Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of School.
Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coeducational, college preparatory Quaker school for students from age 3 through 12th grade, with optional boarding programs in the Middle and Upper Schools. The SSFS community is guided by the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship (known collectively as SPICES). Founded in 1961, SSFS offers an advanced curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today's global community. The school’s motto, "Let Your Lives Speak," expresses the institution’s philosophy of educating all aspects of a person so that their life—in all its facets—can reveal the unique strengths within.
Set on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, SSFS is equidistant from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis. The campus features 14 buildings including a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center and 60-bed dorm, as well as solar arrays, a community farm, an aerial adventure park, and miles of hiking trails. A new Upper School Building, currently being constructed using the new International Green Construction Code, is expected to be completed and “net zero ready” in 2020.
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the next Head of School will be responsible for providing the leadership and vision to advance the school’s mission to develop individual talents and foster caring and effective citizens of the world. Managing an annual operating budget of approximately $21 million, the Head of School will lead Sandy Spring Friends School’s 150 talented faculty and staff members who are dedicated to supporting the school’s 622 students, while overseeing the academic program, strategic planning efforts, and fundraising opportunities, with a focus on building endowment. The most qualified candidate will be an accomplished and visionary leader with strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituent groups. That candidate will also have experience in securing resources in support of a mission-driven institution, a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, and a willingness to embrace the Quaker values of the school.
The expected start date for this opportunity is July 1, 2020. For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications confidentially to:
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
About Sandy Spring Friends School
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Frie...nds School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.