CEO - Washington, DC - Full time

Whether experienced in big organizations or small, the ideal candidate will be a proven leader, with an ability to work hands on in a small organization. He/she should be principled, ethical and effective at building teams and motivating others. He/she should have successfully built organizations, including turnarounds, managed staff, and achieved measurable results. He/she must be creative and capable of assessing an organization, developing strategy, and effectively and efficiently implementing strategies to accomplish goals, including but not limited to fund raising, marketing, social networking, digital communications and expanding our annual national forum and membership.

The CEO will have the following responsibilities:

  • 1.Review and evaluate’s existing programs and areas of focus.
  • 2.Recommend, design, and implement a goal-oriented, step-by-step strategy to grow and sustain the organization to successfully serve its mission and achieve a balanced budget and financial viability in 24 months.
  • 3.Develop a “turnaround” marketing plan to generate broader market applicability and to grow revenues. This includes improvement of the website, digital communications and applications and fundraising strategies.
  • 4.Cultivate relationships with existing and potential partners, education providers, and other service providers in order to foster the growth of the character industry and’s mission.
  • 5.Manage the business affairs and daily operations, including direct oversight of employees and independent contractors, accounting and finance.
  • 6.Be the “face” of the organization and chief spokesperson.
  • 7.The CEO will report to and work in conjunction with the Board of Trustees of

Interested candidates should email a resume and a cover letter explaining their interest and qualifications to Susan Sclafani, chair of the Board’s Search Committee, at

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Experience Level

6 or more years

Founded in 1993, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization widely recognized as the global leader of the character education and development movement.’s mission statement is:  Providing leadership and advocacy for character in schools, families, communities and workplaces throughout the world.

Originally known as The Character Education Partnership and formed as a response to the education establishment’s focus on grades and the removal of character education and development from school curricula, today reaches not only schools, but parents, communities, the workplace and other organizations, not only in the United States but worldwide. With its history of academic support and character leadership, is well established and recognized as the primary resource and the fulcrum of the character movement.

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