Partnering with Educational Leaders

Expert in Leadership Searches and Transitions

partnering with educational leaders

The team at Heads-Up offers expertise through their own professional work. As the former Founding Executive Director of The Summit School, Jane Snider understands what it takes to run a successful school and nonprofit. She knows how to find and vet strong candidates for leadership searches (Head of School, Division Heads) and help the organization transition through the change process. Helping small schools and Special Education schools are her particular niche.

Through her vision, leadership, and hard work, Dr. Snider founded The Summit School in 1989, serving more than 1800 students through its day school, tutoring services, testing services, and summer camp programs. She has consulted with schools and nonprofits for many years, and brings her skills to you based on her experiences. Martin Snider supported educational institutions and other nonprofits with his expertise in education law and board governance over his 30 years practicing law. Jane and Martin Snider have each served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout their careers. They look forward to sharing their expertise in the following areas:

Leading Executive Searches:

What is more important than finding the most able Executive Director, or Director of Development, or Business Manager, to name a few key roles? Advertising and searching for the best candidates is difficult to do without professional help. The transition between current Head and future CEO is complex; Dr. Snider understands the nuances of these transitions and has guided many schools through a successful leadership change.

Seeking and Vetting Candidates:

As an Executive Director of a school or nonprofit, a CEO, or a Board chair, you realize the importance of surrounding yourself with the right team. If a full executive search is not possible for your school, the consultants at HUC can help you vet appropriate candidates to guide your decision regarding the best match for your organization. Organizations are made of people who work together to meet a mission; HUC can support you in the process, checking references, interviewing, and advising on the best candidate for the position.

Building Schools and Programs:

You may be thinking about starting a school or adding a new program to the existing system, but how do you successfully take this on? What are the stages in the process? This overwhelming task deters many from creating a new school. The principles and stages of creating a school are the same regardless of the type of school program. Jane Snider founded a nationally recognized school in 1989. Martin Snider's expertise in education law and governance make them an invaluable team to support you in this process.

Creating Fundraising Programs:

Your organization needs to raise funds for projects or to support the bottom line. If you have questions like "What role does our Board have in fundraising? How do we develop goals and objectives to raise funds? How do we organize a successful special event?", HUC can help you answer them. Schools and nonprofits only survive if their operating budget is balanced and revenue is sustainable. Our consultants have surmounted all these challenges and offer support and insight to your organization.

Education Law and Board Governance:

Schools and nonprofits often need counsel regarding various legal issues with respect to the operation of an educational institution and its governing board.  Formation requirements, employment matters and governance are a few of the challenges boards face.  Martin Snider can help boards differentiate between institutional policy and operations, a distinction often misunderstood.

Mastering Board Governance:

Whether you are a leader of a nonprofit, a school, a medical center, or a theatre, the governance issues are the same. The way Boards of Directors function is fairly customary for 501(C) (3)s. Creating a productive team can be a challenge, especially if the board consists of all volunteers. The consultants at HUC have grown boards, trained boards, and assisted boards when they need to strengthen the way in which they operate.

Fees for Clients:

No fee is charged for an initial inquiry for schools or nonprofits. Once a plan is determined, a fee for services will be discussed depending on need and scope. Dr. Snider and her team will travel to organizations when required.