About CFS

Head of School Search

Cambridge Friends School is seeking a new Head of School to lead our community into our next 50 years. 
 
The mission of Cambridge Friends School community leads us to view social justice and academic excellence as dependent upon each other. Built on a long-term commitment to progressive education, our project-based curriculum and hands-on experiences enable students to explore, apply, refine, and extend their learning, and our next leader will support and expand on these core tenets in the context of the Quaker testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Simplicity and Stewardship.

About CFS

Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (preK-8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Located on 4.1 acres in a residential area of North Cambridge, the school currently enrolls 150 students, has a faculty, staff and administration of 50 and an operating budget of $4.7 million.
 
As the core of the School mission statement reads:

The mission of the Cambridge Friends School is to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community, strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative and spiritual potential, and through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world
 
This mission leads the Cambridge Friends School community to view social justice and academic excellence as dependent upon each other. The School defines academic excellence as attaining the skills, behaviors, habits, and routines necessary for thinking and learning both in the present and for life. This includes supporting the academic success of all students. Built on a long-term commitment to progressive education, a project-based curriculum and hands-on experiences enable students to explore, apply, refine, and extend their learning.CFS teachers interweave a strong academic program with Quaker testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Simplicity and Stewardship. Teachers honor students’ various identities and acknowledge the impact these identities have on student learning.The school offers a rich set of co-curricular subjects as well as extra-curricular experiences including instrumental music and dance and, for middle school students, interscholastic sports.
 
Cambridge Friends School seeks qualified candidates for Head of School, to start July 1, 2018.

Candidate description (1pg)
Position statement (6pgs)
 
For specific questions and suggestions, please write to headsearch@cfsmass.org

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials:

  • Introduction letter describing your fit with the needs and community of CFS
  • Statement of your educational philosophy and practices
  • Response to CFS Mission statement
  • Résumé
  • Provide 5 references and contact information for each
If submitting electronically, please submit PDFs to: 
headsearch@cfsmass.org

If submitting hard copies, please mail to:

Cambridge Friends School
Head Search – Attn: Search Committee
5 Cadbury Rd.
Cambridge, MA 02140


About the Search Committee

The search committee will be comprised of faculty, staff, families, graduates, and friends of the school. 

Head of School Search FAQ

Will the mission change with a new head of school?
Our mission is relevant and persists regardless of the head of school. The head of school works in service of the mission. The mission doesn’t change to suit the skills or personality of the head of school.

Will the next head of school be Quaker?
The next head of school will need to understand how Quakerism does and does not affect our mission, our mission to educate students, and our workplace practices. However, being Quaker is not a requirement for the role.

How will the head of school search affect my child’s experience at CFS?
Our experienced and dedicated teachers understand that their students’ wellbeing and education are their most important responsibilities. Your children may be asked for their opinions on leadership in general, or offered a chance to participate on a student advisory committee, or to meet with visiting candidates.

How can I get the answer to a question that is not listed here?
Please mail headsearch@cfsmass.org if you have additional questions.



Important Dates

January – March 2017: Validate search process, identify needs & budget, announce position

April – August 2017: Community engagement, position statement, advertise position, staff search committee

August 2017: Deadline for applications

August – Nov 2017: Review applicants; interview, evaluate, and visit candidates

November 2017: Make offer and secure candidate

December 2017: Next head of school is named

January – July 2018: Transition and orientation activities

July 2018: New head of school begins
Current Community members:
View the Community Head of School Search page for current faculty, staff, and families to read the latest news and ways to be involved in the search for our new Head.

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