The Ellis School logo with a light green pair of leaves about the "I" in Ellis.

The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is seeking an Upper School Division Head to begin July 1, 2021.  Ellis is the only all-girls school in Pittsburgh serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, with a mission of educating girls and young women to become bold, authentic, intellectually vibrant changemakers. The School currently serves approximately 370 students  evenly distributed across three divisions, with the Upper School Division composed of students in grades 9-12.  The Upper School is particularly well known for its strong academic program, the close relationships between students and teachers, the rich and varied opportunities for students to explore their interests both in and out of the classroom, and the focus on collaborative, real world problem solving experiences.  The Upper School Division Head works closely with faculty, staff, and families to create an inclusive and engaging learning community in which all students are known and loved and actively supported and challenged to be their own best selves.

The Ellis School community pursues, supports, and embraces diversity of all kinds, recognizing the collective strength derived from our individual differences. We are committed to creating a school environment in which all students feel welcome, known, heard, safe, and treated fairly, while establishing ourselves as a leader in equity and justice initiatives.

  • We recognize and celebrate the unique value and dignity of every student.
  • We commit to doing the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally.
  • We foster authentic and reciprocal relationships with families.
  • We strive to teach a culturally sustaining curriculum and engage in culturally sustaining instructional practices.

Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to building inclusive school communities, joyful experience working with adolescent girls and their families, deep knowledge of upper school curriculum and classroom practice, and proven experience working with other adults as a leader in a school setting. Interested candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Wendy Wu at before November 30, 2020:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Statement of educational philosophy
  • Statement of leadership philosophy
  • Names and contact information of three professional references

Questions should be directed to Macon Finley, Head of School, at Additional information about the school can be found on the school website at:


The Ellis School acknowledges its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, citizenship status, handicap or disability in access, employment, tuition assistance, educational policies, or other school administered student and employee programs and activities, as well as its obligation to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, citizenship status, handicap or disability in student admissions.  Questions regarding the School’s compliance with the application and administration of the School’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Deborah Kuchta, Director of Finance and Operations, 6425 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206, (412) 661-5992 ext. 117, or to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) or to the SBA.  Please refer to the School’s SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy on the School’s website for information on how to file complaints with OCR or the SBA.