): 25,396

Fiscally Sound and Supported

  • District Fiscal Year 2021 Budget— $2.346 billion
  • One of only 20 school districts in the nation to earn the highest level AAA/Aaa rating from both Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Services.
  • A community that supports education as evidenced by a record of successful capital project campaigns at the polls.

About Gwinnett County Public Schools
    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is a shining example of what is right in public education. With its strong curriculum, exceptional professional educators, reliable testing, high-caliber support staff, modern facilities, a commitment to continuous improvement, and community support, GCPS is a leader in helping students reach their full potential and in building a quality workforce for the businesses that choose to open in Gwinnett County. With a focus on ensuring equitable educational opportunities for all students, the school district offers an environment in which nearly 180,000 students are acquiring the knowledge and skills to be successful at the postsecondary level and in the workforce. A focus on early learning, STEM/STEAM, project-based learning, high school academies, and dual language immersion are just a few of the district’s initiatives that ensure Gwinnett students are prepared to succeed in school, college, work, and life.
    Over the years, GCPS—the district, its programs, schools, leaders, educators and support staff—have earned honors too numerous to list. This is in addition to the thousands of awards, championships and recognitions earned by Gwinnett students. Highlighting these achievements is the district’s recognition as a two-time winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education, recognizing the district as one of the best
in the nation and one that sustains its success. In addition, the district has been recognized by the College Board as its 2016 National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year. It also has earned acclaim from the National Council on Teacher Quality as an Outstanding Great District for Great Teachers and from Forbes magazine as one of America’s Top Employers. Along with recognition as one of the best employers in the state, GCPS has been acknowl­edged as a best employer for women in the U.S. for three consecutive years, according to Forbes magazine.
    Gwinnett educators are leaders in the profession. Last year, our teachers earned national recognition for innovative teach­ing, environmental education, coaching, computer science, literacy initiatives, and STEM. In fact, best in-field national honors went to three staff members in 2020, including National Principal of the Year, National School Counselor of the Year, and National School Librarian of the Year.

GCPS’ Vision: What we aspire to be…
Gwinnett County Public Schools will become a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and careers.

GCPS’ Mission: Why we exist, our core business…
The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.

Characteristics of a World-Class School:

  • Rigorous academic standards and high expectations for all students
  • A comprehensive, challenging, and relevant curriculum
  • Effective, engaging instructional strategies
  • Reliable, appropriate, and meaningful assessments
  • High-performing and inspiring employees committed to professional develop­ment, training, and lifelong learning
  • A safe, secure, and positive learning environment
  • A culture of continuous improvement
  • Accountability for results at all levels of the organization
  • Productive and engaging partnerships with families and the community
  • Effective use of technological resources to advance teaching and learning
  • Innovative and productive approaches to management, operations, and use of resources
  • Behavioral standards that promote teaching and learning
  • An inclusive environment that acknowledges and values differences and en­courages positive interactions between members of a diverse community
  • Students who are prepared for the next grade level and graduate ready for col­lege and careers
  • Communication with internal and external audiences as a priority
  • A shared vision for success



  • Possession of or is eligible for the Education Specialist Degree or higher and holds or is eligible for a Georgia Standard Professional Clear Renewable Tier II Certificate at Level 6 or higher in Educational Leadership. Certificate number or letter of eligibility from the Georgia Professional Standards Com­mission as verification of such eligibility must be provided. Georgia certification information is avail­able from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, 200 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1702, Atlanta, GA 30303, 800-869-7775 or www.gapsc.comNote: At the discretion and request of the Board of Education, candidates holding a minimum of a master’s degree with experi­ence as leaders from business, government, the military or other professions, may be considered for the Superintendent Permit, issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, in accordance with Rule 505-2-.10 Permit, January 1, 2021.
  • Of good moral character; not convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude, as required by GA law; possession of high standards of ethical and moral conduct and a demonstrated ability to promote the success of all students by adhering to ethical principles and professional norms
  • Has no immediate family members serving on the Gwinnett County Board of Education or employed as an administrator in the school district after July 1, 2009, as required by GA law
  • A documented history of successful leadership experience gained in settings of similar demographics through a combination of professional expertise achieved by service in roles of increased responsibility over time, indicating familiarity with varying aspects of leadership, politics, finance, and management of the K–12 education sector and the needs of diverse learners
  • Possesses the leadership skills required to analyze and support the district’s mission/vision and can identify, articulate and implement in a manner that ensures that the needs of all students, staff and other stakeholders are met
  • Understands instructional leadership and has demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of current research-based best practices in teaching and learning, curriculum, instructional administration, assessment, English learning, and educational equity that promotes each student’s academic success and social and emotional well-being
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise multiple functions within the district with the skill to delegate responsibility while maintaining full accountability for results, and a global understanding of the op­erations and management of the human resources, facilities, transportation, nutrition, technology and budgeting facets of the school district
  • A demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders, faculty/staff, community members, respond to diverse community interests and needs; is approachable and able to mobilize community resources in support of student achievement goals
  • Models leadership as evidenced by acting with integrity and fairness, showing attention to detail, pro­viding timely responses to constituent concerns and showing respect for dissenting perspectives while adhering to ethical guidelines
  • An understanding of the educational system, including knowledge of local, state and federal laws and mandates, board of education policies, current developments in education; reads widely and keeps current on educational trends and practices that value equity, diversity, inclusion, foster student growth and impact student achievement


  • Possession of a terminal degree (Ed. D. or Ph.D.) and holds or is eligible for Georgia Leadership Certi­fication at that level
  • Proven track record of success as a superintendent in a district with similar demographics and variables
  • A demonstrated ability to develop collaborative partnerships as a visible, viable community leader building greater stakeholder support for the learning priorities of the district
  • Understands the board/superintendent governance model; can motivate a board of education and cultivate practices to ensure understanding of the operation of effective teams and the separation of authority, including roles and responsibilities of the board and superintendent
  • Evidence of a high level of effectiveness in the following personal qualities: Fit for the Position/Com­munity, Values, Customer Focus, Judgment, Emotional Intelligence/Self-Awareness, Awareness of Future-Ready Education Practices

Salary and Benefits
A negotiated compensation arrangement with a mix of salary and benefits

The Board of Education
The Gwinnett County Board of Education consists of five members:

  • Everton Blair, Jr., 2021 Board Chair, District IV— 3 years of service
  • Karen Watkins, 2021 Board Vice Chair, District I— 1 year of service
  • Steven B. Knudsen, District II— 3 years of service
  • Dr. Mary Kay Murphy, District III— 25 years of service
  • Dr. Tarece Johnson, District V— 1 year of service

About Our Community
After decades of rapid growth, almost a million Gwinnett residents enjoy a great location, excellent schools, a wide range of housing options, available jobs, and an outstanding quality of life. The 16 cities in Gwinnett cover just a quarter of its 437 square miles, and 75% of the population lives in unincorporated areas.
Gwinnett features a strong, county government that provides excellent public safety, transportation, water and sewer, and planning and development, plus facili­ties and services that contribute to a renowned quality of life.
    Gwinnett County is a great place to live, work, and play! Here are just a few more reasons why we’re proud to call Gwinnett County home:

  • Walkable downtowns and parks
  • Acclaimed restaurants
  • Performing arts and award-winning theatres
  • Fine art galleries and museums
  • Destination shopping and chic boutiques
  • Seasonal festivals and international markets
  • Live concerts and entertainment venues
  • Outdoor recreation and natural attractions
  • World-class healthcare facilities
  • A variety of postsecondary options and continuous learning opportunities

About Gwinnett
    Gwinnett County is located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. Our dynamic and exciting county combines the best of big city living with the comforts of the suburbs—classic southern charm mixed with vibrant, contemporary living.
Gwinnett Policy:
    It is the policy of Gwinnett County Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, na­tional origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, edu­cational program, or any other program, activity, or service.
Notice of Disclosure:
At least 14 calendar days prior to the meeting at which final action or vote is to be taken on the position of superintendent, all documents concerning as many as three persons under consideration whom the board has determined to be the best qualified for the position shall be subject to inspection and copying. The board can vote on the appointment at any time after the 14-day period.