President, The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning - Cambridge, MA - Full time

The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning - Cambridge, MA - Full time

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The President will serve as chief executive and leader of this ground-breaking initiative, with responsibilities traditionally assigned to college Presidents as well as those associated with leading a start-up and a think tank.

S/he will join as the WW Academy evolves from planning to a free-standing graduate school, with faculty and staff, and a $2M+ operating budget. A pilot class of Design Fellows has launched and the WW Academy’s independent Board of Directors has been formed. MIT is collaborating with faculty to co-design elements of the program. The WW National Fellowship Foundation will continue to support the back office until the WW Academy moves functions in-house.

The President will translate the WW Academy’s vision into aligned strategic and operational business plans, clear objectives, and the financial and team resources required to deliver on this important mission. S/he will also: actively champion the WW Academy’s approach, model and vision with multiple audiences; attract significant financial resources; engage critical partners (graduate schools of education, practitioners, school districts, accreditation bodies, etc.); advocate for changes in national education policy and practice; fundraise; and develop the WW Academy’s long-term sustainability.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a strategic and inspiring current or future college president to lead a start-up into the preeminent graduate school revolutionizing the field of teacher and leader preparation in the United States.

THE ROLE:

Reports to: Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning Board of Directors

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Strategic Leadership

  • Galvanize the Board of Directors; openly communicate opportunities, strategic choices and progress toward achieving the WW Academy’s mission of transforming education in the United States
  • Inspire students and faculty in their academic pursuits
  • Ensure quality program design, implementation and outcomes
  • Drive the enrollment of outstanding teaching fellows and support their successful completion of the program
  • Create the long-term programmatic, and financially sustainable, model
  • Expand the WW Academy’s programmatic offerings in teacher education and school leadership
  • Establish the Buckley Learning and Teaching Lab in conjunction with the WW National Fellowship Foundation

Fundraising:

  • Seek and secure significant support from a variety of major donors (foundations, individuals, others)
  • Partner with the Founding President, the Board of Directors and the WW National Fellowship Foundation to deepen current funding partnerships

Partnerships and Business Development

  • Mobilize all of the WW Academy’s constituents
  • Champion the WW Academy’s thought leadership, results and impact externally to a variety of stakeholders and audiences (graduate schools of education, practitioners, school districts, policymakers, future teaching fellows, etc.)
  • Develop models for the adoption and integration nationally of the WW Academy’s open source curriculum and assessments (graduate schools of education and practitioners)
  • Drive effective, transparent, mutually-reinforcing relationships with the WW National Fellowship Foundation and MIT

Organization and Team Leadership

  • Attract, motivate and retain an innovative, passionate team of staff and faculty; drive clarity of roles, professional development, operational excellence, and a collaborative culture
  • Promote creativity as well as rigor, discipline and continuous improvement
  • Oversee forward-thinking investments in people and systems that support growth and the WW Academy’s evolving business model

QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: The President of the WW Academy of Teaching and Learning must have knowledge of innovative, fast-paced academic, blended program, education technology, or professional development programs. S/he must bring:

  • A track record leading growth, programmatic impact and financial sustainability
  • Experience engaging, and securing, significant support from innovation-focused philanthropic and individual donors, or from start-up/corporate investors
  • Tangible examples of success in a start-up environment, refining and executing on ambitious strategic plans and guiding investments in people and systems in a fast-moving or start-up environment
  • Credibility as an advocate for changes in education policy and/or practice
  • Experience engaging, and securing, significant support from innovation-focused philanthropic and individual donors
  • Organizational management and operating discipline
  • Passion for K-12 education and the WW Academy’s mission of transformation

Academic credentials:

  • A terminal degree is highly desired

Leadership and personal attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful
  • Able to think, and act, both strategically and practically
  • Strong communication skills; authentically engages – and moves to action – highly diverse stakeholders
  • Collaborative; builds a positive organizational culture as well as innovative partnerships
  • Bold, determined, energetic and results-oriented; acts with urgency and inspires multidisciplinary academic, programmatic, technology and design teams to reach for, and achieve, stretch goals

The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer, and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a veteran.

Nominations may be confidentially shared with Kathleen Yazbak, Nora Nichols and Lauren Schaad of Viewcrest Advisors at: info@viewcrestadvisors.com

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Role

C Level Executive Leadership

Experience Level

Senior Level

The Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WW National Fellowship Foundation), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is reinventing the American school of education for the 21st century.

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