The Head Search Process
Should we promote from within or conduct a wide search? How should we transition our assistant head to a head of school position? How can we entice candidates to a less-desirable geographic region? Should we use a search firm? Does the head really need to be Jewish? Our head's resignation took us by surprise—now what? Peruse these resources to help navigate these questions. Contact the Leadership Line for advice from experts experienced in the Head search process.
- This PEJE resource includes sample position descriptions, interview questions, books, and websites
- The Leadership Statement developed by Sidwell Friends School is a model for Jewish Day Schools looking to select a Head of School.
- Epstein School Leadership Statement
- In "Farewell, Lone Warrior," Pearl Kane says: "School leadership at the turn of the century calls for different skills and competencies, and a departure from the notion of the lone warrior commanding an organization.
- The Head Search: Asking Questions the Lead to a Successful Match
- NAIS Head Search Handbook
- Independent School Management: Employer Resources
- This PowerPoint presentation examines the steps schools should follow as they launch into a head search: definition of the job, leadership variables, the relationship to the school strategic plan, protocols to follow, and the schedule.
- The Big Transition
- This site provides general guidance about searching for a position in the nonprofit sector. Read through the posted position descriptions for ideas about language to use when posting your own positions.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy's pay ranges for nonprofit organizations in New York City.