Orange County, Virginia
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Feb 14, 2018
Job Type

Orange County Public Schools (VA)

The School Board of Orange County Public Schools invites applications and nominations for the position of Superintendent. The required start date for the person selected is July 1, 2018.

Orange County, Virginia, is a rural, but developing county with a landscape dominated by gently rolling hillsides, spectacular views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Rapidan River and several of Virginia’s most significant historic areas. Located in Virginia’s north-central Piedmont region, the county is 72 miles northwest of Richmond, 55 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 25 miles northeast of Charlottesville.

The mission of the Orange County Public School System is to provide the highest quality education for all students in a safe and caring environment.  Our graduates will master 21st Century skills necessary to work and live productively, with an emphasis on reading, writing, mathematics and reasoning. Our graduates will be health conscious, life-long learners who demonstrate good character and productive citizenship.

Schools: 1 high school, 2 middle schools, 6 elementary schools

Total Student Enrollment: 4,758

Total Division Budget: $57,583,056

Full Time Employees: 765

On-time Graduation Rate: 94.4%

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The Orange County School Board has established the following qualifications for the next Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools:
• Residency in the school division within a year is strongly preferred.
• Experience as a classroom teacher and as a principal are required.
• An earned doctorate is preferred.
• Experience as a superintendent, associate/assistant superintendent, or central office administrator, and Virginia experience are preferred.

Leadership and Management Skills: The successful candidate is a team player who is comfortable with shared decision-making and invites multiple perspectives. He or she is a decisive leader, a visionary and creative thinker who motivates and inspires those he or she leads.

Personal Characteristics: The successful candidate is an effective communicator. He or she must be caring, a good listener, accessible, consistent, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.

Board-Superintendent Relations: The successful candidate mediates and accommodates different perspectives, provides options and recommendations to the Board and understands differences between policy and administration and acts accordingly.

Staff Relations: The successful candidate creates an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, maintains open channels of communication, encourages and supports staff development, and manages staff fairly and effectively.

Community Relations: The successful candidate advocates for the schools and communicates effectively on private and public levels. He or she inspires community confidence through consistent presence in the schools, school activities, and the community.

School Finance: The successful candidate lobbies for school funding on behalf of the school division, develops and explains the rationale for the budget – including areas for both increase funding and cuts – to the Board and local officials, and offers creative funding solutions.

Areas of Expertise: The successful candidate has expertise in curriculum and instruction, school reform (e.g. strategic planning, innovation, etc.), budget, and finance.

Candidates must meet the legal requirements to be licensed or be eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Virginia. Questions concerning the eligibility requirement should be directed to Patty S. Pitts, Office of Professional Licensure, State Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, Telephone: (804) 371-2522.

Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Completed applications are due by March 16, 2018.
Candidates should not make contact with school board members. Inquiries should be directed to Gina Patterson, executive director, Virginia School Boards Association, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911, 434-295-8722 or

The Orange County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, political affiliation, sex, gender, age, marital status, genetic information or disability in its employment practices or educational program and activities. Compliance inquiries should be directed to the Director of Human Resources, 200 Dailey Drive, Orange, VA 22960 or by phone at 540-661-4550.