Assistant Upper-School Head
Job Details
Upper School - Oakland, CA
Assistant US Head

OPENING: Head-Royce School is searching for a culturally responsive, flexible, and enthusiastic educator to serve as our Assistant Upper School Head. This person will join our Upper School Leadership Team, which includes the Upper School Head, grade-level deans, and school counselor. Reporting to the Upper School Head, this administrative leadership position will be responsible for overseeing key areas of student life and the academic program. The successful candidate will be committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community, be a strong communicator, and have prior academic leadership experience in an educational setting. We seek applicants who have a strong academic background, experience and excellence as classroom teachers, a track record of anti-racist pedagogy, and a deep understanding of adolescents and a genuine fondness for working with this age range.


This position has key responsibilities in three areas: Administrative (including close work with faculty and the professional community more broadly), Student Life, and Family Partnership. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the community in line with our mission and strategic plan in those areas. In addition, this person will be responsible for teaching one class, and (co) advising a small cohort of students through our four-year advising program.


  • Skills centering equity and inclusion in the work of running a school.

  • Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills with the ability to juggle long-range planning while prioritizing and completing multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • The ability to uphold the highest standards of work and ethics.

  • The wisdom and confidence to provide advice and counsel on sensitive matters with respect to the school and, often, student life.

  • Professional and nuanced decision making,

  • Strong oral and written communications skills; comfort in utilizing technology as a communication tool.

  • Proactive communication and problem solving skills,

  • Well-refined interpersonal skills and the ability to interact comfortably with a variety of people.

  • Flexible work style.

  • Previous school administrative/leadership experience essential, e.g., grade-level dean, grade-level coordinator, department chair.

  • Significant, excellent high-school teaching experience required.

  • A track record of working well with a variety of constituents, including students, faculty, and families.

  • A commitment to best practices in education including work with collaborative team building and innovative educational practices.

  • Demonstrated experience centering equity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated experience working calmly and efficiently in a busy school, and displaying a courteous and helpful demeanor when working with parents, faculty, administrators, and visitors.

  • At minimum a Bachelors Degree is required, though advanced degrees in Education, Leadership, or an academic discipline are a plus.

  • Ability to provide proof of Covid Vaccination, Livescan and TB clearance.

  • A sense of humor!

Head-Royce School Overview
Located on a 22-acre campus in Oakland, California, Head-Royce is a pre-eminent, co-educational, independent, K-12 day school with a 134-year history. Our mission is to inspire in our students a lifelong love of learning and pursuit of academic excellence, to promote understanding of and respect for diversity that makes our society strong and to encourage active and responsible global citizenship.

Head-Royce enrolls 900 students in the three separate divisions Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and provides a dynamic, whole-child education to every student. With our Strategic Plan, Bridge to 2022, the schools current initiatives include advancing an innovative, student-centered program, promoting an inclusive community, driving deeper civic engagement, sustaining a culture of balance and well-being and carefully stewarding our resources.

Other Considerations
Compensation: Competitive among comparable schools
Location: Oakland, California
Travel: Light, though professional development conferences possible
Education: Bachelors degree required, advanced degree(s) preferred
Start Date: July 1, 2022

To Apply
Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and a current resume. Application materials should be submitted through our website. Priority will be given to applications received before December 13.

Head-Royce School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, race, religion, registered domestic partner status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, a medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. Head-Royce School seeks to be a community in which every individual is treated with sensitivity, courtesy and respect.