Deputy Superintendent


Greenville County Schools (GCS; the District), located in beautiful Upstate South Carolina, is a great place to learn, work, and live. Recognized as a school system of excellence, GCS was awarded district-wide National Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, recognizing the District as a high-quality school district. As such, GCS’s graduation rate has increased by 20% since 2012.

GCS, the nation’s 44th largest school district, serves approximately 77,000 students of diverse backgrounds and economic means in kindergarten through grade 12. The District has a total budget of approximately $620 million and employs almost 11,000 individuals. GCS has 684 National Board Certified of (NBC) teachers, which ranks the District 13th in the nation for total number of NBC teachers. These teachers and staff members serve the County in 50 elementary schools (5K, grades 1-5); one K-8 school; 19 middle schools (grades 6-8); 14 high schools (grades 9-12); four career technology centers; six child development centers; and seven special centers. GCS also has a Long Range Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement Program to provide for: construction of additional schools to meet growth; renovation projects to extend the useful life of facilities; modifications to schools to accommodate growth and academic changes; and maintenance of facilities. Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School opened in August 2014. Previously, 70 schools and centers were constructed or renovated as part of the BEST School Construction Program.

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Greenville County Schools are governed by an elected Board of Trustees whose mission is to ensure excellence in the governance of a quality educational program by analyzing needs, establishing policies, allocating resources, and monitoring progress. The Board hires the Superintendent who leads the District in pursuing is mission: “We collaborate with the home and community to provide educational experiences which prepare students for life-long learning and for ethical, productive participation in a democratic society and the global community.”

The Deputy Superintendent will report directly to ­­­­the Superintendent. Direct reports to the Deputy Superintendent include: Associate Superintendent of Academics; Associate Superintendent of Operations; Assistant Superintendents for School Leadership; and the Executive Directors of Finance and Human Resources.


Function as the Chief Operating Officer of the District. Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Direct the day to day operations of the District.
  • Ensure implementation of the applicable goals of the District’s Strategic Education Plan.
  • Coordinate the Instructional Leadership Team and the Operational Leadership team to ensure an effective cohesive approach to the delivery of district leadership and services.
  • Serve as acting Superintendent in the absence of the Superintendent.
  • Recommend policies and rules to the Superintendent for the effective administration of the District.
  • Approve recommendations for employment and initial salary of all administrative non-teaching personnel and submit to the Superintendent for final administrative approval.
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Trustees and board committees and serve as the chief staff member for the administration section of the Committee of the Whole.
  • Develop agendas for District Leadership and Principal meetings.
  • Serve as the Superintendent’s designee to hear appeals of hearing officer decisions for employee and student grievances.
  • Serve as a member of the team to draft the annual district operating and capital budgets.
  • Keep the Superintendent properly informed regarding developments essential to the effective management of the school system.
  • Authorize school improvement and equipment fund expenditures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent.


  • Ability to act with integrity and consistency in dealings with others.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems, then develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate to internal and external audiences comprised of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and greatly varied levels of understanding regarding public education.
  • Ability to relate well to others and work as a member of a leadership team.
  • Ability to represent the District and articulate its mission and accomplishments to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to delegate responsibility effectively and in a manner that recognizes the autonomy of senior staff while ensuring accountability.
  • Successful experience as a district level leader to include direct experience in the areas of operations and academics; experience in a large school district administrative structure preferred.
  • Successful experience as a school principal; principal supervision experience preferred.
  • Certification, or eligible for certification, as a Superintendent in South Carolina.
  • Must reside within a 20-mile drive to the District Office (in normal traffic conditions).
  • As Chief Operating Officer, be available to respond quickly to any issues as necessary outside normal work hours/days.
  • Doctorate in Educational Administration (EdD) or PhD is preferred.


Compensation will include base salary and benefits.

Greenville County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, handicap, religion, or national origin in its dealings with employees, students, the general public, applicants for employment, educational programs, activities, or access to its facilities.


To make a nomination, provide a referral, or for additional information please use the contact information below. To apply, submit a resume and/or vita and cover letter to:
Coleman Lew Canny Bowen
6101 Carnegie Blvd., Ste. 300, Charlotte, NC 28209
Ken Carrick, President
Dowling McConnell, Consultant