Edu Directions

About Edu-Direction

Educational Directions is an educational consulting company, based in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and operating since 1986. It provides consulting services to US independent and Catholic schools and has been working with various educational institutions in different states of the country. Its annual revenue is about $250,000, according to the business research agency, D&B Hoovers.

Edu-Directions’ team includes 8 partners, all of them having a solid background in teaching and school administration. Their connections with multiple colleges and universities in the US and abroad helps them to provide professional assistance to their customers.

Edu-Directions Services

Despite being a small-sized company, Educational Directions is a US leading search provider, helping educational institutions find proper candidates for their open executive and administrative positions. Company’s key success factor is the profound base of knowledge about available positions throughout the country, obtained via Edu-Directions’ vast network of school connections. The company participates in national and regional conferences organized by school associations (such as NAIS Annual Conference in 2021) so that attendees can apply for Edu-Directions’ services directly.

The company’s services include:

  • Finding candidates for Head of School positions
  • Finding candidates for Administrator positions
  • Consulting
  • Publishing open positions

Head of School Candidates

The company provides organized search services to private and independent US schools (particularly to Catholic and Episcopal schools) in order to help them find best candidates for open Executive positions. The process is as follows:

  1. The company’s representative meets with the school’s board members in order to agree about the list of desired candidate qualifications: experience in education, financial and budgeting experience, leadership capabilities etc.
  2. The company performs search through its network of connections in the educational sphere. Its representatives may conduct initial interviews with the candidates they pick.
  3. Best candidates are introduced to the school board who conduct further interviews with them, to pick the most appropriate one.

Professional educational executives or aspiring school leaders can also get help from Educational Directions to get placed in independent or private schools, in the US or abroad, where they can pursue their career goals.

Administrative Candidates

This type of service is focusing on senior administrative positions, such as Deputy Head of School, Principal, Superintendent and so on. The process is similar to the above:

  1. Collecting requirements for the position from the board. Company’s representative might also analyze the administrative structure of the school in order to help 
  2. The company performs search through its network of connections in the educational sphere. Its representatives may conduct initial interviews with the candidates they pick.
  3. Best candidates are introduced to the school board who conduct further interviews with them, to pick the most appropriate one.

Consulting

Additional services the company provides to individuals and educational organizations are:

  • Coaching for school executives
  • Facilitation of school executives transition process
  • Independent school governance
  • School leadership development
  • Executive and administrator succession planning
  • Alignment of mission strategy alignment
  • Education management
  • Focused planning
  • Trustee workshops
  • Professional training & coaching
  • Staffing & recruiting

Publications

For years Educational Directions has been publishing the information about open positions in various educational institutions which the company has collaborated with. The lists of positions are organized into The Blue Sheet (containing Head of School positions) and The Green Sheet (containing Senior Administrative positions). Given the vast network of company’s connections in this segment of the job market, this is a leading national source for job seekers in the senior educational staff field.

The information in both Sheets is updated on a regular basis and available for anyone for free. According to the company’s statistics, more than 90% of new Heads of School have been successfully finding their new positions with the help of this information. 

History

The Company’s history can be traced back to 1986 when its founder Chris Arnold has been participating in a Head of School search and after understanding the general schools’ need of qualified help in such situations, created a team of educational professionals who deliver such help. During the 2000s and 2010s the company has grown from 4 to 8 employees. Today it has added to its portfolio more than 350 successful Head of School search operations in 40 different states.

Customer Feedback

Educational Directions has been mentioned as a selected partner for finding executive or administrative candidates by a number of US schools, particularly:

A list of schools and individuals who have been Educational Directions’ clients can be found on the company’s website, as well as several customer testimonials.

Conclusion

Though it lacks huge publicity in leading media, Educational Directions plays a significant role connecting educational institutions and experienced leaders they need. Thus it holds an important place in this specific narrow niche of the US job market. A number of mentions of its significant help can be found in open sources, by various schools all over the United States. This indicates that the company possesses a nice and solid reputation among such institutions on a national level.

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