Assistant Head of School

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

CalWest’s client school, Cow Hollow School, is seeking an Assistant Head of School to begin July 30, 2024.

This search is being conducted exclusively by Dr. Shoshanna Lurie, Senior Search Consultant. If you are interested in this opportunity, please forward your email and cover letter to

Please do not contact Cow Hollow School, all interested candidates will be directed to CalWest.

If you are passionate about early childhood education and have the leadership skills to help our school thrive, we encourage you to read the full opportunity statement HERE and apply for the position of Assistant Head of School.

CalWest 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
  • Authorization to live and work in the United States

Client School Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Educational Leadership, or a related field.
  • Must meet requirements for the Child Development Program Director Permit and obtain permit within 1 month of hire
  • Previous experience working in a leadership role in a school or early childhood education setting.
  • Strong knowledge of early childhood development, curriculum design, and educational best practices.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including staff, parents, and community members.
  • Familiarity with state licensing regulations and accreditation standards for school programs.


  • Collaborate with the Head of School in evolving and implementing the school’s vision, mission, and goals.
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of the school, including scheduling and payroll, benefits administration, and developing or maintaining policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.
  • Oversee budgeting, financial planning, and resource allocation to ensure fiscal sustainability. Monitor financial performance and make recommendations for improvements as needed.
  • Provide regular updates and reports to the Board of Directors, including financial analyses and recommendations to support strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Assist in recruiting, hiring, and training qualified school teachers and staff.
  • Oversee the creation, negotiation, and administration of employment contracts for faculty, staff, and administrative personnel within the school. Manage the process of contract renewals and extensions for existing employees through to terminations.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, keeping them informed about their child’s progress, upcoming events, and school policies.
  • Act as a liaison between the school and the community, building positive relationships with families, local organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Work with the Head of School to assess the effectiveness of the school program, using data and feedback to make informed decisions.
  • Implement quality assurance measures to ensure that the program meets or exceeds state licensing requirements and accreditation standards.

Salary Range

$110,000 – $150,000

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