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Head of School

Position Type Administrator
Start 07/01/2021
School Name Northwest School, The
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 09/15/2020

The Northwest School, a 6-12 grade international day and boarding school, invites nominations and applications for a mission-aligned, thoughtful, and experienced leader for the position of Permanent Head of School for July 2021.

The ideal candidate for the Head of School position will demonstrate the following leadership qualities:

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Warm, caring person with high emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated success in developing positive, supportive, and trusting relationships with students, faculty, and families
  • Fidelity to DEI and social justice work that is inclusive of and responsive to all identities
  • Commitment to collaboration, transparency, and accountability as a leader
  • Alignment with our mission and strategic framework

Located in the urban core of Seattle, a city known for thought leadership and innovation, The Northwest School is a community of 450 students, offering a unique college preparatory experience, thriving arts and athletic programs, and a friendly and supportive environment. Graduates of The Northwest School attend some of the top universities in the nation and overseas. It is the only school in Seattle with a coeducational international boarding program and enjoys a national reputation as a vibrant intellectual community.

The Northwest School is idealistic about the role and purpose of education and aims to spark a sense of wonder, purpose, and agency in young people. The importance of intellectual vigor is vital to every classroom experience. Teachers inspire students to own their education and discover a love of learning in ways that are meaningful to them. The centrality of the arts in the academic program is crucial to the development of creative and intellectual agility that animates learning across all academic disciplines. Members of the Northwest School community engage deeply with issues of social justice and environmental stewardship. The curriculum, supported by international programs and partnerships, affords students opportunities to develop a truly global perspective and define their place in the world. Students grow into humane world citizens who are critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective communicators. The Northwest School is a diverse and inclusive community that is ready to meet the moment.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

herry Coleman, Consulting Partner

Sherry Coleman, Consulting Partner

Julia Patton, Senior Associate

Staci Williams Seeley, Associate


The Northwest School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, or any other traits or characteristics protected by law.

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