Executive Director, Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders

Posted by Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders on November 27, 2017

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (“School Leaders”) seeks a results-oriented, dynamic, and entrepreneurial leader as its next Executive Director. Philadelphia has experienced a city-wide resurgence in community and economic growth over the past decade. To sustain and accelerate this progress, city schools must deliver compelling educational opportunities to the 225,000 students in its public, charter, and faith-based schools. As Philadelphia aspires to be an exemplar of successful urban education, School Leaders serves as a critical partner and leadership development hub, developing the city’s most talented educational leaders in an effort to foster greater student success. At this dynamic moment in the history of both Philadelphia and School Leaders, the Executive Director position presents an exciting opportunity to contribute profoundly to improving the academic success of the city’s school children.

Driven by a sense of urgency to improve educational quality for Philadelphia’s school children, the Neubauer Family Foundation, University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, and a coalition of diverse and influential local stakeholders created School Leaders in 2015 to serve as a cross-sector leadership development resource. With the conviction that effectively trained school leaders can maximize student success, the organization meets the needs of leaders at multiple stages of their careers: from aspiring to practicing principals, and from teacher to school and sector leaders. Its results-driven, evidence-based approach provides tools, skills, and networks needed to inspire high levels of student achievement.

School Leaders is positioned for greater impact, and the next Executive Director will lead from a position of strength, building upon the organization’s robust programming and committed stakeholder network to set an ambitious vision for the future of educational leadership development in Philadelphia. The successful candidate will possess experience leading in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment; a management style that prioritizes accountability and rigor; strong relationship building skills; a track record of creating and implementing programs with tangible, measurable results; and familiarity with the opportunities and challenges of urban school systems.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, is assisting School Leaders in this search. Please direct all applications, nominations, inquiries, and referrals in strict confidence to:

Ericka Miller, Vice President
Jennifer Carignan, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036


Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

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