Job Duration: Indefinite

Minimum Education: BA/BS

Minimum Experience: 3-5 years



The Willows Community School gets its name from the willow, a tree that grows quickly and whose branches bend but do not break. This is exactly the kind of school culture and spirit that exists at this DK to grade 8, independent day school founded just over 25 years ago in a small warehouse. The Willows is now located on 4 acres in the diverse and vibrant community of Culver City, California, a center for film and television production adjacent to Los Angeles. Like its surrounding community, The Willows is warm and vibrant, offering an exciting place to learn and develop. Creativity and innovation have for decades been at the core of this school, which also values mindfulness, character emphasis, and meaningful contributions to the community.

The Willows is just entering an exciting strategic planning phase. With its founding head guiding this process as she begins to implement her succession plan, The Willows is starting to vision what its next chapter will look like. One foundational pillar for that next chapter is a new leadership team structure, which starting with the 2022-2023 school year will include three assistant heads overseeing different areas of school life — advancement, student services, and academics — along with a chief financial and operating officer. With two assistant heads and the CFOO already on staff and preparing for their new roles, the school is now ready to search for the final member of its leadership cabinet: an assistant head of school for academics. The assistant head of school for academics will lead several important areas, including faculty development and growth, the curricular program, and the school’s DEI program. The Willows is not a place that operates in silos, but rather a school that embraces cross-training and cross-functional collaboration. Thus, the right educational leader would be someone who, like the willow tree, is flexible in their work style and ready to spread their roots across a wide domain, while supporting others who do the same. The assistant head of school for academics starts July 1, 2022 and reports to the head of school.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.



Applications Accepted Starting: October 8, 2021

Application Deadline: November 18, 2021 at 5pm PST

On-site Final Round: Week of December 6

Decision Announced: December 22, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2022




  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the academic program, including all aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum, and assessment
  • Foster a culture of faculty growth and oversee the annual process of teacher goal setting and evaluation
  • Provide counsel and guidance to families, faculty, and staff on matters of curriculum and pedagogy
  • Promote a culture of academic excellence and innovation by serving as a visible presence and inspiring spokesperson among faculty and parents
  • Oversee academic innovation and curricular change, and lead the implementation of the strategic vision for The Willows’ academic program
  • Stay on top of current trends, research, and emerging ideas in the education landscape in order to support academic invention and transformative change
  • Lead evaluations — both quantitative and qualitative — of the academic program to measure the impact and efficacy of student learning
  • Establish and maintain thoughtful curricular and programmatic partnerships both regionally and nationally



  • A graduate degree in education or a relevant field
  • A love of PK-8 education, and a readiness to support all learning journeys of a diverse student body and faculty
  • Prior teaching in a PK-8 school
  • A successful track record leading academic initiatives and programs
  • Experience as a school administrator guiding, coaching, leading, and/or supervising faculty
  • Immersion in diversity work—both in training and in implementation—and a commitment to fostering culturally competent and inclusive classrooms
  • An ability to design and implement organizational systems, educational models, and operational protocols in support of all aspects of the academic program
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills—both written and oral



For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

The Willows Community School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All individuals without regard to race, color, religion, natural origin, age, sex, or disability are provided equitable opportunities and access to programs administered under the auspices of The Willows Community School.


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