BRIDGET MCNAMER, SENIOR ASSOCIATE
Leiden, The Netherlands
Bridget McNamer joined Search Associates in 2013, following a 25-year career focused on international education, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
Bridget spent the early years of her career as a teacher and counselor at international schools, including Jakarta International School, where she taught IB English and served as college counselor and community service program coordinator, and the North Jakarta International School (placed there by Search Associates), where she taught Middle School English and advised the school's journalism and yearbook teams.
She also worked in higher education administration at Harvard University and the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She taught English to Ethiopian refugees in Cairo and to recent U.S. immigrants in Washington, DC.
Before coming to Search, Bridget worked as a consultant and practitioner in the fields of international philanthropy and corporate social responsibility, where she worked with leaders – primarily in the education arena — to improve the effectiveness of their organizations. Employers and clients included the Skoll Foundation, Gates Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, Business for Social Responsibility, Junior Achievement Worldwide and the World Economic Forum.
Bridget earned a B.A. in history from Harvard College and an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Bridget runs her Search Associates office with help from her office partner John Doxey (see bio). This office:
- Works with teacher and administrator candidates from Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming
- Performs and assists with head of school and other leadership searches for international schools (more than 50 searches to date)
- Participates in international schools conferences (recent conferences include CEESA, ECIS, MAIS, IBO, AAIE) and occasionally facilitates workshops on issues such as "Advice for Aspiring Leaders," "Women in Leadership," and Child Protection strategies.
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Testimonials from Teacher Candidates who found jobs:
“Greetings, Bridget! Lindsay and I are so thankful to have finally met you and received your knowledgeable, encouraging advice over the last several days (and weeks). This journey has been an unforgettable one … We wanted you to hear from us that we accepted positions at HKIS. We feel like we have found our ‘dream jobs’ there … Again, thank you for your guidance through this process - it truly means a great deal to us.” – Lindsay and Dillon Robertson, 2017
“Thank you, John! I am very excited about the position and the city to which I'll be moving. I am very thankful to you, Bridget and Search Associates because I know I would not have gotten the position without your help.” – Carrie Gauchat, 2017
“I just want to inform you that I signed a 1-year contract with Robert College. Hopefully, It is a good move for my career. Thanks for your help with the job hunting process. I trusted your judgments and experience and got a job in my dream school.” – Ferdi Kaya, 2017
“Search Associates was wonderful throughout this whole process. Bridget McNamer and John Doxey really guided me through my first foray into the International School teaching experience and I'm so excited to start my next chapter in Switzerland!” – Sarah Hertig, 2016
“Thank you so much for your extremely kind words and support throughout this process. I am so grateful to have been able to make this decision while over the winter break, and return for the second half of my students' senior year with this off my plate. Your guidance throughout this endeavor has been extraordinary, and I cannot thank you enough.” – Cassandra Ford, 2016
“Thank you, thank you, a million thank you's for a wonderful job fair experience! We enjoyed it from start to finish! In fact, our entire experience with Search Associates has been unbelievably amazing and we will definitely tell our educator friends about you! I know (my) John told Bridget you all make dreams come true, and he's right! Signing with you has been a real ‘Life Changer’ and there's no looking back! We really are off on a grand scale adventure! We are reeling with emotions (in the best way possible) and have met incredible people along the way. I always say, ‘The best things in life are not things,’ and now I happily add the experience of the Cambridge job fair and the privilege of meeting the two of you to my life's 'Best' list. Simply fantastic! We will keep in touch and wish you both all the best as well.” – Kathy and John Luppe, 2016
“We have had a wonderful experience with Search Associates. The website, resources, the job fair and most importantly the follow-up with Bridget and John have all been very positive. Bridget and John were most helpful through the entire process. Their response to any of our concerns or questions were prompt and most helpful. We look forward to working with you folks again in the future!” – Kim and Blair Beam, 2016
“Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance – I was offered a position at Taipei American School over the weekend and accepted it! I will be joining TAS as the 5th grade teacher and am very excited about this new adventure! I want to thank you for the support you have provided me. It has been the perfect level of support – you uncannily knew when I needed to hear a little ‘pep’ talk and let me know schools were viewing my profile, just when I thought everything I sent to schools was going into a great international abyss! I also appreciate your candid comments and laying things out, since I am new to international schools and recruitment … I will for sure be in touch whenever I decide it's time to add to my adventures for your assistance again!” – Marie Taylor, 2016
“Bridget and John have been incredibly helpful and supportive. The process has been positive and we will definitely continue working with Search Associates in the future.” – Jennifer and Stefan Fisher, 2016
“Thank you for making my job hunting so much easier! I believe you guys do a terrific job, and I feel the money spent was a great investment … I am looking forward to moving to China next summer and hope things continue to go as well as they have been going so far.” – Henry Valencia, 2016
“Hi Bridget and John: I just wanted to tell you that I'm just a few steps from fulfilling this huge adventure and opportunity that would not be possible if it wasn't for Search and you both, your helpful advices and follow-up. I'm very grateful and want to continue to keep in touch with this huge network and you two that have been my advisors in all this new process.” – Jordana Velasco, 2015
"Bridget has truly been wonderful to work with, and researched APIS for us when the offer came in…That information helped inform our decision." – Caroline and Jason Webster, 2015
"We want to thank Bridget, John and Search. The entire experience was very enriching and your support priceless. We will be back when we decide it's time to relocate to another place." – Valeria and Alex Frohlich, 2015
"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your hard work and support. I think you all did an excellent job and we really felt supported and welcomed at all times … It was such a pleasure to meet such kind and professional individuals." – Katheryne Ghinaglia, 2015
"One more time, thank you so much for your assistance in this process. You must be proud of your job because you really encouraged me to attend the fair in San Francisco, and here I am: ready to pack to begin my adventure in China." – Yolanda Talero, 2015
"A special thanks to Bridget McNamer and John Doxey, the best associates ever! If it wasn't for their dedication to me, I wouldn't have succeeded. They went out of their way to help me get to the fair and for that I am truly grateful. Because of them I received a life-changing job at the fair in a country I would never have been opened to!" – Leslie Chantaye Robinson, 2015
"Dear Bridget: I want to thank you and John for your help, guidance and professionalism. You are both very good at your jobs and I have felt informed at every stage of this process. Thanks so much for helping me to find a position, I am so looking forward to joining ASL in August." – Aitziber Delgado, 2015
Testimonials from Administrative Search Committees:
"Search Associates demonstrated a very adaptive approach to our non-typical search for a start-up school. They dealt with the whole search very professionally: they have managed to accept our way of thinking and reasoning behind our search criteria and were able to find us several candidates that matched them really well. They clearly have an excellent network of professionals in education. The search was done exactly on time and throughout the whole process the managers were following up on the progress and available 24/7." – Polina Maltseva, Head of Search Committee, Letovo International School, 2015
"Bridget was a tremendous asset to us in our search to fill the High School Principal position at ISP. She used excellent judgment in selectively forwarding candidates profiles from the many that applied. Her response time to questions or queries was excellent…Throughout the process she displayed a level of professionalism and attentiveness to the task that was very impressive." – Rajiv Bhat, Head of School, International School of Panama, 2014