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.

Chief Financial Officer

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

Menlo College, a small, private, four-year college in Silicon Valley, announces the hiring of Ahmed Abou-Ismail as its next chief financial officer.  Mr. Abou-Ismail worked most recently for Plug In America, a non-profit, supporter-driven advocacy group that helps consumers, policy-makers, auto manufacturers and others to understand the powerful benefits of driving electric.  Prior to that, Mr. Abou-Imsail worked in various for-profit institutions in senior-level finance management positions.

This position reports to the college president.

 

Vice President, Leadership and Governance

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

The National Association of Independent Schools, an association of nearly 2,000 schools across the US and beyond, announces the hiring of Morva McDonald as its inaugural vice president, leadership and governance.  Ms. McDonald comes to NAIS from Giddens School in Seattle, where she had served as head of school since 2015.  Prior to that, she was an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle.

This position reports to the chief operating officer.

Director of Finance

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

Mayfield Junior School, a Catholic, K-8 school in Pasadena, CA, announces the hiring of Linda Rabitoy as its next director of finance.  For ten years prior, Ms. Rabitoy worked at Claremont Lincoln University, most recently as the CFO, where she managed the finance division and built the entire financial system for a new university.  From 2000 until 2012 she worked at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, serving first as chief accountant and later as assistant controller.

This position reports to the head of school.

Director of Advancement

Live Oak School
Search dates
Apr 2022 to Jun 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 Francisca Guzman as its next director of advancement.  Ms Guzman worked most recently at Live Oak, where as director of communication she increased community engagement, implemented processes to ensure brand consistency, executed crisis communication plans during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Francisca is passionate about the power of stories to transform organizations and promote social justice.

This position reports to the head of school.

Chief Financial Officer

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

The Evergreen School, an independent, preschool to grade 8 school in Shoreline, WA, announces the hiring of Dan Wagner as its next chief financial officer.  Mr. Wagner brings over a decade of experience in finance and operations in a variety of organizational settings.  Most recently Mr. Wagner was the director of finance and operations at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, where he oversaw strategy and operations for finance, accounting, investments, endowment management, human resources, risk management, legal, facilities, dining services and transportation.

This position reports to the head of school.

Head of School

Mission Dolores Academy
Search dates
Mar 2022 to May 2022
Start date
Jul 2022
Location
San Francisco, CA

Mission Dolores Academy (MDA), an independent, K-8. Catholic school in San Francisco, CA, announces the hiring of Lars Lund as its next head of school.  Mr Lund brings decades of school leadership experience, including 36 years at Junipero Serra High School.  Mission Dolores Academy resulted from the merging of two San Francisco Catholic schools: the Megan Furth Catholic Academy (MFCA) and Mission Dolores School (MDS). The school's history stretches back to 1852, making it the longest-standing Catholic school in San Francisco.  Almost all students at MDA are students of color.

This position reports to the board of directors.

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

Keys School, an independent, preschool to grade 8 school in Palo Alto, CA, announces the hiring of Jing Xu as its next director of admission and enrollment.  Ms. Xu comes to Keys from Yew Chung International School Silicon Valley, where she was the head of marketing and strategic engagement.  For nine years Ms. Xu worked at UCLA in a variety of research, marketing, and communication roles.

This position reports to the head of school.

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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