Leadership Search

Learn about FCPS' process for finding a new superintendent for the school division

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Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is conducting a nationwide search for a new superintendent to lead the school district when Superintendent Brabrand's contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

Your input is an important part of the search process. 

Community Engagement Opportunities, Timeline and other and Information

  • December 13, 2021: School Board work session to discuss the process, timeline, and engagement opportunities. Watch video recording and view the consultant's presentation.  
  • December 14-16, 2021: GR Consulting, the search firm handling the superintendent search, held Staff Stakeholder Meetings with previously identified staff members representing all employee groups. 
  • January 4-18, 2022: GR Consulting is administering a survey to parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members. The survey will be available in multiple languages and will be a great opportunity for the FCPS community to weigh in on the most important qualities our next superintendent should possess. 
  • January 12, 13 and 18, 2022: The search firm held Community Stakeholder Meetings with parents, students, and community members and organizations.
  • January 12, 13 and 18, 2022: The search firm hosted virtual Town Hall meetings for the community to attend.  Watch the video recordings:
  • January 31, 2022, 6 p.m.:  The School Board heard the feedback from the town halls, stakeholder meetings and survey at their work session. To learn more about what our community and employees shared, watch the meetingview the presentation and see the survey results.
  • Ongoing: Accepting applications from candidates and reaching out to candidates who meet the division profile.  See recruitment ad from GR Recruiting as posted below. 
  • March 4, 2022: Deadline for all application materials.
  • March 5-16, 2022: Consultant paper screening, reference and background checking.
  • March 17, 2022: School Board and search firm meet in closed session to discuss candidates to be interviewed. The School Board will also finalize 1st round School Board interview questions. (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
  • March 21-22, 2022: Interview selected candidates (1st round) (Time: TBD).
  • March 28-29, 2022: Interview finalist candidate(s) (2nd round).  (Time:  TBD)
  • TBD: Consultant will discuss contract terms with the finalist.
  • TBD: Offer the contract.
  • TBD: Finalize support options for the School Board and new superintendent.

Community Involvement

The community’s voice will be critical in helping define leadership characteristics, qualities, and qualifications of the next superintendent of FCPS. Parents, staff, students, and community members will be deeply involved in the process.

Updates regarding community engagement, as well as other aspects of the hiring process, will be shared on this webpage and through other methods of communication including email, newsletters, and social media.

Search Firm

The School Board is charged with hiring the new superintendent. In October 2021, the School Board contracted human resources recruitment firm GR Recruiting to conduct a nationwide search for the next Superintendent of Schools.

GR Recruiting has a proven record of hiring top quality education candidates across the United States. The company was selected based on its depth of superintendent search experience with large K-12 school districts, its understanding of the community engagement process, and its focus on future transition support for the School Board and new superintendent. GR Recruiting will ensure the best candidate is selected and in place by July 1, 2022. To contact GR Recruiting, please email Gloria Davis.