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Carolina Day School, nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, is an independent, Pre-K/12, secular, college preparatory school. CDS enrolls approximately 655 students across four divisions: Lower School (Pre-K/5), Key School (2-8, for students with language learning differences), Middle School (6-8), and Upper School (9-12). 

Working at Carolina Day School means being part of a strong community steeped in a passion for learning. We are committed to our students and families, and to each other. We recruit only the best and brightest for our team of professional educators and administrative staff. 

At Carolina Day, we are committed to building a faculty, student body, and school culture which reflect the diversity of the greater world around us. Diversity adds quality to our community by cultivating a richness of ideas, a broadening of perspectives and a respect for others. 

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Chief Financial Officer

Carolina Day School has a 23-acre main campus and a 30-acre athletic complex about three miles from the main campus. There are 655 students in four divisions. The school has an $18 million operating budget and a $4.7 million endowment. As a result of the school’s strategic plan, a $5 million capital campaign, a Lower School renovation project, and construction of a new library were complete in 2016. The school is planning for the next construction project, which will include a new Upper School building.


CDS is seeking a Chief Financial Officer who will report to the Head of School and work consistently and collaboratively with the Head and the senior administrative team. The CFO will also work closely with the Head and Board of Trustees to ensure the annual operating budget is balanced, while executing a plan for maintaining the long-term financial stability of the school. The CFO’s responsibilities will include the following:

  • Keep an accurate, continuous record of cash and the financial position of the school and manage the financial operations of the school so that it remains financially stable;
  • Oversee the proper maintenance of the school’s campus assets;
  • Maintain systems for finalizing faculty and staff contracts, act as a member of the financial aid committee, and serve on the enrollment management team;
  • Supervise the Director of Human Resources, Facilities Manager, Director of Academic and Summer Programs, Director of Technology, and business office staff;
  • Prepare accurate and timely operating statements for the Head of School and the Board;
  • Execute a plan and schedule for the preparation of the annual budget that will permit the setting of the succeeding year’s tuition;
  • Manage an annual audit of the school’s financial records and prepare the annual IRS Form 990;
  • Oversee purchasing, investments, banking activities, payroll, and benefits;
  • Work with the Head of School to manage risk at the school; ensure the safety of personnel and students in their use of the facilities and maintaining insurance to protect the property and cover the liability of the school;
  • Assist the Head of School and the senior administrative team with decisions regarding salaries and benefits for all personnel, including the evaluation of support staff.

Candidate Qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and presentation skills.
  • A high level of integrity and honesty.
  • A management style that emphasizes collegiality, teamwork, consensus building, and group participation.
  • Work effectively with the Head of School and senior administration to ensure implementation of strategic plans pertaining to facilities, finances, and enrollment management.
  • Able to relate to others in a professional manner in establishing trusting relationships within the organization.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in producing memoranda and other materials for the Head of School, the administrative team, and the Board of Trustees.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or a related field and, preferably, an MBA.

  • At least five years of experience with finances and planning budgets, ideally in an independent school or educational setting.

  • Significant management experience in a challenging and fast-paced work environment that requires versatility, resourcefulness, and an ability to manage uncertainty.

  • Experience maintaining and enhancing new administrative systems and campus infrastructure.

  • Independent school experience is preferred but not required, and candidates should be prepared to speak to how their experiences have ignited their commitment to and excitement for the mission of Carolina Day School.

 Skills and Knowledge

  • In-depth understanding of accounting practices, managerial finance, budgeting, and financial analysis.
  • Ability to accurately analyze complex financial and accounting data and communicate it to a wide variety of executives, professionals, and others in lay terms.
  • Ability to think in systems terms, thereby assuring that the school’s day-to-day finance and operations activities support its broader educational mission and future needs.
  • Ability to educate, advise, and guide at all levels of the organization and otherwise develop financial skills throughout the organization.
  • In depth understanding and experience in dealing with various financing models and ability to effectively communicate the school’s financial position to banks and/or bond rating agencies.
  • Possesses knowledge of best business practices and a continuous improvement perspective

    To apply, please send a current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to: 
    Rebecca Taylor
    1345 Hendersonville Rd
    Asheville, NC 28803


Upper School

As the Upper School student population at Carolina Day is growing, we are looking to hire for several positions. In some cases, these hires will include flexible teachers who can teach in more than one discipline.  

For the 2017-18 school year, we are looking for teachers for these areas:

  1. English and/or History
  2. Math and/or Science

We seek experienced, dynamic and collaborative teachers/staff to join our current faculty of approximately 26 who work with approximately 215 students. Candidates should possess excellent skills and be well-versed in current teaching pedagogy, innovative program design, and diverse learning styles/profiles. Most importantly, candidates should be passionate for teaching and inspiring high school students, raising the bar for them to think critically and creatively and to excel in and out of the classroom. Responsibilities will include advising 8-10 students, occasional supervisory obligation, serving on school committees, and the opportunity to coach a team and/or sponsor a club.  

Our ideal candidates will:

  • Have advanced degrees and independent school teaching experience at the high school level

  • Motivate students to develop skills and confidence in their abilities, providing extra help when needed to move a student forward

  • Facilitate student learning in a supportive classroom environment that promotes and models creative and innovative thinking, celebrates diversity, and helps students learn about social justice

  • Teach students to communicate clearly and effectively through speech and writing

  • Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems

  • Work collaboratively with others, communicating well with parents, students, staff and administrators

  • Be a lifelong learner who knows and is passionate about his/her subject, who excitedly engages in professional growth and development, and who searches for new research and resources to enliven classroom learning and discussions

To apply, please send a current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to: 

Rebecca Taylor
1345 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803


Academic After-School Teachers

Grades 6-12 

The new CDS Academic After-school for Middle School and Upper School, CDS Enrich, needs teachers! We are very excited to launch this new program for our students. There has been much excitement about the endless possibilities for classes and the ability for students to look at topics in more depth.

There are three sessions which will each last four weeks each:

  • Feb. 6-March 3

  • March 6-April 6

  • April 10-May 5

The classes will run from 3:45-4:45 p.m. twice a week. The days which the classes will run is up to the discretion of the teacher.

Examples of classes available are: Banned Books, Musical Theatre Singing, Personal Finance, Algorithms and Spreadsheets, and Ecology. If there are disciplines and specific classes in which you are interesting in offering please include that in your application.

Each teacher is responsible for the planning and running of the class during the session. The Director is available to help develop the course. Teachers will be paid a flat rate pay for each course they teach which will be based upon the intensity of outside work and within the class.

To apply please send resume, cover letter, sessions you would be available, and disciplines in which you are interested to Human Resources at

Summer Day Camp Teachers

Grades Pre-K/5
June 14-August 4, 2017
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Each session lasts one week; teachers may opt for one or multiple weeks.

These positions of responsibility are also fun and creative. Each year, our teachers propose day camp themes and programs based on their own passions and favorite topics. Some titles of popular past sessions include Bushcraft/Wilderness, Tour-d'Asheville (biking), Cooking for Fun, Digital Filmmaking, Projectile Science, All About Tolkien, Science & Magic of Harry Potter, Super Scientists (K-2), and Minecraft Animation.

Summer day camp employees are expected to act as positive, wholesome role models and teachers for each camper, and to work with all in a meaningful and rewarding way. The goal of CDS summer day camp is to provide campers with a supportive, fun, and enriching experience. 

To apply:
Submit a Carolina Day School application, dates of availability, and session proposals.

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CDS supports the National Association of Independent School's anti-discrimination policy - The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic.

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