Superintendent Search




The Swain County Board of Education is seeking a superintendent to lead the Swain County
Schools. Prior experience or a doctoral degree is preferred but not required. The individual
chosen will be required to live in Swain County. All applications will be kept confidential and
Candidates should be prepared to take office no later than October 2, 2017.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong ability in: (1) instructional and administrative
leadership; (2) partnering with community members, school personnel and government officials;
(3) public relations; (4) administration and organization; (5) long and short-term planning; (6)
budgeting; (7) personnel management and staff development; (8) facility management; and (9)
community involvement.

Swain County has a population of approximately 15,000 people and serves over 1,900 students
in six schools spread throughout the County – one high school, one middle school, two
elementary schools and one Pre-K. Cherokee Extension School K-12 is a joint program of the
Swain County Schools and the Cherokee Central Schools.

These schools represent the future and pride of Swain County and reflect the progressive nature
of its diverse communities. The County also encompasses much of the Eastern Band of the
Cherokee Indian Reservation, with its own independent government. Geographically, the county
is spectacular. Much of it lies within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including its
highest peak, Clingmans Dome. Four scenic rivers, the Nantahala, the Tuckasegee, the
Oconaluftee and the Little Tennessee flow through the county and form the sprawling Lake
Fontana, west of Bryson City, the county seat.

Swain County is located in western North Carolina about an hour from Asheville and is well-known for its immense natural beauty and unique mountain and Indian heritage. River rafting
and tubing, miles of hiking trails, lakes, rivers and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad all
combine to make for countless outdoor activities throughout the year.

The Swain County Schools is governed by an elected five member board. The Swain County
Board of Education is consistently recognized as progressive leaders in the community who
enjoy a strong relationship with the county government and the citizens of Swain County. Swain
County Schools has experienced strong growth in academics over the last several years and the
Swain County Board of Education is searching for a superintendent who will continue this

Applications must be received by no later than September 15, 2017. Completed applications
should be mailed or emailed to Christopher Z. Campbell, Board Attorney, Campbell Shatley,
PLLC, 674 Merrimon Ave., Ste. 210, Asheville, NC 28804; Email

SWBOE Superintendent Application September 2017

Contact Us: Phone: (828) 488-3129 Fax: (828) 488-8510     Swain County Schools: 280 School Dr. Bryson City, NC 28713     ┬ęSwain County Schools 2016