Finding the Right Staff for Your New School
Are your School Founders up for the challenge? The mechanics of starting a school can be challenging. In today’s complicated environment, the need to work smarter and be ready for the day-one of school opening is critical. With proper planning, founders can be prepared to start the school of their dreams, and manage costs and project development effectively, establishing a school for generations to come. Provided herein are our time-tested stages for starting a school.
In Stage 7, through a search process defined by a detailed position profile based on your mission-vision, you need to select your Head of School and other senior staff. You should conduct your search as widely as possible (don’t just hire someone you know). Write job descriptions, personal files, benefits, and pay scales for your staff and faculty and administration. Your Head will drive the enrollment campaign and marketing, and the initial decisions for resources and staffing. When hiring staff, make sure they understand the mission and how much work it takes to start a school. It’s invaluable to attract great faculty; in the end, it’s the staff that’ll make or break the school. To attract great staff you need to ensure that you have a competitive compensation package.
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Provided below is an overview of our time-tested school formation stages that HEG follows to start a new private school. Click on each stage to find out more about what is needed to start your own school step-by-step.