Executive Director/CEO

TESOL International Assocociation
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 05, 2021
Jul 04, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time


For 55 years, TESOL International Association (TESOL) has been providing community to educators, researchers, administrators, and students in the English Language Teaching (ELT) field. With more than 15,000 members representing over 160 countries, and more than 100 worldwide affiliates, TESOL offers you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic professional community and join in TESOL’s mission to advance excellence in English language teaching.



The Executive Director (ED) of TESOL is responsible for growing and sustaining the reputation, influence, membership, and financial soundness of the organization, and overseeing the implementation of all policies and actions approved by the Board of Directors. Serving as TESOL’s chief staff leader, the ED is also responsible for the execution and administration of services, programs, products, events, and operations of the Association.

This is an opportunity to lead a dynamic association that both anticipates and responds to global trends, including a membership engagement model that is inclusive, welcoming, and meaningful to its global members.


 The Executive Director, under the direction of the Board of Directors, provides leadership, development of strategies, organizational and financial oversight and supervises all programs and projects in the areas of communication, content and learning, advocacy and policy, membership as well as all administrative activities. TESOL has a $3.5 million annual budget and a staff of 15 full-time employees.

This position is full-time.  The ideal candidate would reside in the DC Metro area and/or be willing to travel to headquarters located in Alexandria, VA.  The position requires some international travel (20%) to attend conferences, events, symposiums, and other key meetings to represent and advocate for TESOL’s mission.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an innovative and strategic leader, with 3 or more years of executive leadership experience at a professional membership association with demonstrable increasing levels of responsibility and impact.
  • Have a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives with experience in creating and responding to the needs of a diverse membership, staff, and other stakeholders.
  • Be culturally savvy in navigating business and relationships internationally. Proficiency in other languages is a plus.
  • Possess strong business acumen ranging from financial management and oversight to cultivating non-dues revenue and new revenue sources.
  • Manage and develop staff in an inclusive environment while maintaining a culture of accountability and operational excellence.
  • Be a Certified Association Executive (CAE).
  • Hold a graduate degree, preferably an MBA or PhD/EdD.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and digitally and work effectively and successfully with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.



 Core responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning and implementation of all programs, products, projects, and initiatives that deliver on TESOL’s mission, goals, needs and priorities. The new Executive Director will be charged with the implementation of a strategic plan.
  • Financial management and insight of all aspects of operations and budget with an eye towards maintaining financial stability, transparency, and revenue growth.
  • Maintaining and growing membership utilizing membership and engagement models that are consistent with organizational strategies and priorities.
  • All aspects of the staff lifecycle including recruitment, professional development, and compensation. Promote a cultural of inclusion, engagement, and accountability.
  • Serving as key internal and external spokesperson on behalf of the Association to the media and the public; increasing organizational visibility and awareness and developing relationships with strategic partners.
  • Developing and executing policy goals and priorities aligned with the strategic plan. Expanding TESOL’s global advocacy efforts.
  • Oversight of the development of learning resources, tools, and activities to enhance membership’s expertise and practice. Developing TESOL’s signature programs, strategic events, and new initiatives.

 As the Executive Director, you will be rewarded with a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with your experience, education, and certification(s).

TESOL International Association invites qualified candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

TESOL is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate on the basis of language background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and belief, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, culture, veteran’s status, or geographic location, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations.


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