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Head of School

Position Type Head of School / Directeur Général
Start 07/01/2020
School Name The Study
City, State Montreal, Qc 
Posted 06/06/2019


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Head of School

Westmount, Quebec, Canada


The School and its Mission

“We guide each Study girl towards reaching her fullest potential by fostering fine scholarship, instilling the love of learning, and developing well-rounded leadership qualities in a global minded diverse environment where both the individual and community are valued.”


Located in the lovely residential area of Westmount, The Study has provided an outstanding education for approximately 385 girls in Grades K-11 for over 100 years. It is known for delivering an academically rigorous curriculum in small classes combined with many opportunities for enrichment in a nurturing and supportive environment. Community service and a wide range of extracurricular activities, including sports, are an integral part of school life at The Study. Diversity of all kinds (race, ethnicity, gender, language, socioeconomic, sexual orientation, physical ability, family structure and religion) enhances The Study’s vibrant community.


Students at The Study follow the Quebec Ministry of Education Curriculum. The goal is to achieve proficiency in both English and French by Grade 6 but the School is also strong in STEAM. Students in grade 4 write the franc¸ais langue maternelle (lecture et e´criture) MELS exam. In grade 6, they write the English mother tongue, franc¸ais langue maternelle (lecture et e´criture) and Math exams administered by the Quebec Ministry of Education. The Study does not rank students and does not provide student GPA’s. 100% of students graduate with a Diplo^me d'e´tudes secondaire from Quebec and go on to pursue post-secondary studies with a 100% acceptance rate to top-ranked post-secondary institutions of their choice.


The 2015-20 strategic plan is guided by the vision to be the top independent bi-lingual all-girls school in Montreal. The four pillars of the plan are Academic Excellence, Exceptional Student Experiences, Innovation and Leadership. Ongoing implementation of the plan schoolwide across all academic disciplines and outside of the classroom is producing highly competent, confident, well rounded girls and young women who are equipped to be the future leaders. The tagline, “The World Needs Great Women”, is a powerful statement that embodies the mission of The Study.


The Opportunity

The Study seeks a visionary Head of School who clearly demonstrates a firm understanding of and commitment to an academically rigorous, bilingual well-rounded education for girls. The ideal candidate will possess a strong record of achievement as an educator, a leader, a communicator and a financial manager. An appreciation of a small multicultural learning community is important.


The ideal candidate will have earned an advanced degree and demonstrate evidence of other intellectual pursuits and professional growth and will be a sitting and accomplished head of school. Without experience as a head, the candidate will have held senior management positions, such as assistant head or head of a large division for at least three or more years. The successful candidate will immerse him or herself in gaining full knowledge of local French culture and will embrace it with passion.


Reporting to the Board of Governors, the Head will be expected to:

  • Celebrate, advance and be loyal to the mission and core values of The Study
  • Oversee overall program development to maintain high standards of excellence and an environment of intellectual curiosity for students with a range of backgrounds and abilities
  • Oversee all administrative areas and delegate appropriately to the senior management team
  • Expand the culture of giving and fundraising
  • Pursue the strategic initiatives developed by and agreed upon with the Board of Governors
  • Attract, retain, develop, inspire, mentor, supervise and evaluate the faculty and staff to preserve high quality and consistency in the delivery of the program
  • Maintain and enhance the current positive school climate and sense of community

The Successful Candidate

While recognizing that no single individual is likely to embody all of the following strengths and abilities in equal measure, the following characteristics of The Study’s next Head of School have been identified as being most important. There is a strong preference for a candidate who is bilingual in French and English.

  • A proven track record in his or her personal and professional life that reflects a commitment to and passion for single sex education for young women; bi-lingual academic excellence; and globalism
  • Acceptance of all types of diversity
  • A progressive, innovative approach to education that will serve diverse learners and future female leaders
  • A deep appreciation and respect for The Study’s traditions and the Old Girls Association
  • An understanding of the importance of a variety of experiences and opportunities to produce well-rounded graduates
  • A keen awareness of the emotional well-being of girls
  • An overall management style characterized by inclusiveness, appropriate transparency, approachability and support balanced by accountability
  • A strategic thinker who thinks creatively and with a long-term view and remains flexible and open to new ideas
  • A compassionate yet firm and politically astute approach to dealing with students, parents, faculty and staff and alumnae
  • Active listening skills and the ability to respond to constituents with empathy, sympathy and decisiveness
  • A proven capacity to communicate orally and in writing to all constituents with confidence, clarity, vision and humor
  • Sophistication in financial management and strong analytical skills that ensure the continued financial stability of the institution
  • Fundraising skills to enhance the culture of giving and build endowment
  • The skills to promote The Study brand internally and externally to increase retention and maintain the desired enrollment mix
  • An affinity for the culture of Quebec and a willingness to become immersed in it
  • The highest ethical, moral and professional standards

An Invitation to Apply:

This is an international search for a Head of School who would be expected to assume responsibility on July 1, 2020. The compensation and benefits package will be competitive with that offered by schools of similar size and stature. Inquiries are strictly confidential and should be directed to:


John C. Littleford

Senior Partner

Littleford & Associates

P.O. Box 14806

Baton Rouge, LA 70898

1-800-69-TEACH

John @JLittleford.com


Please provide the following: Letter of Application, CV, Statement of Educational Philosophy and three references. Electronic submission is preferred

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