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Job Type:
Full Time
Apply To:
Friends Western School c/o Hiring Committee
(626) 793-2727
Lower School, Administration
Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Job Description:

Friends Western School (FWS) is a cooperative Quaker elementary school in Pasadena, California that values inquiry, participation, examination, and reflection. We believe in each child’s natural curiosity and compassion and we work with each student to nurture a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of integrity.

The Position

 The Head of School supports and fulfills Friends Western School’s mission, vision and goals; provides educational leadership; ensures the school’s current vitality and future stability; instills strong Quaker values into the school; and manages the daily operations of the School in collaboration with faculty, parent members and the Board of Directors.


 The Head of School’s essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

Educational program: ● In conjunction with faculty, facilitate, integrate, and assess educational elements of the school. ● Also in conjunction with faculty, develop and oversee all educational elements of the school, which include grade level classes, specialty programs, co-curricular, extracurricular, and after-school programs. ● Work with the faculty to ensure that the curriculum, related activities and school experience for children is consistent and progresses in accordance with the school's mission from year to year. This includes all subjects as well as social/emotional facets of the school community. ● Understand and pursue the most current educational research and propose and help incorporate new programs to advance the educational mission of the school.

Personnel: ● Provide leadership through the hiring and retaining of excellent faculty, support curriculum with resources and feedback, and ensure the school's overall vitality and integrity among the school and community. ● Work with the Board of Directors by attending regular monthly meetings and communicating through e-mail, phone and in-person meetings to create personnel policies, maintain personnel records, update and improve Bylaws, employee handbooks and agreements; and to facilitate a dialogue between Board and Faculty to implement pre-existing or developing protocols in support of school goals. ● Collaborate with the Treasurer to maintain financial records and provide input in financial decisions for the school. ● Coordinate professional development policies and plans for all full & part-time teachers and school staff. ● Coordinate procedures to provide coverage in classrooms as needed. ● Provide direct supervision to Teaching, After Care, and Specialty staff and parents monitoring the school yard.

Community Relations: ● Engage fully in the daily life of the school, provide educational leadership and be a skilled spokesperson for the school’s vibrant educational program. ● Foster positive relationships with families. ● Keep the FWS community informed of activities and school events through regular written correspondence. ● Attend monthly membership meetings and collaborate with the Board to create and execute agenda items. ● Work closely with the FWS Board of Directors in developing school policy and furthering the mission of the school. Students ● Develop positive relationships with students. ● Provide support for the conflict resolution program and challenging student behavior to teachers and staff, including facilitating parent meetings. ● Engage in conflict resolution practices with students, faculty and community members; ● Work with faculty and Board of Directors to create and administer behavior improvement plans as necessary. ● Lead and coordinate with teachers to provide oversight for all-school events.

Operations: ● Work closely with administration and Board members on admissions, enrollment, retention, development, fundraising, and middle school placement to support FWS. ● Work closely with the Board of Directors in matters of fiduciary responsibility, including but not limited to increasing enrollment and retention, practical and sustained marketing within and throughout our internal and extended community, fundraising, and annual auditing of school goals and best practices. ● Oversee school site and faculty. ● Promote FWS and represent FWS in the larger educational community. ● Participate in and lead school tours/info events as needed. ● In conjunction with the Board of Directors, the faculty and membership, develop and revise School’s Strategic Plan. ● Ensure that FWS maintains its status as a Friends Council on Education (FCE) member through regular communication with FCE staff, attendance of workshops, and writing and submitting information and auditing materials to FCE, as needed.

Applicant Requirements:

Qualities Ideal Candidates Should Possess: ● Passion for Quaker education or a willingness to learn and embrace the crucial aspects of Quaker education. ● A commitment to integrating diversity, multiculturalism, globalism and the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship into the community. ● Insight to embrace, expand, and communicate a vision for FWS to inspire and unite teachers, parents, and prospective families. ● Collaborative leadership with a focus on inclusiveness and respect while balancing the ability to co-lead and to make decisions when necessary. ● Effective partnering when working closely with the Board of Directors to govern and maintain FWS’s mission and vision.

Qualifications: ● Minimum five years of school leadership experience (e.g. administrator, program director or division head). ● Teaching experience at the elementary level. ● Graduate degree in education or equivalent experience. ● Proven strength in interpersonal skills and human resource management. ● Skills in participatory decision making, academic and public communication, and educational innovation and assessment. ● Solid knowledge of sound fiscal management and budgeting practices. ● Excellent decision making and problem solving skills. ● Effective communication and presentation skills. ● Have a willingness to learn about Quaker education and the ability to incorporate it into their leadership skills and decision making process.

Candidates should submit the following materials to or Head of School Search Committee, Friends Western School, 524 East Orange Grove Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104-4351. A cover letter explaining their interests and qualifications for becoming the next Head of School; a current resume; a brief personal statement; and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.

FWS is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to promoting diversity in the workplace and to seeking a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates. FWS does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, gender or gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

Job Posting Expiration Date: 07/31/2019
Non-discriminatory Statement:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Position Level:
Lower School, Administration
School Name:  Friends Western School
Street Address: 524 E Orange Grove Blvd.
City: Pasadena
State: CA
Zip Code: 91104
Country: USA
Phone: 6268172481
Dean of Students: Leilani Brooks
Founding Date:
Day / Boarding: Day Only
Age / Grade Levels: K-5
Enrollment Size: 45
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Admissions Contact: Diane Reynolds
Admissions Email:

04/04/2019 524 E Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104

Country: USA
524 E Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91104

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