Navigating the Search Process: Candidate Materials

Following your decision to become a candidate, we ask you to provide us with several documents.

  1. A list of additional references - For each person, you will need to include your relationship, his or her position, a telephone number, and an e-mail address. It is both courteous and practical to ask before placing a name on your list. Share the position description with each one, so she or he can speak specifically about your abilities regarding a particular set of challenges, opportunities, and leadership style.
  2. An additional written sample of your work - While optional, if you have written a speech or an article that you feel will give committee members a better sense of who you are, by all means, include it!
  3. A targeted letter of interest in the school - This is your opportunity to convey who you are and how your interests and experiences are a match for the needs of this school. The letter can be addressed to us or to the Search Committee.
  4. An up-to-date résumé - Be clear in your chronology and the positions you have held. Include a brief overview about the kinds of schools you have worked in (e.g., coed, day or boarding, K-12, student population, web site). Bullet two or three highlights of your accomplishments in each position. Members of the Search Committee already know the responsibilities for these positions, so don’t restate the obvious. Include any school-wide responsibilities you have held. If you have served on a board and/or volunteered in your community, include this. Note your professional affiliations, as well as workshops, presentations, and publications. Consider including a personal section about your family and your interests.
  5. A personal statement - This is a one-to-two page statement. After reading it, search committee members should be able to say, “Wow, I really want to get to know this person better.” It can cover information about yourself, your background, your values, your interests, your family, why you became involved in education, what gives you joy in your work - whatever provides insight into who you are.
  6. Written letters of recommendation - These are always stronger if your references write about your abilities and experiences as a match for a specific school. Share with them the position description so they know about the school’s specific needs and challenges. Select people who know you well, who know what is involved in being a Head of School, and who write well.

Take the time - and it does take time - to put together your materials. Be thorough without being verbose. Search committees want articulate and passionate leaders as their school heads. Remember that not all committee members are educators, so avoid jargon. In addition to evaluating the content of your materials, the Search Committee will also judge you on their appearance, so please make sure that everything looks professional and has been carefully proofread.

Because we will be copying what you send us for distribution to the Search Committee, please use white paper and one side only.