Jo Butler Consulting

A New Approach to Search

Our approach to search blends experience and innovation. While the fundamentals of a great search remain – outstanding candidates, community engagement, clear communication, and seamless administrative support – we use new tools to evaluate candidates and help teams make better hiring decisions.


We have more than 25 years of experience in the executive search business and have worked with hundreds of independent schools across the country – large and small, urban and rural, religious and secular, boarding and day, coed and single-sex.



We are rethinking the way schools source and evaluate talent, tapping new networks and developing proprietary tools to help our clients maximize candidate insights. We dig deeper to help schools  assess each applicant’s work ethic, integrity, leadership style, resilience, temperament, crisis response, and cultural fit – essential skills the long-term success of the appointee.

About Jo Butler

Jo is a seasoned search consultant and executive coach who has worked with some of the most prominent schools  and school leaders in the country. Her past clients include Marlborough School (CA), Regis High School (NY), Georgetown Preparatory School (DC), and Miami Country Day School (FL).

Jo holds an MBA Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and coaching certification from Columbia University.

The Search Process

While there are a few tried-and-true elements of every successful search, we know that no two schools are alike. We are a small, nimble firm with the ability to tailor our approach to your timeline, budget, and leadership needs. Whether you are a trustee looking to plan a multi-year leadership transition or a Head of School seeking a few top candidates for a key role, we are confident we can serve you well. The best place to start is by scheduling a confidential call so we can learn more about your vision for the search and discuss your options.