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The NAIS Head Search Handbook, second edition (print version)

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  • Non-Member: $51.95
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Help your board and search committee master the process of finding the best new leader for your school. This updated guide covers all the crucial steps, from thinking deeply about your school’s needs to smoothing the transition between your departing head and your new one. Written by experienced educators and search professionals, it considers the topic from the unique perspective of independent schools.

The contents of The NAIS Head Search Handbook include:

Creating a Firm Foundation for the Future
Thinking Strategically About Your School Today and Tomorrow
Assessing Your School’s Needs
Choosing the Search Chair and Getting Started

Knowing Your Options, Setting the Stage, and Starting the Search
Engaging the Community
Considering an Interim Head of School
Deciding Whether or Not to Work With a Search Firm
Profiling the Position and Creating the Prospect Pool

Broadening the Candidate Pool and Mitigating Bias
What Research Tells Us About Improving Diversity in the Talent Pool
Types of Bias and How to Reduce Them in the Search Process

Evaluating Semifinalists
Staying Strategic While Narrowing the Applicant Pool
Using Assessment Tools to Identify Leadership Potential
Evaluating Cultural Competence

Closing the Deal
Making the Choice
The Legalities of Reference Checks and Other Types of Screening
Setting Compensation and Building the Contract

Saying Goodbye and Hello
Smoothing the Transition
The Transition Committee
Cementing the Partnership Between the Chair and Head
Succession Planning for Next Time

Appendices
Overview of the Search Process
Interview Questions for Prospective Search Consultants
Sample Position Description
Sample Reference Questions
Sample Term Sheet
Sample Transition Timetable
Sample Head of School Announcement
Sample Charge and First-year Goals for a New Head of School

The NAIS Head Search Handbook is also available in packets of five.

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