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Director Search Update

posted Sep 13, 2013, 6:26 AM by Suzanne WARDINI   [ updated Sep 13, 2013, 6:30 AM ]
September 13, 2013

The Search Committee has spent this week continuing to conduct Skype interviews with those who have made the first round of selections. Those interviews will be completed next week as we look to settle on three final candidates who will visit ISD in early October. In addition to completing those Skype interviews, the Committee is starting to map out what those very important campus visits will look like and how best to collect the input and opinions of ISD community members.

The Search Committee will also be holding two briefings next week – one for faculty and staff on Tuesday afternoon and one for parents/PTO members on Friday morning (8:30 AM) – where interested members of the ISD community can hear more about the search process, timeline, and how folks can help. If you can’t make these meetings, you can always email us ( with any ideas, suggestions, or questions you might have.

Mailbag: Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions

“How many finalists will be visiting ISD and when will we know who they are?”
In consulting with Search Associates (our recruitment firm) and those who have been through multiple Director searches in the past (our own Paul Olson), the consensus of the Committee was to aim for three finalists to come to Dakar for a two-day series of meetings and interviews. We will finish the application and interview process the week of September 23rd. The Search Committee will announce who are the folks visiting ISD that same week.

“When will parents, students, faculty, and staff have a chance to meet the finalists?”
Very important question! We are blocking off September 30th – October 11th on the schedule for the campus visit portion of the search process. We have had to juggle the ISD school calendar (professional development days and the mid-October break) with our desire to have the top candidates come to ISD before other schools have a chance to hire them (!), while still continuing to meet our goal of having the new Director chosen before the end of October. Details about campus visit process and information about how you can meet the candidates will be shared with the entire ISD community when they are finalized. Stay tuned!

(See “The Search Process Timeline” below for an overview of what happens when.)

The Search Process Timeline
July – September 20th: Post job opening and receive applications

(NEW) September 20th 8:30 AM: PTO/Parent briefing on the search process (HS/MS Board Room)

August : Finalize evaluation criteria and process for selecting new director

September: Evaluate received applications and conduct interviews with selected candidates

Late September: Select top tier candidates for campus visit to Dakar

Early October: Conduct series of campus visits, give ISD community ample opportunities to interact with prospective candidates and offer feedback to the Search Committee

Late October: Board of Trustees, in consultation with Search Committee, hires the new Director