Head of Lower School

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Assistant Head
  • Academics
  • Divisional
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Curriculum
  • Elementary school
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten

To Apply:

Download and read the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions.  You will need to prepare several documents in advance and then email those to us following the instructions in the opportunity statement.


Community. Diversity. Inclusion. Creativity. Arts. Humanitarianism. Social justice. Love. Step on to the campus of The San Francisco School, and it’s easy to see examples everywhere showing why this school of 280 learners from age three through grade eight is so special. The school, with its adventure playground and large garden, sits in the heart of a vibrant urban neighborhood in San Francisco known as the Portola. For decades, the school has prioritized the arts, brought experiential and outdoor learning to life right on its campus, and helped everyone not only find but express their true identity. At The San Francisco School, students and staff are on a first-name basis with each other, as a way of honoring the equality of each member of this very special village.

After thirty illustrious years, the head of lower school is retiring at the end of this June. Without question the community seeks an early childhood and elementary school educator who will bring the same passion for the school’s mission. But as the school continues to live out its core set of values, it is also focused on exciting changes—some underway, some imminent—that are all inspired by a bold five-year strategic plan developed in 2017. To that end, the school is ready to welcome an administrator well versed in faculty professional development, change leadership, and instructional design. The next head of lower school will join a high-functioning leadership team that works in a collaborative manner to support deeply interconnected initiatives. This position reports to the head of school and starts July 1, 2020.

Key dates:

  • Post Date: November 7, 2019
  • Application Deadline: December 9, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT
  • On-site Final Round: January 6 – 10, 2020
  • Decision Announced: January 31, 2020
  • Start Date: July 1, 2020, or earlier by mutual agreement

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