February 5, 2020
Dear members of the Julia Morgan School for Girls Community,
As you know, our search professionals from Educational Directions, Risa Oganesoff Heersche and Mathew Heersche, were on campus January 30 and 31 to learn about JMSG’s community, and culture, hopes for the next head of school and the qualities we seek for this role.
If you did not have the chance to meet with them, there is still an opportunity to share your thoughts through our online survey—they’d love to hear from you. The survey is available by clicking on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JMSG21
. It will remain open until Monday, February 10
Mathew and Risa have shared their initial impressions with us. They noted that JMSG is a warm and welcoming community with a real sense of family, and one that lives out the spirit of its mission and its commitment to educating girls. They saw great opportunities for the next leader as we continue to move forward into our next chapter.
The next step is for Mathew and Risa to develop a search prospectus (position description) in which they will articulate the special aspects of our JMSG community, the opportunities for the next head of school, and the qualities we seek for this individual, both personally and professionally. This document will be shared with the search committee for review and approval and will be posted on our website.
This document will be used by Mathew and Risa as part of their recruitment efforts. Over the course of the next months, they will be marketing and recruiting for this opportunity. In addition to Educational Directions’ extensive database of prospects, they will be reaching out to individual educational leaders, executive directors of educational organizations, a variety of educational leadership programs, including those focusing on girls’ education and regional school associations to notify them of this wonderful opportunity.
Risa and Mathew will be identifying and screening top prospects whom they will present to the search committee. Our goal is to determine a group of top-level candidates and then narrow that number down to those individuals whom the search committee will interview. From that group will come finalists. There will be opportunities for school community members to meet the finalists at the appropriate time.
We look forward to the search process and will keep all members of our school community informed on its progress via regular updates.
Steve Chan Board President