Colorado Education Initiative
Job posted on:
11 Sep 2016
Job starts on:
03 Jan 2017
1660 Lincoln St., Denver, Colorado 80264
Desired Skills & Experience:
The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) believes in reimagining the future of education to ensure that every student in Colorado is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and ready to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond. We will achieve this vision by accelerating improvement and innovation across Colorado. We’re rethinking when, where, and how learning and teaching take place. We know that public education must meet the evolving needs of students, teachers, and Colorado communities.
Our reach extends statewide and we are viewed as an honest broker with unique convening power. We promote change by partnering with adults at multiple?levels of the education system – school, district, state, and national. We provide supports and financial resources to incubate innovation and implement proven and promising practices.
CEI is a neutral, non-partisan, non-membership organization. We encourage people to expand on how to think about and address student outcomes. We support?the implementation of policy into innovative practice by empowering educators’ voices from the field and leveraging our strategic partnerships with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), business industries, higher education, and other local and national education partners.
Collectively, our team currently represents expertise and experience in five inter-related initiative areas used as entry points for school, district, and partner engagement: Colorado Legacy Schools, Health and Wellness, Next Generation Learning, Professional Learning, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
In conjunction with the Board of Trustees, the President & CEO develops and executes the strategic vision for the Colorado Education Initiative in accordance with its mission to accelerate educational improvement and innovation across Colorado. The President & CEO then implements that vision through detailed plans and effective operations, making difficult decisions that require flexibility, adaptation, and trade-offs. The President & CEO is responsible for enhancing and maintaining a strong culture that drives the organization and its staff to achieve excellence. The President & CEO ensures continued commitment to CEI’s core beliefs that relationships foster innovations that lead to the results we seek for educators and students, all of which must be undergirded with an active commitment to equity.
Leading CEI in its next chapter of development and impact requires a proven, dynamic, visionary executive who is committed to finding innovative methods of strengthening K-12 education across Colorado.
Specifically, qualified candidates for this leadership role will have a background in these areas:
Strategic Leadership & Innovation
The President & CEO for CEI understands the K-12 landscape and the nature of education reform efforts locally and nationally with experience in developing and implementing innovative techniques and approaches. We seek a leader who knows how to develop and implement a clear strategic vision and who has led the growth and development of organizations successfully.
Additionally, candidates have
• experience in developing synergistic, collaborative approaches to problems,
• a demonstrated understanding of public policy development and key decision-makers, and
• some knowledge of effective program evaluation techniques.
Operations & Management
The executive leader for CEI has proven experience in directing effective organization growth with skills in change management, staff management development, and financial management. Our leader knows how to partner with a governing board to add optimal value to the organization.
Additionally, qualified candidates have
• significant experience in managing professional, senior staff members and supporting their effective growth
• and development, and
• experience in developing collaborative, cohesive cultures that foster continuous improvement and accountability.
Communications & Partnerships
A hallmark of CEI’s work has been the ability to serve as an honest broker and convener of stakeholders with different perspectives, responsibilities, and operating models. Our President & CEO must understand and confirm that core aspect of our work and have proven experience in developing long-term partnering relationships with government agencies, school systems and their leaders, other nonprofit organizations, and business leaders.
CEI’s long term success depends on our President & CEO’s demonstrated ability to cultivate long-term relationships with corporate, foundation, and individual donors and to inspire confidence of these different investors to support the innovative approaches we develop.
Additionally, qualified candidates have
• outstanding ability to build credibility with various stakeholders through written, oral, formal, and informal
• communications, and
• some understanding of effective marketing and public relations techniques.
The next leader for CEI clearly embodies CEI’s core values of relationships, innovation, results, and equity. Our leader is action-oriented, drives accountability for outcomes, and fosters continuous improvement with strong organization skills and a problem-solving attitude. The President & CEO of CEI is flexible, creative, willing to try new approaches, and values innovation.
As a statewide organization, CEI works with communities across Colorado so our leader is enthusiastic about traveling around the state and partnering with school districts and regional and local leaders. Some knowledge of Colorado and its distinct culture and regions would be helpful in transitioning into this role.
• Bachelor’s Degree or 8+ years of comparable experience required; master’s degree preferred
• Full-time, exempt position
• Salary commensurate with experience
• Competitive benefits package available
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com.
All applications are to be submitted electronically. To learn more about the work of CEI and this position, please visit our website at www.coloradoedinitiative.org .
The Colorado Education Initiative is an equal opportunity employer.
General Job Description:
The President & CEO manages an annual operating budget of $8 million and a staff of 48 professionals.