Head of Upper School

This opening calls for specific administration qualifications set by the school.

CalWest’s client school in the San Francisco Bay Area is seeking a Head of Upper School to start in July 2023.

Required Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and/or other educational requirements listed on the job description
  • Requisite skills commensurate with the position
  • A reasonable commuting distance to the CalWest client school, or a willingness to relocate
  • Relevant, recent experience
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5+ years of experience working in education or similar field
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience/leading teams
  • Experience working in dynamic settings serving multiple constituents
  • Commitment to fostering equitable and inclusive environments
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in: helping to shape a positive culture leading teams and accomplishing work through others, initiating and leading change, including motivating others, managing the key drivers of change, and overcoming obstacles
  • Strong coaching and facilitation skills
  • Strong technology skills with Google Workspace, Microsoft Suite, and Zoom

More about this role


  • Change Management: Prepares, supports, and guides people effectively through organizational changes across all levels of the school to align organizational behavior, actions, and ideologies and achieve the school’s strategic goals.
  • Developing Others: Ability to effectively support the growth and development of students/adults across all levels of the organization.
  • Innovation: Imagines or realizes something new that helps to advance the strategic objectives of the organization. Introduces new ways of looking at problems. Can take a creative idea and put into practice. Embraces diverse perspectives to promote or nurture innovation. Fosters interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary work.
  • Collaboration: The interpersonal and intrapersonal qualities one will leverage to collectively solve a problem or make progress toward a common goal. The ability to work with others to complete a project or task or develop ideas or processes.
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Analyzes and integrates trends and patterns based on diverse information and perspectives to determine the root causes of problems, identify the best course of action, and prioritize efforts. Develops new insights and formulates creative solutions, considering the impact and implications of recommendations in the context of overall vision, goals, and objectives.
  • Leadership: Leads others in a way that masterfully leverages their strengths and manages liabilities, skillfully promotes collaboration, effectively navigates conflict, and inspires and motivates. Knows how to engage and retain employees, conduct difficult conversations, and manage operations. Models ethical behavior and the mission and core values of the institution.
  • Communication: Exceptional ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as deep listening skills to gain understanding.
  • Cultural Competence: Possesses and applies the skills, values, and principles that acknowledge, respect, contribute, and work effectively across cultural differences. Recognizes the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person who comes to the community.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates high levels of self/social awareness, self-management, empathy, and curiosity.

Job Type: Administrative
Job Category: Senior Leadership
Employment Type: Full-Time Permanent