Assistant Head of School for Academics

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
Assistant / Associate Head
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
Teaching and Learning

Please download the opportunity statement, which contains information on The Willows Community School and the position, as well as required application materials to prepare in advance.  All applications must be submitted online. Please review the How to Apply section below for further application instructions.  Applications submitted by November 18, 2021 will receive priority review.


The Willows Community School gets its name from the willow, a tree that grows quickly and whose branches bend but do not break. This is exactly the kind of school culture and spirit that exists at this DK to grade 8, independent day school founded just over 25 years ago in a small warehouse. The Willows is now located on 4 acres in the diverse and vibrant community of Culver City, California, a center for film and television production adjacent to Los Angeles. Like its surrounding community, The Willows is warm and vibrant, offering an exciting place to learn and develop. Creativity and innovation have for decades been at the core of this school, which also values mindfulness, character emphasis, and meaningful contributions to the community.

The Willows is just entering an exciting strategic planning phase. With its founding head guiding this process as she begins to implement her succession plan, The Willows is starting to vision what its next chapter will look like. One foundational pillar for that next chapter is a new leadership team structure, which starting with the 2022-2023 school year will include three assistant heads overseeing different areas of school life — advancement, student services, and academics — along with a chief financial and operating officer. With two assistant heads and the CFOO already on staff and preparing for their new roles, the school is now ready to search for the final member of its leadership cabinet: an assistant head of school for academics. The assistant head of school for academics will lead several important areas, including faculty development and growth, the curricular program, and the school’s DEI program. The Willows is not a place that operates in silos, but rather a school that embraces cross-training and cross-functional collaboration. Thus, the right educational leader would be someone who, like the willow tree, is flexible in their work style and ready to spread their roots across a wide domain, while supporting others who do the same. The assistant head of school for academics starts July 1, 2022 and reports to the head of school.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

Key dates:

  • Applications Accepted Starting: October 7, 2021
  • Priority Review Deadline: November 18, 2021
  • On-Site Final Round: Week of December 6
  • Decision Announced: December 22, 2021
  • Start Date: July 1, 2022 (or earlier by mutual agreement)

How to Apply

  1. If you have not done so already, download the opportuntiy statement.
  2. Prepare your application materials, which are described on the last page of the opportunity statement.
  3. Click on Apply Now, which will take you to our application portal on Ed Tech Recruiting, where all applications will be processed.
  4. Follow the instructions on that application portal page to upload your documents.
  5. Applications submitted by November 18, 2021 will receive priority review.

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