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Asheville City Schools
Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville City Schools seeks a Superintendent
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Location: Asheville, North Carolina

The Asheville City Board of Education is seeking a superintendent who is excited to lead a small, nimble, and progressive school system in the vibrant city of Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville City Schools (ACS) comprises two high schools, two middle schools, and five elementary schools with a total student body of about 4,000. Asheville City Schools enjoys a staff of gifted educators, an engaged community of students and parents, and some of the highest per-pupil funding in the state. Conversely, the district faces a significant race-based opportunity gap. ACS is looking for a superintendent who has the skills and experience to marshal resources wisely and creatively in the service of every educator and every student, centering its Black and brown students. ACS seeks a superintendent who enjoys learning, who is excited to engage students and educators alike, and who brings joy and curiosity to their leadership. Additionally, ACS seeks a superintendent who shares with their team the conviction that every student is capable of achieving their dreams and goals, and a commitment to the success of educators and students alike. ACS is looking for a bold servant leader committed to anti-bias, antiracist practices. 

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. The successful candidate will be required to reside in Buncombe County and are encouraged to reside in the Asheville City School district. Salary is competitive and negotiable and will be commensurate with experience and a history of demonstrated leadership. Applications are due by March 23, 2023. 

The mission of the Asheville City Schools is to "create learning environments that ensure Excellence with Equity for all students" and to "empower and engage every child to learn, discover, and thrive." As the Board of Education reviews superintendent applications, they are looking specifically for: 

  1. a visionary and dynamic leader; 
  2. strong communication skills; 
  3. experience in effectively leading and inspiring a team; 
  4. leadership in academic instruction, curriculum, and administration; 
  5. ability to engage collaboratively in strategic planning, decision-making, delegation, and follow-through that emphasizes coherence of vision and implementation throughout the district; 
  6. a leader who will listen to the educators and community partners and build upon and nurture the programs that have proven to support student growth; 
  7. experience effectively managing a budget, personnel, and facilities; 
  8. success in identifying and procuring additional funding; 
  9. demonstrated leadership in maintaining safe, orderly, and nurturing school environments that uplift students who experience multiple challenges, including racism; and 
  10. a history of community leadership and involvement. 

The successful candidate will be able to provide decisive leadership in an environment rich with diverse opinions that all echo a common theme: Make public education in Asheville meaningful for every child!  

All applications will be kept confidential. The successful candidate should be prepared to take office by no later than July 1, 2023.

About Asheville City Schools:
Proudly serving its community for over 130 years, Asheville City Schools is deeply connected with the history of the community. Located in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, ACS is one of fifteen city districts in the state, with 9 educational campuses and about 4,000 students. 

Asheville City Schools celebrates each child's passage through educational achievement, a journey championed by a vibrant community of teachers, parents, mentors, staff and fellow students while under the care of the seven member Asheville Board of Education.

The Mission and Vision of Asheville City Schools is to empower and engage every child to learn, discover, and thrive. Asheville City Schools will create learning environments that ensure Excellence with Equity for all students.

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Procedure for Candidacy:
Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2023. Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest detailing their background and experiences as it relates to the position. To apply, go to:

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Arasi Adkins, MA

Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
(336) 693-7612

Todd LoFrese, MBA, Ed.D.
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
(919) 442-7258

Asheville City Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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