Our timeline for the Head of School search is included below. The timeline is consistent with a traditional timeline for a Head of School search. The process starts with the Search Committee’s selection of a search firm. It continues with a search consultant visiting our school for two to three days to learn about our school and community. Responsibility for selection of the head rests with the Board of Trustees and its selected Search Committee representatives. However, successful fulfillment of that responsibility requires an inclusive process, active communication with, and engagement by alumni, faculty, staff, administration, parents and students. The Board of Trustees and Search Committee are fully committed to that principle.
While it is possible that the search will advance under an accelerated timeline, it is more likely that search will progress through the summer and fall of 2012, and end in October 2012 with the final selection and announcement of a new Head of School. The incoming head will familiarize themself with the school and its strategic plans, but will not be involved with the operations of the school until their contract begins on July 1, 2013. Depending on the circumstances that develop during the search, the timeline may change, but the Search Committee will keep the community posted of any changes to the timeline that may occur along the way.
INTERIM HEAD OF SCHOOL
Having an Interim Head of School is an established practice in independent school searches and has become one of the fastest growing professional groups in the independent school world. Transitioning from a well-respected Head of School to new leadership is a significant change for a school. Search consultants and the National Association of Independent Schools (“NAIS”) often recommend utilizing an Interim Head because it is the best way to prepare a school and its community for the transition. It also ensures we are pulling Head of School candidates from the strongest pool possible. Having an Interim Head allows us the time to conduct a full, on-cycle search for our next Head of School, while benefiting from the wisdom and experience of the Interim Head. An Interim Head is someone who will function as an experienced consultant for the school during the 2012-2013 school year. The Board of Trustees will give the Interim Head specific charges, which will be in line with the school’s strategic objectives. The Interim Head will be expected to make positive progress on issues that will impact the school during their time of tenure as well as the foreseeable future. We expect to name the Interim Head of School by the end of May 2012.
PERMANENT HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH TIMELINE
FEBRUARY 2012: FIRST MEETING OF HEAD SEARCH COMMITTEE: The Search Committee will review the head search timeline and identify key themes and questions to ask appropriate search firms.
FEBRUARY 2012 – MARCH 2012: SEARCH COMMITTEE IDENTIFIES, SCREENS AND INTERVIEWS SEARCH FIRMS: The Search Committee will screen several search firms using formal selection criteria designed by the Search Committee. The committee will prepare search firm recommendations for full board vote in early April 2012.
MARCH 2012: BOARD VOTE ON SEARCH FIRM: The Search Committee will present its choice of search consultants and there will be a full board vote on the search consultant.
MARCH 2012 – MAY 2012: CAMPUS OUTREACH AND FORUMS: A series of open forums are being held to seek input and engagement from the community regarding the opportunities and qualities of leadership that we should be seeking in our next head. A detailed schedule of forum listings will be sent via email and posted on the school Web site.
MAY 10-11, 2012: SEARCH CONSULTANT INTERACTS WITH SAINT ANDREW’S SCHOOL: Our search consultant will be on campus to meet with faculty, staff, administration, students, parents, Board of Trustees and the Search Committee. These meetings will afford each group the opportunity to share mission and vision. It will also provide the opportunity to ask additional questions about the search process. A detailed schedule will be sent via email and posted on the school Web site.
MAY 10-11, 2012: HEAD OF SCHOOL ONLINE SURVEY: The online survey will be posted in April. We value your opinion on a variety of topics and encourage you to participate in our Head of School Survey as we work together to serve every student with excellence as the standard. It will also be an opportunity for you to indicate your willingness to serve on an advisory committee. Our second annual general community survey will be administered later in May.
JUNE 2012: POSITION STATEMENT: Based on the April search firm visit and feedback from the campus forums and online survey, our search consultant will develop a “position statement.” The statement is a document intended to attract candidates and to familiarize them with the school’s mission and vision. The statement will be presented to the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. The opening will be posted on a broad set of appropriate web sites and print journals.
JUNE 2012 – AUGUST 2012: ACTIVE RECRUITING: During the summer, the search consultant will actively recruit candidates. The search consultant will conduct screening interviews of all candidates and answer questions about the school and the Head of School position.
AUGUST 2012: REVIEW OF CREDENTIALS AND QUALIFICATIONS: The Search Consultant will present all qualified and screened candidates to the Search Committee for consideration. With the assistance of the consultant, the committee will develop a list of qualified candidates with whom it will conduct off-site interviews.
SEPTEMBER 2012: FIRST ROUND AND SEMI-FINALIST INTERVIEWS OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES: In September, the Search Committee will interview off-site selected first round candidates. Based on these interviews, the Search Committee will select the semi-finalist candidates who will be invited to visit the campus to be interviewed in person by the Search Committee. In connection with these visits and its deliberations, the Search Committee will narrow the candidate list to up to four finalists who will be invited back for a two-day visit with their spouse or partner.
SEPTEMBER 2012 – OCTOBER 2012: SCHOOL VISITS BY FINALISTS: During these school visits, each candidate will have open meetings with the faculty, staff, administration, parents, alumni, and students. Finalists will also meet again with the Search Committee and members of the Board of Trustees as well as the Head Search Faculty, Parent and Alumni Support Committees. In connection with these visits, the Search Committee will solicit feedback from all constituencies.
OCTOBER 2012: SELECTION OF HEAD OF SCHOOL: Upon completion of these finalist visits, the Search Committee will meet to discuss each candidate as well as all the community feedback. After deliberation, the Search Committee will present each candidate and its final recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board will make its final decision and authorize the Search Committee to negotiate a contract with the selected candidate. The name of the candidate will remain confidential until the execution of the contract by both parties.
OCTOBER 2012: ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE COMMUNITY: The goal of the Board of Trustees is to announce the new Head of School by late October 2012.
JANUARY 2013 – JUNE 2013: HEAD TRANSITION: The Board of Trustees will establish a Transition Committee to be in charge of working with the incoming Head of School and to welcome and launch him or her into the school community. The incoming head will familiarize them self with the school and its strategic plans, but will not be involved with the operations of the school until their contract begins on July 1, 2013. The Interim Head of School will continue to head the school until June 30, 2013. The Transition Committee will help organize the activities to welcome the new Head of School. The Transition Committee will also support the new Head of School and immediate family to ensure a smooth transition for all.