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Head of School

Bixby School | Boulder CO 80301 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 11/30/2012

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Bixby is an independent nonprofit school, deeply rooted in the values of progressive education for over forty years. Our 135 preschool through fifth-grade students are nurtured in a rare educational structure on a child-centered campus. Students move independently from one content area classroom to another in small groups. The committed teachers at Bixby are experts in their subject area and create a whole child curriculum grounded in academics, emphasizing inquiry, critical thinking and deep understanding, while supporting individualized social-emotional growth. Student progress is tracked through alternative assessments, including an extensive rubric of student growth which provides the basis for our in-depth parent conferences. At Bixby, children have an active role in their education, taking responsibility for themselves and others in ways that prepare them for the world beyond Bixby. Our three acre facility, located in scenic Boulder, Colorado, includes an indoor swimming pool, two huge sandboxes, an amphitheater, playing fields and a one-of-kind 3600 square foot playground known as Lower Yard--a maze of climbing structures and ropes, platforms and swings that make for a remarkable and imaginative play area. This is a close-knit community, permeated by a strong sense of trust and common purpose, striving to ensure that every member is respected, listened to, and valued.



The Head of School is responsible for promoting Bixby School’s mission and core beliefs as well as the day-to-day operation of the school, including the supervision of approximately 35 preschool, elementary, after school, summer and administrative personnel.  Many of these duties are shared among members of the administrative team, which consists of the Head of School, Academic Director, Preschool Director, Office Administrator and Facilities Director.



  • Ensure that Bixby School’s programs fulfill the vision and standards described by our mission and core beliefs while maintaining accreditation and licensure
  • Oversee the preschool, elementary, after school and summer programs in conjunction with the Preschool and Academic Directors
  • Hire and supervise all personnel in conjunction with the Preschool and Academic Directors
  • Serve as the key advisor to the Board of Trustees in setting the strategic and philosophical direction of Bixby School
  • Work with the Board treasurer and bookkeeper to establish the operating and capital budgets, pay ranges and compensation budget; manage the operating, capital and compensation budgets
  • Direct all development activities, including recruitment, community outreach, and fundraising
  • Interact with parents in regard to policies, practices, and individual student issues
  • Work directly with students in a variety of ways (e.g., teaching in area of expertise, emergency substitute teaching, and addressing discipline concerns) 
  • Direct other administrative activities, such as health and safety compliance matters and emergency preparedness
  • Coordinate with the teaching staff the use of alternative assessments such as the Rubric for Student Growth (© 2012 Bixby School), and oversee the scheduling of subsequent parent/school conferences



  • Master’s degree in education required; Ph.D. in education desired
  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience; early childhood and/or elementary highly preferred
  • At least three years experience as director/principal, assistant director/assistant principal, preferably in an independent, private, or charter school; principal licensure desired
  • Experience in nonprofit administration highly preferred
  • Additional knowledge that would enhance the effective operation of the school or the provision of a high-quality education program (such as—but not limited to—child development, progressive education, counseling, special education, gifted/talented education, differentiated instruction, alternative assessments, educational technology)
  • Demonstrated passion for providing top-level education that recognizes the needs of individual students while maintaining a disciplined, cooperative environment (see mission and core beliefs)
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully recruit and retain motivated and dedicated teaching personnel  






APPLICATION DEADLINE: All final materials due by January 15, 2013


TO APPLY: Send 1) Letter of interest outlining skills and abilities and 2) Current resume detailing education and professional experience before December 31, 2012 to email address below. After an initial screening, continuing candidates will be invited to complete an application and provide additional written materials by January 15, 2013.




Bixby School is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its educational programs or activities.


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Location Boulder, CO, United States
Categories Head of School/Principal
Organization Type Independent/Private School
Grade Level Pre-School/Early Childhood, Elementary 1-3, Elementary 4-6
Teaching field Early Childhood Education
Experience Years 5 yrs

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Contact Name Bixby School Search Advisory Committee
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Primary Phone 303-494-7508
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