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Relationship-driven, Personalized, Focused

At CalWest, we believe the recruiting experience should have all of those features – and more.

As the President of CalWest, I have worked with school administrators and candidates just like you. Our team expertise concentrates on the ideal independent and private school placement experience, and we keep refining the experience based on your feedback.

Since 2003, we specialized in the placement of educators and school leaders throughout the western region of the U.S. Over the years we earned a reputation for cultivating deep relationships. We know each school possesses unique needs in terms of positions, experience, culture and fit. Personalization is at the heart of what we do.

CalWest provides placement services that focus on pairing deeply qualified candidates with outstanding independent, private and charter schools. As a result, our process is highly selective and focused on quality, not quantity. Only about 1 in 5 candidates are selected to be in our database. CalWest is not Indeed or Monster or LinkedIn. We’re not Glassdoor or Craigslist or your local newspaper’s classifieds section.

We offer a highly evolved placement model where the school comes first. When we meet a school’s needs, the person hired has a tangible and long-lasting impact, both in the classroom and throughout the school community. We provide one-to-one services to select client schools – services refined to meet the needs of the ever-evolving, ever-improving independent and private school industry.

This means:

  • Targeted and refined candidate sourcing
  • Refined position descriptions
  • Even Stronger candidate pools

Our CalWest team is comprised of former heads of school, educators, and industry professionals who work diligently to offer these highly personalized services.

Through our CalWest Association membership we support a limited number of outstanding select client schools.  In turn, candidates receive interviews at schools with positions that strongly align with their skills and abilities. With these highly targeted, expertly vetted candidate-to-position opportunities, both schools and candidates can focus on building long-term, valuable, collaborative relationships. Ultimately, it’s those relationships that create the excellent environment and education students need to learn and thrive.

In the 2017-2018 school year we piloted a new recruiting model. It was extremely successful and we learned a lot, too. Those enhancements are part of our 2018-2019 membership plan. I am happy to tell you more. My team and I are prepared to serve as guides on your upcoming searches. You can reach me at