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.

Director of Finance

Live Oak School
Search dates
May 2024 to Jul 2024
Start date
Aug 2024
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.

The finance office at Live Oak is an essential business unit, comprising three people: a director of finance, and two full-time staff positions reporting to the director: a controller and an employment resources manager. In addition, the facilities department, which is outsourced to a third-party management company, rolls up to the director of finance. At a school like Live Oak, all administrators serve both strategic and hands-on functions, and they lean into opportunities to support and engage the academic program. Live Oak is led by an outstanding, highly respected, dedicated, and mission-centered head of school, who has worked at the school since 2001 and served as its head since 2009.

Live Oak School now seeks a director of finance to oversee all aspects of the school’s finance and budget management, human resources, and facilities. The director is a member of the head of school’s strategy steering team and has frequent touch points with the board of directors via three standing committees. Five years ago the school nearly doubled in physical size and student enrollment. Many leaders at the school have already started to imagine further expansion via real estate acquisition, for which the director of finance would be an essential partner. Live Oak School looks forward to welcoming the next director of finance later this summer.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Live Oak School. Applications submitted by June 9 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Chief Financial Officer

Island School
Search dates
Apr 2024 to Jun 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Lihue, HI

Located on a 38-acre campus in Līhu‘e, Island School enrolls 494 students in grades PK-12 and offers a traditional, well-rounded, private school structure while providing a distinctive college-preparatory educational experience for families on the island of Kaua‘i. The student body represents communities from across the island, from as far north as Hā‘ena to as far west as Kekaha. They work hard for their academic achievement and to fulfill their promise. In accordance with our mission, we strive to guide our students with an education that is not only rich in academic content, skill development, the arts, athletics and wellness, but also deeply rooted in place, as well as the Hawaiian values of ho‘ihi (respect), kūlia i ka nu‘u (striving for the summit), kuleana (personal responsibility), ‘ike loa (learning and wisdom), pa’ahana (hardworking), lōkahi (teamwork and collaboration), ho‘omau (perseverance), and mālama (stewardship).

Island School now seeks a chief financial officer to oversee all aspects of financial management including accounting, insurance, and outside contracts. The CFO oversees three business units with a small team — finance, transportation, and food services — and will work collaboratively with other members of the leadership team to provide both hands on and strategic financial and operational support. The CFO reports directly to the head of school and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. Island School looks forward to welcoming the CFO to start later this summer, with a start date of July 8, 2024, or later by mutual agreement.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Island School. Applications submitted by May 10 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Chief Financial Officer

Shanghai American School
Search dates
Mar 2024 to Jun 2024
Start date
Aug 2024
Location
Shanghai, China

Shanghai American School (SAS) is an English-language day school offering an American curriculum, prekindergarten to grade 12, for expatriate families living in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China (PRC). SAS is one of the few independent, non-profit, coeducational day schools in Shanghai. SAS is an entity duly registered, licensed and regulated by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau and the Shanghai Education Commission. SAS is governed, however, by the Shanghai American School Association of Parents. Every parent, by virtue of their child’s SAS enrollment, is a member of the Association. SAS has two campuses, one in Pudong (East), one in Puxi (West), each offering a full PK-12 program. Each high school offers a wide range of AP courses, as well as the full IB diploma. SAS is the largest international school in China with over 2,700 students and over 650 faculty and staff members.

SAS seeks a chief financial officer (CFO), to start later this summer. The CFO is a key leadership role responsible for overseeing the financial health and integrity of the school. The CFO provides strategic financial guidance, planning, and leadership while ensuring the effective management of the school's financial resources. Reporting directly to the head of school, the CFO plays a pivotal role in shaping the financial future of the institution. The CFO oversees two business units (Finance; Purchasing and Contracts), each with a director that supervises managers and other staff that support their respective business units.  This position includes a competitive salary range, plus a generous benefits package that allows for a very comfortable lifestyle and incredible savings potential. SAS values its employees and compensates accordingly.

SAS is open to two options, depending on a candidate's availability: a two-year interim contract (Summer 2024 through Summer 2026) or, preferably, a standard three-year contract (Summer 2024 through Summer 2027 with an option to renew).  When applying for the position, please indicate in your cover letter whether you would prefer a two-year interim contract, a standard three-year contract, or are neutral to either option.  SAS is open to both arrangements and will ultimately select the candidate that presents the best alignment of skills, experience, interest, motivation, and mission-alignment–regardless of which contract that candidate prefers.

By signing with Shanghai American School, you join not only one of the oldest and most reputable international schools in Asia but also become a member of a dynamic and innovative learning community. Anchored in its mission and core values, SAS balances a focus on the distinctive needs of every student with a commitment to world-class learning outcomes. SAS values its diversity and is actively committed to ensuring its behaviors promote equity and inclusion to create a sense of belonging for all members of the SAS community. The strong financial standing of SAS affords a highly competitive compensation and benefits package and allows for a resource-rich learning environment. To lead at SAS is to collaborate, looking to set the standard for an international education that is caring, impactful and forward-driven.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of SAS. Applications submitted by April 29 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Chief Financial Officer

Island School
Search dates
Apr 2024 to Jun 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Lihue, HI

Located on a 38-acre campus in Līhu‘e, Island School enrolls 494 students in grades PK-12 and offers a traditional, well-rounded, private school structure while providing a distinctive college-preparatory educational experience for families on the island of Kaua‘i. The student body represents communities from across the island, from as far north as Hā‘ena to as far west as Kekaha. They work hard for their academic achievement and to fulfill their promise. In accordance with our mission, we strive to guide our students with an education that is not only rich in academic content, skill development, the arts, athletics and wellness, but also deeply rooted in place, as well as the Hawaiian values of ho‘ihi (respect), kūlia i ka nu‘u (striving for the summit), kuleana (personal responsibility), ‘ike loa (learning and wisdom), pa’ahana (hardworking), lōkahi (teamwork and collaboration), ho‘omau (perseverance), and mālama (stewardship).

The high school division director oversees all curricular and non-curricular development activities involving students and faculty in the high school to create a dynamic learning environment. The division director collaborates with the academic director to carry out the vision for the overall high school academic program, and collaborates with the head of school to oversee the supervision of instructional and support personnel. Reporting directly to the head of school and supervising a staff of approximately 20 teachers in the high school, the division director serves as a member of the Academic Leadership Team. Island School looks forward to welcoming the high school division director later this summer, with a start date of July 8, 2024, or later by mutual agreement.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Island School. Applications submitted by May 10 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Human Resources Manager

Lick-Wilmerding High School
Search dates
Jan 2024 to May 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
San Francisco, CA

Lick-Wilmerding High School is a private school with public purpose, serving 550 students in grades 9-12 in San Francisco. Since its founding in 1895 as a vocational school, Lick-Wilmerding has built upon a long tradition of valuing and integrating the liberal arts, sciences, technical arts, visual arts and performing arts to offer a robust college-prep curriculum. Today, the LWHS curriculum is both a catalyst and a vehicle for civic engagement, and the Public Purpose Program offers students the opportunity to contribute their time, talent, and treasure through partnerships with community organizations. Students demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to their communities, the motivation to deeply explore their interests, and a desire to positively impact the lives of others.

Lick-Wilmerding High School currently seeks an experienced human resources (HR) manager who will serve as the school’s primary HR representative. Working closely with the dean of faculty, director of athletics, and dean of equity and inclusion, the HR manager will provide hands-on support in the hiring, onboarding, and offboarding of faculty, staff, and coaches. The HR manager will also facilitate payroll and benefits administration, develop employee policies and procedures, and implement a staff performance management plan.

The HR manager will report directly to the chief financial and operations officer who currently oversees HR for the school in partnership with an external HR consulting firm. Once onboarded, the HR manager will ensure that HR functions remain primarily in-house, but will still have access to external consultants for administrative support on specific HR-related projects. Likewise, the HR manager will work with the controller and staff accountant in the school business office to reconcile payroll and benefits.

In addition to having experience implementing HR best practices, successful candidates would also demonstrate a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion, and an eagerness to collaborate with colleagues as an active member of the larger school community. The growth path for this role is a director-level HR position, which would come with expanded responsibility following a successful tenure as the HR manager. Lick-Wilmerding looks forward to welcoming an HR manager later this spring or early summer.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Lick-Wilmerding High School.  Applications are due March 22. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Director of Lower School

Westmark School
Search dates
Jan 2024 to May 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Encino, CA

Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.

Over the past forty years, the School has earned acclaim for transforming the lives of Grades 2–12 students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other diagnosed language-based learning differences (LBLD). Situated in Encino, California, about ten miles north of UCLA, it currently serves approximately 225 students.

Westmark School is seeking a Director of Lower School (Grades 1–5) to join a forward-thinking team that specializes in serving LBLD students and seeks to deepen the School’s commitment to early intervention and a research-based approach to instruction. With the recent opening of a new, state-of-the-art Lower School Campus and an admission expansion to include first grade, this is a very unique and exciting time in the School’s history. The Director of Lower School works creatively and collaboratively with the Associate Head of School, the Directors of the Middle School and Upper School, and the Head of School to sustain and enhance all mission-aligned programming in the Lower School. This position reports to the Associate Head of School and starts July 1, 2024.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Westmark School.  Applications are due March 31. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Director of Human Resources

Shanghai American School
Search dates
Nov 2023 to May 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Shanghai, China

Shanghai American School (SAS) is an English-language day school offering an American curriculum, prekindergarten to grade 12, for expatriate families living in Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China (PRC). SAS is one of the few independent, non-profit, coeducational day schools in Shanghai. SAS is an entity duly registered, licensed and regulated by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau and the Shanghai Education Commission. SAS is governed, however, by the Shanghai American School Association of Parents. Every parent, by virtue of their child’s SAS enrollment, is a member of the Association. SAS has two campuses, one in Pudong (East), one in Puxi (West), each offering a full PK-12 program. Each high school offers a wide range of AP courses, as well as the full IB diploma. SAS is the largest international school in China with over 2,700 students and over 650 faculty and staff members.

SAS seeks a director of human resources, to start July 1, 2024. Reporting directly to the head of school, the HR director leads a mission-critical department that manages the annual recruitment and retention cycle of nearly 450 overseas educators and administrators coming from dozens of countries around the world. The HR director also leads the school’s equity and inclusion initiatives for faculty and staff, which includes over 200 dedicated PRC employees. In support of the HR director are nine HR professionals working across both campuses. This position includes a competitive salary range, plus a generous benefits package that allows for a very comfortable lifestyle and incredible savings potential. SAS values its employees and compensates accordingly.

By signing with Shanghai American School, you join not only one of the oldest and most reputable international schools in Asia but also become a member of a dynamic and innovative learning community. Anchored in its mission and core values, SAS balances a focus on the distinctive needs of every student with a commitment to world-class learning outcomes. SAS values its diversity and is actively committed to ensuring its behaviors promote equity and inclusion to create a sense of belonging for all members of the SAS community. The strong financial standing of SAS affords a highly competitive compensation and benefits package and allows for a resource-rich learning environment. To lead at SAS is to collaborate, looking to set the standard for an international education that is caring, impactful and forward-driven.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of SAS. Applications submitted by February 17 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Director of Campus Operations

Oregon Episcopal School
Search dates
Nov 2023 to May 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Portland, OR

Just 15 minutes southwest of downtown Portland sits Oregon Episcopal School (OES), which since 1869 has been educating students from around the world with a commitment to inclusion, purpose, service, and social justice. Situated on nearly 60 acres, OES is surrounded by wetlands and other natural elements within the diverse, dynamic, and thriving neighborhoods of Portland and Beaverton.

The director of campus operations is a new role that has been created to replace the outgoing director of facilities, who has ably and passionately served the school with remarkable dedication for 49 years. During his tenure, the school has grown and evolved, undertaking numerous building projects — many of them complex that spanned multiple years and involved large-scale capital campaigns. In parallel, the facilities department has expanded itself, and now nearly 30 employees roll up to the department’s leadership post, which in turn reports directly to the head of school.

The director of campus operations will oversee four functional units, each with its own leader: facilities (custodial, grounds, and maintenance); transportation; safety and security; and a greenhouse project. The director of campus operations will not have any major construction projects to administer in the first year or so, which will give the director a chance to establish partnerships and connections with the community. However, the director will be a part of long-term campus visioning initiatives and would eventually be asked to serve as the school’s owner’s rep for any major construction projects.

In the nearer-term, the school just completed a safety and security audit, and a director of safety and security will eventually report to the director of campus operations. While OES has had no major incidents on campus, the new head of school — who is finishing his first year – wants to be proactive to ensure that a school with over 50 domestic and international boarding students, a community parish, and an open campus remains diligent in its overall duty of care. Also early on, the director of campus operations will be asked to coordinate with department and division heads to prioritize and plan smaller-scale operational, facilities, and logistical projects.

Ideally, the director of campus operations would be able to start prior to June 30, 2024 — when the outgoing director of facilities is scheduled to retire. If not, the school is prepared to keep the outgoing director of facilities on temporary retainer to ensure a graceful and smooth leadership transition. The director of campus operations at this revered and nationally acclaimed school will report to the head of school and serve on the senior administrative team.

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of OES. Applications submitted by February 18 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Lower School Division Head

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional
Search dates
Feb 2024 to Apr 2024
Start date
Jul 2024
Location
Emeryville, CA

THE POSITION: WHAT YOU WILL DO & HOW WILL WE COLLABORATE
 
Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI) is a PK to grade 8 independent school with two campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area: one in Oakland and one in Emeryville.  EBI is the only Spanish-English bilingual, International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Northern California.  The lower school division head is responsible for supervising the overall Lower School program (Grades 2 - 5) and all activities involving Lower School students, families, faculty and staff. The lower school division head leads, manages and administrates the program for the holistic development of learners as well as promotes parent and community involvement. The lower school division head serves on the Senior Leadership Team and reports to the head of school.

AN EBI EMPLOYEE: WHO YOU ARE

The community of EBI, including the faculty and staff, is a unique and valuable asset to the school. It is with this in mind that, in addition to specific responsibilities, it is essential that all EBI employees demonstrate the following:

  • Personal alignment with the EBI mission and the IB mission
  • Value for bilingualism, educational excellence, diversity, international mindedness and the cultivation of character
  • Enjoy working in a diverse, international and collaborative school environment
  • Effective listening, speaking, writing and presenting skills in both Spanish and English, as required
  • A positive attitude and a deep sense of professionalism

12M Recruiting is running the search on behalf of EBI. Applications submitted by March 17 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit the official search page.

Director of Marketing and Communications

TVT Community Day School
Search dates
Aug 2023 to Dec 2023
Start date
Jan 2024
Location
Irvine, CA

TVT Community Day School (TVT) is one of Orange County’s oldest independent, college preparatory, co-educational day schools, with 830 students in grades TK through 12. The 22-acre campus enjoys state-of-the-art facilities and eco-conscious design elements, all of which add to the school’s joyful, inclusive, and pluralistic educational community. TVT’s rigorous academic curriculum is rooted in the values of truth, kindness, respect, repair the world, justice, and community. Students graduate from TVT as inquisitive learners, compassionate citizens and courageous leaders in their community and in the world.

The newly established director of marketing and communications position will lead the school’s internal and external marketing and communications strategies.  TVT is in an outstanding position as the top K-12 school in Orange County and the top Jewish school in America, according to 2023 Niche Rankings.  The opportunity for TVT is to find new and creative ways to bring its message and value proposition to an even broader audience in the region.  This work will require close and constant collaboration with the director of advancement and the director of enrollment management, both of whom are key stakeholders for external-facing marcom initiatives.  At the same time, the director of marketing and communications will ensure effective internal communications throughout the school.  An associate director of marketing and communications reports to the director, who in turn reports directly to the head of school.  This position will ideally start no later than early January 2024.

This search has successfully concluded.  An announcement will be made in early 2024.

Director of Strategic Communications

Lick-Wilmerding High School
Search dates
May 2023 to Oct 2023
Start date
Oct 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

Lick-Wilmerding High School, an independent high school in San Francisco, announces the hiring of Monica Alatorre as its director of strategic communications.  Since its founding in 1895 as a vocational school, Lick-Wilmerding has built upon a long tradition of valuing and integrating the liberal arts, sciences, technical arts, visual arts and performing arts to offer a robust college-prep curriculum. Today, the LWHS curriculum is both a catalyst and a vehicle for civic engagement, and the Public Purpose Program offers students the opportunity to contribute their time, talent, and treasure through partnerships with community organizations.  Ms. Alatorre is an experienced, mission-driven communications professional, having served foundations, nonprofits, and educational institutions.  She most recently worked at Envision Education for 10 years in a variety of communications and development roles.

This position reports to the head of school.

Interim Division Head

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional
Search dates
Jun 2023 to Aug 2023
Start date
Aug 2023
Location
Emeryville, CA

Escuela Bilingüe Internacional (EBI), a PK to grade 8 independent school with two campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area, announces the appointment of Erica Castro as its interim lower school division head for the 2023-2024 school year.  EBI is the only Spanish-English bilingual, International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Northern California. Ms. Castro was born in Oakland and raised in El Salvador, where she earned a BA in Social Work and a certification in Peace Education. She developed extensive knowledge and experience in comprehensive education while working in community programs for youth development for 16 years in El Salvador.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

Director of Institutional Advancement

Chinese American International School
Search dates
Mar 2023 to Jul 2023
Start date
Aug 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

Chinese American International School, an independent two-year-old through grade 8 independent school in San Francisco, announces the hiring of Berkley Summerlin as its next director of advancement.  Founded in 1981 as the first Mandarin immersion school in the United States, CAIS has been recognized globally as a leader in bilingual education and an innovator for its commitment to immersive, cultural education through the study of language.  Ms. Summerlin is a highly experienced, relational, and talented development professional who has worked in the field since graduating from college.  She has served K-12 schools, colleges, associations, and community service organizations.  She is a former D1, all-American, college lacrosse athlete.

This position reports to the head of school.

Head of Marketing and Communications

Francis Parker School
Search dates
Apr 2023 to Jun 2023
Start date
Aug 2023
Location
San Diego, CA

Francis Parker School, a K-12 school in San Diego founded over 100 years ago, announces the hiring of Allison Kaufman as its next head of marketing and communications.  Ms. Kaufman over 15 years of experience in independent school marketing and communications.  She is a former D1 athlete with expertise in data-driven marketing strategy, project
management design, brand management, and website development.  The head of marketing and communications oversees a team of six people: creative director, assistant director, graphic designer, storyteller, and two specialists.

This position reports to the assistant head of school for external relations.

Assistant Head of School for Finance

Francis Parker School
Search dates
Mar 2023 to Jun 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
San Diego, CA

Francis Parker School, a K-12 school in San Diego founded over 100 years ago, announces the appointment of Mike Rinehart as its interim assistant head of school for finance.  Mr. Rinehart has a background in corporate and nonprofit finance and operational administration.  The assistant head serves as the schoo's chief financial officer and oversees the business office, which includes a director of finance and controller.  The CFO has many touchpoints with the board of trustees and is heavily involved in supporting Parker's continued campus redevelopment and masterplan projects.

This position reports to the head of school.

Director of Finance and Operations

The San Francisco School
Search dates
Aug 2022 to May 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco School, a progressive, PS to grade 8 school in San Francisco, announces the hiring of Farnaz Devitt as its next director of finance and operations.  This position oversees the business office, facilities, health and safety, human resources, the kitchen, and other operational areas.  The DFO is also a key liaison to multiple board committees.  Ms. Devitt was most recently the business manager at the Drew School in San Francisco.  She was born in Iran and has over 20 years of nonprofit finance experience.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

Director of Student Support

Hillbrook School
Search dates
Mar 2023 to May 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Los Gatos, CA and San Jose, CA

Hillbrook School, a JK-12 independent school in Los Gatos and San Jose, CA, announces the hiring of Josie Porcella as its inaugural director of student support.  Ms. Porcella comes to Hillbrook having worked most recently at Harker School in San Jose, where she was a learning specialist.  She has also served in that role at Bayhill High School in Oakland and Compass High School in San Mateo. A Bay Area native, Ms. Porcella is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists.  The director of student support is a new role that consolidates leadership of two departments--learning specialists and counselors--at a time when the school is adding a high school and a second campus.

This position reports to the associate head of school.

Director of Advancement

The Girls’ Middle School
Search dates
Jan 2023 to May 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Palo Alto, CA

The Girls' Middle School, a grades 6-8 independent school in Palo Alto, announces the hiring of Liz Landa as its director of advancement.  GMS has an ambitious, full-ride scholarship program that supports over 15% of its student body, in addition to traditional development and fundraising goals each year.  Ms. Landa comes to GMS with many years of experience as a fundraising professional in educational and community organizations throughout California.

This position reports to the head of school.

Associate Head of School

Westmark School
Search dates
Dec 2022 to May 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Encino, CA

Westmark School, a grades 2-12 independent school in Encino, announces the hiring of Jennifer Stroud as its associate head of school.  Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school that is dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles in areas such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.  Ms. Stroud comes to Westmark with over 15 years experience working with neurodiverse students.  She has been a learning specialist, program leader, curriculum manager, and academics administrator.

This position reports to the head of school.

Director of Campus Operations

Berkeley Hall School
Search dates
Nov 2022 to May 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Los Angeles, CA

Berkeley Hall School, an independent K-8 school in the Santa Monica Hills, announces the hiring of Courtney Grady as its inaugural director of campus operations.  Ms. Grady is an experienced school leader who has overseen programs, projects, and operations in both public and charter school environments.  She has a Bachelor of Science Administration in Interpersonal and Public Communication and a Master of Science Administration in Public Administration, both from Central Michigan University.

This position reports to the head of school.

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Drew School
Search dates
Jan 2023 to Apr 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

Drew School, an independent high school in San Francisco, announces the hiring of Lyn Werbach as its next CFOO.  Ms. Werbach is an experienced COO/CFO with 20+ years scaling companies and other organizations in the Bay Area.  Ms. Werbach is a board member of the JCC of San Francisco and a Wexner Heritage Fellow. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, and a M.A. in International Finance and Economics from Brandeis University.

This position reports to the head of school.

Principal

Mission Dolores Academy
Search dates
Nov 2022 to Apr 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

Mission Dolores School, a K-8 school outside of Seattle, announces the hiring of Natalie Garcia Lara as its principal.  The principal is the cornerstone of the school’s leadership team, and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations while upholding the school’s mission-driven financial and educational models.  As an educational leader, Ms. Lara has created communities and partnerships with teachers, parents, and students.  She was previously a director of academics at a school in the East Bay.

This position reports to the head of school.

Director of Institutional Advancement and Strategy

Open Window School
Search dates
Nov 2022 to Apr 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
Bellevue, WA

Open Window School, a gifted K-8 school outside of Seattle, announces the hiring of Elizabeth Welden-Smith as its inaugural director of advancement and strategy.  This position was created to help the school launch a major capital campaign with three primary goals: Access, Excellence, and Opportunity Capital.  Ms. Welden-Smith is a mission-driven‌ ‌leader‌ who has brought philanthropic and nonprofit management expertise to numerous social impact organizations.

This position reports to the head of school.

Head of Middle School

The San Francisco School
Search dates
Jan 2023 to Apr 2023
Start date
Jul 2023
Location
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco School, a progressive, PS to grade 8 school in San Francisco, announces the hiring of Raquel Vizcaíno as its next head of middle school.  This position oversees grades 6, 7, and 8.   Ms. Vizcaíno studied and worked in Spain before moving to the Bay Area in 2014. She has been a Spanish teacher, upper school head, high school counselor, and educational technology liaison/support before her most recent role as 2nd-8th Grade Principal at Escuela Bilingüe Internacional.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

Head of Operations

Francis Parker School
Search dates
Aug 2022 to Jan 2023
Start date
Feb 2023
Location
San Diego, CA

Francis Parker School, a K-12 school in San Diego founded over 100 years ago, announces the hiring of Mike Rinehart as its inaugural head of operations.  Mr. Rinehart has a background in corporate and nonprofit finance and operational administration.  The head of operations oversees several critical functional units at Parker, including transportation, health and safety, facilities, and construction management.

This position reports to the head of school.

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Catlin Gabel School
Search dates
Jul 2022 to Jan 2023
Start date
Jan 2023
Location
Portland, OR

Catlin Gabel School, one of the top-rated K-12 schools in Oregon, announces the hiring of Sharon Keiser as its next CFOO.  For the last 10+ years, Ms. Kaiser has served in operational and financial leadership roles at nonprofits throughout the US.  Ms. Kaiser is a Certified Project Management Professional and has a Master's Degree in Professional Accounting from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

This position reports to the head of school.

 

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 instructional 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 executive 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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