The Buckley School seeks an Assistant Head of School to help lead a vibrant community that encompasses three divisions, 830 students and 110 faculty members. The oldest K–12 school in Los Angeles, and one of the very few with all grades on one campus, Buckley is a nationally recognized college preparatory independent school. The position is slated to begin July 1, 2019.
As the school welcomes its new Head of School, Alona Scott, the new Assistant Head of School will become an important partner in leading the school to the next phase of development. With Ms. Scott’s proven leadership, commitment to equity and diversity, and experience as a teacher-leader, Buckley will continue in its place as one of the premier K–12 institutions in the country. The new Assistant Head will be instrumental in helping the school align its K–12 programs and chart a new strategic vision that marries Dr. Isabelle Buckley’s original 4-Fold Plan with the best and most innovative thinking and practices around pedagogy. These central Leadership Team members will be met by a committed and passionate faculty who at once hold dearly the best of the School’s traditions and are also at the forefront of innovation within Buckley’s dynamic learning environment.
Buckley’s aspirations to realize its mission of, “A dynamic, nurturing learning community dedicated to equity and inclusion,” requires strategic visioning, unwavering leadership, and management, to implement meaningful institutional change. In this role, the Assistant Head of School works in partnership with the Head of School to support the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, division heads, and department chairs to implement the school’s diversity initiative and guide the evolution of the academic program.
This is a marvelous opportunity for the right person! It will need to be approached as a commitment and a challenge which will afford extremely rewarding experiences and opportunities. The professional who gets excited thinking about the challenges of educational leadership, and recognizes that Buckley is an unfinished canvas with high potential, will realize a fulfilling career here. In particular, strategic priorities for the Assistant Head of School include:
Strategic Planning: The School is looking forward to embarking on a strategic planning process and the Assistant Head of School will be critical in the design and implementation of this effort.
Curricular development: As a K–12 school, with outstanding, yet separate divisions, curricular mapping and continuity across the divisions is vital, especially as the School continues to innovate its programs.
Mentoring and Professional Development: Building a culture of teacher support, especially for new teachers and administration is essential in maintaining and building a strong faculty. Buckley also seeks to strengthen its evaluation and professional development support of long-term faculty and administrators.
Advancing Buckley’s DEI mission: Leading the development and execution of a five year DEI plan. Recruitment and retention of students/families, faculty and staff of color remains an important priority for the School. Leadership in this arena is key to advancing the School’s mission.
Building a culture of trust: Recent turnover necessitates the strength and savvy of a keen listener and advocate who can build relationships and develop a culture of collaboration among faculty, staff and leadership.
PROCEDURE TO APPLY
The Buckley School values and supports diversity in the workplace and in the classroom. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Buckley School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We seek faculty and staff members who have both a national and global perspective on preparing students for the world in which they will work and live.
Interested candidates should submit the following materials confidentially as separate PDF attachments in one email:
Cover letter expressing interest in the Buckley position
Semifinalists interviews: Late February/Early March 2019
Finalists interviews: Mid-Late March 2019
Hiring announcement: Late March/Early April 2019
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE
The School seeks a deft change manager; someone who can collaboratively develop a vision with a group of smart, engaged community members, is able to lead implementation and shepherd the institution as it evolves. The new Assistant Head of School should have curricular vision and be able to communicate that vision. The faculty desire a partner, someone experienced in helping develop continuity, moving a shared vision of divisions working together in a K–12 community.
The Assistant Head of School will be an experienced school leader with strong independent school administrative experience who understands both the primacy of academic excellence that is the timeless hallmark of a good independent school, while also appreciating and promoting innovative curricular and pedagogical practices. This school leader will have proven abilities to supervise and mentor division leaders, department chairs, and faculty with regard to evaluation and professional development and will have been recognized and respected for success in collaboration, communication and thoughtfully managing change.
Focus on DEI
The first sentence of Buckley’s mission reads: “The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion.” The Assistant Head of School must believe deeply in DEI for Buckley. This position requires that the successful candidate has significant experience in and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a proven ability to implement positive institutional change in this area. The person will be present and involved, particularly, in the attraction and retention of members of the Buckley community, from faculty to staff to students. In fact, Buckley regards retention to be at least as important as recruitment and attraction. The Assistant Head of School will play a central role in the cultivation of a diverse staff and faculty.
In addition, the successful Assistant Head of School candidate will have:
Expertise in the academic, social, emotional and physical development of students K–12
Deep knowledge of instruction, curriculum, and educational theory
Passion for working collaboratively, communicating transparently, and seeking broad input
High capability to create inclusive processes and make informed decisions
Initiative, internal motivation, and a willingness to take on responsibilities beyond those explicitly defined
The ability to inspire, mentor, and evaluate faculty, staff and administrators
Confidence in working with actively involved parents
Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
Ability to execute responsibilities efficiently, accurately and on or before deadlines
Solid technological background in order to support the use of technology in the classroom. Proficiency with MS Office, particularly Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Google Suite, and a general knowledge of computers.
Knowledge of budget management
Interest in advancement, the ability to fundraise, and the willingness to be involved in the school’s development effort
The skills and experience to act decisively in partnering with multiple departments addressing personnel, fiscal considerations, public relations opportunities and any other areas of consequence
An approach to work and to life characterized by a sense of humor, playfulness, and curiosity
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.