Blue Oak School is seeking an Assistant Head of School (AHoS) for the K-8 Program. The AHoS will advance our progressive mission by collaborating with the Head of School (HoS) and other school leaders to effectively cultivate a positive and productive learning culture by managing with thought and care the K-8 student experience, day-to-day operations, curriculum development and implementation, faculty growth and review, and family relationships. The AHoS reports to the HoS and is a member of a collaborative administrative team.
Fundamentally believes that all people are learners and leads in a manner that exemplifies and fosters the school’s progressive mission
The brilliance areas for our candidates: progressive, K-8 education pedagogy and programs; leadership in improving student learning outcomes; and community building
Lives a leadership style grounded in collaboration and shared decision-making
Demonstrates deep knowledge of child development, from early childhood through early adolescence
Models exceptional management skills that help to build ownership and coalesce the team around key initiatives
Rigorous work ethic balanced with a warm spirit
Makes data-driven decisions and knows how to lead change with a balance of decisiveness and collaboration
Effectively evaluates opportunities for improvement and implements systems for elevating the program
Learns with curiosity and thinks flexibly; balances strategic and systematic thinking with empathy
Builds productive relationships with students, colleagues and families
Possesses effective and compelling listening, communication, management, problem-solving and analytical skills
Shows a strong sense of integrity, initiative, reliability and accountability
Works independently, attends to details, balances competing priorities and creates efficient and effective systems
Is responsive, meets deadlines and works well under pressure
Lead all aspects of the K-8 learning program, in collaboration with the HoS
Inspire a caring and just community and culture for children and adults, across both campuses
Develop strong systems for cross-campus communication
Manage student behavior based on a restorative practices approach
Collaboratively oversee faculty growth and evaluation
Systematically develop, document, review and assess curriculum in collaboration with teachers
Supervise learning assessment, including progress report development
Analyze benchmarks and assessment data with acumen; collect, compile and use data to improve the program
Innovatively manage schedule development to meet the School’s progressive aims
Create and administer structures for collaborative planning, including team and faculty meetings
Lead the Associate Teacher program
Lead teams to recruit, select and onboard excellent lead teachers, associate teachers and substitute teachers from diverse backgrounds
Supervise learning support services, and be a resource for student support teams
Partner successfully with families and faculty to support student success
Write and present factual and philosophical information to the school community
Develop and manage program budget
Collaboratively oversee extra-curricular programming (including the supervision of the athletic director, auxiliary programs director and student club advisors)
Serve as leader of action in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
Support the recruitment and retention of students and families
Develop parent education programs alongside the Parent Association
Candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, statement of educational philosophy and references.
Blue Oak School, nestled in beautiful downtown Napa, CA, is a K-8 progressive school of about 200 students that offers a challenging and stimulating education to children of diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests. Through the culture and community of the School, teachers nurture the development of character and foster confidence, creativity, flexibility and curiosity in each child. Students, in turn, encourage each other to learn. Relationships among freedom, responsibility, community and environment are explored through studies that engage students as stewards in service to the School, the region, and the world. Blue Oak School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual or gender identity in its hiring processes and actively promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community.
If hired, the annual salary range for this position is between $145,000 and $165,000. The salary may vary depending on preparation, skills and experience. Benefits include medical insurance; dental, vision and life insurance; employee assistance program; retirement plan with match; long-term disability; short-term disability; flexible spending; professional development; and sick, personal and vacation days.
MA in Education, Teaching, Educational Administration or a related field
Minimum 3-5 years classroom teaching experience in a K-8 classroom
Minimum 3-5 years experience in a leadership position involving curriculum development and teacher supervision
Knowledge and understanding of progressive education and pedagogical practices
Experience working with Blue Oak’s curricular programs is a plus, including Bridges, Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project, Responsive Schools, Restorative Practices, etc.
Demonstrated action in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
Experience working with both lower- and middle-school students preferred
Familiarity with best practices in teaching and learning, and building systems to foster them
Blue Oak School offers a challenging and stimulating education to children of diverse backgrounds and interests. Through the culture and community of the School, teachers nurture the development of character and foster confidence, creativity, flexibility and curiosity in each child.
Blue Oak School does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual or gender identity in its hiring processes and actively promotes the principles and practices of diversity throughout the school community. We offer competitive compensation and a progressive community dedicated to learning and engaged citizenship.