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Chief Executive Officer

Blue Engine
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Feb 5, 2022

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“Teach together. Reach every learner”

Blue Engine seeks a results-oriented, collaborative leader with a students-first mindset and demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The organization is composed of a diverse, engaged, talented and values-aligned team that has developed a unique service that meets an unmet need for millions of the most marginalized students in the country. The new leader will join the organization at a pivotal moment - building on its impact and market clarity - to propel the organization to and through its next stage of growth. Blue Engine’s next CEO will maximize impact as an external-facing leader who positions the organization to play a broader role in the sector - through revenue generation and thought leadership. 

Blue Engine was founded by and has been grown by former teachers with a vision of creating classrooms as more engaging and individualized learning environments, where all students can build empowering relationships with educators and receive more rigorous instruction tailored to their individual needs. Blue Engine leverages the power of team teaching to accelerate learning for all students. Blue Engine partners with leaders and teams of teachers to create truly inclusive classrooms for every learner—regardless of race, income level, or learning style. Since 2010, Blue Engine has developed a promising evidence base and is now embarking on an ambitious plan to scale its impact across the country.

With no other organization providing these services, Blue Engine has become the partner of choice for schools and systems who seek to improve academic outcomes for historically marginalized learners. Over the next few years, Blue Engine is building toward a revenue model increasingly reliant on earned revenue with private revenue needed as a bridge and a source of catalytic investment capital. The next CEO will bring a sales mindset and the ability to build out an organization that understands its unique value proposition to sell its services and products effectively and broadly to ensure long-term impact and sustainability. 

In addition, the next CEO will inspire, lead, and motivate a wide range of stakeholders that include but are not limited to staff, funders, the board of directors and K-12 partners; drive results and meet ambitious goals through others; improve Blue Engine’s ability to raise revenue (earned and private) by cultivating and stewarding new relationships with donors and partners; provide provocative and pace-setting national thought leadership; collaborate with strategic partners to increase collective impact; and lead a strong, inclusive executive team that values the input and  perspective of all. Blue Engine is headquartered in New York City, and though the position may not require relocation, the CEO will be required to travel to headquarters and partner sites with some frequency.

The successful candidate will have skills that enable them to sell services to school systems (e.g., districts, CMOs, etc.), and meet seven-figure fundraising goals. Additionally, a successful candidate will have deep K-12 sector knowledge, as well as comfort, experience, and commitment to deepening an organization’s ongoing anti-racism practices.


Blue Engine has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


Karen Avery, Katie Rockman, and Janette Martinez


Blue Engine is more than an “equal opportunity employer.” Blue Engine staffers at all levels acknowledge the roles they play as educators and leaders in the systems of oppression and racism that exist in their cities, communities, and classrooms, and the organization has worked, and continues doing the work, to be an actively anti-racist organization. Blue Engine does this first by articulating the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity as separate yet interwoven concepts; they evaluate decisions and policies through the lens of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; they  pursue opportunities for continued learning about how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations; they strive to increase our collective awareness of the cultural values, biases, and differences in self and others; they utilize skills of interruption to bring to bear cultural breaches along the lines of diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism, and then combine these approaches to embrace and resolve conflict while fostering growth. Blue Engine makes this commitment because they know it enables them to connect more meaningfully with each other, their students, and with the communities in which they work.

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