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The Institute understands the vital importance and the many complexities involved in searching for a new administrator of a school. We are committed to supporting schools and facilitating the search process by proactively identifying, contacting and recruiting appropriate matches, assisting in the vetting of candidates, providing guidelines of the search process from forming the committee and interviewing the candidate to contract negotiations and implementing internal and external support systems for the newly placed leader.

If you would like to post a head of school position, please click here. If you would like to discuss a need for a head of school search please contact Dina Rabhan, LMSW with the contact information listed on the right.

The Jewish Day School Head Search Process: Strategies and Resources

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Embarking on the search for a new educational leader of a Jewish day school is a daunting task, particularly in today’s marketplace. Yet the process offers unique opportunities for strengthening the school. Since a school’s professional leadership embodies and realizes the educational vision of the school, in taking up the search process, the lay leadership and other school constituencies have an opportunity to re-visit and re-energize the vision that guides the school.

Going through a search process is an important occasion for institutional assessment and review. It is a time to ask: who are we now and who do we hope to be ten years from now? What type of person or persons can lead us there? Clarifying the school’s goals, financial circumstances, assets and challenges is a critical prelude to writing a coherent job description that will attract the right candidate to a school.

This publication advocates for maximizing the reflective opportunities afforded by the head search process. It is not intended as a step-by-step guide through the process. There are existing publications (see the bibliography) which cover this ground in depth. This publication attempts to bring together some strategies and key resources that may prove useful to a Jewish day school undergoing a search process.


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For information about our Recruitment, Placement and Induction services please contact Dina Rabhan, LMSW at 212-960-5400 ext.6152 or [email protected]

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