Company: Institute for Educational Leadership
Location: Washington, DC
Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors
The Institute for
Educational Leadership (IEL) has a deep 57-year history of
partnering with and preparing leaders to advocate for justice by
building relationships with communities across the United States.
Through the years, IEL has helped shape policy, strengthen
equitable practices, and amplify advocacy and leadership, in
efforts to liberate communities from the destructive forces of
structural racism, discrimination, and inequity. This journey has
prepared IEL to meet today’s opportunities and challenges with an
innovative approach, rooted in community wisdom. At this defining
moment for our country, IEL is poised to boldly advocate for
communities in need and nurture leadership and growth at all
IEL is highly regarded by policymakers, administrators,
practitioners, and communities as a catalyst that disrupts
bureaucratic silos and removes barriers to improve outcomes for all
young people and their families. With a multi-generational,
multi-disciplinary, and cross-sector approach, IEL bridges
connections between families, schools, and communities; defines
national and state policies in education and workforce development;
assists practitioners to implement best practices; and equips
communities with valuable tools and pathways to self-advocacy and
IEL is home to an array of programs and networks that continue
to create impact in hundreds of communities including the Education
Policy Fellowship Program, the Center for Workforce Development,
the Coalition for Community Schools, and the Family and Community
Engagement network, to name a few. The common threads running
through all IEL’s work is the focus on inclusion and equity, their
community-driven development approach, and their service to the
most marginalized populations in the nation including communities
of color, people with disabilities, and financially stressed
Today, IEL is viewed as a trusted leadership organization that
serves as a force for building learning and action networks that
enable communities across the United States to thrive in the face
of the significant challenges of today and those yet to
For IEL, this past year
has been a journey of introspection, reflection, growth and lasting
impact. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s
reckoning with social injustice, IEL has served as a true thought
partner and leader in addressing inequities with low-income
communities, communities of color, and people living with
disabilities that have been disproportionately affected by serious
disparities in education and employment. To this end, IEL has
further invested in the development of racial justice initiatives;
co-designed interventions with community-driven leaders nationwide;
and defined IEL’s internal culture as one that strives for
inclusivity, shared decision making and cohesion. Overall, IEL’s
staff and board have strategically positioned the organization to
be on stronger, more stable financial footing with more diversified
funding in place and a resolute focus on the future.
To meet this moment in time, the next President of IEL will
bring a visionary and forward-leaning mindset to partner with a
dedicated team of 24 that actively champions and strives to create
the conditions for justice, equity, peace, and belonging in our
country. As an education advocate, systems-change thinker, and
creative collaborator, IEL’s President will forge a path forward
that ensures IEL’s lasting community impact, a unified team and
high performing team, and long-term financial growth.
Building on IEL’s legacy, the President will carry forward the
organization’s steadfast commitment to excellence in preparing,
mobilizing, and supporting innovative leaders within 400+
Collectively, IEL’s President, Board, and staff will create
ecosystems of collaboration and will:
- Broaden and deepen leadership development efforts, building on
institutional knowledge, prioritizing community voice and needs,
and fostering innovation.
- Co-create community-driven solutions tailored to local contexts
through collaborative and adaptive leadership practices that
leverage community resources and opportunities for systems
transformation and capacity building.
- Oversee the organization’s $8M budget and work across
constituencies to ensure coherent and robust strategy and
- Diversify IEL’s funding streams, leveraging all potential
avenues, including, but not limited to, philanthropy and
- Cultivate inclusive and equitable policies and sustainable
practices that foster better results for children, youth, and
adults by working alongside communities through a place-based
- Foster cross-sector collaboration through local, state, and
IEL PARTNERS WITH SCHOOL AND DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL
LEADERS ACROSS THE U.S.
- IEL scales promising practices through data, research, and
evaluation of local, state, and national data and indicators to
support local strategies and decision-making processes toward more
equitable outcomes. For example, Project I4 is leveraging its work
with a key group of school and districts leadership. IEL is pairing
the data they have collected to combine the roles of instructional
leadership and equity building.
- IEL elevates and prioritizes family and community engagement in
education by building relationships with leaders in over 250 school
districts nation-wide through district leadership networks,
learning labs, webinars, and other capacity building
- IEL supports a national network of over 10,000 education policy
focused leaders through our nationally recognized Education Policy Fellowship Program
(EPFP™), increasing leaders’ understanding of local, state, and
federal policy making and implementation.
- IEL emboldens collaborative community development through the
Coalition for Community
Schools which mobilizes local, state, and national leaders to
scale quality Community Schools.
- IEL incubates and leads initiatives focused on increasing
access to the economy and economic mobility for youth with
disabilities, through the Ready to
Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP); juvenile justice involved
youth through Right Turn
Program; and rural communities through our Appalachian network.
- With funding from the DC Developmental Disabilities Council,
IEL provides access to training through DC Advocacy Partners, a
free nine-month leadership training program designed to develop and
train self-advocates, family members of individuals with
intellectual and/or development disabilities, and professionals
working with people with disabilities in the policymaking,
influencing and implementing processes.
- IEL elevates youth voices in decision making at all levels,
supporting entrepreneurship and leadership development through
Leaders of Tomorrow, The Florida Youth Council, Youth & Civic
Engagement Initiative, and national Next Generation Coalition.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
In partnership with
IEL’s passionate staff and dedicated board, the President will
advance work centered on leadership and capacity-building in
communities that ensures leaders have confidence to exercise their
own power and collaborate across boundaries. IEL also helps to
build movements and promote policies and practices that prepare
children, youth, adults for learning, careers, and family and civic
The President serves as a thought leader in the space and
represents IEL with national, state, and local education
organizations and leaders, community-based organizations, national
public and private organizations, business, and funder communities.
With the Board and staff, the President supports and strengthens
IEL’s strategic initiatives and expands the organization’s reach by
creating new opportunities.
IEL’s next President will provide leadership in the following
Collaborative, Participatory and Visionary
- Provides visionary, inspirational and democratized leadership
within a learning organization.
- Promotes and models distributive leadership principles for a
more transparent and inclusive organization.
- Develops equity-focused systems and change strategies
consistent with the IEL
- Ensures team development by identifying and nurturing the
unique talents of staff across all levels of the organization.
- Practices and promotes open communication with all staff and
builds a team culture that values relational trust and mutual
- Develops and regularly updates the IEL strategic
- Facilitates cross-program collaboration within IEL to enhance
organizational capacity and impact.
Fundraising and External Relations
- With support from the Board, advances IEL’s financial
positioning by cultivating strong relationships and securing gifts
from individual, government, foundation, and corporate donors.
- Leads overall institutional advancement efforts, including
general support for IEL’s core functions and new IEL
- Supports senior IEL staff in raising funds to sustain and grow
existing and new strategies, including alternate program models
such as fee-for-service.
- Cultivates relationships and partnerships across the field,
inclusive of collaboration with peer organizations, with key
leaders and with a wide variety of community members.
- Represents IEL in key national forums and in significant
national debates on education and education related policy.
- Oversees financial policies and goals that maintain the fiscal
integrity of the organization.
- Ensures transparency and regular communication with the Board
of Directors regarding financial planning, oversight, and financial
- Works with the Board’s Audit and Finance Committee to ensure
fulfillment of all fiduciary
Board of Directors and Governance
- Maintains a transparent relationship with the Board and works
collaboratively to set IEL’s strategic direction and policies.
- Serves as a liaison between Board and staff, and by extension,
the communities that IEL serves.
- Supports the Board in carrying out its fiduciary and oversight
- Recruits new Board members in partnership with the Governance
- Cultivates new strategic partnerships and strengthens existing
relationships in the field to support IEL’s mission and collective
- Enhances IEL’s human resource development and talent management
function. Partners on leadership development strategies across the
organization including the professional development of staff.
- Increases the visibility of IEL’s vision, mission, and
WHO YOU ARE
Joining IEL at a pivotal and
exciting moment in the organization’s history, the President will
bring an authentic passion for education, a builder’s mindset, and
an innovator’s approach. This person will serve as the chief
champion, spokesperson, and advocate for inclusive leadership in
They will lift up racial equity, disability inclusion and
economic justice to realize IEL’s vision of full human belonging,
the belief that love is essential and that we have the tools to
work together to dismantle white supremacy and all other forms of
IEL’s President will be an individual that possesses the
- Professional experience in education, cradle-to-career,
workforce development and/or related field.
- Proven track record for team building in a highly productive
organization with success in attracting, developing, motivating,
and retaining a diverse staff.
- Ability to scale the organization to its full potential and
- Proven management and business acumen within an organization of
similar scale and complexity as IEL. A deep understanding of
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization finance and operations is
- Experience in efforts aimed at building equity, changing
systems, and advancing policies and practices on anti-racism.
- Deep commitment to disability inclusion across the US and
passion for supporting leaders that will implement best practices
and policy changes.
- High level of cultural competency and commitment to diversity,
equity and inclusion.
- Entrepreneurial and forward-thinking mindset.
- A passion for education or workforce development; thought
leadership and credibility in the field, and the ability to work
with diverse constituencies across education, workforce
development, and complementary sectors from grassroots to grass
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a strategic
- Experience monitoring and measuring the impact of an
organization’s overall strategy; knows how to achieve balance
between strategy and
- Exceptional relationship management skills.
- Experience in successful fundraising and capacity building,
ideally from a diversity of sources: government, corporations,
- Strong public speaking, community engagement, partnership
building and a proven ability to engage and influence a wide range
of individuals and diverse
- Strong professional ethics, transparency, integrity, and
accountability in all actions.
- As research demonstrates that education requirements can be a
deterrent for qualified candidates to apply and can perpetuate
gender and racial disparities, we have made the decision to not
require candidates to demonstrate a specific degree or level of
academic certification. Instead, we encourage all candidates with
the professional experiences, values, and skills outlined in this
position specification to apply.
- IEL is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity
for all persons without regard to race, color, sex, national
origin, age, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation,
disability, military status, marital or parental status, personal
appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, source of
income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, childbirth, or
related conditions, or otherwise as may be prohibited by District
and Federal laws.
- A competitive compensation package will be made available to
the successful candidate.
KORN FERRY CONTACTS
qualified candidates are welcome to submit a resume and cover
letter to: IELPresident@kornferry.com