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About Us  |   How we approach leadership search.

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Understand

Our Vision for Search

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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.

Identify

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!

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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.

Coach

Our commitment to making the match work includes executive coaching for the new head, built right into the search contract.

 

Our Work  |  Current searches.

Project: CEO/Head of School Search

 

Available:  July 2017

 

Description: Kingsbury Center is the oldest nonprofit educational organization to address the needs of children and adults with learning disabilities and differences in the Washington, DC, area.

Kingsbury serves students with learning differences and ADHD from age 4 to 21 in Pre-K through Grade 12+. Services include tutoring; diagnostic services and psychotherapy; occupational therapy; physical therapy; and speech and language services.

 

Project: Head of School Search

 

Available:  July 2017

 

Description: Westside Montessori is seeking a new head for its 210-student, AMS-affiliated school. Located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Houston, WMS has grown since its founding in 1977 to serve students in Toddler to Upper Elementary (6th Grade) programs. The new WMS head will build on a strong foundation with the solid support of an involved and passionate parent community.

Searched closed.

Now processing candidate dossiers.

Project: Executive Director Search

 

Available:  July 1, 2017

 

Description: The American Montessori Society (AMS) is a not-for-profit, professional membership organization based in New York City, and the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education worldwide. The association has nearly 14,000 members worldwide, including teachers, teacher educators, schools, and teacher education programs.

Searched closed.

At semi-finalist interview stage.

Project: Head of School Search

 

Available:  July 2017

 

Description: Visitation Academy is a vibrant  183 year-old Catholic independent school in St. Louis, MO, that provides exceptional commitment to educating young women in the Visitation Salesian tradition. Visitation has a co-ed Montessori program for ages 2-5 and an all-girls independent school program from grades 1-12.

Searched closed.

At semi-finalist interview stage.

Project: Head of School Search

 

Available:  July 2017

 

Description: Oak Hill Montessori School is a leading AMI-USA PS-8 school in Shoreview, MN, a norther suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. With a vibrant, authentic Montessori program and a growing campus, Oak Hill is positioning itself for success in the decades to come.

Searched closed.

At semi-finalist interview stage.

Project: Head of School Search

 

Available:  July 2017

 

Description: Located in the heart of Amish Country, the New School of Lancaster serves over 250 students in a light-filled, historic space in Lancaster City. For more than 25 years, the school has filled a niche in the community for families who seek an excellent, non-denominational, AMS-accredited Montessori educational opportunity in a child-centered, respectful, and caring environment.

Searched closed.

Now processing candidate dossiers.

Project: Vice President and Dean of the School Search

 

Available:  June 2017

 

Description: Jackson Academy, an independent K3-12 school located in Jackson, Mississippi, is seeking a vice president and dean of the school (provost in a president/provost leadership model) with administrative experience, academic leadership, and a broad background in independent school education beginning June 1, 2017. The position reports to the president and functions as the administrative head and chief operating officer of the school, responsible for academic leadership.

 

Project: Head of School Search

 

Available: September 2016 &  June 2017

 

Description: To create a new independent school "from whole cloth" is an extraordinary opportunity because it means for the interim and founding head(s) that he or she, working with the founding board, will execute on all elements of a start-up operation.

 

Given the time-frame for launching (now) and opening (September 1, 2017), Academy High will have an interim head of school in place by September 2016. This search is for the permanent position below:

•  Founding  Head of School: Application deadline, November 15, 2016, commencing work July 1 (or earlier) 2017 to welcome to the new school its first two classes (freshmen and sophomores), on the first day of classes on September 1, 2017. (Multiple-year appointment)

 

Completed Leadership Searches:

 

    •  Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS), HK, completed May 2015.

 

    •  Post Oak School, TX, competed December 2015

 

    •  Poughkeepsie Day School, NY, competed November 2015

 

    •  Summit School of Ahwatukee, AZ, competed October 2015

 

    •  Independent Education, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, completed April 2015

 

    •  Purnell School, NJ, completed February 2015

 

    •  Brownell-Talbot School, NE, completed December 2014

Search Professionals  |  Meet our team.

Marc T. Frankel, Ph.D.

Judith L. Schechtman, M.S.W.

Patrick F. Bassett, M.A.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Richard F. Odell, M.A.

David Ottaviano, Ed.D.

North America, Europe, Asia

Abigail DeLessio

Asia-Pacific

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Janet Nelson

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.

 

Contact  | Get in touch with us.

Phone: +1.314.725.8889

FAX:      +1.314.721.7574

225 S. Meramec, Suite 1024

Saint Louis, Missouri 63105

USA

Registry  | School & Candidate Services

 

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.

 

Thank you!

Pat Judy Marc Rich Abbi