Head of School
Nantucket Lighthouse School, Nantucket, MA
Administrative/Full Time/Interim (6 -12mo)
Mission and History
Founded in 2000, the Nantucket Lighthouse School (NLS) is a small, independent Pre-K – 5
school that provides Nantucket children with a Waldorf-inspired educational alternative in a
smaller, more individualized setting where staff and teachers have the opportunity to focus on
meeting the child where they are.
The Lighthouse School is a community of children, families and educators that embodies the joy
of learning. Students develop critical thinking and team building skills through a project-based,
integrated curriculum of literacy, math, science, history, and creative and performing arts.
Compassionate teaching and social emotional learning allows students to cultivate a sense of
respect and responsibility for self, others and their community.
NLS seeks an Interim Head of School who will be enthusiastic about joining this established
community as it moves through a transitional period. This is a 6-12 months contract with the
potential to become permanent Head of School for the right candidate. We are seeking an
individual who is committed to the mission-centered educational programs, one who has
experience in and/or understanding of Waldorf education, i.e. someone who respects the pace of
childhood and understands the importance of modifying a “standard curriculum” to be hands-on,
story-based, experiential. Additionally, our best candidate is one who takes leadership in
fundraising, administration, financial health, and professional development for faculty and staff.
This position requires energy, passion, and a willingness to do “whatever it takes” to engage with
the school community – students, families, teachers, staff and Board of Trustees. The position
will report directly to the Board of Trustees, while all staff reports to Head of School (barring
any conflicts of interest, which are to be disclosed to the Board immediately).
1. The Head of School will promote best practices in Waldorf-inspired project-based
learning while honoring the long history of traditions that are so valued at NLS.
2. The Head of School will support a talented faculty and staff by working closely with lead
teachers to review the curriculum and pedagogical practices to ensure an exceptional
educational experience for students. The Head will work to clearly define outcomes for
the students in order to enhance the retention of families through the fifth grade. This will
include looking at the professional growth opportunities for administrators, faculty, and
staff (consistent feedback, assessments, and professional development).
3. The next Head of School needs to be a confident and effective communicator with all
stakeholders: the Board, administrative and teaching staff, and families. The Head will
pacify the school community during this transitional period while upholding the message
that NLS is a progressive, holistic choice for whole child education in Nantucket.
4. The Head of School will take on financial responsibilities to ensure the viability of NLS
by carefully weighing income and expenses, including tuition assistance, faculty and staff
compensation, other revenue opportunities, and annual fundraising.
5. The Head of School will take on executive responsibility to distribute leadership roles
clearly and act decisively in a transparent fashion that builds a shared sense of purpose
Appropriate Master’s Degree in education, or a relevant field.
The desire to have an active involvement in the Nantucket community.
Prior teaching, leadership and/ or school administrative/management experience.
Excellent organizational and operational skills.
Highly effective verbal and written communication skills.
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Please include at least three references.
Position to start on or before July 1, 2022
Equal Opportunity Employer
Nantucket Lighthouse School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the school’s policy to grant
equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, sex, color, religion,
national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental handicap,
military status, citizenship status and other status protected by federal, state or local law. The
school provides equal opportunities in employment, promotion, wages, benefits and other terms
and conditions of employment. It is our policy to make reasonable accommodations as required
under the law.