Superintendent Search Service

The most important decision of a school board is selecting a superintendent.  NCSBA has conducted nearly 200 superintendent searches in North Carolina since 1999, attracting both in-state and national candidates while maintaining the hallmarks of our search process: integrity, confidentiality, board involvement, and high-quality service.

Our searches are efficient, cost-effective, and designed to make the board’s decision easier.  Searches are conducted by NCSBA attorneys and staff who are familiar with all aspects of North Carolina law relevant to the search process.  Our experience simplifies and streamlines the process.

Helping a school board find a superintendent requires knowledge, savvy, and sensitivity.  It is an important process that will impact students for years to come, and it is a responsibility we take very seriously.

We pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive search process to recruit excellent candidates from across the country, to provide you with accurate and reliable information about those candidates, and, most importantly, to empower you—the elected board of education—to make the best decisions on behalf of your schools and your community.

Current superintendent vacancies in North Carolina

NCSBA’s superintendent search service provides professional, high quality assistance with this critically important school board responsibility.  For a reasonable flat fee, plus board-approved expenses, NCSBA will:

  • provide consultations and customize the search process for the board;
  • draft a vacancy announcement and qualifications profile describing your system
  • advertise the position on multiple media;
  • conduct stakeholder surveys on the board’s behalf;
  • compile and provide each board member with copies of all applications;
  • handle all contact and correspondence with applicants;
  • arrange interviews and assist with drafting interview questions;
  • check references;
  • arrange for background checks;
  • guide the board regarding North Carolina laws pertaining to the search process; and
  • protect confidentiality.

For more information about NCSBA’s superintendent search service, contact Sam Thorp, Assistant Legal Counsel for Superintendent Searches, at or 919-747-6706.

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