The Cumberland School Committee invites parents, students, faculty members, and community residents to join in the search for the next Superintendent of Schools.  We are looking to gain input from all stakeholders during the search process. Please use the  form below if you are interested in serving on the Superintendent Search Subcommittee or providing input in a Stakeholder Focus Group. Thank you!

Superintendent of Schools

Cumberland School Department

Cumberland, RI 02864

 The Cumberland School Committee is seeking applications for a Superintendent to lead the Districts’ nine (9) schools serving over 4,500 students.  The ideal candidate must be a strong leader who is motivated to continue Cumberland’s successes as well as lead the district with clear vision to move the district forward.

 The successful candidate shall have:

  • A proven record of  instructional leadership that will guide and enhance teaching and learning in the District;
  • Experience in school finance which will strategically help build, recommend and implement a fiscal plan the benefits all learners;
  • Experience in school capital improvement planning which will guide short and long term facility needs with regard to maintenance, operations, and construction to provide the facilities necessary to benefit all learners;
  • The ability to inspire all faculty, staff and leaders of the Cumberland School Department to excellence;
  • A track record of demonstrated high moral, ethical and professional behavior; and
  • A genuine desire to improve education in the Cumberland School Department.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree or Doctorate in Education Administration
  • Current and valid RI State Certificate as a Superintendent of Schools or eligible for Certificate at time of application
  • Three to five years of Central Office experience in a leadership role of Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent preferred.

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2021 

Please direct all questions to the Cumberland School Department Director of Human Resources, Katherine Duncanson, at (401) 658-1600 x364 or 

Completed Application packets must include the following:

  • Signed cover letter with statement of interest in the position and readiness for position.
  • Copy of applicant’s Rhode island Superintendent’s Certification or statement of eligibility to obtain one
  • Current Resume
  • Three (3) current letters of reference

Candidates selected for interviews will also be required to provide responses to a listing of short answer questions prior to the interview. 

Please submit completed applications to or by U.S. Post (must be received on or before March 1, 2021) to: 

Katherine J. Duncanson, Director of HR

Cumberland School Department

2602 Mendon Rd.

Cumberland, RI  02864

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