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Assistant Head of School

  • 21 Sep 2022 4:27 PM
    Message # 12927862


    Gillispie School seeks an experienced school administrator to serve as assistant head of school beginning July 1, 2023. 

    This full-time, 12-month position is responsible for overseeing many aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the school, including serving as dean of students and collaborating with the administrative team. 

    • Application deadline October 31, 2022

    • First round interview period:  November 1, 2022 - December 2, 2022

    • School visits:  December 5, 2022 – December 16, 2022

    • Final decision: January 15, 2023

    • Start Date:  July 1, 2023


    • You feel joyful in a vibrant community focused on educating young children.

    • You understand that “integrity, compassion, attitude, respect and effort” create environments in which children experience and learn about the interconnectedness of life and the rich diversity of the world's cultures.

    • You make sure children cherish their own backgrounds and value those of others.

    • You support expert educators and find ways to cultivate and celebrate their creative work and accomplishments.

    • You support professional development by helping staff define short and long-term career goals.

    • You believe that children learn best in a cross-disciplinary, project-based environment.

    • You like to plan, inspire others, and pay attention to details.

    • You seek a school community that fosters kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world.

    • You cultivate a climate of mutual respect, collaboration, and critical inquiry that encourages parents, faculty, staff, and students to preserve and enrich Gillispie’s unique educational community.


    Gillispie educators are committed to setting high learning expectations, providing differentiated instruction, and establishing meaningful relationships with each student in a stimulating and purposeful learning environment. They demonstrate a growth mindset and seek out professional development through the use of Gillispie’s $5 million Endowment for Excellence in Teaching. There is tremendous loyalty to Gillispie’s mission and best practices. 


    The Assistant Head of School will have the following key areas of responsibility:

    I.   Administration

    • Act as Head of School in her absence

    • Attend and contribute to Admin Team meetings 

    • Perform duties as needed at school events held during and outside of the school day

    • Lead on the hiring process for all academic positions

    • Co-lead with the CAIS/WASC accreditation reviews

    • Attend monthly Board meetings and serve on Board committees as requested

    • Act as School Registrar for the management of SIS and class rosters 

    • Oversee student researchers from UCSD or other local institutions

    • Review the Faculty/Staff Handbook and Parent/Student Handbook

    • Oversee the use of Title II and Title IV funds from San Diego Unified School District

    • Plan and schedule on-campus student events

    • Assist in overseeing extended care and enrichment programs

    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School

     II.  Faculty and Staff

    • Create and maintain master schedule of classes and duties

    • Assist in curriculum development and use of project-based learning techniques

    • Write faculty evaluations

    • Review and send out elementary progress reports

    • Ensure grade-level subject benchmarks are reviewed and updated as needed

    • Attend parent conferences as needed

    • Approve field trips

    • Hire and oversee substitutes and extended-care personnel

    • Provide guidance to the Director of Health & Safety and Front Office Receptionist

    • Assist Director of Health & Safety in emergency preparedness, drills, and health-related notifications

    • Plan and co-lead faculty meetings and professional development sessions

    • Maintain internal school calendar and provide weekly communication to inform faculty and staff

    III. Students

    • Organize and carry out assemblies

    • Maintain discipline as the Dean of Students

    • Assess student progress both academically and behaviorally

    • Work with the Student Learning Center to address students with learning issues

    • Oversee implementation of standardized assessments (i.e. MAP and CTP 5 online) 

    • Assess standardized test scores/trends; provide interpretation and trend analysis to teachers and parents

    • Develop and facilitate social-emotional learning including the Gillispie Values

    • Sit on Admissions Committee and perform all prospective student assessments for Grades 1-6

    IV. Parents

    • Review communications to parents including emergency notifications 

    • As the Dean of Students, address parent concerns

    • Edit (and sometimes generate content for) Gillispie Sun and Special Notices


    Requirements include:

    • At least two years of school administration experience

    • At least two years of classroom teaching experience

    • Experience with prosocial education and/or school counseling

    • Keen understanding and experience with project-based learning and constructivist approaches

    • Expertise with databases, SIS, spreadsheets, data analysis, and Google Apps

    • Experience with hiring, supervising, and evaluating employees

    • Understanding of appropriate technology integration in elementary settings

    • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

    • Integrity, work ethic, and ability to take the initiative to lead on multiple projects simultaneously

    • A master's degree in a relevant discipline and independent school experience are a plus

    We offer a generous compensation package that includes health/dental/vision insurance, match retirement contributions, and exceptional professional growth support.

    Gillispie School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, marital status, registered domestic partner status, pregnancy status, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid, hiring, and other school-administered programs. 

    More information about our school is at http://www.gillispie.org

    Please reply with a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and salary requirements to Alison Fleming, Head of School at afleming@gillispie.org.

    No calls, please.

Cal-ISBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org

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