Apr 29, 2024

Head of School

  • Arizona State University
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
Full-Time Administration/Operations

Job Description

Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy

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Phoenix, Arizona


The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy at Arizona State University, a specialized early-university entry program, seeks an experienced leader and innovator to serve as its new Head of School. The Head of School will lead the academy in developing and cultivating its mission to serve the needs of gifted students and deliver the highest quality educational experience and outcomes for students. This role represents a bold endeavor to honor the legacy of the academy while thinking deeply and broadly about growing its footprint and impact.


Located on the grounds of Arizona State University’s West Valley Campus, the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA) provides gifted learners with a school experience best suited to their unique needs, free of traditional classroom structures. A Cambridge International School, with early entry into Arizona State University, HSYA creates an environment where students can explore areas of interest and develop advanced skills and understanding far beyond what is available in typical middle or high school environments. From accelerated middle and high school content to advanced university coursework, including opportunities to work with ASU professors through an extensive mentorship program, HYSA students are encouraged to explore and evolve as scholars and community members in preparation for their future academic and life experiences.


The incoming Head of School will embrace the mission of HYSA and build upon its strong foundation and enduring commitment to offering gifted young people advanced and interdisciplinary educational offerings commensurate with their abilities, strengths, and interests. Through a collaborative and disciplined approach, the Head of School will lead the Academy into its next chapter and address several key priorities, including:


• Develop and implement curriculum and programming that supports and bolsters the school’s mission


• Collaborate with other school leaders to support HYSA’s progress toward its strategic and accreditation goals


• Manage internal operations and fiscal matters through oversight of annual budget and long-range planning


• Recruit, hire, empower, and retain exceptional faculty and staff


• Facilitate partnerships with all community stakeholders within ASU and beyond

Hiring Organization

Arizona State University



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Application Instructions

HYSA has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: https://apptrkr.com/5211420. Electronic submission of materials is required.


Jaime Morgen, Brian Burbank, and Thea Kosmack

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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