Leadership Positions

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Tom Peters

Independent, private, international, and like-kind schools use Carney, Sandoe & Associates to fill their leadership positions — including head of school jobs, division head openings (upper school principal, middle school head, etc.), directors of development, directors of admissions, and other top opportunities — in two different ways.

Head of School and Key Administrator Opportunities

Most head of school or key administrator searches are run through our retained Search Group. If you're interested in head of school or other key administrator opportunities, review our list of current active searches.

Other Leadership Opportunities

Other leadership opportunities are filled in conjunction with our Placement Group. If you're interested in these roles, learn more below about what independent schools are looking for in these positions and apply today to become a job-seeking candidate with CS&A.

Recent News

05/13/2024 | , Eye-Catching Résumés for a Headship Are Accomplishment Driven

More often than not, as a job seeker your résumé precedes you. It is the first impression a potential school has of you – and is usually a quick one. At Carney, Sandoe & Associates, we see hundreds of résumés for aspiring and current heads of school each year. Some catch our eye and capture

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04/28/2024 | The Role of the President/Head of School in Strengthening Student Engagement

In the heart of leadership, our mission goes far beyond the boardroom. As a consultant trusted to guide the appointment of leaders in esteemed institutions, I’ve discovered the immeasurable value of strengthening student engagement. Serving as a president in the president/principal model for over two decades, I’ve also had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the

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04/15/2024 | Interview with Aracelis Maldonado on her Path to Leadership in International Education

Senior Consultant, Karen Neitzel, had the privilege of sitting down with Head of School, Aracelis Maldonado, at the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Conference (EARCOS) held October 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand.  Maldonado is the incoming Upper School Director at the American  School of Paris, a search led by Karen and Chaya Keefe of CS&A.

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03/28/2024 | Interview Attire: Authentic Suggestions for a Modern Day World

While job interviews are a necessary part of the job search process, they can also be overwhelming.  Besides having to decide what to say, you are going to need to decide what outfit to wear that demonstrates your professionalism but also reflects your own personal style! As you start to sift through your closet and

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03/19/2024 | The Impact of Leading a Girls’ School

I began my career teaching Middle and Upper School history at The Spence School in Manhattan.  I hadn’t actively sought out a girls’ school; mostly I was happy to be in New York where so many of my friends were also headed.  However, I quickly fell in love with this place where girls did everything

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03/06/2024 | 3 Steps to a Great Cover Letter for a Senior Leadership Position

It can be tempting to use the same cover letter when applying to multiple positions.  However, a cover letter provides you with the chance to make a compelling introduction, provide details not in your résumé, demonstrate your genuine enthusiasm for the position, and highlight why you are a match for the school’s needs and aspirations.

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03/01/2024 | Two New Summer Institutes to Support School Leadership

Carney, Sandoe & Associates is thrilled to announce two new outstanding summer institutes aimed at cultivating best-practice leadership for heads of school and board leadership.  Both programs will take place this July, with participants continuing on in cohorts throughout the remainder of the year for continued support and sustenance. The Well, which will be held

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02/19/2024 | Strengthening the Practice of Enrollment Management: The Importance of Having the Director of Admission/Enrollment Be Part of the Big Table Discussions

Many independent school leaders are drowning under the weight of tactical demands and short-term operational expectations, and they’ve found they have little time to engage in strategic thinking and research. It is the exceptional administrator who can be effective at both strategy and execution. In too many schools, though, Admission and Enrollment Management is not

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02/07/2024 | Leading with Purpose: A President’s Guide to Effective Board Leadership

The task of appointing board leadership by Presidents of Catholic high schools is an important one. In the world of Catholic education, the path to success is paved with faith, commitment, and effective board leadership. For those of us entrusted with the responsibility of shepherding these institutions, the role of board members, whether they’re known

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