Principal Search

Since opening our doors in 1903, strong leadership has been at the heart of this venerable institution. On October 17, the Board of Governors announced the search process to select the 8th Principal of Branksome Hall. The Board has approved a Search Committee that represents the school community and we appreciate their commitment to this important work. The Committee members look forward to hearing from our school community through a series of in-person and virtual Community Consultations and an online survey. They will also provide regular updates on the search process and leadership transition through this site.

To learn more about the position, click here.
    • Mona Malone, Chair, Branksome Hall Board of Governors

A Message from our Board Chair

Welcome to the Principal Search website, where the Search Committee will provide the Branksome Hall community with information and updates regarding the search for Branksome’s next Principal.

Branksome has a bold mission: each day, we challenge and inspire girls to love learning and to shape a better world. This mission is advanced through the strength of our leadership and partnership between the school and our community.

A Search Committee has been established and approved by the Board. The Committee is composed of Board Members, who represent parents, past parents and alum, as well as school leadership. Representative faculty and staff will serve as advisory contributors to the process. Bios of the Search Committee members can be found on this site. Our aim is to have the search completed by June 2023. The new Principal will transition to Branksome on July 1, 2024.

Toronto-based Caldwell Partners has been retained to work with the Board on the search for Branksome’s 8th Principal, which will include identifying a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates. The process will include a period of listening and comprehensive consultation with the school’s community of employees, parents, alum and students. This process will inform the development of a position profile, establishing clear criteria for our next Principal — a world-class leader who will build on our mission, vision, values and long-term aspirations.

As the search to find our next Principal is underway, we will keep our community informed of important milestones and developments. Throughout the process, we will remain committed to balancing openness and transparency with the need for confidentiality inherent in any high-level search. We very much value your input and look forward to providing you with regular updates, so please continue to visit this site to learn more.

Regards,

Mona Malone
Chair, Branksome Hall Board of Governors
Chair, Principal Search Committee

Announcements

List of 2 items.

  • Board Chair’s Search Announcement

    Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Principal’s Message

    Monday, October 17, 2022

Community Consultation Sessions

Members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback through a confidential and anonymous Online Survey by Caldwell Partners. The data from the survey will be compiled by the search firm and shared with the Search Committee. This feedback will be used to help develop the Principal Position Profile. Caldwell Partners, on behalf of the Search Committee, will also host a series of Community Consultation Sessions held on the following dates:

List of 3 items.

  • Parent Consultation Sessions

    November 2 - 6:30 p.m. (virtual)
    November 3 - 9:00 a.m. (in person)
    November 10 - 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • Alum Consultation Sessions

    October 28 - 7:00 a.m. (virtual)
    November 9 - 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • Employees and Students

    The dates for Employee and Student sessions will be communicated to them.

Search Committee

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 items.

  • How were members of the Search Committee selected?

    The Board of Governors chose members who are broadly representative of the Branksome Hall community and who themselves represent diverse professional experience and cultural backgrounds, including Board Members, employees, alum and parents.
  • Is there a timeline for the Principal Search? Does the school have a set date for when the next Principal will begin in the role?

    The Search Committee has launched a thorough and thoughtful search process. With input from the community through Community Consultations, the Committee will develop the Position Profile, which is scheduled to be released in late November 2022. The Search Committee will recommend the final candidate as Principal for approval by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will announce their decision in June 2023.
  • How can members of the community provide input during the process?

    There are three ways Branksome community members can provide input on the search process:

    • Through a confidential and anonymous Online Survey administered by Caldwell Partners.
    • Through a series of in-person and virtual Community Consultations in October and November 2022.
    • By directing any search process questions or recommendations to Caldwell Partners via email at: yourprincipalsearch@caldwell.com
  • What role does the executive search firm, Caldwell Partners, serve in the Principal search process?

    Caldwell Partners is a leading provider of executive talent, with a 50-year history that has been built on transformative searches across functions and geographies at the very highest levels of management and operations. Industries served include education, non-profits, social enterprise, the arts and healthcare. Under the leadership of Heather Ring, the firm’s role in this process will be to develop a diverse pool of candidates, each highly qualified to meet Branksome Hall’s needs. The firm will facilitate candidate engagement with the Search Committee and the Board, and will support them through their review and selection process. All applications and nominations will be kept confidential.

How to Apply

We appreciate and welcome your interest. Following the Community Consultations, we will be posting the position profile in November. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit applications or direct questions to:
Heather Ring, Caldwell Partners
direct +1 416-934-2210
mobile +1 647-233-3762
hring@caldwell.com
Land Acknowledgement
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.
Branksome Hall
10 Elm Avenue
Toronto, ON | M4W 1N4

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