What does our search consultant do?
Our search consultant, Barb Egan, has already proven to be very helpful to the Search Committee. She reviewed our HOS Opportunity Statement, assisted in posting the opportunity, conducted our survey, assisted in aggregating our open-ended questions survey data and focus group comments and provided interview training to the Search Committee. She will continue to advise the Search Committee throughout the HOS search process.
What is the cost of the HOS search process?
It’s difficult at this point to estimate the total cost of the HOS search process. The majority of our costs will be related to travel and expenses for the finalist visits to MSE. We will have a better understanding of those costs once we know where our finalists will be coming from. We saved a considerable amount of typical HOS search process cost by not engaging an external search firm. Our search consultant cost is a fraction of what an external search firm would cost. The biggest cost is the time that our Search Committee and our community members are investing in the process.
Does the school pay for relocation for the new HOS?
Typically, a stipend is provided for relocation if the new HOS is moving in order to take the position.
Is there a step in the process where background checking happens?
Yes, background checks will be conducted before finalist candidates are selected. In addition, we will be performing thorough reference checks.
Will the finalist candidates come to visit MSE and will staff be invited to interview?
Yes, similar to the HOS search process in 2014, the Search Committee will invite finalists to visit MSE for a couple of days. Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet the finalists for Q&A and provide feedback to the Search Committee.
What if I have input for the Search Committee later in the process after the survey and focus groups are finished?
The Search Committee feels it is vital that community input is considered throughout the process. Please continue to use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address to communicate any questions, concerns or input. We are open to scheduling separate meetings with anyone who would like to meet with Search Committee members at any point in the process.
Will the Search Committee consider recommending an interim HOS if a strong candidate is not identified through the search process?
Yes, the timeline for the current search process is a guideline, not a mandate. We will not sacrifice our school’s needs and desires by rushing if the right candidate is not identified through the process this fall.
Is Montessori certification a requirement for candidates?
The Board is committed to maintaining our dual accreditation with ACIS and AMS and AMS’ new requirements include the Montessori Administrator credential for Heads of School. Based on this, the Montessori Administrator credential is desired. However, candidates with an affinity for Montessori philosophy and practices who do not have this credential will be considered if they are willing to complete the required training.
Will internal candidates be considered?
What if I have an internal candidate to recommend to the Search Committee?
You should encourage the internal candidate that you have in mind to consider applying but please do not share internal candidate recommendations with Search Committee members. Internal candidates will receive equal consideration as part of the search process but the Search Committee does not feel it is appropriate to actively recruit specific individuals currently employed by MSE.
Where is the HOS job posting posted?
The HOS Job Posting has been posted on the following websites: ACIS, AMS, CMA, EDI, LinkedIn, MECR, NAIS, and NAMTA.
Why isn’t there representation from Troutdale or Primary on the Search Committee?
The Board felt it was very important to limit the size of the Search Committee to seven members given the tight timeframe for the process. Because of this, it wasn’t possible to put a faculty member from every building and every level on the committee. The Board felt confident that input specific to campus locations and levels could be gathered through the survey and focus groups. Each Search Committee member is charged with taking all input from our school community into account for the HOS search and not representing any one group or all of one group.
Why isn’t there a member of administration on the Search Committee?
The Board did not feel it was appropriate for administrative staff to serve as members of the Search Committee because they report directly to the Head of School. The Search Committee will take administrative feedback into account for evaluation criteria and interviewing through the survey and focus groups. Additionally, we expect that administrative staff will be involved in interviewing and providing feedback on candidates at the finalist stage of the process.