Virtual Mission-Based Compensation

VIRTUAL Mission-Based Compensation:
Designing Effective and Sustainable Compensation and Benefits Systems for both Faculty and Staff

January 27, 2022  |  2:00 - 3:30PM


Independent schools need salary and benefits that are financially sustainable, market driven, flexible, fair and transparent but also assist teachers and staff in planning their own career opportunities for growth and advancement. Generally, teachers especially want to have predictability of future earning power but also want to know how to influence their own future earning power. Often, systems designed to meet both of these needs clash, creating "underground" cultures of "exceptions" or "add-ons" that can undermine the definition of a full-time job.

The session will be led by John Littleford, Senior Partner of Littleford & Associates, and Cliff Kling, President of Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, a School with over 2,200 students and three campus sites. John Littleford and Cliff Kling worked together on a six-month project for the teaching faculty in a process that included 60 board members, administration, teachers and staff in a collaborative effort that has clear guard rails and delivered powerful outcomes.  John Littleford and Cliff Kling will explain the goals for Gulliver and how the process was launched and will discuss progress and feedback from the original goals. Mr. Littleford has worked with over 3,200 schools on this topic since 1983, when his book "Faculty Compensation in Independent Schools" was published by NAIS for 20 years. Cliff Kling initiated the process for Gulliver and engaged a majority of Board members in the process.
Who should attend? 
Heads, Board Chairs, Finance Chairs, CFO's, HR Personnel, Division Heads, and Deans of Faculty



John Littleford
Senior Partner, Littleford & Associates

Clifton L. Kling
President, Gulliver Preparatory School

Registration: $69 (Members) | $99 (Non-Members)

Location: Zoom
Zoom information, link to connect, and password will be shared closer to the event.

Registration Deadline:
January 20, 2022

Cancellation & Refunds: Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to Keara Danger at There is a $50 per person processing fee through January 20, 2022, with no refunds after this date.

Questions? Contact Alison Carlson at

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