About the School

Founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick, Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, California is a K-12 coeducational, day school currently enrolling 860 students. Thanks to generous donations of land and financial support from the Vanderlip and Roessler families, Chadwick opened on its current campus in 1938 with 75 students. In 1963, the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation (RCF) was created to ensure Chadwick’s long-term sustainability.

Chadwick’s hilltop 45-acre campus is located on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula, which forms the southern end of Santa Monica Bay. Although situated in Los Angeles County, the Peninsula offers a pastoral setting renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle.

With an operating budget of just over $30 million and a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Chadwick allocates over $4 million in need-based financial aid to 18% of the student body. Reflecting the rich diversity of Southern California, 45 percent of the students self-identify as persons of color. Meaningful student-faculty relationships lie at the heart of the Chadwick experience. With a school-wide 8:1 student-faculty ratio, small class sizes, and one college counselor for each 24 advisees, students are both challenged and warmly supported. Eighty percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees with an average tenure of 16 years.

Today, Chadwick School Palos Verdes is part of a visionary effort to provide opportunities for students around the globe to benefit from a world-class Chadwick education. In 2010, Chadwick International School Songdo (CISS) was formed in South Korea and currently enrolls 1,200 students in grades Pre-K to 12. In 2014, the Roessler-Chadwick Foundation Group (RCFG), was created as a parent entity for RCF and the two Chadwick schools in Palos Verdes, USA, and Songdo, South Korea.

Signature features of the Chadwick experience include the following:

  • A deeply held belief in the educational aims and core values of the institution that are widely shared by all constituencies and that serve as the touchstone for the entire program.
  • A commitment to excellence and continuous improvement.
  • A comprehensive and integrated K-12 curriculum designed to provide Chadwick graduates with six Core Competencies that are highly desired by colleges and professions.
  • An innovative spirit that has positioned the school as a national leader in numerous areas, most notably including its outdoor education and global programs.
  • A remarkably cohesive community of students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents who respect, support, and enjoy one another

About the Position

The Roessler-Chadwick Foundation Board (RCF) has launched a comprehensive search for the next Head of School for Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. For a position to begin in July 2019, the Board is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to position the school for long-term sustainability and continued prominence at the forefront of education.

View the Leadership Opportunity Statement Here

How to Apply

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials:

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Jo Butler or Marcus Hurlbut for that document)
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current résumé
  • Personal Statement or Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

Please address any inquiries or expressions of interest to:

Jo Butler, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative, LLC (jbutler@educatorscollaborative.com 609-577-2473)


Marcus Hurlbut, Co-Managing Partner, Educators’’ Collaborative, LLC (mhurlbut@educatorscollaborative.com 949-279-3084)