Catamount School Principal #170472

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Catamount School Principal

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Catamount School Principal #170472


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Position Summary:

To serve as the chief administrator of the Western Carolina University School, known as The Catamount School, the Principal will cultivate a culture of innovation that supports effective instructional practices and strategies to promote student academic success and personal success for all students and adults in the school. The Principal will work collaboratively to develop and implement policies, innovative programs, curriculum activities, professional development, and budgets to achieve the mission of the school. The Principal will work collaboratively with university staff to support the work of teacher leadership preparation, school leadership preparation, and education research.

About the Western Carolina University School
The WCU-Jackson County School, named “The Catamount School”, is a school of one classroom in each of the following grades: six, seven, and eight of approximately 25 students in each grade for a total of 75 students overall. The school is located within an existing school in the Jackson County School system and will adhere to the same annual schedule as the host school where located. The faculty and staff of the WCU Jackson County School are employees of Western Carolina University.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in educational leadership or related field; excellent oral and written communication skills; and evidence of skill in working with at risk student populations.

Qualifying degrees must be conferred and received from appropriately accredited institutions. A current license or eligibility for licensure in the area of supervision is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in leading in innovative and diverse schools with a track record of improving student outcomes for all subgroups.

Preference will be given to candidates with middle school experience and public school experience in North Carolina.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, candidates must submit a: (1) letter of application describing academic background, specific skills and experiences relevant to the position, (2) resume, (3) list of three references, including contact information (4) a copy of North Carolina educator’s license. Finally, copies of transcripts and three current letters of reference should be sent to . Review of applicants begins immediately, and continues until the position is filled. Official transcripts required prior to written contract offer.

For additional information, please contact:

Kim K. Winter, Ph.D.
Search Committee Chair
Dean and Professor College of Education & Allied Professions
91 Killian Building Lane
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
[email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time