October 20, 2015. Lawrence, MA. Esperanza Academy classroom photos. © 2015 Marilyn Humphries

Non-Discrimination Policy
Consistent with the values of an Episcopal school, Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school administered programs. We strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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As it enters its 12th year of providing an exceptional, transformative education with proven results, Esperanza is seeking a warm and engaging, dynamic and inspirational Head of School to advance its mission, operations, and profile to the next level of excellence. To achieve this, the Head of School must understand, embrace, and harness Esperanza’s rich identities as an independent, Episcopal, all-girls, urban, and NativityMiguel model school. The successful candidate will cultivate, steward, and motivate an ever-expanding group of financial supporters and will lead the implementation of the school’s new strategic plan by working collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, the administration, and faculty. This is a unique opportunity for an impassioned educator and leader who yearns to make a true difference in the lives of girls in an urban setting.

Responsibilities of the Next Head of School

The next Head will oversee all aspects of Esperanza: the educational program, development and fund-raising, admissions and enrollment, the budget and longer-term financial management and planning, the safety and well-being of all members of the school community, and communication within the school community and in the broader educational and geographic community. At this crucial stage in its history, Esperanza is seeking a new Head who will have the following responsibilities, qualities, and experiences. Specifically, she/he will:

  • Provide visionary and inspirational leadership to ensure the continued success and growth of the school
  • Oversee the school’s curriculum and programs to meet the educational, emotional, and spiritual needs of its students
  • Work diligently with the Development Office and Board to strategically raise funds necessary for the long-term viability of the school
  • Work with the Board of Trustees to implement clear and transparent budgeting/reporting strategies to manage the school’s revenues and expenses
  • Oversee admissions and parent relations
  • Hire and supervise the faculty, administration, and staff
  • Lead and maintain a highly motivated administrative leadership team in their work by fostering a culture of open communication and collaboration
  • Provide support for the faculty and staff to ensure that they are motivated and experience joy and meaning in their work
  • Be a visible and inspiring presence for the girls, their parents, the faculty and staff, and the entire school community
  • Oversee a communications strategy to represent the school in the NativityMiguel Network, in the greater educational community, and to the general public
  • Represent and promote the school in the Lawrence community in order to advance admissions and development/advancement goals • Work effectively with the Board of Trustees to maintain a highly functional governance structure and optimize Board members’ expertise
  • Work with the Board and the faculty and administration to implement the Strategic Plan
  • Lead and be the voice for the public face of the school via a well-developed communications strategy
  • Ensure that all internal systems and the physical plant provide a safe and effective environment for the students, staff, and faculty
  • Oversee compliance requirements with respect to federal, state, and local regulations Qualifications and Qualities of the Next Head of School Strong candidates will possess:
  • A clear passion for and the ability to inspire others about Esperanza’s mission as a middle school program for Lawrence girls
  • A solid background in the field of education including classroom teaching and familiarity with current trends in pedagogy within independent and urban schools
  • Demonstrated experience as a leader who understands how to manage and inspire teams
  • A personality that is outgoing, warm, and engaging
  • High energy and enthusiasm for the demanding and important work of a non-tuition driven school which operates an extended school day as well as an extended school year
  • Inspiration from the intangible rewards that accompany making a genuine difference in the life of each student
  • The ability to communicate effectively to all constituencies, both verbally and in writing
  • Cultural competence regarding the challenges of urban education
  • An appreciation for the role that spirituality and character development play in education Strong candidates will also have many of the following experiences:
  • Several years of exemplary leadership and management experience in schools, likely at the middle or high school level
  • Financial management within school structures
  • Experience and/or eagerness to engage in fundraising activities
  • Experience leading and developing a faculty in varying stages of their profession
  • Experience working in an urban school setting with a diverse student population and school community similar to Esperanza
  • Experience with and understanding of issues relating to an all-girl student population
  • A proven track record of collaboration and teamwork
  • Experience/comfort in speaking to groups of various sizes
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and utilize data to implement best practices and effect school improvement


To Apply Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (preferably PDFs) the following materials:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the Esperanza Academy position and aligning your skills and experiences with the needs of the school
  • Current résumé with all dates included • Statement of educational philosophy and leadership practice
  • List of five references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will be contacted only with the candidate’s permission and not before a mutual interest is clearly established) to:

Barbara Chase Senior Consultant barbara.chase@carneysandoe.com 978.835.6000

Amanda Riegel Senior Search Associate amanda.riegel@carneysandoe.com 401.793.0656



Currently Accepting Applications

Life Together is a ten-month fellowship and leadership development project that matches young leaders (21-32 years of age) with mission-based non-profit organizations, churches, and schools throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Life Together is a strategic initiative of The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and an affiliate program of the Episcopal Service Corps.

The Teaching Fellowship is a partnership between Life Together and Esperanza. During their two-year commitment with Life Together, fellows work for social justice, grow as leaders, and live in community with other fellows. In addition to teaching, fellows participate in regular leadership training and spiritual reflection.

About the Position:
The Fellow will teach classes, coach in the athletic program, serve as an advisor to students, and perform other responsibilities related to teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate belief in the mission and philosophy of both Life Together and Esperanza Academy. The teaching fellow will be a person of high moral character with a generous sense of humor, determination and fortitude. The teaching fellow shall have the ability to work independently and cooperatively and be committed to goal-oriented leadership. Organizational, computer, written, and oral communication skills must be exemplary.

A bachelor’s degree is required
Teaching experience and work with urban youth is preferred, but not required.
Prior leadership experience is preferred

Fellows receive housing, health insurance, a modest living stipend, and are eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award (to pay student loans or put toward future graduate school tuition). Fellows also receive extensive leadership training.

To Apply:
Please forward resume, cover letter, and contact info for three professional references to:

Annmarie Quezada, Principal
Esperanza Academy