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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.   

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.