The Independent Schools Experiential Education Network (ISEEN) seeks an Executive Director to take the organization into the next phase of strategic planning and execution, beginning in July 2018. Founded in 2005 as a venue for independent school outdoor educators to connect, ISEEN has since grown into an international network of over 1,000 experiential educators, administrators, and classroom teachers. Gaining prominence and respect within the independent school community, ISEEN was listed in 2012 by Pat Bassett, then President of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), as one of his Top 10 Innovations in Education. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors (BOD) and works collaboratively with the Operations Director to design and implement current and future programming. The Executive Director will pursue ISEEN’s vision, serve as its professional voice and presence, and oversee all aspects of the organization.
The Independent Schools Experiential Education Network
ISEEN is an international learning laboratory and networking organization through which experiential educators, administrators, & classroom teachers can share their challenges and successes, learn about and from model programs, and explore the developing role of experiential practices within our educational communities. Experiential education encompasses a host of initiatives including:
ISEEN seeks to lead, inform, connect, expand, and steward transformational experiential teaching and learning throughout an interconnected world.
Develop and carry forward the vision and action agenda of the organization through strategic planning
Oversee the operational work with regard to the programs, quality, reputation, and connections related to ISEEN
Coordinate work with the Operations Director (OD) to ensure focus and prioritization of tasks to achieve the organization’s vision and strategic goals
Serve as the voice and face of ISEEN in professional capacities, presentations, and arenas
Manage the organization’s finances and budget
Annual Institutes: The Executive Director (ED) will work in conjunction with the OD and Board’s Program Committee and Summer Institute Task Force to design the theme and program of the annual institutes. The ED will have initial conversations with potential host schools and will make pre-institute site visit(s) with the OD. The ED will take part in decisions pertaining to scholarships, board responsibilities at institutes, and speaker and attendee communications. The ED will support the OD in management of all logistical needs of the institute, and will review and approve the final budget for institutes and all vendor contracts. The ED will attend all ISEEN institutes, provide workshop presentations at institutes where relevant, and analyze post-institute survey data.
Communication: The ED will be the public face of ISEEN, managing large scale communications to attendees, constituents, and members. The ED will connect ISEEN to a diverse constituent base and ensure that ISEEN demonstrates and is viewed as welcoming, inclusive, and useful. The ED will seek opportunities for value-added social media postings, curriculum and assessment conversations among appropriate constituents, while also building personal relationships and overall communications.
Membership: The ED will chair the Membership Task Force and conduct a comprehensive review of annual membership survey data. The ED will develop valuable membership resources and maintain personal relationships with members. The ED will work to enhance opportunities to build a more diverse and comprehensive membership base.
Program Growth: The ED will develop and present to the BOD new initiatives to support ISEEN’s mission and strategic goals. The ED will work with the OD to develop and launch those initiatives approved by the BOD.
Partnerships: The ED will develop partnerships that will enhance ISEEN’s effectiveness in fulfilling its mission and strategic goals. The ED will write proposals and may be asked to represent ISEEN at conferences and events.
Financial Management: The ED is responsible for managing the budget as approved by the BOD. The ED will partner with the OD and the BOD to research and find new funding sources for the organization.
Board Involvement: The ED is expected to communicate regularly with the Board Chair and Treasurer. The ED is expected to participate in calls with the Executive Committee, Program Committee, and full BOD, and to attend all board meetings and retreats. The ED will work in conjunction with the Board Chair to establish agendas for meetings and retreats and provide operational support to allow the board to focus on strategic goals and objectives.
Strategic Plan: The ED will provide leadership in developing and pursuing strategic goals. The ED will complete a quarterly review of the strategic plan’s goals/objectives and update the plan as needed.
Salary and benefits will be competitive.ISEEN employs qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexuality, disability, genetic history, age, or marital status.
Note: This job is not tied to a particular location and most work can be done remotely, though some travel is required (annual institutes, board retreats, etc.).
Interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit the following (in one email and as separate PDF documents):
Cover Letter (articulating how you can support the specific values and needs of ISEEN)
Resume, including 3 Professional References (name, title, relationship, phone number, email) * References will only be contacted with the approval of the candidate
Please apply by February 22nd and send all materials to: firstname.lastname@example.org