Assistant Head of School for Academics

Phillips Brooks School - Menlo Park, California - Full time


The current school year has been anything but normal. Teachers and learners across the globe have been required to use new learning models and modalities of instruction. Success depends on an inventor’s mindset: Being nimble, drawing on faculty expertise, finding creative ways to deliver the curriculum, and developing strategies to embrace change through the lens of empathy. This mindset is part of the academic culture at Phillips Brooks School (PBS). During this uncertain and challenging time, the school is on a strong footing to realize its dual goal of offering a premier academic program while nurturing kind and emotionally resilient children.

PBS views this time in its history as a transformative opportunity. The school is poised to leverage its strengths and build an ambitious and aspirational future. As a top-notch elementary school, PBS wants to be an educational model that others schools look to for inspiration.

The PBS community looks forward to welcoming a new senior leader to achieve this exciting future: assistant head of school for academics (AHoS). Reporting to the head of school, the AHoS will lead the academic program, engage other school leaders as a strategic thought-partner, and drive academic strategy. This position will be an essential member of the administrative team, oversee daily academic operations, and partner with faculty and other leaders. PBS is excited to onboard this new position on July 1, 2021.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Applications Accepted Starting: October 29, 2020

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020 at 5:00pm PST

Semifinal Round: December 11 and 14

Final Round: Week of January 11

Decision Announced: January 29, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2021


Academic Leadership

  • Run the day-to-day operations of the academic program, including all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum, and assessment
  • Foster a culture of faculty growth and oversee the annual process of teacher goal setting and evaluation
  • Provide counsel and guidance to families, faculty, and staff on matters of curriculum and pedagogy
  • Serve as an active, engaged, and collaborative member of the administrative team, and run the daily operations of the school as needed if the head of school is away
  • Promote a culture of academic excellence and innovation by serving as a visible presence and confident spokesperson among faculty and parents

Design and Build the Program of the Future

  • Oversee academic innovation and curricular change, and lead the implementation of the strategic vision for PBS’s academic program
  • Stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education landscape in order to support academic invention and transformative change
  • Lead evaluations — both quantitative and qualitative — of the academic program to measure the impact and efficacy of student learning
  • Establish and maintain thoughtful curricular and programmatic partnerships both regionally and nationally


Professional Qualifications and Experience:

  • Possession of a graduate degree in education or in a relevant field from an accredited college or university
  • A successful track record leading major academic initiatives and programs comparable to those typically overseen by an assistant or associate head
  • Expertise leading complex, ongoing, and consensus-building change management and innovation initiatives in a fast-paced school environment
  • A minimum of three years of school administration and supervisory experience
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • Prior teaching in an elementary school

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • Accomplished leadership rooted in experience, resourcefulness, and gravitas
  • An inventor’s mentality that is aspirational, inspirational, and visionary
  • A patient and diplomatic approach to community building and decision-making by deftly guiding constituents through periods of divergence to final convergence
  • An ability to architect and implement organizational systems, educational models, and operational protocols in support of all aspects of the academic program
  • Authentic empathy, warmth, and collegiality, and a true desire to build community togetherness and connectedness
  • A sense of passion and excitement for effecting institutional change, balanced with a judicious understanding that successful innovation at an independent school requires establishing lasting peer-to-peer relationships
  • Dynamic communication and presentation skills—both written and oral
  • A collaborative, creative, nimble, and growth-oriented mindset
  • A love of early childhood and elementary school education, and a readiness to support all learning journeys of a diverse student body and faculty


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

PBS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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Superintendent / Assistant Supe.

Experience Level

Senior Level

Phillips Brooks School

Phillips Brooks School is an independent, co-educational day school offering a truly child-centered learning program for preschool through 5th grade, located in Menlo Park – neighboring Stanford University.

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