Head of School

first_imgHead of SchoolThe Putney School, a mixed gender boarding and day schoolserving 231 students in grades 9-12, located in Putney, Vermont, iseager to welcome nominations and applications for an innovative,thoughtful, and inspiring leader to serve as its next Head ofSchool effective July 1, 2022.ABOUT THE PUTNEY SCHOOLSince its founding in1935, The Putney Schoolhas been at the forefront of the progressive school movement. Witha mission to develop active, critical thinkers and members of ademocratic society, Putney takes a holistic approach to education.In addition to a rigorous academic program, students participateactively in running the school, work on Putney’s 500-acre Elm Lea Farm,participate in sports, apprentice with local artisans, and expressthemselves through the performing arts, becoming the makers oftheir own education. Consistent with Putney’s commitment to engagestudents with real dilemmas and decisions, there are studentmembers of the Board who are full voting members.Social justice has been a core value at Putney since itsfounding. Committed to building an inclusive community thatrespects and affirms each of its members, Putney honors theirdiversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexualorientation, gender identity and gender expression, andsocioeconomic status. Building on the 10 Year VisionStatement, Putney provides an educational program thatrecognizes and values the many peoples and perspectives of theircommunity and the world. While conflicts may arise in the creationof such a community, these conflicts are seen as opportunities forgrowth, for open and honest communication, and for learning. Withsustainability, community building, and diversity woven into thefabric of life at Putney, students develop a well-rounded view ofthe world and the skills needed to thrive in and shapeit. At Putney the curriculum encompasses the full range of studentactivities, so that the great majority of employees engage withstudents and with teaching. Of the 35 full-time teaching faculty,30 of them have advanced degrees. These committed educators enjoyworking with students and value their time together. Putneyteachers believe that connecting with students, helping themrealize their passions and potential, is essential work at animportant time in its history.During the 2019-2020 school year, the Putney School enrolled 231students from 26 states and 17 foreign countries. Boarding studentsrepresent 72% of the total student population, and 19% of thestudent body identifies as students of color. Putney prides itselfon small class sizes and a close-knit community where students andteachers develop strong relationships that last far beyondgraduation.The Putney School is situated in Putney, Vermont, about two hoursnorthwest of Boston. Putney is listed on the National Register ofHistoric Places and is home to a wide array of activities fromhiking and biking trails, orchards, a vineyard and quaint countrystores and family-run businesses.The Role of the Head of schoolPutney’s next Head of School will oversee all aspects of itsacademic and operational programs and report to the Board ofTrustees.The ideal candidate for the Head of School position willdemonstrate the following qualities of leadership andstewardship: Celebrate and prioritize the student experienceArticulate, model, and support a fluent vision for progressiveeducationBalance Putney’s culture of creative, flexible holisticeducation with efficient and effective organizationalprocessesPrioritize and affirm Putney’s foundational commitment toequity and anti-racism at Putney and in the worldEngage multiple audiences and constituencies to philosophicallyand financially support and sustain Putney’s distinct community andprogressive approach to educating students, supporting faculty, andpreserving its surroundings.The search committee for The Putney School’s Head of Schoolposition will begin accepting nominations and reviewingapplications immediately. Requested application materials include aletter of interest, curriculum vitae, and professional referencelist. References will not be called without explicitpermission. Applications will be welcomed until a new Head of School isselected. Candidates should submit materials to [email protected] Putney School is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search. Foradditional information, please contact:Nishant Mehta, Managing Director &Independent Schools Practice LeaderSherry Coleman, Consulting ManagingDirectorStaci Williams Seeley, Managing AssociateStorbeckSearch | [email protected]last_img read more