Head of School Search

Buxton School in Williamstown, MA has engaged DovetailED to lead the school’s search for its next Head of School to begin in July 2024.  Interested and qualified candidates should review the Position Overview and Application Instructions and submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references as a single PDF document to Zack Lehman, President of DovetailED, at zack@dovetailedsourcing.com. Applications will be reviewed and prioritized upon submission and must be received no later than February 1, 2024.  Please refrain from contacting the school directly.

We are seeking an innovative and visionary Head of School who shares our passion for progressive education. As a central part of the leadership team of our close-knit community, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing an educational philosophy that goes beyond traditional boundaries, and take on the mantle of keeping the school in good financial health for many years to come. The ideal candidate will foster a culture of inclusivity and will be dedicated to creating an environment where students thrive, embrace their individuality, and are equipped with the skills to make a positive impact on the world.

Search Timeline

  • January 16, 2024 | Search Launched
  • January 16 – February 1, 2024 | Application Period
  • January 22 – January 31, 2024 | All-Constituent Survey Period
  • February 2 – February 7, 2024 | Applicant Review
  • February 15 – 16, 2024 | Semifinalist Interviews (via Zoom)
  • March 3 – 8, 2024 | Finalist On-Campus Visits
  • April 2024 | Appointment Announcement
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FAQ

What is the role of The Leadership Committee of the Board of Trustees?

Buxton School’s Board of Trustees embraces our paramount responsibilities of both ensuring the School’s long-term sustainability and supporting the School’s leadership in delivering on our mission. To satisfy these primary duties, the Board has launched a search for Buxton’s next head of school. While the Leadership and the Search Committee have clearly defined roles and responsibilities, there will be opportunities for the entire Buxton community to be involved.

Why conduct a national Head of School Search?

The Board of Trustees is committed to a process that is thorough, fair, inclusive, and transparent. We recognize the importance of upholding the integrity of the search process and making a well-informed decision regarding the hiring of the next Head of School. To ensure this, we are committed to conducting a national search that adheres to the best practices established by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). As stewards of the School, it is the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to appoint a new head of school who will secure the future of the Buxton School.

What is the role of DovetailED?

The Leadership of the Board of Trustees has engaged DovetailED Talent Sourcing, a nationally recognized search firm known for its innovative and impactful leadership search model. Their expertise in independent schools, familiarity with Buxton’s mission, and extensive network of capable educators will guide us in selecting the ideal head of school to lead Buxton.

Will internal candidates be considered?

Yes. Internal candidates should ideally go through a process that aligns with that of external candidates.

How can members of the Buxton community participate?

We deeply value the voices of our Buxton community members. We highly encourage you to share your feedback with us through the all-constituent survey. We want to hear your thoughts on the qualities, skills, and characteristics you desire in the next head of school. Your input is vital as we strive for growth and change. We also welcome nominations for consideration. Please send your nominations to Zack Lehman at DovetailED via email at zack@dovetailedsourcing.com. Additionally, the community can expect to learn about and meet with finalist candidates in early March. This will be a unique opportunity for the community to interact with the candidates and provide feedback.

Can I nominate someone for the Head of School position?

If you would like to nominate a candidate, please contact Zack Lehman at DovetailED by email at zack@dovetailedsourcing.com.

Can I contact the Board of Trustees with additional questions?

Feel free to contact the board with questions at HeadSearch@BuxtonSchool.org

Community Communications

Search Committee

  • John Benjamin ‘86 (BSAA Board Member)
  • Josh Fincke ‘93
  • Katherine Finkelstein (Faculty)
  • Brian Ford ‘09
  • Nancy Glowa ‘73
  • John Guenther ‘61
  • Frank Jackson (Co-Director and Faculty)
  • Jessie Mezzacappa ‘85
  • Rebecca Plona (current parent)
  • Zoe Rosenbloom ‘10 (Faculty and Trustee)
  • Marco Williams ‘75
  • Sarah Workneh (Trustee)

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