Head of School
Start Date: July 1, 2023
Co-ed Day School, Grades Pre-K – 8th
219 Students
244 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


The Co-op School, a small progressive Brooklyn school that serves students from two years old through eighth grade, is seeking a Head of School for July 2023. The ideal candidate will wholeheartedly embrace the school’s mission, core values, and culture and bring excellent communication skills and a deep commitment to diversity to build strong relationships with faculty, students, and staff. At a pivotal moment in the school’s development, the Head will bring the skills and experience necessary to grow enrollment, increase retention, and work with the Board on long-term financial planning while maintaining the intimacy and warmth of a special and highly engaged community.

About the School

Founded on the floor of a brownstone in 2003 as a high-quality, affordable preschool option in Clinton Hill/Fort Greene, the Co-op School has matured quickly from a small, parent-run playgroup. In 2011, it launched its first kindergarten class, and in 2020, it graduated its first eighth-grade class. In 2019, the school opened its doors at 644 Gates Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant–a 30,000-square-foot building with a double-height gym, a rooftop library, and two playgrounds—to house preschool, lower school, and middle school students under one roof.

The mission of The Co-op School is to inspire passion and teach children to become protagonists in their educational journey by fostering their innate sense of curiosity and creativity. The school’s rigorous academic program uses a constructivist, inquiry-based approach that listens to and honors the individual interests and strengths of each child. The Co-op School’s core values–compassion, uniqueness, community action, anti-racism, and joy–guide the educational program and community interactions. A private school at an accessible price point, the Co-op School invites the participation of the parents, creating a strong sense of community and engagement with the school.

Application Materials Requested

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet and Disclosure Form (contact Mary Seppala and/or Tracy Bennett for the documents) 
  • Letter of Interest addressed to the Search Committee 
  • Current résumé 
  • Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) 

Please Address Inquiries to:

Mary Seppala, Partner, Educators Collaborative, LLC, maryseppala@gmail.com – 610-772-7625
Tracy Bennett, Partner, Educators Collaborative, LLC, tbennett@educatorscollaborative.com – 425-466-4748

Listing Date: January 13, 2023