Executive Director

DC International School - Washington, DC - Full time

DC International School - Washington, DC - Full time

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DC International School (DCI) is a public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 in Washington, DC. The school’s mission is to foster inquiring, engaged, knowledgeable and caring secondary students who are multi-lingual, culturally competent, and committed to proactively creating a socially just and sustainable world. The school seeks to do this by providing a rigorous IB (International Baccalaureate) and language immersion program to a community of students who represent the diversity of Washington, DC. The vision of the school is that providing this kind of opportunity to a broad group of students will prove the value of a rigorous, inquiry-based, internationally-minded language and cultural education in closing equity gaps based on race, socioeconomic status and other factors and will cultivate world citizens who can effectively promote social justice and cross-cultural understanding.

DCI is trying to do something that few, if any, schools have attempted before. If the school is able to achieve this ambitious and important mission, they will be establishing a groundbreaking model for other schools to follow while ensuring educational equity and closing opportunity gaps for the students it serves.

DCI was originally created as a middle and high school option for students attending language immersion elementary charter schools throughout the District of Columbia. In addition to taking in students from these feeder schools, DCI also accepts students from other local schools through an open lottery process. Current enrollment is around 800 students in grades 6-10 at the school’s spacious, state-of-the-art new campus located in the redevelopment complex on the former Walter Reed Hospital site. The school has plans to grow to 1,400-1,500 students in the next few years. The school features the IB Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-10 and will introduce the Diploma Programme and career pathways opportunities next year to serve students in 11th and 12th grade. For more information, please visit www.dcinternationalschool.org.


DCI is seeking an effective communicator, skilled manager and enthusiastic champion of the school’s mission to join the community as the next Executive Director and lead the school into its next phase of growth. S/he will be responsible for supervising finance and operations, managing the school’s senior academic leadership, interfacing with the board and broader DC education community and ensuring that the school’s vision and mission are living through its work with students every day. S/he will be a passionate advocate for DCI’s work on behalf of its students and will maintain a thriving 6th-12th grade program that ensures a high level of academic rigor for all students, marrying that intent with a focus on both language development and cultural competence.

The ideal Executive Director candidate will believe deeply in DCI’s core value of internationalism and a rigorous IB curriculum for all students. S/he will be strong in external relations with connections in the local and national education community. This person will ideally have some experience with and/or exposure to the IB program and language immersion best practices. S/he will understand the needs of middle/high school students and be an enthusiastic builder of school culture and traditions. And any qualified Executive Director candidate will be able to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with meaningful examples of how they have led with these values in their previous work with team members and colleagues.


The Executive Director’s key responsibilities include:

  • Leading the vision for DCI’s success, including ensuring that its delivery of the academic/IB curriculum, language and cultural programs, community engagement, and external partnerships are highly effective and tightly aligned to the school’s mission and goals;
  • Managing the instructional leader and other senior staff by acting not only as a supervisor but also as a coach and consensus builder and by remaining deeply committed to developing and bringing out the strengths of all of DCI’s people while holding them accountable for their goals and desired student outcomes;
  • Partnering with the Board of Directors and funders to secure and allocate the resources and supports necessary to maintain the health of the school, remaining solutions-oriented while pushing the boundaries of what is possible to realize the highest levels of success for DCI’s youth and their community;
  • Inspiring students, faculty, staff and other partners to be their best selves every day, always keeping the community’s moral and ethical compass pointing in the right direction and ensuring an unyielding focus at all times on what is best for DCI’s students and their futures.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Executive Director will be:

  • An accomplished leader with a minimum of 15 years professional experience and demonstrated success as a school-based administrator, nonprofit executive and/or senior manager in a setting that ensures outstanding outcomes for the children/youth they serve.
  • Inspiring in their management style, with experience leading leaders, willing to devote time to coach and develop colleagues while holding them accountable to measurable results.
  • Experienced in overseeing a complex organization, knowledgeable about best practices around school growth and programmatic expansion, and able to manage organizational change effectively.
  • A self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, gender identity and other issues of difference in our society and has personally worked in similar communities to ensure all students have an opportunity to achieve their personal dreams of college and career success.
  • Knowledgeable about the academic and social-emotional needs of adolescents, particularly high school students, as they pursue their paths towards college and career; experience working directly with high school students is preferred.
  • Able to ensure the financial health and sustainability of DCI’s programs through developing strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, raising public and private dollars as needed.
  • Dynamic and versatile, able to engage a variety of individuals in dialogue and speak in a clear, compelling and authentic manner about the organization’s goals and priorities.


DCI offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume and detailed cover letter which highlights your interest in the position, relevant experience, and how you meet the qualifications and qualities sought for the position online at goo.gl/gDpaB5. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Christin Whitener at cwhitener@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

DC International School is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other statuses protected by law. All candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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