Director's Dispatch: The Search for a New Director Has Begun


The search is on for a new director who will start in August 2022. The process will take about four months and is already underway. The ISD Board of Trustees formed a Search Committee on January 21. The first step was to select a firm that specializes in the recruitment of school directors. After reviewing proposals from five companies, the Search Committee selected RG 175. Ninety-six percent of the heads placed in the last five years remain at their respective schools. In addition, nearly 50% of their placements have been women and 20% have been people of color. The lead consultants are Coreen Hester, the former head of the American School of London and a private school in San Francisco, and Mark Ulfers, who served as head of school at the American School of Paris as well international schools in Frankfurt and Taipei.

The first phase of the search is the discovery phase where the consultants will use feedback from the ISD community to determine the major issues facing the school in the next three to five years and the important professional and personal qualities of the next director. The consultants will meet with the Search Committee during the week of February 15th and then meet with the full Board during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on February 18th. The consultants will do a virtual visit to our community the week of February 22 meeting with a wide range of stakeholders including students, faculty, support staff, and parents. Prior to the visit, the consultants have asked us to survey students, staff, parents, and board members to gather written feedback as well. (look for this survey next week.) We encourage as many parents as possible to participate in the survey and meeting with the consultants. The parent meeting will be on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:00pm. A Zoom link will be sent closer to the date.

After the virtual visit the consultants will use the data they gathered from their conversations and the surveys to prepare an 8 to 10-page position description for the Search Committee to review and approve. The position will be widely advertised. In addition, the lead consultants and the school community will reach out via their networks to encourage strong candidates to apply. As with all of our recruiting, we will endeavor to have a diverse pool of candidates. The consultants will conduct initial interviews and present a list of candidates for the Search Committee to interview. The Search Committee will then select three or four finalists.

Each finalist will interact virtually with a wide range of ISD stakeholders over a two day period. Students, staff, and parents will have the opportunity to interview each finalist in large groups and provide feedback to the Search Committee and the Board. Finalists will also meet with the senior leadership and be interviewed by the Board of Trustees. Based on the interviews, feedback from the community and the reference checks, the Board will select the next Director by late May or early June.


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