Alma Advisory Group is supporting Guilford County Schools (GCS) with their search for a Chief Innovation Officer. We would love your help identifying leaders to join the GCS team.

If you would like to learn more or to submit your resume, please click on the link and one of our team members will reach out with more information. 

To view the full job description or to apply, please visit the Guilford County Schools' application portal. Please contact to recommend or nominate candidates.

Chief Innovation Officer - Job description

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools (GCS) is the third-largest district in North Carolina, serving nearly 72,000 students across 126 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas. Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras, Ph.D., is leading the district through a pivotal phase in its development, focused on graduating students who are ready to be successful citizens and leaders of the world. GCS’s leadership team will play a critical role in helping the district reach its top priorities which focus on student achievement, equity and excellence, talent development, school choice, and organizational effectiveness.

About the Chief Innovation Officer Position

Reporting directly to the Superintendent, the Chief Innovation Officer is a critical leadership role that directly affects the creation and redesign of instructional school models for Guilford County in order to improve diverse instructional opportunities that meet students’ academic and social-emotional needs and the desires of the Guilford community.  One key focus for this role is school improvement by strengthening instructional programs within under-performing schools and by serving as the subject matter expert when supporting the opening of new schools or the redesign or closing of under-performing schools.  The Chief Innovation Officer will coordinate the efforts of the GCS board, principals, parents and families to ensure each Guilford County student has the opportunity and access to the best instructional model that allows high achievement to ensure college and career readiness.

Essential Role Responsibilities

Knowledge of Instructional Models

  • Supports the development and implementation of new schools within the GCS district with innovative education programs and practices.
  • Supports multiple school transitions through the strengthening or redesign of instructional design models/programs to better suit the academic needs of the students and community (i.e. Montessori, magnet, Latin schools, or low performing school transitions).
  • Possesses the ability to evaluate the design, development and readiness of all new, innovative school models and programs while ensuring that the District adheres to any and all legal and regulatory requirements
  • Clear knowledge and understanding about practices, tools, and techniques from different learning models that stimulate and support innovative instructional models (included but not limited to blended learning, personalized learning, etc.)
  • Ability to identify innovative instructional models and knowledgeable of research and best practices regarding innovation in public education.
  • Oversight of magnet schools and special school student assignment processes.

Stakeholder and Community Engagement

  • Consistent and transparent communication with key internal and external stakeholders to develop, manage, and execute new and existing school development processes.
  • Ability to develop authentic partnerships with key constituents including families, community leaders, staff, philanthropic organizations, GCS board and others to successfully implement or strengthen new innovative models for schools.
  • Ability to influence and bring communities and various stakeholders together to support large and complex change efforts of school modes to ultimately increase student achievement.

 Talent Management

  • Supervise, mentor, and provide professional growth and development opportunities for staff.
  • Support staff in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategy and project plans to achieve goals.
  • Will support and make hiring decisions for principals of new district schools.
  • Strategically manage and allocate resources (including money, people, time, etc.) aligned to students’ needs.
  • Ability to effectively manage time and budget of projects and department.

Key Competencies

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Vision and Courage to Ensure All Students Achieve
  • Innovative Education Programs Knowledge
  • Influence and Leadership
  • Strategic Planning and Effective Execution
  • Team Leadership and Management

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s or PhD (preferred) in Education Leadership, Research, Curriculum Instructional Models or a related field.
  • Six years of supervisory/administrative/management experience, preferably in a large urban school district or in a public-sector setting.
  • Knowledge of best practices, and current on national trends and research for instructional models.
  • Experience in planning and managing programs to successful outcomes.
  • Experience leading complex, organization-wide change initiatives.
  • Eligible for valid NC driver’s license at time of hire.

Application Process

Qualified candidates for the above position must submit a completed online application and a resume that clearly demonstrates the above minimum qualifications. 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary for this position is competitive commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.