Assistant Head of School for Academics

Phillips Brooks School - Menlo Park, California - Full time


Phillips Brooks School (PBS) is conducting a search for its most-senior academic and pedagogical leader. The school welcomes applications from accomplished educators who want to take PBS to greater heights of academic excellence and instructional practice.

This new role comes at an important inflection point for PBS and other independent schools. Since March 2020, teachers and learners have been required to use new learning models and modalities of instruction. PBS has been successful educating its students during the pandemic thanks to the inventor’s mindset that is part of its academic culture: Drawing on faculty expertise, finding creative ways to deliver the curriculum, and developing strategies to support an on-campus program and a distance learning program. The 2021-2022 school year requires further creativity as schools educate students in the next phase of COVID. PBS remains on a strong footing to realize its dual goal of offering a premier academic program and intentionally teaching essential social-emotional skills required for student resilience and learning independence.

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 other schools look to for inspiration. The PBS community looks forward to welcoming its new senior leader to achieve this exciting future. Reporting to the head of school, the AHoS will lead the academic program; oversee school-wide instructional practices; recruit, evaluate, and retain a talented faculty; drive academic strategy; and be the leadership thought-partner that puts PBS’s academic program into the center of overall institutional strategy. This position will be an essential member of the administrative team, oversee daily academic operations, and lead the faculty. PBS is excited to onboard this new position on July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement.

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


Applications Accepted Starting: September 1, 2021

Priority Review Deadline: September 24, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT

On-Site Final Round: Mid-October

Start Date: July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement


Oversee 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

Promote a culture of academic excellence and innovation by serving as a visible presence and inspiring spokesperson among faculty and families

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


Possession of a bachelor’s degree in education or in a relevant field from an accredited college or university; graduate degree highly preferred

Successful track record leading academic initiatives and programs

Experience as a school administrator guiding, coaching, leading, and supervising faculty

Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms

Ability to architect and implement organizational systems, educational models, and operational protocols in support of all aspects of the academic program

Excellent communication and presentation skills—both written and oral

A love of early childhood and elementary school education, and a readiness to support all learning journeys of a diverse student body and faculty

Prior teaching in an elementary school


Applications submitted by September 24, 2021 will receive priority review. 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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District / Charter Chief Academic Officer

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Senior Level

Phillips Brooks School

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