Head of School Search

Welcome to AIM Academy's Head of School Search Page

On July 14th, the AIM Board of Trustees announced they had voted to create a new position at AIM Academy beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Head of School. AIM Academy founders Executive Director Pat Roberts and Associate Director Nancy Blair will remain as directors of the AIM Academy organization but will begin to focus their work on the growing AIM Institute for Learning & Research.

AIM Academy's new Head of School will ensure that there is a focal point for parents and community members as the school and AIM Institute continue to focus on the excellence in delivery, evidence-based learning practices, and increased opportunities in athletics, arts, engineering and global sciences that unleash the talents of our AIM students.

A Head of School Search Committee led by Board of Trustees Chair Matt Naylor and an Advisory Committee have been formed. All members of the AIM Community including parents, students and faculty will have opportunities to be heard during this search.

This page will include links to communication sent to the AIM community during the search as well as updates about the search process. Questions regarding the community's participation in the search process should be directed to aimheadsearch@aimpa.org. All questions regarding candidate applications should be directed to HeadsUp Educational Consulting at AIMAcademySearch@ta-stl.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Has a Search Firm Been Selected?

AIM Academy has hired Heads Up Consulting, a national consulting firm specializing in head of school searches for independent schools, to assist with our search. Rich Odell and former NAIS President Pat Bassett are leading AIM's search.

Who is on the Search Committee?

AIM's Head of School Search Committee includes parents, board members, faculty and staff.

  • Matt Naylor, Chair of the Search Committee, Parent/Trustee
  • Mike Brooks, AIM Staff
  • Albert Chiaradonna, Parent/Trustee
  • Darryl Ford, Parent/Trustee
  • Elliot Holtz, Alum Parent/Trustee
  • Julia Salamone, AIM Faculty
  • Laura Thayer, Parent

What is the Scope of the Search?

The search for AIM's Head of School will be a national search. We anticipate the new Head of School will begin on July 1, 2018.

What Opportunities will the AIM Community Have to be Involved in the Search Process?

The Head of School position of AIM Academy is a mission critical role. The Search Committee does not take this search lightly, and will be actively engaging the AIM Community in this process.

Once three finalists have been identified, the search committee will be expanded by adding a five-person advisory committee as well.

Advisory Committee members include:

  • Bryna Berman, Alum Parent/Trustee
  • Mitch Codkind, Parent/Trustee
  • Rob Ervin, AIM Faculty
  • Karen Keesey, AIM Staff
  • Myra Petras, Alum Parent

All finalists will visit the AIM campus and all members of the community will have an opportunity to meet these finalists and provide input.

How Long Will the Search Take?

Important dates in AIM Academy's search for a Head of School to start on July 1, 2018 are as follows. The wider AIM community is encouraged to participate in full-day visits for the three finalists from October 23 - 25th. Details about ways to participate will follow closer to the event.

  • September 15, 2017: Application Deadline
  • September 22, 2017: Notification of applicants who have reached the quarterfinalist round.
  • October 9, 2017: Fly-in/fly-out, 1-hour semifinalist interviews at hotel near Philadelphia airport. (Candidate names are maintained confidentially until the Finalist Stage, the public phase at the school).
  • October 23, 24 & 25, 2017: Finalist Full-Day Interviews and Presentations by each of three finalists at AIM Academy.
  • October 26, 2017: Decision Day – Search Committee recommendation and presentation to the Board.
  • Week of October 30, 2017: Formal background checks performed by AIM Academy.
  • Week of November 6, 2017: Announcement to finalists of the decision and contract offer. Public announcement once contract is signed.
  • July 1, 2018: Start Date

Head of School Position Description

The AIM Head of School will lead the school division of AIM Academy and be the focal point for parents and community members for the school, which has grown from just 24 students when it was founded in 2006 to more than 300 today. The Head of School will have the opportunity to focus on excellence in delivery, evidence-based learning practices and increased opportunities in athletics, arts, engineering and global sciences that unleash the talents of our AIM students.

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