Head of School Search

The Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, now in its 39th year, is conducting a nationwide search for its next Head of School for July 2022. The Search Committee will provide regular updates on this web page. Please check back frequently for new information.


Search Consultant

One of the most important roles of the Board of Trustees is the hiring and support of the Head of School. The Board has engaged Jane Armstrong of Independent Thinking (IT), who has partnered with independent schools on leadership searches since 2000 and has worked with many schools throughout the country.

Independent Thinking

Search Committee

With the guidance of our search consultant, the Board has formed a Search Committee of volunteers to work on behalf of the entire Heilicher community. The Committee will interview and vet candidates and ultimately make a hiring recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Members are:

Esther Goldberg-Davis, Co-Chair
Michele Kaplan Clinard, Co-Chair
Mark Appelbaum
Sarah Gollust
Rose Horovitz
Benjie Kaplan
Elena Levitt
Robyn Schein
Becka Steinberg
Michael Zis

Read Search Committee member bios here.


Community Involvement

The search for Heilicher's next Head of School is an inclusive process that will take into account our community’s hopes and dreams for the school while identifying and preserving all that is unique and special to Heilicher. Initiatives include:

  • Community-wide survey. An anonymous survey was shared with the Heilicher community via email with the goal to collect feedback from stakeholders. Responses will be aggregated by Independent Thinking and shared with the Search Committee.
  • Stakeholder meetings. Search Consultant Jane Armstrong will conduct virtual listening sessions with stakeholders. Parent listening sessions are planned for January 12, 2022. Please see email and The Roar for times and Zoom links. Jane and her team will also conduct meetings with students, faculty, staff, leadership, and community members. If you have questions or comments for Jane Armstrong, please reach out via email.
  • Dedicated email address. Community members can provide feedback and ask questions by sending email to
  • Dedicated webpage. This webpage is regularly updated with pertinent information.

Past Communications

january 4, 2022 Information about parent listening sessions, an online survey, and FAQs.

december 21, 2021 Update on Search Committee formation and search firm selection.

December 8, 2021 Announcement of Head of School transition.

Quick Links

frequently asked questions & answers 


Search Committee Co-Chairs
Esther Goldberg-Davis
Michele Kaplan Clinard

Search Consultant
Jane Armstrong