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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 658 students across four divisions: Lower School (Pre-K/5), Key School (2-8, for students with language-based 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. 

How to Apply

To apply for positions listed here, please send a current resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications to employment@carolinaday.org.

Please include the position title in the subject line.

Application for Employment

Current Positions

Lower School Principal

Carolina Day School seeks an innovative, dynamic, and compassionate academic leader for our Lower School division of approximately 210 students and 30 faculty and staff members. The position will officially begin July 1, 2020.  

The Lower School principal works in partnership with the school’s leadership team to develop and align strategic goals and a vision for the future, as per the school’s Mission Statement and nine core beliefs. We seek a collaborative learner and leader, passionate about elementary-age students, excited about and supportive of our mission and culture, who is adept at leading a group of dedicated teachers with the ultimate goal of preparing our students “to make a meaningful difference in the world.” Find out more about the Lower School at CDS.

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record as an independent school educator. This candidate will be:

  • an instructional leader who is

    • well-versed in current educational pedagogy and innovative program design;

    • skilled and experienced in furthering teacher professional growth and development;

    • a promoter of developing a strong curriculum and skills for success; and

    • knowledgeable of diverse learning styles and learning profiles.


  • a human-centered team leader who

    • exemplifies a strong sense of empathy and compassion;

    • has a natural affability and instinct with our youngest learners;

    • is supportive and respectful of faculty experience and views; and

    • demonstrates strong team-building ability.


  • a strong communicator and manager who:

    • listens and communicates effectively and consistently with all constituents (students, parents, teachers, etc);

    • makes well-informed, student-centered decisions and follows through to get the job done;

    • displays excellent organizational skills;

    • collaborates with admission and marketing departments on special Lower School events and open houses; and

    • works effectively with the school’s leadership team, especially in regard to attracting and retaining quality teachers, staff, and students.

We invite candidates to consider becoming part of the Carolina Day School community by submitting a:

  • résumé;

  • list of references;

  • compelling response to the following prompt: “Describe how you would implement an exciting new program or idea as principal of the CDS Lower School.”

Materials should be submitted to employment@carolinaday.org by October 15, 2019. This is a confidential process; Carolina Day will not contact references until finalist candidates are selected.   

Substitute Teacher (Grades Pre K through 12)

Carolina Day School has openings for substitute teachers at our Lower School, Middle School, Upper School, and Key School divisions.


A substitute teacher is a professional educator who is responsible for operating a safe, orderly, and positive classroom environment while the regular teacher is absent. The substitute teacher must effectively manage the classroom and provide instruction for students by following the regular teacher's lesson plans and adhering to Carolina Day School policies and procedures.

Responsibilities of a Substitute Teacher:

  • Provide meaningful instruction to students in assigned classrooms while the regular teacher is absent

  • Review and implement regular teacher's routines, procedures, lesson plans, curriculum objectives, classroom management, and instructional strategies

  • Establish and maintain a safe and orderly classroom environment; take all reasonable precautions to protect students, facilities, and materials

  • Communicate clearly and effectively to students, faculty, and staff 

  • Report all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and serious discipline problems to school administration as soon as possible

  • Maintain a working knowledge of and adhere to all Carolina Day School policies and procedures

  • Demonstrate cooperation and flexibility in performing other related duties as assigned by the school administration 

Qualifications for a Substitute Teacher:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree 

  • Criminal background check

  • Drug test

  • Work experience in schools is preferred, but teaching certification not required

Special Events Manager (part-time; average 24 hrs/week)

Carolina Day School (CDS) seeks a dynamic and energetic individual for the position of Special Events Manager. The Special Events Manager reports to the Director of Advancement. This position supports all areas of the Advancement Office and school priorities, as instructed by the Director of Advancement, with a specific emphasis on leading CDS' annual Spring fundraising event, which is the only fundraising event for the school each year. Other events this position provides the leadership for include the Back-to-School celebration, supporting the Alumni Relations director with various Homecoming weekend events, Grandparents and Friends Day, and other community and cultivation events. This is currently a part-time position for the 2019-2020 school year, with which is annually contracted from July 1 – June 30.  The position will average approximately 24 hours/week outside the weeks directly leading up to the major Spring event which will require more hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads, plans, organizes, supports and executes all aspects of Advancement events, including but not limited to:

    • Annual Gala: consisting of an online auction, silent auction, live auction, paddle-raise, raffle, dinner, sponsorship, and individual fundraising and event run-of-show; Responsible for raising $250,000 in net revenue from the event

    • Alumni and Homecoming Weekend: support a multi-event weekend, including homecoming games and a reunion event

    • Other Stewardship and Cultivation Events: including Grandparents Day, Parents Appreciation Week, Holiday Hoopla, events related to any upcoming campaigns or school priorities

  • Utilizes appropriate project management and event management software to manage complex data, particularly to track auction items and sales, and event attendees

  • Works with communications and marketing team to create event communications timelines and promotional and event materials, including newsletters, invitations, webpages, social media posts, an auction catalog, videos, etc.

  • Contracts and manages vendors during all stages of the planning process for all events

  • Responsible for creating robust volunteer teams to support the goals of development and alumni events by recruiting, training, managing and cultivating parents and alumni volunteers

  • Supports other Advancement Office initiatives, including the Annual Fund, Alumni Relations, and special campaigns, as needed and assigned


  • BA required

  • 3-5 years of nonprofit fundraising event experience, preferably in a school environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter, a creative thinker and an action-oriented fundraiser with a sense of urgency and passion for implementing strategies and tactics.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc…), Google Suite programs and other possible software and online programs.

  • Proficiency in event fundraising software, preferably Greater Giving.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team.

  • Ability to manage highly sensitive financial and other personal information with confidentiality.

  • Willingness and ability to work both traditional and non-traditional business hours. Some night and weekend work and local travel are required for this position.

Field Hockey Coaching Positions (4) - Part-time

Carolina Day School, a co-educational, PK-12 day school seeks applicants for coaching for part-time (stipend only, no benefits) for the 2019-20 school year. Positions are:

  • Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach
  • Varsity Field Hockey Assistant Coach
  • Junior High/Middle School Field Hockey Head Coach
  • Junior High/Middle School Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Coaching responsibilities involve promoting and creating a positive team culture, developing fundamentals and skills of the game, organizing and enthusiastically running practices, and implementing effective game strategies. 

It is expected coaches will maintain a high standard of integrity in all aspects of team management, foster an environment which promotes the mission and values of Carolina Day School, supports the academic and athletic experience of the student. A thoughtful approach and a desire to constantly improve and innovative thinking will be essential to the success of this role. 

Candidates must have a minimum of three years of successful coaching at the club, high school, or collegiate level. A bachelor’s degree is required.

Carolina Day School has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, Carolina Day School 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.