San Diego, California


High Tech High (HTH), an educational management organization operating K-12 schools in the San Diego area, seeks a visionary, collaborative, and inspirational educational leader to serve as its next chief executive officer (CEO). Developed by a coalition of San Diego civic leaders and educators, High Tech High opened in September 2000 as a small public charter school with plans to serve approximately 450 students. HTH has evolved into an integrated network of sixteen charter schools serving approximately 5,350 students in grades K-12 across four campuses. The HTH organization also includes a comprehensive adult learning environment consisting of a Teacher Credentialing Program and the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, offering professional development opportunities serving national and international educators.


With an operating budget of $76 million and a total staff of over 1,000, High Tech High serves as a beacon worldwide for equitable, community-connected teaching and learning.  Roughly 65% of the HTH student body comes from underrepresented backgrounds, and more than 91% of HTH graduates enroll in postsecondary education. The schools receive approximately 4,000 visitors each year who come to observe this actively engaged educational community in a uniquely creative setting. 


The CEO provides leadership in developing priorities and programs; works with the school directors to enhance the quality and delivery of teaching and student services; supports and encourages diversity throughout the HTH community; and leads the HTH community in establishing a clear, singular vision for the organization. 


An officer of the corporation, the CEO is responsible for carrying out the policies and programs established by the Board of Trustees and for keeping the board fully informed in meeting its fiduciary responsibilities. As such, the CEO engages the board in the formulation and implementation of strategic and budget plans to advance HTH’s mission and goals, consults with the board in the development of major policies, and keeps the board apprised of significant issues and conditions that have implications for HTH. 


The CEO is responsible for fiscal management and compliance with applicable policies, laws, rules, and regulations, along with contracts, grants, and donor restrictions. The CEO recruits, builds, and retains a professional executive team to achieve prudent and effective management of HTH’s intellectual, human, and financial resources. 


The position calls for a broad-gauged student-centered educational leader with a demonstrated commitment to progressive education. This person should be a transparent communicator who brings not only strong technical skills but also personal qualities of collaboration, accessibility, and optimism. The ideal candidate has a successful track record as a teacher, leader, and public servant in a variety of settings and must be capable of fostering collegiality, collaboration, and collective responsibility among diverse constituencies. Moreover, the CEO must have a deep and nuanced understanding of national and international trends, issues, and demographics in education – as well as the political context in which California charter schools exist.


High Tech High has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries, applications, and nominations may be directed in confidence to:


Ericka Miller, Partner
Joe Kralick, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Submissions should include a resume and 1-3 page letter of interest.


HTH is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of HTH to afford equal employment and advancement opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, age, disability, parental, family, marital status, medical condition, or any other classification that is protected under applicable local, state or federal law. HTH does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, immigration status or citizenship, race, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, religious affiliation, creed, mental or physical disability, age, parental, family, marital status, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment, admission, or educational program or activities.