President & CEO

President & CEO, Alliance For Education

Posting Date: May 5, 2016
Department: Alliance for Education
Classification: Regular, full-time, exempt
Start Date: TBD

Application Closing Date: May 23, 2016
Salary: DOE

Established in 1995 with the merger of the Seattle Alliance for Education, the Fund for Excellence and Seattle’s Partners in Public Education (PIPE), the Alliance for Education is an independent voice and external catalyst for change, a convener of community leadership, and a conduit for directing private resources—both dollars and expertise— toward critical needs in Seattle’s public schools. Guided by a broad-based coalition of business, civic, education, and philanthropic community leaders, Alliance for Education has helped generate more than $155 million in charitable support to Seattle Public Schools. Each year, these community-generated resources bring additional training, materials, expertise and innovation into our schools, supporting the belief that all children, regardless of their background, can achieve.  Alliance for Education is an affiliate organization of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to learn how the Alliance can best contribute to the success of all Seattle students, particularly low-income children and children of color, the board of directors recently concluded an extensive community listening and learning process and organizational reflection and dialogue.  Based on the feedback we heard from communities, school and district staff, nonprofit partners, local policymakers and funders, the board has developed a refined strategic direction for the organization. The CEO will be charged to more fully design this strategic direction as well as develop and implement a new strategic plan. This new strategic direction envisions the Alliance as a listener, a seeder of innovation, a partner to the neighborhoods and families with the highest needs as well as a partner to school and district leadership.
The Alliance for Education seeks a strong, visionary, creative individual with demonstrated success building productive community relationships and partnerships.  The ideal candidate will bring a passion for public education, knowledge of successful evidence-based education programs, policies and strategies, and highly developed leadership skills to the position.  The ideal candidate possesses significant experience and skill in public speaking, community building and public relations. Given the highly visible nature of this position and the Alliance, the candidate that we seek must be energized by public contact and fund/friend-raising, and thrive in an environment that includes a significant amount of contact with education, community, business and political leaders.  S/He must be comfortable interacting with diverse people from all walks of life presenting a consistent and authentic persona when meeting with any individual or group. The Alliance for Education works in close collaboration with Seattle Public Schools to determine what programs and initiatives to undertake.   As such, the new President/CEO must be able to work with a changing group of District leaders and School Board members.  This constant shifting and changing of priorities puts a significant strain on the staff of the Alliance. Therefore, the new President/CEO must be skilled at change management and work with staff to anticipate, understand and embrace change
The President & CEO of the Alliance for Education leads a dynamic and influential non-profit organization guided by a 30-member board of directors comprised of business, education and civic leaders. The President & CEO plays a key role in advancing a vision of quality public schools and in building community support for the K-12 education system.  S/He works in close partnership with school district leadership, donors, elected officials, and community based organizations and provides direction and support to a 15-member staff of talented and experienced professionals.
Primary responsibilities include: Leadership Works in concert with the Board, provides strategic vision and leadership in fulfillment of the Alliance’s mission
Governance Supports a 30-member Board of Directors and its officers in executing its governance responsibilities.
External Relations Builds relationships and partnerships with communities, non-profits, social and educational equity groups, business and community leadership groups and government entities.
Diversity and Inclusion Brings an awareness and commitment to building a diverse board and staff, an inclusive culture both internally and externally.
Schools and District Partnerships​ Works closely with district superintendents, administrators, school leaders and elected trustees to build a productive, collaborative partnership to identify shared goals and expectations, seeking to align priorities and resources
Planning Supports the board in developing the Alliance’s strategic plan and recommends to the board an annual work plan and budget to support its implementation. Reports regularly to the Board on assessment of strategic direction, progress against benchmarks, and outcomes achieved.
Operations Oversees and is held accountable for the implementation of plans and budgets.  Facilitates the work of the management team and provides guidance and expectations regarding results.
Advocacy​ Keeps the board and other stakeholders informed about promising “best practices” and education reform strategies that are increasing student achievement.
Development Provides leadership and direction to the organization’s fundraising and resource development functions.  Meets with prospective and current donors to build and maintain support for the Alliance and networks with leaders in the foundation and philanthropic community to identify new opportunities for support.
Communications Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Alliance with the media, the school district and the community-at-large.  Guides the development of key messages and utilizes various communications mediums to advance the Alliance’s agenda and strategic goals.
Financial Management Responsible for ensuring the fiscal integrity of the organization and the achievement of financial goals.  Oversees plan/budget and strategic investments of philanthropic resources to achieve desired results
The President & CEO will guide the Alliance for Education to address the following Issues and Priorities:
Short Term:

  • Articulate the mission and vision clearly to the community at large to reignite an interest in and support for the work of the Alliance. Work with the district and its personnel to develop strategies that are in the best interest of students. Lead the effort to shine a light on the achievement gap and set benchmarks so that success can be measured.Celebrate successes when they occur. Rally the community to be part of this effort toward success.
  • Establish a working relationship with each of the members of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and the Board as a whole.
  • Establish working relationships with the senior leadership team in Seattle Public Schools as well as the other districts involved in the Seattle Teacher Residency and STEM program (Highline, Renton and Tukwila).
  • Establish strong relationships with major funders (foundations, corporations and individuals), key community partner organizations, the University of Washington College of Education, the Seattle Education Association, the Mayor’s office, City Council, members of the Seattle legislative delegation and the media.
  • Sustain and build upon the organization’s strong fundraising track record; expand and add to the Alliance’s funder relationships.
  • Gainfamiliaritywiththeorganization’scurrent strategic focus and spearhead its implementation.
  • Provide strong leadership to the Seattle Teacher Residency team as it expands into 3 new districts (Highline, Renton, Tukwila) and secondary STEM teacher preparation.
  • Determine the Alliance’s role in the school account service work and develop a plan for its future.

Long Term:

  • Design a multi-year strategy to position the Alliance as the leader in advocating for the students in Seattle’s public schools and to return to its role as a core strategic partner to Seattle Public Schools on systemic change.
  • Become a trusted advocate for low income students and students of color.
  • Develop, manage and play a leadership role in a structured donor relations program including corporate and foundation relations, major donors, and working with the Board on its role in fundraising.
  • Refine and accelerate the implementation of a comprehensive communications plan to deliver a consistent message from all levels of the organization (Board, executive leadership, staff) to the community about the current work of the Alliance, past accomplishments of the Alliance, and plans for the future.
  • Lay out a long term funding model to ensure the financial stability and viability of the Alliance into the future.
  • Heighten awareness of the Alliance as the central rallying point for the School Superintendent, elected school trustees, the Mayor, the County Executive, business leaders, and the community at large to mobilize support for public education in Seattle.
Regular, full-time employees receive a competitive salary and a premium benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, an employer-matched 401(k) savings plan and generous paid time off. For additional information, click here.
Submission Instructions
To apply for this opening, please visit: The Alliance for Education actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. The Seattle Metro Chamber, Alliance for Education’s partner in human resources administration, is an Equal Opportunity Employer.