The Storm King School, a global community, prepares students by inspiring them toward academic success and confidence in an inclusive and diverse learning environment that embraces character, balance, and trust.
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About the School
Celebrating its 155th anniversary this year, Storm King School (SKS) offers a highly individualized program (teacher-student ratio of 5:1) that includes experiential, project-based, and outdoor learning experiences for its 170 students in grades 8 – PG. Set in a stunning location on Storm King Mountain and overlooking the Hudson River, SKS provides a caring, small, coed school environment to a multicultural and international student population. The school’s 55 acres border the Black Rock Nature Preserve, on whose board the Head of School sits. The school lies in the historic Hudson Valley between West Point and Newburgh.
The SKS campus boasts three academic classroom buildings; a large gym with dance studio, and space for cardio, weights, basketball, fencing, etc.; a theater; art center with studio and digital labs; six dormitories; nine homes for faculty, and a Commons overlooking the Hudson River, as does the Head’s House. There are also two athletic fields and a Student Center with a snack bar and the school store.
Over the past ten years, The Storm King School has grown enrollment, expanded and enhanced its facilities, and solidified its standing as one of the top boarding schools on the East coast. You can read a detailed account of the school’s history here.
The village of Cornwall had modest beginnings. It was settled in the early 1700s as a farming community at the foot of Storm King Mountain. As New York City grew, along with the frequency of respiratory ailments and other health concerns that went hand in hand with city life, doctors began to tout the health benefits of clean mountain air away from city smog.
By the turn of the 19th century, Cornwall had become a popular destination for day trips to escape the city and enjoy the area’s natural beauty, fresh air, and cool breezes. Thus, Cornwall’s reputation as a health retreat grew throughout the 19th century and into the early 1900s. Today it is known for being a great place to live in and, if desired, from which to commute to the City. Niche.com cites this village of just over 3,000 residents as one of the best NY towns to live in. The area’s well-known Storm King Art Center is an outdoor sculpture museum with work by world-class sculptors and artists.
About the Position
The Storm King Board of Trustees has launched a comprehensive search for the next Head of School of The Storm King School to begin responsibilities on July 1, 2024. The next Head of School will ideally be an individual of outstanding character and experience working with high school students, whose personal and professional skills match the School’s culture, and who will be inspired by Storm King’s mission and will build a partnership with the Board of Trustees to develop a compelling vision for the future.
The Search Committee expects to complete the search by Fall 2023. Interested candidates should submit their materials by August 1, 2023.
Application Materials Requested
Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document:
- EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact Sally Mixsell and/or Eric Temple for this document)
- A letter of interest addressed to the Search Committee
- Current resume
- Statement of Educational Leadership philosophy
- A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
- Disclosure Form (Contact Sally Mixsell and/or Eric Temple for this document)
Please Address Inquiries to:
Sally Mixsell, Partner, Educators Collaborative
email@example.com – (203) 824-3653
Eric Temple, Partner, Educators Collaborative
firstname.lastname@example.org – (415) 279-1837
Equal Opportunity Statement
The Storm King School is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.
Listing Date: April 26, 2023