Thank you for your interest in helping us educate every child, every day, for a better tomorrow through serving as a school leader with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. As we implement our Strategic Plan 2018, we recognize that principals and assistant principals play critical roles in meeting our goals as a district. We look to them to design and lead schools that nurture innovation and entrepreneurship in our students so that they are prepared for the workforce of the future.
Whether you are an aspiring leader already working in CMS, or considering a move to our district, we applaud your interest and look forward to working with you as you learn more about the process to become a school leader in CMS.
The role of school leader is second only to teaching at CMS, and the competencies, skills and beliefs required Day 1 on the job are critical to the long term success in the role. For that reason, our Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pool processes were redesigned in winter 2013-14 to ensure we effectively identify candidates who demonstrate the competencies, skills and beliefs required on the first day in the job.
The competencies, skills, and beliefs measured in our talent pool process are:
Learn more about these competencies, skills, and beliefs here.
In addition to exhibiting the competencies, skills, and beliefs outlined above, qualified candidates also have:
Talent Pool Process
The Talent Pool process consists of three steps. You must pass each step before being invited to move onto the next step. If you do not pass a step, you are permitted to reapply the following school year (you may apply only once each school year). The steps in the selection process are:
Detailed Application Instructions
To apply, you will need to update or complete your CMS administrative online application. When you get to the “Jobs” tab of the application, you should select the appropriate talent pool posting from the list. Once you select the posting, you will be prompted to attach each of the documents below. Be sure you have each document saved as a single, separate file as you will be asked for them individually.
Please note that the documentation required has been updated. Candidates are encouraged to submit documentation that reflects their most recent experience and evidence of their potential as CMS school leaders.
Documents you will be prompted to attach:
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Click here to begin the application process.
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