Available Positions

Wildwood School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Associate Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 740 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School’s deep commitment to ongoing professional development feeds a renowned Outreach Center that has provided programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in 16 states and eight countries. Wildwood is also a founding member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Associate Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives (AHTLSI) serves as a key leader for all programs provided to students, families, and employees. Overseeing program and working closely with the head of school, school directors, faculty, parents, and appropriate Board committees, the AHTLSI coordinates research, data collection and analysis, execution, evaluation, and evolution for K-12 programming. The AHTLSI is the head’s primary delegee when the head is unavailable and works very closely with the Board of Trustees. The AHTLSI supervises leaders in several key programs, including college counseling, outreach, athletics, and The Institutes.

The Associate Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives will propel Wildwood School’s ethos and mission by:
  • Steadfastly modeling a consistent commitment to high standards, reflective practice, evaluation, and continuous improvement, utilizing both primary and secondary research to inform change
  • Thoughtfully supporting faculty and administrators, actively mentoring and sponsoring others in their professional growth and contributions to both Wildwood School and to the broader educational community
  • Respectfully questioning behaviors and policies that impede Wildwood School’s progress toward all manner of strategic goals, from building a more diverse community to preparing students for a changing college landscape to working with Board committees to secure the healthiest future possible
  • Consistently reminding others of shared goals and holding them accountable for their part in moving the school forward
  • Promoting and representing Wildwood School locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as a leader in educational innovation
The Associate Head of School for Teaching, Learning, and Strategic Initiatives will ensure that Wildwood School’s:
  • Faculty recruitment, evaluation, performance, and salary models are implemented using current research and best practice in teaching and learning
  • Student outcomes are reflective of a mission-driven K-12 process for student learning and growth, preparing graduates for the full range of colleges and universities to which they matriculate and the world of work and active citizenship
  • Academic administrators coordinate and calibrate student programming between the three school divisions, appropriately reflecting the age levels for which they are responsible
  • Current academic priorities—which include the growth of The Institute Model, the introduction of K-12 Global Citizenship programming, Mathematics and STEM programming, and K-12 technology integration—achieve established and future goals
  • Upcoming CAIS accreditation process (2020-2021) is effectively used to seed Board and staff strategic thinking and planning, while tying to the school’s concurrent 50th/20th anniversary celebrations
  • Administrative and Board priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion receive necessary focus and resources
  • Parents and parent association have access to effective, strategic, meaningful programs to provide them with education to better understand Wildwood School pedagogy and programs, as well as resources for better parenting
  • Outreach programming serves as a dynamic conduit through which research and best practice is shared with and received from educators, researchers, foundations, and non-profit and for-profit organizations with which the school partners
Wildwood School seeks an ambitious, confident, highly organized independent school thought leader with:
  • A minimum of five years of senior level independent school management experience
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Exceptionally strong communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills
  • Wisdom, judgement, patience, and decisiveness
  • A demonstrated commitment to the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Superior management skills
  • A strong work ethic
  • An excellent sense of humor
Expressions of interest may be sent to Clay Stites at cstites@rg175.com.

Major Gifts Officer

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 740 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School’s deep commitment to ongoing professional development feeds a renowned Outreach Center that has provided programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries. Wildwood is also a founding member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, working with universities and other private and public schools to transform the college process and move away from, "...an outdated system that rewards only the acquisition of information segregated into single subject areas."

Wildwood is seeking a Major Gifts Officer who will be a member of the fundraising leadership team securing support for innovative and impactful programs both internally, like our research-based Institute Model for which we received an Educational Leadership Grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, and externally, funding partnerships with LA Title I public schools to expand Systems Thinking curriculum in our community. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the MGO will execute the successful completion of Wildwood’s current capital campaign and grow a post-campaign philanthropic program to secure major and planned gifts from current parents, alumni, and other friends of Wildwood. The MGO works collaboratively with key volunteers, members of the advancement team, faculty, and staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and planned gift prospects to support the objectives of Wildwood School, collaborating with trustees, volunteers, and staff
  • Managing a portfolio of 125+ prospects capable of giving gifts of $25,000 and above to continue to build the school’s culture of philanthropy
  • Working with the fundraising leadership team to develop cultivation and proposal strategies
  • Coordinating with the Director of Annual Giving to help secure leadership annual gifts
  • Coordinating with the marketing and communications team to ensure consistency with messaging and brand strategy
  • Assisting with planning and/or directing cultivation and stewardship events or efforts
  • Developing and managing a planned giving program
  • Ensuring appropriate gift processing and tracking, donor acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting and analysis of gifts and donor records

Essential Skills:

  • A big-picture, strategic thinker who is flexible, highly detail-oriented, and has impeccable follow-through
  • Outstanding analytical skills used in identifying school needs, donors’ interests, and connecting the two
  • High-touch relationship builder who thrives on community and connection
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to articulate Wildwood’s mission, unique vision, and case for support
  • High level of professionalism and the ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Outstanding organizational skills and proficiency in prioritizing assignments to complete work in a timely manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work independently within a collaborative team environment
  • A disciplined, results-oriented self-starter with high ethical standards
  • Sense of humor
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree
  • Proven track record in major gifts fundraising of six- and seven-figure gifts
  • At least five years progressive fundraising responsibility, preferably in major gifts
  • Experience in, or understanding of independent schools and/or nonprofit organizations
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge (RE)
  • A commitment to, and enthusiasm for, philanthropy, institutional development, and Wildwood’s mission, vision, and progressive educational model

Wildwood is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture and welcomes teachers and staff members who bring skills, qualities, and/or experiences that demonstrate an understanding of and ability to support our work surrounding multicultural education, global citizenship, and sustaining a diverse and inclusive school community. Wildwood School is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.

Compensation will be appropriate for the market and the individual’s experience and will include Wildwood’s comprehensive benefit plan. Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Director of Institutional Advancement at hr@wildwood.org with a subject line of “Major Gifts Officer.”

Middle and Upper School Athletics Coaches

Wildwood School is an urban, coed, college-preparatory, K-12 school in West Los Angeles recognized for its innovative practices, progressive pedagogy, and commitment to multicultural programming. Approaching its 50th anniversary, the school enrolls 740 students in three divisions on two campuses. Wildwood School’s deep commitment to ongoing professional development feeds a renowned Outreach Center that has provided programming for public and independent school teachers, administrators, and trustees in over 16 states and eight countries. Wildwood is also a founding member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, working with universities and other private and public schools to transform the college process and move away from, "...an outdated system that rewards only the acquisition of information segregated into single subject areas." 

Wildwood offers a robust athletics program with over 70% of middle and upper school students participating in one or more sports. Wildwood coaches are professional, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic mentors who possess effective management skills as well as the experience to provide sport-specific training and skill development for student athletes.

Wildwood fields competitive teams in the following sports: Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Cross-Country, Swimming, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Golf, and Tennis.

Wildwood seeks exemplary coaches and accepts applications throughout the year from qualified candidates. If you are interested in a coaching position at Wildwood, please send a cover letter and resume to Athletics Director Billy DuMone at bdumone@wildwood.org.


K–12th grades, authentically progressive since 1971.

Elementary School

12201 Washington Place
Los AngelesCA 90066
(310) 397-3134

Middle and Upper School

11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los AngelesCA 90064
(310) 478-7189
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