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Assistant Head of School

  • 09 Apr 2018 11:06 AM
    Message # 6079376

    Clairbourn School is hiring an Assistant Head of School.


    • Master's Degree preferred.
    • Significant experience in academic leadership.
    • Experience working with elementary and middle school students, teachers, and parents in an Independent School environment.

    The Assistant Head of School is responsible for the general daily operation of all instructional services conducted by the school.  The individual must coordinate the activities of the faculty as well as facilitate the smooth operation of daily school activities.  The Assistant Head must achieve a balance in carrying out the general operational policies of the Board of Trustees as interpreted by the Head of School and the specific day to day needs of each department of the school.  The Assistant Head must possess a firm working knowledge of elementary and secondary curricula, as well as the ability to communicate at all levels of instructional service.  The Assistant Head is expected to exert a leadership function by advising the Head of School of both long and short-range needs of the school.  The Assistant Head must possess the ability to accept direction from the Head of School while at the same time to be proactive in managing all areas of routine instructional services.  The Assistant Head will assume the responsibility of leading the school in the Head of School’s absence. 

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):.

    1. Build community and support the vision and direction of the school based on a thorough knowledge of educational best practices, a growth mindset, strategic thinking, and high energy;
    2. Present a warm, compassionate, and thoughtful demeanor;
    3. Foster a happy and thriving environment;
    4. Demonstrate engaging, active, visible, and inspiring leadership;
    5. Communicate effectively in all forms, both with students and adults;
    6. Create and embrace meaningful connections with parents and staff;
    7. Demonstrate a sense of humor; 
    8. Advocate for the upper division grades while working collaboratively with the school’s Leadership Team to establish and execute broader institutional goals;
    9. Maintain, and lead the culture of the upper division learning community and its challenging educational program in accord with the school’s mission;
    10. Promote the successful preparation of students to matriculate to rigorous area high schools; 
    11. Maintain congruence between the school’s mission and all activities of the upper division grades;
    12. Ensure that the Head of School is regularly and promptly informed about the division’s general programs, activities, and challenges;
    13. Work collaboratively with the Lower School Director to ensure that the curriculum is consistent and cohesive across all grades and in line with the mission of the school;
    14. Observe classroom activities and teacher performance in the appraisal of the instructional program and in support of teacher growth; 
    15. Participate in annual performance evaluations for faculty members;
    16. Design, implement, and supervise a daily schedule of classes and learning activities, collaboratively with the Lower School Director;
    17. Develop and implement staff development programs, coordinating appropriately with the Lower School Director;
    18. Support teachers in maintaining appropriate student conduct including addressing infractions both minor and more serious;
    19. Listen and respond to individual parent concerns. Work with parents to resolve issues related to their student;
    20. Meet with parents to support understanding of student progress including standardized test scores; 
    21. Have a deep understanding of curriculum development;
    22. Understand the educational, physical, social, and psychological needs of adolescents;
    23. Comfort with and understanding of technology in a school setting

    Clairbourn seeks individuals who support our tradition of strong academics in a context of ethical and spiritual values including honesty, respect, responsibility, spirituality, and citizenship.


    Salary is commensurate with education and experience with a generous benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits. 

    Submit letter of interest, resume, and letters of recommendation to Dr. Amy Patzlaff, via email at The deadline to submit an application is June 30, 2018.



    Clairbourn School is a coeducational, private school for students in preschool through middle school (JPK-8th) that has continuously served the greater Pasadena area since 1926. We are known for excellent academics, our welcoming community, our attractive campus, and a strong record of sending graduates to top area high schools.  Clairbourn educates over 200 students and employs over 35 highly motivated and skilled educators.  Clairbourn is accredited by both CAIS and WASC.  

    Clairbourn School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Clairbourn is committed to compliance with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in school operations. Clairbourn prohibits unlawful discrimination against any job applicant, employee or unpaid intern by any employee of the School, including supervisors and coworkers. 

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