Holland Hall, Tulsa's only PreK through Grade 12 independent Episcopal school, is seeking an energetic, student-centered leader to join its joyful and intentional community as the next Head of Upper School (also referred to as the Branch Head). The Branch Head serves as the educational leader in the division, responsible for the day-to-day operations with the divisional leadership team. A member of the all-school academic leadership team, the Head of Upper School directs a comprehensive program that offers an array of academic and co-curricular offerings that challenge and motivate an exceptional student body to experience a holistic education that will prepare them for a life of meaning beyond Holland Hall. The next Head of Upper School will have the opportunity to work with the academic leadership team, department chairs, and Upper School faculty in continuing the work begun in shaping a re-imagined student-centered curriculum. Holland Hall is currently celebrating its Centennial and will be engaging in some exciting work to continue to advance the school with opportunities for the Upper School Head to lead the transformational work defined in the school’s strategic plan. Please visit the school’s website at www.hollandhall.org for additional information and insights.
Across three divisions (called branches), Holland Hall offers their 1000+ students a curriculum that ensures a progressive transition from grade to grade, with departments cooperating across branches to form a rigorous and comprehensive academic program. At all ages, students are engaged in learning through traditional classroom activities and a variety of experiential hands-on opportunities. The Holland Hall foundation that prepares them for such success begins in the Mary K. Chapman Primary School in PreK through third grade. Lessons learned and values imparted in the Primary School form a solid base upon which students build as they transition into the Middle School where students find a balance between a rigorous curriculum and a developmental, exploratory experience.
The Upper School
With small class sizes, active teaching and learning, and a strong commitment to rigorous academics, arts, athletics, and service, the college-preparatory curriculum fosters critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and life-long learning. Supporting the academic curriculum, the arts program rivals that of a small college and the Dutch athletic program currently offers 30 interscholastic teams in nineteen sports.
The 364 students in the Upper School are guided by both an honor code and the faculty, who have an average 22 years teaching experience with 63% holding advanced degrees. Both faculty and students are fully engaged in an exceptional learning environment where relationships between students and faculty provide the foundation of meaningful learning and mentorship.
Faculty serve as an advisor to a small group of students, and the long-standing modular (mod) schedule provides unique opportunities for students to interact with each other and with their teachers. The Upper School begins each day with an all school (grades 9-12) meeting in the Barnard Commons in the Upper School building which has been recognized by inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places. The building is as inviting today as it was fifty years ago, and as long-time head Bert Moore stated in the first meeting in the Commons, “It is not books or chalkboards or playing fields or course or requirements - it is people. This very room came into being because we wanted to stress physically our philosophical belief that what goes on between people - parents, students, teachers, administrators, alumni, trustees - this is central to what the school is all about.” This sentiment remains true today as it was fifty years ago.
Opportunities and Challenges for the Head of Upper School The successful candidate for the Head of Upper School at Holland Hall will demonstrate expertise in team building and individual relationship development with all three constituencies of the Upper School (students, faculty, and parents). This position is ideal for a skillful professional leader who seeks a collaborative working relationship with a strong faculty and a school administrative team that seeks to take a great school to an even greater level of serving students.
It is expected that the Head of Upper School will:
Embody and embrace the mission and values of the school
Fully engage in the work of the Strategic Plan 2020, aligning divisional goals and objectives annually with the plan and its Guiding Principles
Proactively engage in the school’s daily life
Have relationship-building with students and faculty as a priority in all their work
Work with department chairs, faculty, and administration to assure the effective delivery of the school’s academic programs in a way that reflects the most current research and best practice
Foster transparency, trust, and open communication among all constituencies of the school
Lead with creativity and persistence in the evolution of world-class teaching and learning through design thinking and exploration of the latest brain research
Be a strong advocate for the Upper School in overall school operations
Leading and teaching students and working with faculty in middle or upper school
Independent school experience focused on whole student education
Designing and fostering work toward experiential and project-based learning
Focusing on an engaging, positive school culture
Overseeing the creation of individual schedules within a complex, multi-division school schedule
Developing a breadth of knowledge about student-centered curricula, including students who learn differently
Ensuring a joyful and efficient learning and teaching environment for students and faculty
An excellent communicator with all constituents who speaks clearly with presence, writes concisely and effectively, and actively listens to seek understanding
Can easily relate to students and meet them where they are
Comfortable dealing with a diverse, strong faculty
Can see issues from multiple perspectives, including teacher, student, and parent
Have an open and collaborative leadership style combined with the ability to be a decision-maker
Sees discipline as a teachable moment, while holding school values at the forefront
Ability to collaborate effectively to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse, strong faculty
Flexible and adaptive to school culture
Model appropriate balance between school and life
Consistent willingness to do what is best for the students and school
Comfortable working with the other areas of the school
Energy and passion for working with young people and the adults serving them
Highly engaged, visible, and involved presence on campus and at school events
Process and Timeline
Holland Hall has engaged Educational Directions and Dr. Jerry Larson to assist with and lead the search for the next Head of Upper School. Prospective candidates should begin the process as soon as possible by reaching out to Jerry at email@example.com
Holland Hall and Educational Directions provides equal opportunity in education and employment for all persons without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applied.
As Tulsa’s only PreK through Grade 12 independent Episcopal school, Holland Hall provides bedrock academic foundations, uncommon extracurricular equilibrium, and an extraordinary apprenticeship in self-reliance—all in an unusually kind, supportive learning community.