School Leadership Opportunities

  • Gone are the days when principals and assistant principals acted as pure administrators. School leaders are now more properly defined as chief executives, with all the responsibilities and accountability. Nowhere is the leadership role more significant than in a large urban school district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has already made great strides in strengthening its school leadership. Still, we need to ensure a continuous supply of effective leaders. In partnership with the Wallace Foundation, CMS is committed to hiring, retaining, and supporting effective leaders. We firmly believe that great leadership combined with great teaching is the key to great student achievement.

    Talent Pools

    Principal and Assistant Principals

    In preparation for anticipated vacancies, CMS maintains a pool of potential candidates who have demonstrated their qualifications for principal and/or assistant principal roles through a rigorous talent pool selection process. When a new principal or assistant principal vacancy is confirmed, candidates in the Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pools will be invited to apply. In addition, current CMS principals and assistant principals are automatically considered candidates of their respective talent pool and are eligible for open positions.

    Our commitment is to have a transparent selection process and respect the profession of a CMS principal. Therefore, we have designed our process to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications as they relate to what is required on the job. Candidates are permitted to apply once each academic year.

    Partner Organizations

    Teacher-Leader Talent Pools

    CMS offers a teacher-leader pathway with opportunities for strong educators with a proven track record of student success to advance in their careers and compensate them more for expanding their reach. The Department of Teacher-Leadership screens candidates through a highly selective talent pool. High-quality professional development is an advantage to teacher-leaders accepted into these advanced positions to continue their leadership trajectory. Approximately 1/3 of schools in CMS hire from the teacher-leader talent pool.

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