Brandon Jacobs Search Consultant

Brandon supports our Head of School, Key Administrator, and Diversity Leadership Search Practices, as well as our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Consulting Practice.

Recent searches include Grace Church School (NY), Malvern Prep (PA), The Meridian School (WA), Sacred Heart Academy of Bryn Mawr (PA), National Cathedral School (D.C.), Saint Mary's Hall (TX), Benilde St. Margaret’s (MN), and Mercersburg Academy (PA).

Brandon has been instrumental in growing our DEIB Search and Consulting Practices. He has worked with dozens of independent schools, colleges and universities, and education organizations, running retained searches for DEIB practitioners and leading consulting engagements around implicit bias, equitable hiring, BIPOC faculty and staff retention, and other topics.

Previous Experience

Thanks to financial assistance from New Jersey SEEDS, a nonprofit organization that places high-achieving students from low-income families at selective day and boarding schools across the country, Brandon and his three younger brothers were able to attend The Hill School (PA). At the predominantly white boarding school, Jacobs served as the first Black All-School President and, seven years following his high school graduation, would return to his alma mater to assume the dual roles of Director of Inclusion and Diversity and Student Activities Coordinator. While at The Hill School, Brandon was also Director of Student Activities, Class Dean, and Assistant Director of College Advising.

Brandon has also been an online course facilitator in school culture and inclusivity for Global Online Academy, Dean of Student Advisement for the New Jersey SEEDS program helping high-achieving students from low-income families, and served as Admissions Counselor and Multicultural Recruiter for Rider University.

Before joining CS&A, Brandon served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Shipley School (PA) where he led the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustained an inclusive school community and curriculum and fulfilled the School’s diversity and inclusion goals. Working closely with school administrators, he directed recruitment and retention initiatives to broaden the diversity of the student body and among faculty and staff.

Brandon has presented at the NAIS People of Color Conference, as well as the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, and Southern Association of Independent Schools conferences. He is a well-known thought leader and is consistently invited to serve on panels, lead workshops, and speak on topics of equitable hiring and retention, diversity and equity strategic planning, curriculum design, climate assessments, and board governance. Other conference attendance includes National SEED Project seminars, the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, the NAIS Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Design Lab, and the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology.

Education & Interests

Brandon matriculated from the College of Wooster (OH) where he studied sociology and communications.

His interests include photography, slam poetry, watching Marvel movies with his wife, chasing after his tri-pawd dog, and painfully cheering on all Philadelphia sports teams.