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Associate Head of Schools

Website Rolling Hills Prep Rolling Hills Prep/Rennaissance/REACH Schools

Rolling Hills Prep

Position Title: Associate Head of Schools

Date Modified: April 2022

FLSA Classification: Full-time – Exempt, 100% FTE, 12-month schedule of duties

Reports To: Head of Schools

Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools seeks a dynamic Associate Head of Schools to begin in July 2022.

The Associate Head of Schools will report to the Head of Schools and assist the Head of Schools with supporting the student and faculty experience as well as supporting the work of the admission and advancement offices. The Associate Head of Schools will be a highly visible and collaborative leader responsible for strategically building and sustaining a vibrant and healthy school community, rooted in a culture of inclusivity, understanding, and engagement. The Associate Head of Schools administers programs and services that promote both educational and operational goals. This role serves as a vital link between the Schools and the larger community and its constituencies. The Associate Head of Schools will provide support and institutional direction by articulating, through their words and actions, the mission and defining purpose of Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH to students, teachers, administrators, parents, alumni, and Board of Trustees as a member of the Administration Team.  The Associate Head of Schools is responsible for supporting the Schools’ mission and strategic initiatives.

The most promising candidates will be highly collaborative, warm and engaging, and strategic visionaries who find joy working with students and families. They are approachable and responsive and possess strong communication and presentation skills. They are eager to serve as a thought partner for the Head of Schools and other school leaders.

About our Schools:

Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHP), Renaissance (Ren), and REACH Schools, a blend of three great schools in one vibrant school community, is a model unique in the independent school world. The schools are able to help students meet their potential as learners, innovators and global citizens. Students are drawn from a diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social background.

The RHP, Ren and REACH schools’ community are a place where all learners are celebrated and supported. Ren and REACH are both designed to support students with learning differences. RHP is known for being “an academic powerhouse with a soul,” believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.

Located in San Pedro, nestled between horse farms and the harbor, this 31-acre campus is home to students and faculty that are passionate about inclusion, come from diverse backgrounds and identity markers, and believe education should be student centered.

This position will have the following specific responsibilities, but not limited to:

  • Works closely with the Head of Schools to oversee many of the administrative details to ensure the Schools function smoothly.
  • Provides leadership and oversight for specific projects as set forth by the Head of Schools.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator to create policies, procedures and programming that meets the needs of a diverse student body and faculty.
  • Maintain a positive, enthusiastic presence as a leader while creating a safe, welcoming environment for students and employees, paying attention to the mental health needs of students and faculty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mentor and coach faculty and staff.
  • Assist the Head of Schools in leading and various faculty and staff teams.
  • Assist the Head of Schools in managing transitions of major academic or leadership positions.
  • With the Head of Schools, meet regularly with the following: Division Heads, Director of Schools, Director of Counseling and Wellness, Director of Finance and Operations, Athletic Director, and Director of Student Support.
  • With the Director of Teaching and Learning, continue to work on transitions of Grade Level Lead Teachers, Department Chairs, and Student Support Structures.
  • Support the Director of Schools in managing department chairs, faculty, and academic programs.
  • Meet regularly with the Director of Schools, collaborating on initiatives and decisions that will affect the community.
  • Support the Director of Schools as she oversees auxiliary activities, Summer School, outdoor education, and Academic Governance in particular.
  • With the Head of Schools, oversee the CAIS self-study, the inclusion and diversity effort, and strategic planning.
  • Oversee the school calendar.
  • Collaborate with the Enrollment Management Team on Admissions
  • Work with the Executive Assistant to the Head of Schools on board portal.
  • Coach, mentor, and counsel administrators, teaching faculty, and staff.
  • Stand in for Head of Schools in her absence.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Schools.

Personal Attributes:

  • A leader who models a growth mindset and comfort with change, inspires and motivates others, and at the same time brings focus and balance to a hardworking, aspirational community.
  • A person who values and respects children in the developmental ages and stages present in our schools and seeks to bring their voices forward.
  • Someone that is comfortable bringing their whole authentic self to work every day.
  • A manager that values diverse perspectives and is decisive when needed.
  • A detailed oriented systems thinker.
  • A positive outlook on life with a good sense of humor.

Desired Experience and Skills:

  • Background in coaching teachers and facilitating adult learning.
  • Experience working with a neurodiverse student population.
  • A solid understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice; skill in growing and supporting programs and practices in these areas; and a recognition of one’s own identities and biases and how they may impact one’s perspectives and actions.
  • A deep level of knowledge around curriculum and instruction.
  • Engagement with research and innovation about the future of education.
  • Knowledge and experience with working with students with a range of learning differences.
  • Understanding of best practices in an inquiry and project-based learning progressive approach to teaching and learning.
  • Ability to understand and engage in problem solving with administrators and when needed the Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to set clear priorities and define an appropriate pace of change that balances progress and innovation with reflection and sensitivity to the community.
  • Experience  and comfort with change management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees orally and in writing.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically and creatively, to manage multiple functions and activities, and to think on one’s feet.
  • Ability to listen well, to collaborate, and to solve problems.
  • Ability to make people feel valued while managing change.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of faculty, staff, and student records and information.

Other Considerations:

  • Position start date is July 1, 2022
  • Compensation Range $190,000 – $210,000 depending on experience
  • Applications are being screened as they come in with interviews happening on a rolling basis.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Willingness and ability to work in a highly-demanding environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
  • Ability and willingness to attend and work occasional overnight field trips.
  • Ability to travel safely and comfortably across a campus.
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Work in both a traditional, climate-controlled inside environment and work in outside weather conditions consistent with San Pedro weather .

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, your resume, a one page leadership philosophy, and three current references to:

Marcus D. Hurlbut, Co-Partner Managing Partner

Educators’ Collaborative

[email protected]


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