Lead by Learning, Executive Director

Lead By Learning - Oakland, California - Full time

Lead by Learning, Executive Director


Lead by Learning (formerly Mills Teacher Scholars) was originally founded by Anna Richert, former School of Education faculty member at Mills College. The focus of the program was to professionalize teacher learning opportunities to go beyond teacher training and include deep inquiry into student learning. The organization’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Carrie Wilson started as a student in the program and has subsequently spent the last 12 years establishing the organization’s program model, hiring staff to support the work, building infrastructure and growing the funding base to support a $1 million dollar annual operating budget.

What started as a program to support 20 teaching scholars has now grown into an educator professional learning organization supporting well over 400 teacher scholars, coaches and principals from 18 partner sites across 7 school districts located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, impacting the learning outcomes of over 87,000 students. The future vision of Lead by Learning is to continue this growth beyond its current Bay Area partnership and extend its influence to serve as a model of high-quality educator learning at the state level and beyond.

Lead by Learning staff partner with school districts to customize communities of learning and learning spaces. The program establishes a culture of learning for adults that builds self-awareness essential to advancing both anti-racist work and to continuous improvement in professional growth. Their model, grounded in data, cultivates curiosity and collaboration for adults and their students. Learning spaces are designed to enable the adults in the school to be honest with one another about successes and challenges in the classroom, to figure out for themselves what data they need to look at, where their students currently are and how they want to achieve the end goal for their students. This program enables educators to create a space to lean in on one another, to collaborate and to come to solutions on their own.

To learn more about Lead by Learning, please visit www.weleadbylearning.org.


Lead by Learning is seeking an Executive Director who can help the organization continue deepening its reach and impact in the Bay Area and beyond. This is a terrific leadership opportunity for someone to come into a well-established organization with an impeccable reputation for building learning communities among teachers and principals in local school districts. Lead by Learning is growing in recognition at the state level as a model of high-quality educator learning.The new Executive Director will manage the oversight of a small but mighty staff of veteran educators dedicated to delivering strong programmatic outcomes while also overseeing finance, operations and fund development. There will be opportunities for the new leader to be a visionary and plan for strategic growth beyond the San Francisco Bay Area with the possibility of expanding the program statewide.


Key Responsibilities of the Executive Director include:

  • Championing the vision of Lead by Learning internally and externally by valuing diversity, equity and inclusion for all of its constituents and maintaining an unyielding focus at all times on what is best for the organization’s teacher participants, partners and supporters;
  • Developing and executing a robust fundraising strategy that will leverage the philanthropic and fee-for-service revenue streams needed to maintain Lead by Learning’s core programs and meet its aspirations for growth;
  • Leading the vision and “on the ground” execution of Lead by Learning’s vision for success including ensuring that its programs, organizational culture, local partnerships and community engagement are highly effective and tightly aligned to the organization’s mission and goals;
  • Managing senior leaders and staff, remaining deeply committed to developing and bringing out the strengths of all of Lead by Learning’s people while holding them accountable for their goals and the organization’s desired programmatic, financial and operations outcomes.


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

  • Excited by and committed to Lead by Learning’s mission and the process of leveraging inquiry for deeper learning and understanding.
  • A builder of authentic relationships with partners, program participants, funders and other supporters, able to speak in a clear and compelling manner about the organization’s goals and priorities.
  • Experienced in implementing successful fundraising operations for their organization, including building successful revenue-generating program partnerships and the cultivation and stewardship of philanthropic partners.
  • Culturally competent and self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of difference in society and is able to lead direct conversations about them.
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and organization; able to focus on and communicate corporate priorities while not losing sight of the details and align vision with defined values.
  • Inspiring in his or her management style; embodies the ethos of “leading by learning” and willing to devote time to coach and develop their team while holding them accountable to measurable results.
  • An accomplished leader with a track record of success in the education sector and/or within school- and youth-serving nonprofit organizations.


This position offers a competitive salary range of $120,000-140,000 and robust benefits. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at https://bit.ly/2VzzP6l. For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Serena Moy at smoy@edgilityconsulting.com or at 510.575.9635.

Lead by Learning is a part of Mills College, which 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 backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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C Level Executive Leadership

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