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Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Community

Castilleja School invites nominations and applications for an experienced, innovative, and dynamic leader to serve as Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Community. The Assistant Head will guide Castilleja forward, in partnership with faculty and the senior leadership team, to align curriculum development and all programming across divisions and to promote equity and inclusion as guiding principles in the curriculum and community culture.

Castilleja is a dynamic, diverse, and intentional educational community for girls and young women in grades 6-12 that believes in the power of women learning and women leading. Founded in 1907, Castilleja originally opened its doors to prepare young women for college, and today the school’s mission is to educate young women to become confident thinkers and compassionate leaders with a sense of purpose to effect change in the world. Located in the beautiful, vibrant community of Palo Alto, California, Castilleja educates 430 students from 50 neighborhoods throughout the Bay Area.

Reporting to and partnering with the Head of School, the Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Community will support curriculum development and pedagogy that promote 21st century knowledge and skills: the integration of the critical tenets of diversity, inclusion, equity, and interdisciplinary content, and collaboration, communication, and creativity. The Assistant Head will oversee academic and experiential learning: the ACE Center (Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement), which houses DEI Leadership, community partnerships, and Global programs; the Bourn Lab, home to the school’s makerspace, design studio, and robotics lab; and the Margarita Espinosa Library, the center of research and media literacy.

Castilleja believes that student-centered inquiry is at the core of student learning. Initiative, agility, and purpose are the essential qualities fostered in young women learning and leading at Castilleja to become confident thinkers, compassionate leaders and global citizens. Castilleja’s faculty, staff, and students value and respect each other and demonstrate a shared commitment to the mission of the school. All members of the community enjoy access to the comprehensive cultural, educational, environmental, and industry resources within Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.  

Please send all nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest in confidence to:

Sherry Coleman, Partner
Staci Williams Seeley, Associate
Storbeck Search & Associates