Founding Director

  • Job posted by Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Job Type

Full Time




Santa Monica
United States


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Founding Director, Crossroads School Equity & Justice Institute.

About Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences

Crossroads School provides a unique K-12 program built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Crossroads was founded in 1971 by Paul Cummins, along with a small group of teachers and parents, who wanted to provide a new approach to learning in a nonprofit, coeducational college preparatory day school.

As a college preparatory school, we certainly believe in the importance of academic success, yet not at the expense of a child's emotional or social well-being. While students need to be challenged, we feel that it is crucial to develop and deliver curriculum that is appropriate for the age and ability of each grade level. This is what we mean when we describe ourselves as a “developmental” school.

Crossroads recognizes that there are many ways to learn. Integral to our identity as a progressive school is the notion that our teachers must design instruction that incorporates a variety of learning styles. Equally important is our belief that the curriculum should have meaning and interest for the student. It is, therefore, necessary to create inquiry-based lessons that explore and build upon the students' knowledge base. In order to accomplish these objectives, teachers must know their students intimately. Therefore, relationship is the key to our educational model. In short, teachers at Crossroads are expected to know their students as individuals, determine how they learn best, and teach accordingly. Additionally, we view education as a work in progress. We constantly review what we do and how we do it with an eye to what needs to be refined, changed, or retained, always committed to the importance of offering a most relevant and meaningful educational experience.

Since our inception, Crossroads' commitment to all forms of diversity has made it possible for us to be racially, economically, geographically, and culturally inclusive. Even in the earliest days, Crossroads made a major commitment to community service and soon developed a comprehensive program that served as inspiration for many other schools. In the 1990s we developed a different facet of community service we called “institutional community service” and created a separate non-profit foundation, the Crossroads Community Outreach Foundation, so that the School could model the values expected of our students.

Statement of Philosophy

The School was built upon five basic commitments:

  • To academic excellence;
  • To the arts;
  • To the greater community;
  • To the development of a student population of social, economic, and racial diversity; and
  • To the development of each student's physical well-being and full human potential.

It is the goal of Crossroads School to provide a strong college preparatory program from which each student will develop a personal commitment to learning, a respect for independent thinking, and an expanding curiosity about the world and its people. We consider certain skills to be essential for all graduates: to read well, to write clearly and coherently, to study effectively, to reason soundly, and to question thoughtfully.

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The Opportunity

Reporting to the Head of School, the Founding Director of the Equity and Justice Institute (“Director”) serves as an important leader in formalizing and elevating the School's ongoing work in equity and justice programs and partnerships. The Director serves on the senior administrative team and is a highly visible presence within the school community, engaging individually and collectively with students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. The Director will be a significant external presence, building and strengthening the School's role in neighborhood, regional, and global partnerships.

A strategic thought leader with strong implementation skills, the Director is an experienced community organizer who understands how to leverage institutional resources to successfully achieve mission-related goals with respect to issues of equity and justice. The Institute will reimagine equity and justice education throughout the curriculum and will be the primary catalyst for Crossroads students, staff, families, alumni, nonprofits and the community to work together in order to have a more significant impact on issues facing our global community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership & Vision
  • Program Development & Oversight
  • Internal/External Relations & Communications

Candidate Profile

The Director will be a strategic and innovative leader with the deep knowledge of major equity and justice issues needed to effectively guide, influence, and collaborate with Crossroads' internal and external stakeholders. This individual will have the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit needed to develop and lead a groundbreaking program. The Director will have a commitment to equity and justice, and will serve as a model of openness and acceptance while leading with personal and professional integrity, warmth, humility, and humor. This individual will demonstrate impeccable ethics and an unwavering commitment to confidentiality.

The Director will have the credibility to build deep and abiding trust with a number of constituencies and be able to influence and bring them together around shared goals without necessarily having direct authority. This individual will be a confident and effective communicator with the ability to speak persuasively to the importance of equity and justice in Crossroads' classrooms and beyond with fluency and clarity.

A Bachelor's degree is required for the position and a graduate degree is preferred. The ideal candidate will have least 5-10 years of experience in K-12, higher education, or nonprofits with progressive growth and advancement of responsibilities and oversight. This individual will have cultural competency skills and the ability to work with families from diverse backgrounds. Fluency in a language other than English preferred.

Contact Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Stephen Milbauer. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Stephen at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan

Managing Director

Stephen Milbauer


Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences commits to being a community where individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities and life experiences bring their whole selves; where we value and honor the contributions and talents that each person brings; and where everyone realizes a fulfilled life – a life of well-being that is filled with purpose, financial security, civic identity, strong relationships, and health. These commitments are at the heart of our decisions.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply