President and Head of College

Ref: 5976

Pearson UWC

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Role Managed by:

Jacob Crossley

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6206


Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the importance of the role and experience of the successful candidate

Closing Date: 14/10/2022

Formal Interview Date: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to first round interviews with the Search Committee on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September 2022. Successful candidates will then be invited to visit the College and have a final set of interviews on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 October 2022.

Founded to advance international peace and understanding, Pearson College UWC educates global change-makers and leaders who will transform the world for the better. The College is home to a deliberately diverse community of 210 pre-university (Grade 12 and gap year) students from over 150 countries who enjoy a transformative IB and experiential educational experience in an inspiring setting along the forested shores of Vancouver Island. Pearson is part of the United World College movement, a group of 18 innovative schools and colleges around the world with a common purpose to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

The Board now seeks an outstanding President and Head of College to lead the College through an important and strategically critical stage in its evolution. With the recent creation of the ground-breaking Climate Action Leadership Diploma, and a renewed strategic commitment to Indigenous reconciliation, Pearson has an extraordinary opportunity to influence the future of education. The next President and Head of College will shape the future of an exceptional educational and alumni community, positioning Pearson as a global leader in climate action built upon cutting edge educational innovation and utilizing local university and Indigenous expertise.

The successful candidate will be a passionate, values-driven IB educator with a track record of success in educational leadership. Authentic and engaging, the next President and Head of College will inspire and energize faculty, staff and students, building strong relationships with donors, and effectively positioning Pearson College UWC as a leading force in addressing the major global and societal challenges. They will have an appreciation - not necessarily gained through direct experience - of the nature of leadership in a residential context, a strong understanding of the business dimensions of 21st century school leadership, and the capacity to creatively evaluate different pathways to financial sustainability. All candidates must have a deep resonance with Pearson’s heritage, mission and values.

Completed applications should be uploaded at: quoting reference number 5976.

The closing date for applications is 08:30 PDT on Thursday 18 August 2022.

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