Director of Studies

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
  • Academics
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Curriculum / Program

Two hours north of Los Angeles, tucked away in a quiet corner of the Ojai Valley, sits a boarding school with an enviable set of vital signs: 12% admission rate; 79% enroll rate; $171M endowment; and 20 years average teaching experience, to name just a few. But as fundamentally sound as this school is, the community has for the last several years been preparing for a major curricular transformation. Like the outdoor adventures for which The Thacher School is famous, this journey will involve meticulous planning, unscripted experimentation, and ongoing collaboration involving teams of faculty, students, and administrators working toward a common goal. That goal is to develop a new overarching pedagogical philosophy that leverages contemporary research and best practices, while continuing to honor the cherished values of a Thacher education. Now a school that is best known for its celebrated Horse Program is ready to take arguably the most important academic ride upon which it has ever embarked. For this multiyear journey to be a success, Thacher needs a savvy navigator at the academic helm, with experience as both a classroom educator and an agent of school-wide change.

The Thacher School seeks a director of studies to serve as a collaborative, empathetic, and transparent leader of its entire curricular program. The next director of studies will work closely with the new head of school, for whom curriculum is a true passion, and who served in the director of studies role for many years at Thacher before becoming head this past July. This position, which reports directly to the head of school and serves on the leadership team, includes on-campus housing and the opportunity to become deeply connected to the entire Thacher community. The Thacher School will enthusiastically welcome its next director of studies on July 1, 2019.

For more information and complete application instructions, please download the job opportunity statement.


Post Date: November 1, 2018
Application Deadline: December 7, 2018
Decision Announced: January 31, 2019
Start Date: July 1, 2019