After a successful visit to Gordon in early April, Gordon's search consultants produced a detailed sixteen-page document describing the school and the position of Head of School.
The document is meant to serve as a briefing for anyone considering applying to be Gordon's next Head of School. The last pages are given over to a description of Gordon's next leader:
Gordon School’s next Head of School will be:
A passionate advocate for Gordon’s mission and its unwavering belief that the community is enriched by difference, inclusivity, and a commitment to social justice who:
Has had experience, professionally and personally, that provides a deep understanding of Gordon’s mission of inclusive engagement among community members of different races, religions, family structures and sexual orientations. The ability to lead the community to the next level of conversation and action is important.
Enthusiastically embraces the school’s commitment to a progressive, multicultural curriculum and recognizes the significance of its excellent academic, arts and athletic programs.
Delights in and celebrates the progress and growth of each learner and fosters a love of learning, curiosity and a questioning spirit for all.
A warm, engaging leader who fosters Gordon’s strong sense of community, connecting effectively with all constituents. He/she will:
Embody integrity and provide energetic, optimistic and confident leadership.
Have strong interpersonal skills that include empathy, sincerity, and humility. A sense of humor is a valuable quality.
Engage authentically with all constituents in the school community and with the community-at-large.
Connect with children of all ages in meaningful and joyful ways. Gordon’s size enables the Head of School to know every family well.
An experienced and innovative educator with the vision to lead Gordon in the evolving landscape of the 21st Century who has:
A thorough understanding of educational pedagogy and child development. Experience as a classroom teacher is an asset in understanding issues relating to the teaching and learning environment.
The ability to be an inspiring and effective leader for the faculty and staff who fosters a vibrant professional learning community, engages them in on-going reflection and builds strong teams.
The vision and courage to engage the community in bold and even daring ways as Gordon considers a range of forward-thinking opportunities: strengthening partnerships in the community-at-large, tapping new resources, increasing support for a range of learning styles, further integration of technology and expanding global connections.
An eloquent spokesperson with exceptional communication skills who is:
An excellent listener able to understand multiple perspectives so that all constituents feel heard. Navigating the complexities of a diverse community and engendering trust with an appropriate level of transparency are crucial.
A compelling champion for Gordon who can represent the school’s excellence and value to society to garner financial support in both traditional and creative ways.
A dynamic ambassador who can passionately market Gordon’s core values and its ‘value proposition’ to both internal and external audiences and raise its profile in the broader community.
A leader with significant senior administrative experience who is:
Strong and decisive and able to instill confidence as Gordon moves forward and pursues strategic initiatives.
Creative and tireless in pursuing additional sources of non-tuition revenue through innovative strategies and persuasive and authentic fundraising.
A collaborative ‘team player’ in his/her relationship with trustees, senior administrators, faculty and staff.
Able to recruit, support and retain Gordon’s excellent faculty and staff. The ability to delegate responsibility effectively and promote professional development is critical.
Adept at providing financial oversight as the school institutes a customized tuition plan, seeks to strengthen enrollment and makes wise decisions about the allocation of resources as Gordon addresses the challenge of financial sustainability.