We take the time to study our clients, using state-of-the-science tools to measure school culture. No one knows as many schools as we do, and no one listens as deeply and carefully to what stakeholders say.
Together, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel , Pat Bassett and David Ottaviano know more independent and international school leaders than anyone else. Our experience, plus the industry firsts of culture assessment, personality profiling, and executive coaching, built into the search contract, mean we do search differently than anyone else.
Not just different, better!
We build a candidate pool by mining our database and through personal contact with hundreds of leaders. We shake the trees hard, and then apply an industry-leading combination of interviews and psychometric assessment from clinically-trained experts to gauge goodness-of-fit.
Our commitment to making the match work includes executive coaching for the new head, built right into the search contract.
We think differently. We search differently. We search better.
Because schools are so leadership-sensitive, getting search right matters.
How we've always thought search should be done.
Position: Head of School
Available: July 1, 2018
Description: Windermere is a 1,400 student, PreK to Grade 12 private day and boarding school. Established in 2000, Windermere serves students from more than 20 nationalities, offering a rigorous curriculum, culminating in the IB Diploma Programme. The school is part of Nord Anglia Education, a global family of 42 international schools committed to helping students explore the world through their Global Campus. Windermere honors the tenants of its school crest, Truth, Valor and Unity, and Be Ambitious philosophy in all that it does.
Current Head of School: Tom Marcy
Position: Executive Director
Available: January 1, 2018
Description: The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is the umbrella advocate and information center for virtually all of the private schools and their associations in the country, is seeking the next executive director to lead this most important organization. He or she will be the voice of CAPE and its collective membership, advocating the interests and defending the freedoms of private schools in America. The new leader will assume the role on January 1, 2018, with an office located in the Washington, DC area.
Current Executive Director: Joe McTighe
Position: Head of School
Available: July 2018
Description: This is an extraordinary leadership opportunity at one of the nation's premiere independent schools, The Albany Academies, comprised of The Albany Academy (the boys' school) and Albany Academy for Girls. The two schools, each more than 200 years old, are now one as a result of a merger in 2007, offer a unique blend of traditional and innovative education, one element being single gender education for PS - Grade 10, and then coordinate co-education for Grades 11-12, "the blend at the end." Thus, The Albany Academies offer the best of single-sex education and co-education.
Current Head: Dr. Douglas North '58
Project: Executive Director
Available: January 1 or July 1, 2018, depending on candidate availability.
Description: As the Primary Operational Affiliate of the Association Montessori Internationale in the United States, AMI/USA oversees the school recognition and consultation program, conferences and events, the MES FUND, INC. and individual membership opportunities. AMI/USA supports the work of AMI training centers, Montessori parents, teachers, administrators, and schools.
Current Executive Director: Bonnie Beste
Recently Completed Leadership Searches:
• Visitation Academy, completed June 2017
• Nerinx Hall, completed March 2017
• Academy High School, IL, completed December 2016
• Westside Montessori School, TX, completed December 2016
• Oak Hill Montessori School, MN, completed December 2016
• New School of Lancaster, PA, completed December 2016
• Kingsbury Center and School, DC, completed December 2016
• American Montessori Society (AMS), NY, completed November 2016
Dr. Frankel is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. A psychologist by training, Marc facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities.
Ms. Schechtman is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. One of the founders of the School Leadership Program and the Institute for Aspiring Heads for the National Association of Independent Schools, Judy has written and researched extensively on a broad spectrum of topics related to governance and leadership. Her clients include schools across North America, Europe and Central America.
One of the most recognizable and prolific of independent school thought leaders, Mr. Bassett is the former president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Co-founder of Heads Up Educational Consulting, Pat's background as a school head, association president and board member at various organizations makes him a most knowledgeable consultant. He brings all of this expertise to his own consulting work and to the search practice with colleagues at Triangle Associates.
Mr. Odell has been a private school senior administrator/headmaster for over 25 years. He is an educational visionary and turnaround specialist, team builder, successful businessman, innovator, motivator, collaborator, excellent listener, budget, program and fundraising expert, thoughtful, dedicated and relaxed. Much of his career has focused on serving schools that have struggled to find a niche that would provide long term financial stability, a strong public image and success.
Dr. Ottaviano is a senior consultant for Triangle Associates. David's extensive experience as a head of school includes 10 years as a public school superintendent in New Jersey and 19 years as head of private, international schools in Serbia, Italy, Japan and Romania. With his years of headship, he has rich expertise in strategic planning, international recruitment, board training, and operations management; he brings strong experience and a fresh analytical perspective to the table to help schools in their quest for improvement.
Ms. DeLessio has served as chair of two school boards, including five years chairing the Board of Managers at Hong Kong International School (HKIS), one of the premier independent schools in Asia. Abbi has served with five Heads of School and has expertise in governance, board development, leadership search, strategic planning and operations management. Abbi uses her successful experience in governing independent schools, working closely with school leadership to maximize strengths and identify opportunities for differentiation and growth to help schools advance their missions.
Ms. Nelson assistants all Triangle searches, and has two decades of experience supporting our work with schools. Janet coordinates contact with search committees and candidates, and handles on-line administration of our leadership and culture assessments. Located at our St. Louis office, Janet is a primary point of contact for every Triangle client.
Triangle Associates and Heads Up Educational Consulting join forces to provide leadership search services to schools and candidates. We would welcome a conversation with anyone seeking a senior leadership position in a private, independent school or association anywhere in the world.
Pat Bassett, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel, Rich Odell and Abbi DeLessio invite you to register with us to be included in e-mail broadcasts of future searches and to receive periodic nuggets of career counsel from one of them. We promise not to give or sell your information or address to anyone.