The Westerly School is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Head of School.
The Westerly School develops the whole child through a challenging and stimulating program in an inclusive and diverse community. We ignite within each child a lifelong love of learning by encouraging them to discover their full and unique potential every single day. Our students develop a true sense of self through meaningful opportunities for self-expression, service, and character development. Westerly graduates are leaders, helpers, and creators today and in the future.
History Westerly School was founded in 1991 by a group of Long Beach parents interested in creating a school that provided an alternative to largely public and parochial schools in the area. The goal: to create a school that recognized, respected, and taught to the individual student. They wanted a place where students could thrive academically, emotionally, and physically. They wanted a place where their children could feel safe and secure to be themselves and to learn in a variety of ways. That mission still drives Westerly School, the first secular independent schools in the Long Beach area. These parents wanted the choice of a local independent education that would focus on the strengths and challenges of each individual student.
For more information on Westerly School, please visit http://www.westerlyschool.org/
The Head of School will be a dynamic, visionary, and culturally engaged leader with the capacity to envision and strategically plan for the future of the organization. This individual will be an experienced leader and manager, able to develop and supervise a highly effective team of teachers and administrators. With experience in school operations and management, this individual will have a combination of breadth and depth with a range of functions, including a balance of strong external relations (fundraising, enrollment and community relations) and internal (operational, finance and staff management) skills. This leader will have depth, emotional intelligence and the academic credibility to serve as a respected and approachable leader to teachers and students.
With warmth and a genuine passion for the mission of Westerly, this leader will be fully dedicated to students and their success, creating an inclusive, emotionally and socially supportive community through active communication, empathy and strong leadership. The Head of School will be comfortable and experienced in working across diverse communities, and will have the credibility to communicate effectively with Westerly's audiences and stakeholders. The Head of School will be an inspirational leader with the ability to speak persuasively to Westerly's vision, history and mission with fluency and clarity. Alongside the Board, this leader will forecast progress towards goals and position the organization for sustainable success.
A Bachelor's degree is required for the position and a graduate degree is preferred. Candidates will have at least four years of academic leadership experience in a similar or related role. The ideal candidate will have the following personal competencies and characteristics:
Passion for the Mission and for Education
Relationship Building, Collaboration and Communication
Strategic Leadership and Business Acumen
Management and Operational Expertise; Change Management
Expertise in Development and Fundraising
The Westerly School of Long Beach has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or e-mail Michelle and Medelene at the following: