Retained Search

12M Recruiting specializes in retained searches for senior leadership positions in mission-aligned organizations.

We maintain a network of thousands of professionals across the globe.  Many of our searches are for newly created leadership positions. For every search, we maintain an unparalleled commitment to diversity, intentionality, and longevity. Here are a few of our success stories.

Vice President, Leadership and Governance

National Association of Independent Schools
Search dates
Nov 2021 to Jul 2022
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Washington, DC & Remote

As the largest association of independent schools, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) provides thought leadership, research, creation and curation of resources, and leadership collaboration to more than 1,950 K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. To help us fulfill our mission to “co-create the future of education by uniting and empowering our community,” we are planning to hire a new NAIS vice president, leadership and governance.

Exceptional, sustained leadership — among heads of school, boards of trustees, and school leadership teams — is critical to long-term success for our member schools. NAIS has a long and well-established reputation for supporting current leaders, developing the leadership pipeline, and helping schools strengthen the all-important partnership between heads and their boards through resources, programming, and strategic counsel. These services are core to our membership value. Indeed Leadership & Governance is one of our three organizational centers of excellence, along with Strategy & Innovation and Equity, Inclusion, Well-Being.

Yet as school leadership becomes increasingly complex and demanding, there are myriad opportunities to evolve, deepen, and expand those offerings. We seek a leader who will focus and drive these efforts while also contributing to our overall organizational culture.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  The priority application deadline is March 21, 2022.

Chief Financial Officer

Menlo College
Search dates
Feb 2022 to Jul 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Atherton, CA

Tucked away on 40 serene acres in Atherton, California, Menlo College is strategically positioned right in the heart of Silicon Valley, less than two miles from Palo Alto. Founded in 1927, this four-year, private, undergraduate, AACSB-accredited college currently serves over 800 students, the majority of whom are students of color. On that note, Menlo is proud to be one of only a handful of colleges designated as both an HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution).

The academic program at Menlo focuses on business and psychology education while providing a comprehensive liberal arts base. The vast majority of Menlo graduates have gainful employment opportunities immediately upon graduation.  Meanwhile, the athletics program at Menlo is robust: 18 varsity teams and 3 club sports allow the majority of students to participate in competitive, collegiate athletics. With over 30 countries represented, dozens of staff families living in apartments, and a majority of students on financial aid, this small community provides a warm, welcoming, diverse, and inclusive feel to anyone who steps on campus.

These are exciting, critical, and pivotal times at Menlo. Like many institutions, the College had to reset priorities during the pandemic. Menlo would like to grow to a student population of about 1,100, which feels attainable but will require careful strategic planning and execution. One key foundational element is already underway: the construction of a new residence hall, which will provide accommodations for an additional 288 students – part of a strategic growth plan for the College. Menlo is proud to proclaim that the costs for this new building, which is the first new structure in many decades, have been completely paid for through donor contributions--a tribute to the school’s prudent financial strategy of balanced budgets and minimal debt.

Menlo seeks a CFO to help the College not only maintain the course of financial sustainability, but also collaborate on designing and implementing a vision for crucial growth. The CFO will find a highly respected and engaged college president, who held the CFO role for several years before becoming president in 2017. The next CFO will oversee three mission-critical functional units – the business office, HR, and IT – and serve on the management team, which includes a dedicated group of ambitious, innovative, and servant-minded operational and academic leaders. But through it all, the next CFO will find unequivocal joy in getting to know the individual stories and passions of Menlo’s amazing students, many of whom are seeking life-changing careers in business-related fields. This position starts later this summer, with a priority application deadline of May 27.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  Applications submitted by May 27 will receive priority review.

Director of Finance

Mayfield Junior School
Search dates
Apr 2022 to Jul 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Pasadena, CA

Mayfield Junior School is a remarkably joyful community. You would notice and feel this as soon as you stepped onto the grounds of this lively and beautiful five-acre campus in Pasadena, California. You would witness students who are happy and motivated, and teachers who love teaching. Students experience a thoughtfully designed, intellectually challenging, and creative program of study that develops a love of learning and academic excellence. Mayfield expects its students to reach for their potential and encourage them to lead at a school whose motto is “Actions Not Words.” Collectively, members of the community not only embrace but live it every day at this school that was founded in 1931 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus.

This summer, the school will welcome and embrace a new director of finance. The current director is retiring after a long and successful 23-year tenure. So many improvements and expansions occurred under her watch, but at the same time the next director’s plate will be full of exciting, major initiatives. The school is just beginning a ten-year capital campaign, LEARNING elevated, which will result in developing new buildings, learning spaces, and structures—along with remodeling existing ones. Silent donor solicitation is underway right now; next year a fully public fundraising phase will kick off, followed by the start of long-awaited construction. The director of finance will play an integral role in this project, but by no means have to go it alone. An outstanding team of direct reports to the director is in place across three functional units: the business office, human resources, and extended programs. Reporting to the head of school, the director serves on the leadership team and works with the board on major financial forecasting and annual budget planning. An on-site final round for this critical search will take place in late June, and Mayfield hopes that its next director of finance will be installed prior to the start of next school year.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  Applications due June 8, 2022.

Director of Advancement

Live Oak School
Search dates
Apr 2022 to Jun 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
San Francisco, CA

Live Oak School, a K-8 independent school in the heart of urban San Francisco, believes that the best learning happens when students are actively engaged in the process — thinking deeply, exploring ideas, and trying on strategies for solving problems. The school’s approach to teaching and learning is deeply rooted in progressive tradition and informed by contemporary research. Live Oak anchors its instructional program around the students as individual learners, determined to prepare them for the opportunities that will define the lives of graduates in the twenty-first century.

Now, Live Oak seeks a director of advancement to oversee a mission-critical department that drives the philanthropic and community outreach initiatives of the school. The current director, who has been at Live Oak since 2008, has led multiple successful fundraising endeavors — including a $5M capital campaign several years ago and a $2M 50th Year Campaign this year to fund operating expenses and grow the school's Future Fund. The next director will inherit a dedicated and talented team comprising an advancement associate and a director of communications. The school is laying the foundation for another major capital campaign, which the next director will be able to shape from the ground up. The director of advancement will start July 1 and report to the head of school.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  Applications due May 4, 2022.

Chief Financial Officer

The Evergreen School
Search dates
Feb 2022 to May 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location

Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for nearly 60 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others and understand differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.

Evergreen currently enjoys an outstanding financial position due to prudent decision-making and thoughtful leadership. The incoming CFO will continue this legacy, working as a strategic partner with the head of school and board leadership, providing modeling, financial forecasting, and cost/benefit analyses for both operational and strategic initiatives. The role requires a forward-thinking, data-driven leader with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team. In addition, the successful candidate must have a commitment to our mission as an independent school for highly capable students as well as a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Evergreen is seeking a highly-skilled, mission-driven, and experienced financial professional to become its new chief financial officer. The CFO reports directly to the head of school, serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and supervises direct reports in five departments: Business Office, Facilities, Health/Safety, Auxiliary Programs, and IT. Primary responsibilities include development and management of the operating budget, oversight of all accounting and payroll functions, long-term financial planning, legal and risk management, human resources, financial aid, and operations involving facilities, IT, and Auxiliary Programs.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  Applications due March 28, 2022.

Dean of Library Services and Learning Commons

The San Francisco School
Search dates
Dec 2021 to Apr 2022
Start date
Aug 2022
Location
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco School, a PS - grade 8 independent school in San Francisco, CA announces the hiring of Theo Dumothier to serve as its inaugural dean of library services and learning commons. Mr. Dumothier has a wide background in information literacy, information services, and technology.  Mr. Dumothier most recently worked at Simmons University in Boston, where he conducted archival research analyzing provenance narratives for Arabic-script manuscripts held in Western collections, with the goal of assessing the extent of colonial confiscation of manuscripts.

The dean of library services and learning commons reports to the assistant head of school.

 

Director of Admission and Enrollment

Keys School
Search dates
Nov 2021 to Apr 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Palo Alto, CA

Founded in 1973, Keys School is a two-campus, grades K through 8 independent school in Palo Alto that not only upholds high academic standards for students but also nurtures the whole child. Because Keys School holds the developmental needs of students at its core, the school maintains an exceptional curricular program that celebrates the life of the mind. A visit to either campus will find: impassioned educators working to ensure that every student is seen, known, and valued in a supportive and dynamic learning environment; engaged, kind students who are critical thinkers, able-problem solvers, and nimble learners and leaders; and the preservation of the magic of childhood through an educational program that promotes wonder, inspiration, inquiry, and exploration.

Guided by its mission and respect for every child’s life experience, Keys School challenges students to develop a keen intellect and a generous spirit, to advocate for themselves and others, and to honor curiosity and reflection in an increasingly hurried world. Keys is seeking a director of admission and enrollment to develop and implement principles and practices that center equity, justice, and the social-emotional wellbeing of students. Funding exists to support participation in professional development and personal growth opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and professional associations.

For more information please download the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.  Applications due February 21, 2022.

Middle School Head

Live Oak School
Search dates
Feb 2022 to Apr 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
San Francisco, CA

Live Oak School, an independent, K-8 school in San Francisco, CA, announces the hiring of Tanya Susoev as its middle school head.  Ms Susoev worked most recently at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, where she ensured the mission alignment and overall health of academic programs, supervised faculty and staff, and institutionalized equitable, anti-racist, and anti-bias practices across academic and co-curricular programs.

This position reports to the head of school.

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

The Bush School
Search dates
Nov 2021 to Apr 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Seattle, WA

The Bush School, the only independent, K-12 school in Seattle, announces the hiring of Rather Stanton as its next chief financial and operating officer.  Mr. Stanton joins the Bush community from Chicago, Illinois, where he co-founded and servers as the COO of Legal Preparatory Charter Academy, a free, open-enrollment public high school that uses a law themed curriculum and culture of high expectations to cultivate compassion, self-motivation, and reflection in young adults.

This position reports to the head of school.

Assistant Head of School for Academics

The Willows Community School
Search dates
Jan 2020 to Feb 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Culver City, CA

The Willows Community School, an independent, DK to grade 8 school in Culver City, CA, announces the hiring of Geoffrey Agnor as its assistant head of school for academics.  Mr. Agnor has worked for 25 years in schools and served in academic leadership roles in Los Angeles and New York, most recently as the middle school director at Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles.  Geoff began his teaching career at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, where he worked as a teacher, dean and coach from 1997-2007.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

Assistant Head of School for Academics

Phillips Brooks School
Search dates
May 2021 to Nov 2021
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Menlo Park, CA

Phillips Brooks School, an independent, preschool to grade 5 school in Menlo Park, CA, announces the hiring of Sara Poplack as its assistant head of school for academics.  Ms. Poplack is an experienced and committed elementary school educator, who demonstrated not only alignment to the mission and learning culture of PBS, but also her capacity to lead and execute the key responsibilities for this role.  Ms. Poplack is excited about her new role. She has called PBS a special place and was impressed with the faculty’s depth of reflection on their craft, warmth, and dedication to students.

This position reports to the head of school.

Head of School

AIM Academy
Search dates
Feb 2021 to Oct 2021
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
Conshohocken, PA

AIM Academy, an independent day school in Conshohocken that serves students with language-based learning differences, announces the hiring of Annette Fallon as its next head of school.  Fallon spent 10 years at the Baltimore Lab School, a division of The Lab School of Washington, the original inspiration and design of AIM Academy. Fallon served as a teacher and ultimately went on to a leadership role as the Director of Admissions for eight years.  "We believe that Annette's experience at Baltimore Lab School, watching children learn when actively engaged and fully immersed in their learning experience and seeing the academic success of students when well-trained teachers delivered evidence-based curriculum and strategies to their students, uniquely prepared her to work with our team and lead AIM Academy into the next chapter of our future vision of AIM," said AIM Associate Director Nancy Blair.

 

This position reports to the office of the CEO.

Director of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Growth

Woodland School
Search dates
Feb 2021 to Apr 2021
Start date
Jul 2021
Location
Portola Valley, CA

Woodland School, an independent day school situated on 10.5 acres in the beautiful and serene community of Portola Valley, announces the hiring of Daniel Cristiani as its next director of teaching, learning, and professional growth, to start July 1, 2021.  Mr. Cristiani comes to Woodland as a senior research analyst at Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), a part of the Hoover Institution.  Prior to CREDO, Mr. Cristiani worked at two highly respected Bay Area Independent Schools: Nueva School and Pinewood.  At Woodland, Mr. Cristiani will be leading teacher support, mentorship, and development, as well as instrucitonal design and curricular innovation initiatives.

This position reports to the head of school.

Dean of Experiential Education

The Athenian School
Search dates
Jan 2021 to Mar 2021
Start date
Jul 2021
Location
Danville, CA

The Athenian School, based in Danville, CA announces the hiring of Whitney Hofacker as its inaugural dean of experiential education, to begin on July 1, 2021. Ms. Hofacker brings a diverse and rich background in experiential education, from work as a wilderness experience associate director, to co-director of community service, to program director for youth leadership.  Ms. Hofacker has a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from USF, and BA in Political Science from Miami University.

This position reports to the assistant head of school.

Executive Director

Bay Area Teacher Training Institute
Search dates
Apr 2020 to Dec 2020
Start date
Jul 2021
Location
Oakland, CA

The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), based in Oakland, CA announces the hiring of Ashlee Gutierrez as its next execuive director, to take over leadership of BATTI on July 1, 2021. Ms. Gutierrez will assume responsibility following the retirement of Bob Houghteling, who is retiring after nearly twenty years of service as BATTI's founding head.

The executive director reports to the board of directors.

Director of Co-Curricular Programs

Alexander Dawson School
Search dates
Jan 2020 to Apr 2020
Start date
Jul 2020
Location
Las Vegas, NV

The Alexander Dawson School, an early childhood - grade 8 independent school in Las Vegas, NV announces the hiring of Marc Leonor as its inaugural director of co-curricular programs, to oversee the athletics, summer camp, and after school programs. Throughout his career, Mr. Leonor has been in many co-curricular leadership roles for educational and youth organizations.  He has served as site director for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, baseball league director for the Los Angeles City Parks and Recreation Department, and sports director (and later day camp director) for Camp Sharwood in Los Angeles.  In addition, he founded a summer camp program in the Philippines, which grew from 40 students to over 500 in its most recent year.

This position reports to the director of teaching and learning.

 

Chief Financial Officer

Alexander Dawson School
Search dates
Jan 2020 to Apr 2020
Start date
Jul 2020
Location
Las Vegas, NV

The Alexander Dawson School, an early childhood - grade 8 independent school in Las Vegas, NV announces the hiring of Michelle Eckmann as its next chief financial officer. Ms. Eckmann has a long and distinguished career as a financial leader in both the for-profit and nonprofit industries.  For fifteen years she worked at Bank of America in their CFO group, overseeing core finance functions for different business units.  From 2016 to 2020 she was CFO for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.  Ms. Eckmann has been active in Nevada as a philanthropic leader, which includes her long service within the Junior League since 2007.

This position reports to the head of school.

Director of Teaching and Learning

Alexander Dawson School
Search dates
Jan 2020 to Mar 2020
Start date
Jul 2020
Location
Las Vegas, NV

The Alexander Dawson School, an early childhood - grade 8 independent school in Las Vegas, NV announces the hiring of Brandon Wiley as its next director of teaching and learning.  Mr. Wiley most recently served as the chief program officer of the Buck Institute for Education, a nonprofit consulting firm that helps schools and districts design and sustain quality project based learning initiatives.  Mr. Wiley has also worked for GlobalEdLeader and previously Asia Society, where he was the executive director of the International Studies School Network.  Mr. Wiley has an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania in educational and organizational leadership

This position reports to the head of school.

Lower School Head

Live Oak School
Search dates
Dec 2019 to Feb 2020
Start date
Jul 2020
Location
San Francisco, CA

Live Oak School, a K-8 independent school in San Francisco, CA, announces the hiring of Victoria Ladew to oversee its lower school, which spans kindergarten through grade 4. For the previous nine years, Ms. Ladew worked at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional in the East Bay, serving as lead teacher, head of lower school, and later as director of teaching and learning.

The lower school head reports to the head of school.

Head of Lower School

The San Francisco School
Search dates
Nov 2019 to Jan 2020
Start date
Jul 2020
Location
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco School, a PS - grade 8 independent school in San Francisco, CA announces the hiring of Kathryn McElvaney to oversee its lower school, which spans the preschool through grade 4. Ms. McElvaney has a long history of progressive education--both as a teacher and administrator.  She was most recently the founding director of High Meadows Center for Progressive Learning at High Meadows School in Roswell, GA, where she worked since 2005.

The head of lower school reports to the head of school.

Director of the Carter Innovation Studio

Athenian
Search dates
Feb 2019 to Apr 2019
Start date
Jul 2019
Location
Danville, CA

The Athenian School, a 6-12, day and boarding school in Danville, CA announces the hiring of Vivian Liao to oversee the Carter Innovation Studio, a 5,200 square foot space that features a shop area, an industrial arts area, and a computer/CADD/3D printer space.  Ms. Liao has a background in engineering--as a student, teacher, advisor, and industry professional. For several years she was a site director for Partnership for Success!, a summer program based in Southern California.

This new position reports to the director of teaching and learning.

Executive Director

ATLIS
Search dates
Nov 2018 to Mar 2019
Start date
Jun 2019
Location
Remote work

The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, a non-profit association serving independent school technology offices, announces the hiring of Christina Lewellen as the next executive director.  Ms. Lewellen most recently served as the vice president for business development and operations of a DC-based association, where she helped to grow membership, revenue, and services.  Ms. Lewellen is a CAE from ASAE, and also holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

This position reports to the board of directors.

Director of Studies

Thacher
Search dates
Nov 2018 to Jan 2019
Start date
Jul 2019
Location
Ojai, CA

The Thacher School, an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school located in Ojai, California, announces the hiring of Tracy Miller as the next director of studies.  The director of studies oversees the entire curricular program — strategically and operationally — and leads school-wide efforts to advance the teaching and learning program, ensure student success, and develop robust PD for faculty.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

Director of the Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation

Pomfret School
Search dates
Oct 2018 to Jan 2019
Start date
Jul 2019
Location
Pomfret, CT

The Grauer Institute for Excellence and Innovation is thrilled to announce the hiring of Gwyneth Connell as its second director to lead this five-year-old institute at Pomfret School in Connecticut.  Founded in 2014, the Grauer Institute coordinates the ongoing strategic innovation and evolution of the teaching and learning program.  Ms. Connell brings a passion for discovery and a professional background in improvisation as leads what is a major strategic pillar at this revered institution.

Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking

San Diego Jewish Academy
Search dates
Nov 2017 to Feb 2018
Start date
Jul 2018
Location
San Diego, CA

San Diego Jewish Academy, a K-12 pluralistic Jewish day school in San Diego, CA, announces the hiring of Kwaku Aning to lead the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking.  Mr. Aning brings years of experience as an innovation, technology, and entrepreneurial leader.

This new position reports to the head of school.

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