Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the vacancies listed below, please submit your application to:


Director, Human Resources 

CCS Central Office

911 Andrews Road, Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 837-2722

 email:  hr@cherokee.k12.nc.us 


Applications may be printed from this website or you can visit Central Office between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you have submitted an application within the last 2-years (non-certified) 4-years (certified) you may activate it by contacting the HR director at hr@cherokee.k12.nc.us 


Superintendent of Schools
Cherokee County, North Carolina 
The Cherokee County Board of Education is seeking a Superintendent to lead the Cherokee County Schools ("CCS").  Candidates must have or be qualified to hold a Superintendent license in North Carolina.  Prior experience or a doctoral degree is preferred but not required.  The individual chosen will be required to live in Cherokee County. 
Candidates should demonstrate a strong ability in: 1) instructional and administrative leadership; 2) partnering with community members, school personnel and government officials; 3) public relations; 4) administration and organization; 5) long and short term planning; 6) budgeting; 7) personnel management and staff development; 8) facility management; and 9) community involvement. 
Cherokee County is North Carolina's western most county located in the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains and bordered by the states of Tennessee and Georgia.  Cherokee County was formed in 1839 and is within two hours driving distance from four major metropolitan cities.  This is some of the most beautiful country in North Carolina with its rich natural beauty of lakes, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and mountains.  Our county enjoys moderate temperatures year-round making it ideal for hiking and other outdoor activities.  The County has an estimated population of 27,400 with approximately 2,800 students in thirteen schools.  Of those, three are traditional high schools, two middle schools, three elementary schools, three K-8 schools, one alternative school and one Early College High School.  CCS also has after-school child care programs in all 3 elementary schools.  The school district employs over 500 employees and is the largest employer in Cherokee County.   
CCS is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Education.  The Board is searching for a Superintendent who will continue a tradition of academic achievement and excellence. 
Applications must be received in the office of the School Board Attorney by Wednesday, June 6, 2022. Electronic versions of the application are available by clicking on this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X7TgnwJb5Ay-BI7Q2dJJB2QrBSyN0dZC/view?usp=sharing
Questions should be directed to: K. Dean Shatley, II, at Campbell Shatley, PLLC, 674 Merrimon Ave., Suite 210, Asheville, NC 28804; Phone (828) 378-0064 or e-mail Dean@csedlaw.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.


Cherokee County Schools is soliciting an outside provider for physical therapy contracted services.  Interested parties should submit proposals that addresses the qualifications that are requested.


School Physical Therapist – District Contracted Service


  • Contract provides services to students eligible for related services
  • Improves, develops, restores or maintains a child’s sensory motor function in educational


  • Functions as “related service personnel” under state and federal law and regulations
  • Responsible to Director of Special Education


Qualifications for Contractor and all service providers and therapists:

  • Degree in physical therapy from an accredited program.
  • Licensed to practice physical therapy in North Carolina
  • Provides services to students eligible for related services 
  • Improves, develops, restores or maintains a child’s sensory motor function in educational environments 
  • Functions as “related service personnel” under state and federal law and regulations
  • Be able to bill Medicaid 


Experience and Skills: Must have skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  1. identification of physical impairments/delays 
  2. treatment planning specific to children ages 3 - 22
  3. intervention -including but not limited to: • facilitation of developmental motor skills • postural awareness, ambulation and gait training • sensorimotor processing • cardiovascular function • wheelchair mobility • adaptation or modification of equipment • recommendation and monitoring or orthoses and other assistive devices • prevention of initial or additional deformity or disability via early intervention and transportation needs of students 

 Contractor must be able to perform the following job roles and functions:

  • conduct appropriate evaluation of students referred for related services under IDEA and prepare written reports of the evaluations and findings
  • participate in meetings as member of the multidisciplinary team
  • participate in development of IEP or 504 plans for eligible students 
  • provide direct and indirect physical therapy in educational settings/least restrictive environments to children 
  • collaborate with other school personnel regarding physical therapy and the students’ needs 
  • delegate activities to teachers, parents and paraprofessionals 
  • train/instruct teachers, parents and paraprofessionals in delegated techniques and equipment use 
  • travel to and among schools to provide services 
  • maintain records of service provided 
  • lift, transfer and position children and equipment as necessary two years’ experience in pediatrics and/or school setting, receive mentorship whenever



Please send proposals to Ms. Kim Gibson to hr@cherokee.k12.nc.us or 911 Andrews Rd., Murphy, NC 28906. Additionally, qualification will be posted to our website at www.cherokee.k12.nc.us.   For more information regarding this contractual service, please contact Ms. Kim Gibson at (828) 837-2722 ext. 2420. The solicitation will be advertised until contracted. Cherokee County Schools is an equal opportunity employer. 




School Psychologist


1.      NC School Psychologist License

2.      Master’s Degree in School Psychology

Reports To:

Director of Exceptional Children

Job Goal:

To enable students to derive the fullest possible educational experience from school by promoting their sense of self and treating any psychological or mental health problems

Performance Responsibilities:

(This may not include all tasks which may be found in this position)


1.      Assists in early identification of students’ learning and adjustment problems and in identifying factors in the learning environment that may affect the student and assessing the degree of impact.

2.      Conducts assessments appropriate to the focus of concern and according to prevailing professional standards. The assessments take into consideration the characteristics of the student or group of students, including ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and handicapping considerations

3.      Integrates data from assessments and develops hypotheses relative to instructional and educational programming and program eligibility and placement

4.      Assists in planning and developing interventions, programs, and/or services based on the identified needs of the student or group of students.

5.      Teachers students how to develop effective learning strategies and personal and social skills

6.       Counsels students on educational and personal adjustment issues

7.      Evaluates effectiveness of individual and group interventions and modifies interventions based on the data collected

8.       Demonstrates knowledge of consultation models and processes

9.      Consults with teachers, staff, and parents about ways to facilitate learning and adjustment for individuals or groups of students and on classroom, school, or system need

10.   Helps to coordinate between the school system and other relevant agencies to facilitate services for students and families

11.   Interprets educational policies, programs, and procedures related to psychological services

12.    Provides information and/or education in the application of learning theory, child development, and other psychological principles to school personnel and families

13.   Plans and implements in-service programs for staff and families

14.   Conducts or assists in conducting formal and informal needs assessments to determine program characteristics and needs

15.   Assists in planning for program evaluations and assists school personnel in analyzing, interpreting, and disseminating the results of program evaluations

16.   Assists in the development of a comprehensive program of services for all students and adheres to established program goals, priorities, and objectives. 

17.   Plans, maintains, and/or participates in a system of accountability for services delivered

18.   Delivers services consistent with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the American Psychological Association (APA) ethical principles and professional standards of practice

19.   Observes federal, state, and local policies and regulations in the delivery of school psychological services.

20.   Works to ensure students’ rights and welfare in the school and community

21.   Engages in continuing professional development by assessing one’s own needs and seeks ways to address needs

22.   Other duties as assigned   


Spanish Teacher -- District

(Certification in area is required.)


School Counselor (Beginning in the 2022/2023 school year) -- District

Candidate must have a master’s degree in school counseling or have successfully completed a minimum of 24 semester hours towards a master’s degree in school counseling and working towards completion of the school counseling master’s program


School Resource Officer -- District

Completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) required.  Experience in law enforcement is preferred.

Exceptional Children’s Teacher K-12
Full Time – Murphy Elementary School
Part-Time - The Oaks Academy
(K-12 Exceptional Children’s Certification is Required.)


Part-Time and Full Time - Tech I

Cherokee County Schools Technology Department is seeking individuals to support and maintain both administrative and instructional technology hardware and software. This work includes the repair of technology-related equipment. Employee provides on-site assistance in classrooms, media centers, computer labs, and administrative offices. The employee identifies problems and takes appropriate corrective action. Typically, this employee will provide first response support from the system level for the maintenance and operation of computers, software, and networks at the building level. 


Graduation from a two-year college or technical school and one year of experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience. Work experience in an enterprise IT environment is desired. The successful applicant will also have the ability to climb a ladder and lift 75 pounds.


High School Math Teacher –District

(Certification in area is required.)


Cafeteria Workers (Part-Time)


High School Diploma preferred or equivalent

Able to remain standing for duration of shift

Able to lift up to 50 pounds

Computer skills a plus

First Aid/CPR certification preferred

ServSafe Certified preferred

Job Description:

Final prep for breakfast and lunch

Serving and cleaning of kitchen/serving area/dining area and other duties assigned by cafeteria manager.

Training as a backup cashier.

Hours:  Vary by school for a maximum of 207 days per school year.


Individuals interested in the above position should submit a job application to Jennifer Rayfield, School Nutrition Supervisor at Central Office, 911 Andrews Road, Murphy, NC  28906.  Positions will be advertised until filled.   


All positions will be advertised until filled.