Huntsville City Schools is the largest school system in North Alabama serving more than 23,000 students in over 40 schools across greater Huntsville, Alabama. HCS has expansive offerings starting at Pre-K for the District’s youngest learners to various career tech and AP offerings for our students preparing to graduate. Huntsville City Schools is among the largest employers in Madison County, and HCS is committed to supporting teachers and staff members through various professional  development  opportunities.



Huntsville, Alabama is one of the most recognized cities in the Southeast – consistently named as one of the best places to reside and work by a variety of national publications. The

  • News & World Report recently ranked Huntsville as the 1 Best Place to Live for 2022-2023.


Huntsville is known for technology, space, and defense industries with a major presence at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and Cummings Research Park.


What makes Huntsville unique is the area’s high quality of life, highly educated workforce, cultural diversity with families from around the world, and outdoor recreation activities.

23,295 – STUDENTS


2,577 – EMPLOYEES 





  • White: 46.31%
  • Black: 39.74%
  • Two or More Races: 78%
  • American Indian/ Alaskan Native: 67%
  • Asian: 2.07%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 43%



  • Certified Employees: 1,841
  • Classified Employees: 736
  • Total Employees: 2,577



  • Schools Offering Honors Courses: 25
  • Schools Offering Career Tech/Academy Courses: 17
  • Magnet School Programs: 7
  • Schools Offering Advanced Placement Courses: 6
  • Schools Offering JROTC: 6
  • International Baccalaureate Authorized  Schools: 6



  • Total Number of Buses: 140
  • Total Number of Routes (including Mid-Days):  250



  • General fitness and character appropriate to the position;
  • A doctoral degree in education from an accredited college or  university;
  • Certification in administration;
  • 10 years of educational administrative experience (i.e., assistant principal, principal, and district administrator); 15 years preferred;
  • Successful experience in and general knowledge of public school administration; and
  • Such other minimum qualifications as may be established by statute or the State Board of





The total compensation  package, inclusive of salary, for the Superintendent  will be between $190,000 to $285,000, but, depending on the circumstances of the selected individual, the Board may, in its discretion, offer a lower or higher amount.



April 26 – May 26

Applications received  by Lanier Ford at Huntsville.SuP-erintendent


May 26 at 5 p.m.

Deadline for receipt of applications


May 26 – June 5

Board members rank applicants



Board attorney presents finalists to Board at its Work Session


June 7-12

Board interviews 3 finalists



Board selects new Superintendent at Board Meeting




The Huntsville City Board of Education reserves the right to modify the above timeline as necessary



The Superintendent serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Huntsville City Board of Education (the “Board” or “District”). The Superintendent’s duties include those prescribed for superintendents under the Alabama Code (§16-12-1, et seq.) and corresponding requirements and regulations established by the Alabama State Board of Education and the Huntsville City Board of Education. The Superintendent is responsible for implementation of Board policies and its approved goals and objectives. The Superintendent oversees and directs the effective

operation of the District, including the general administration of all instructional, business, and other functions. The Superintendent advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Education respecting such activities, including policies and procedures deemed appropriate to the attainment of District goals and legal compliance. The Superintendent provides effective leadership for the District and maintains clear and consistent lines of communication with the Board, central office and school leadership teams, all District employees, parents, students, media and other stakeholders. The complete job description is available as part of the application packet.




The applicant is requested to print, sign, and submit an application on the approved form (available at with a cover letter, resume, and at least four professional references bye­ mail to:Huntsville.Su12erintendent @LanierFord .com (preferred) or by mail to:


Huntsville City Superintendent Search c/o Lanier Ford

2101West Clinton Ave., Suite 102

Huntsville, Alabama 35805


In addition, a verified transcript from the institution that granted the applicant’s highest degree must be requested by the applicant and sent directly by regular mail or by e-mail to: For additional information, please contact Christopher Pape at (256) 535 – 1100 or




All applications for the position must be received in the office of Lanier Ford by the close of business 5 p.m. central standard time on May 26, 2023. Applicants are strongly urged to personally verify timely submission

of their application materials.


View official job posting and application at

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