Preparing for a Search and Transition Planning
A thoughtful preparation for search can clear the path for a successful long-term hire.
Boards typically form search committees and hire search consultants to assist with the critical work of searching for and hiring a new Head of School. However, at SSL, we believe that there are significant questions that Boards should ask of themselves well before committees are formed and search firms are identified. There are many variables that Boards need to consider, yet often don’t, to understand the whole framework of this time of change and to ensure success.
SSL does not conduct searches. Instead, we offer invaluable sessions to address issues that will inform the selection of the search firm and the outcome of the search itself. In addition, we can offer guidance on the critical milestones connected with the transfer of leadership, including important announcements, working constructively with the present leadership team, honoring the outgoing Head of School, welcoming the new Head of School, and engaging with the school as a community to avoid the pitfalls that often occur with such transitions. These sessions can be tailored to the specific needs of the school—from discussions with the Executive Committee of the Board to more formal workshops with the full Board and other stakeholders.