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Category: School Administration
School: Stratford School
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Date Opened: Mar 22, 2022
Job ID: 11638

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Stratford School, part of the Spring Education Group network, provides a complete educational experience with an emphasis on academic, social, emotional and physical development of students in preschool through middle school.  

The intent of Stratford School to provide a challenging course of study while supporting a child’s personal growth. Working closely with families, we encourage children to build self-worth and an understanding of social responsibility. We believe that school is a place that should inspire responsibility for one’s own education by promoting self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, and a life-long love of learning.

We are currently seeking a new Head of School for the Palo Alto campus upcoming school year who will oversee all Program Directors, office and support staff. The ideal candidate for this role will bring together exceptional educational outcomes, quality customer service, and leadership expertise to grow the School. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess strong business acumen, customer focus, and talent development of our faculty and staff.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Promote Cultural Alignment with Values:

  • Promote the mission, core values, and school spirit at the center of all leadership /management decisions
  • Ensure a warm and nurturing environment for all students, families, and faculty
  • Provide and model impeccable customer service 
  • Serve as the key spokesperson and model for positive public relations, including families and the community/neighborhood; create outreach and partnership opportunities within the community

Deliver Key Business Outcomes:

  • Ensure the effective day-to-day operational leadership of the school, including all campus-level talent management, enrollment and budget management activities to sustain profitability 
  • Ensure accurate and timely monthly reporting of key business metrics
  • Partner with talent acquisition to drive recruitment and retention activities at the campus level 
  • Maintain a safe, clean environment; recommend campus and facility improvements

Ensure Exceptional Academic Outcomes:

  • Provide engaging leadership in the delivery execution of a high quality program; follow school’s curriculum while providing a supportive environment for creative approaches by teaching staff
  • Ensure accurate and timely academic reporting, conferencing, and record keeping by all campus staff
  • Hire the best talent; provide professional outstanding coaching; support professional development opportunities
  • Ensure compliance with all local and state licensing regulations
  • Maintain all necessary activities and records to ensure on-going school accreditation


The Head of School will be a dynamic, engaging, self-reliant and entrepreneurial senior leader, accustomed to managing with a collaborative, fact-based approach, with articulate communication and interpersonal warmth.  He or she will have demonstrated the ability to build strong and open working relationships characterized by mutual respect between superiors, peers and subordinates within the school. This leader will openly communicate ideas with others, and invite and consider input from the school community, his/her peers and their direct reports. 

The Head of School will be accessible and approachable, respecting intellectual integrity and valuing individuality, building and fostering working relationships with school partners from a variety of functions and geographies, thus enabling a partnership mentality with the entire school team.  He or she will be motivated by his/her impact on students and the organization rather than personal career advancement.  This will be a self-confident individual with his/her ego well in check.  As a collaborative team player, he/she will demonstrate the proven ability to appropriately delegate key responsibilities and transfer some of his/her own duties and decisions as the direct/indirect reports’ number and skill sets grow.   Open to feedback, he/she will be a senior leader who promotes continuous learning and committed to ongoing self-improvement. 

Key required leadership characteristics include:

  • Charismatic leadership: inspire and motivate others to perform well and accept feedback
  • Sound judgment and problem-solving skills: able to identify problems, gather information and resolve concerns in a timely, effective, customer-focused manner
  • Integrity and ethics:  able to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in all activities
  • Highly effective oral and written communication: speak and write clearly and persuasively one to one and in groups
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: interact well with others at all levels and build rapport easily with others
  • Efficient multi-tasker: can work on multiple conflicting priorities with ease and delegate appropriately
  • Independent, while also being a team player: can act without supervision as needed while working collaboratively and cooperatively  with a variety of groups 
  • Goal oriented and self-motivated with strong organization and time management skills


  • BA degree required; Master’s preferred
  • Prior Head of School  or strong leadership experience in middle or high school required
  • Multi-site supervisory experience highly preferred
  • Private School for profit experience a plus
  • Minimum four years of teaching experience and four plus years of principal experience or equivalent
  • Proven effectiveness in resolving escalated issues 

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