Head of Schools
The Head of Schools leads a passionate, dedicated team of school leaders to realize the vision of high-performing, personalized schools for all Summit Public Schools’ students and families across a subset of the 11 Summit campuses.
As a senior leader on the Schools Team, the Head of Schools will partner with other Heads of Schools and the Superintendent to provide leadership and vision for Summit campuses across California’s Bay Area and is accountable for sustaining and improving academic excellence and student achievement across Summit schools. The Head of Schools is responsible for developing, supporting and holding accountable school leaders to build world-class, personalized schools.
The ideal candidate is an experienced school leader and educator with an expertise in running successful school environments, coaching teams of faculty and staff, and meeting student outcomes. Familiarity with Summit Learning or personalized learning is strongly preferred.
Who We Are:
What if all students graduated high school with both the content knowledge and also the habits and skills necessary to successfully navigate college and career? This is the question that guides our mission at Summit Public Schools. Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 11 schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington state. Historically, 98 percent of Summit graduates are accepted four-year colleges, and Summit graduates complete college at double the national average.
Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.
What You'll Do:
Develop and Oversee School Leaders
- Develop and retain high performing school leaders
- Coach, support and manage a team of school leaders
- Implement frameworks and tools for evaluating school leaders
- Collaborate with school leader to establish accountability and performance measures for each school by setting clear goals for culture, achievement and talent and managing towards them; adapting as necessary
- Support school leaders in attracting, developing, and retaining their faculty
- Support schools to ensure full student enrollment each year
- Collaborate with the Superintendent, Learning Experience team lead and senior leaders across the organization to develop a robust pipeline for future leadership development, including directors and deans.
- Support leaders in meeting all state, county and district compliance requirements.
- Implement frameworks, tools and processes for selecting exceptional talent
- Support school leaders in developing strong, positive relationships with families and parents.
Co-lead School Leader Professional Development
- Provide meaningful and high impact leadership development for school leaders across the organization and work with leaders across the adult learning team to codify educator learning for a wide audience
- Co-develop, implement, and assess the strategic vision and goals for the team of Summit school leaders
- Cultivate a culture of collaboration and accountability to ensure fidelity to Summit’s organization-wide, academic and operational model
- Identify and share best practices across sites
- Facilitate the establishment of highly effective communities of practice among school leaders
Serve as a Strategic Partner
- Work with the Superintendent and senior directors across the organization to develop strategies for communication, goals and strategic plans
- Coordinate with the leaders of the strategic services and Research & Development teams to provide tools, services, and strategies for differentiated school-level support
- Model Summit’s core organizational values
What You Need:
Key Qualities and Skills
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
- Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- Master’s Degree in education, educational administration, or a related field is strongly preferred.
- 4+ years of experience as a school administrator is required; experience leading a high performing school and/or network of schools is strongly preferred.
- 4+ years teaching experience is required.
- Ability to travel to multiple school sites.
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check.
Who You Are:
- You maintain high expectations for all students and believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
- You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
- You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
- You are data-driven and have the ability to collect, evaluate, and utilize data in meaningful ways.
- You have a track record of success in leading a school or schools to high levels of performance.
- You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
- You possess strong people management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group of school leaders, staff members, and community members.
- You are skilled at managing groups of leaders through fast-paced iterative design cycles.
- You have an ability to focus on long-term outcomes and think broadly on how to adjust structures to meet desired outcomes.
- You have a strategic mindset when it comes to executing professional development initiatives.
- You take initiative and ownership in driving your work to meet personal and team goals.
- You have the ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
- You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
- You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.
What you get:
Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 week-long organizational closures during the year.
We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
We don't just encourage diversity and inclusion—we believe it's a requirement for us to be successful in our mission of helping all children succeed. Since we serve a diverse community of schools, educators, parents, and students, we need our team members to bring a broad range of lived experiences to the table with them. This is the only way we can ensure we are staying close to the work and building an authentic relationship with the people we serve.