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Head of School

Houston, TX

Job Category: Administration

Posted on June 20, 2018

About the School:

The Parish School is a private, non-profit, coeducational school, for children ages 2-12, with a maximum enrollment of 150. The school is located in West Houston on a 17-acre campus. Founded in 1983 by Houston native, Robbin Parish, MA, CCC-SLP, the goal and mission for the school remain the same today: to educate children with communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. Her vision is shared by an affiliate, The Carruth Center, a private, non-profit pediatric therapy clinic located on campus. By providing a supportive learning environment with student to teacher ratio of 5:1, children are able to tell their story, to share their feelings, and to discover their voice. The School features a highly collaborative environment where education is focused on the whole child. Known as The Parish Way, this fully-integrated approach includes an experience-based curriculum, communication and auditory support, and a social-emotional learning program. Additionally, academic preparation is enhanced by an arts and sciences program and a outdoor learning environment. The Parish School is dedicated to educating its students and working with parents and families to nurture and advocate for a child's strengths and identify their learning needs.

The Position:

The person chosen to assume the Head of School will be offered an extraordinary opportunity. This national search will identify a candidate who will inherit a qualified and tenured faculty, devoted families, and excellent institutional reputation. The successful candidate will demonstrate effective leadership in overseeing day-to-day School and Clinic operations, recruiting and retaining outstanding teachers, and shaping the quality of life in the school community. The Head of School will foster the traditions, relationships, and practices that determine the climate and culture of the campus.

The successful candidate should be:

  • A person who has the ability to set vision and priorities for the future success of The Parish School and its students
  • One committed to educational best practices and professional development of the faculty
  • A person with demonstrated ability to recruit, supervise, retain, and empower faculty
  • Approachable and compassionate
  • One with financial acuity needed to manage a special needs school and comfortable with advancement and fundraising
  • A person consistent in making firm and fair decisions
  • An effective communicator with verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • A person who will value the culture and traditions of the School

This person should have:

  • An advanced degree in education, speech language pathology, or related field
  • The ability to inspire, engage, and bring joy to the community
  • A genuine, positive, and warm personality and one who makes others feel comfortable, included and respected
  • The flexibility to set and change priorities as circumstances dictate
  • Compassion with families, students, and faculty as they struggle with challenging situations


Allison Lorimer, Consultant
The Education Group
Telephone: 214.587.3694

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