Job Description

BASIS Independent McLean (McLean, VA) invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of School, to begin August 1, 2021.

BASIS Curriculum Schools is a group of twelve independent and international schools in some of the world's most dynamic centers in China, Thailand, and the U.S. In the last five years, we have opened U.S. campuses in Silicon Valley, New York City, and Northern Virginia. BASIS Independent has risen to prominence, in part, because of its practice of benchmarking student achievement against the highest international standards. The BASIS Curriculum, honed and refined over two decades, is rooted in best practices found in top education systems around the world, including those of Singapore, Finland, and Korea. Other BASIS Independent distinctions include network-wide support for subject-expert teachers, a disciplined approach to data collection and analysis to inform strategy, and a school network that allows for robust collaboration among campus leaders. Every BASIS Independent Head of School has the support of a central multi-functional business office and a peer network.

With its novel approach to school improvement and its global network, BASIS Independent is very much a model school for the 21st century!

Our BASIS Independent McLean campus is proximate to Washington, D.C. and the school of choice for many Northern Virginia professional families. Opened in 2015, the school serves over 430 children and young adults in preschool through Grade 12. The school is building toward a capacity of more than double the current enrollment, so our next leader needs to be enthusiastic about the BASIS mission and comfortable communicating the school's strengths to current and prospective families. At the same time, our next leader will be encouraged and empowered to make his/her own mark--to develop programs, rituals, and traditions that will serve the BASIS Independent McLean community going forward--and to contribute to the collective wisdom of the multi-school organization. BASIS Independent Schools are known for the exceptional level of academic excellence and we look for a leader with the same focus and emphasis in creating the environment necessary to actualize the vision of the school.

The Head of School in the BASIS model is fully tasked with the academic development and success of the students. This is realized through an unwavering focus on exceptional instruction, student support, and ensuring a campus-wide cultivation of the love of learning. While our Head of School is engaged in establishing campus priorities and staffing plans, he/she is not expected to do any fundraising. Furthermore, each campus employs a Head of Operations to oversee budget management and campus operations. This frees the Head of School up to dedicate greater focus on enhancing instructional effectiveness, attention to student development and results and galvanizing the school and family community.

Broadly, our next leader should possess the following qualities:

  • Credibility with faculty that is grounded in experience having taught either advanced-placement or college courses, in an accelerated curriculum program, or served as an instructional coach at any level. Our leader should hold an advanced degree.
  • A proven record of sound judgement and for building strong, effective, and trusting relationships with all members of a school community, including school leadership, faculty, staff, students, and their families--as well as prospective families.
  • High level of interpersonal skills; a discernible passion for working with children and their parents; an individual who is approachable and sincere.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated results in leading a school to high and notable academic outcomes and increased enrollment.

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and education. If you are interested in applying, please send resume and cover letter to If you have questions, please contact Tim Smith at

Note: Spring Education Group, including, but not limited to SEG Inc., BASIS Independent Schools, LLC, and their affiliates (collectively "Company") is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment and employees are provided equal employment opportunities, including in recruitment, hiring, and assignment, without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion and religious creed, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital or familial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military/veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. The Company expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student harassment or discrimination.

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