Assistant Head of School for Academics

Menlo Park, California
May 12, 2021
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type


PBS is conducting a search for its most-senior academic and pedagogical leader. The school seeks applications from accomplished educators who want to take PBS to greater heights of academic excellence and instructional practice as the assistant head of school for academics.

Although the application period will not open until September, PBS would actively welcome early expressions of interest and nominations. Qualified prospective candidates will have an opportunity for an exploratory conversation prior to the summer break.

This new role comes at an important inflection point for PBS and other independent schools. Since March 2020, teachers and learners have been required to use new learning models and modalities of instruction. PBS has been successful educating its students during the pandemic thanks to the inventor’s mindset that is part of its academic culture: Drawing on faculty expertise, finding creative ways to deliver the curriculum, and developing strategies to support an on-campus program and a distance learning program. The 2021-2022 school year requires further creativity as schools educate students in the next phase of COVID. PBS remains on a strong footing to realize its dual goal of offering a premier academic program and intentionally teaching essential social-emotional skills required for student resilience and learning independence.

PBS views this time in its history as a transformative opportunity. The school is poised to leverage its strengths and build an ambitious and aspirational future. As a top-notch elementary school, PBS wants to be an educational model that other schools look to for inspiration. The PBS community looks forward to welcoming its new senior leader to achieve this exciting future: assistant head of school for academics (AHoS). Reporting to the head of school, the AHoS will lead the academic program; oversee school-wide instructional practices; recruit, evaluate, and retain a talented faculty; drive academic strategy; and be the leadership thought-partner that puts PBS’s academic program into the center of overall institutional strategy. This position will be an essential member of the administrative team, oversee daily academic operations, and lead the faculty. PBS is excited to onboard this new position on July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement.

For more information please visit the following link, which is the official page of the search.



Early Expressions of Interest and Nominations: May 11 – June 11, 2021

Conversations with Qualified Potential Applicants: Now through mid-June

Opportunity Statement Posted: Mid-August

Applications Accepted Starting: September 1, 2021

Application Deadline: September 24 at 5:00pm PDT

Remote Semifinal Round: Early October

In-Person Final Round: Late October

Decision Announced: Early-to-Mid November

Start Date: July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement


Areas of Responsibility

  • Design and build the academic program of the future
  • Promote a culture of academic excellence and innovation
  • Evaluate the student learning experience and academic outcomes
  • Serve as an institutional leader and respected thought partner

What PBS Seeks Most

  • Expertise with academics, pedagogy, and student learning outcomes: the brilliance areas for our candidates
  • Exceptional management skills that help to build ownership and coalesce the team around key initiatives
  • Rigorous work ethic balanced with a warm spirit
  • Data-driven decision-making and change leadership that seek consensus and demonstrate decisiveness
  • Commitment to identifying areas of improvement for the academic program, not settling into business as usual


PBS is an exceptional and highly respected independent elementary school located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Dr. Scott Erickson has been head of school since 2011. Under his stewardship the school has demonstrated tremendous growth across the board: academics, faculty hiring and development, diversity and inclusion, middle school placement, expanded student programming, admission, financial health, and philanthropy. Scott is excited to appoint an experienced and dynamic academic leader to join a collaborative and high-performing administrative team. The AHoS role is an opportunity to lead PBS in its next phase of academic improvement and growth, as well as to be mentored by a nationally engaged head of school. We invite you to watch a brief video from Scott, who offers his perspectives about this new role and how you would be an integral part of leading transformational change at PBS.


Educational leaders are encouraged to express their interest in this role from May 11 through June 11. Nominations are welcomed and encouraged.  To do this, please visit:


Qualified prospective candidates will have an opportunity for an exploratory conversation prior to the summer break. A full opportunity statement with application instructions and a complete search timeline will be posted in mid-August. The application period will run from September 1 through 24.  PBS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and PBS actively seeks expressions of interest and applications from persons of color.

PBS provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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