The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) is seeking a new Executive Director for July 2020. Since 2014, ISACS, through bold strategic thinking, a significant upgrade in its technological capacity, and an expansion of its full-time staff, is poised to ask fresh and different questions about accreditation, professional development, the future of independent schools in the Midwest, and the use of technology to strengthen relationships between schools and ISACS. ISACS is a well-managed, well-governed, and financially healthy organization that provides valuable services to its member schools. ISACS is in an outstanding position to welcome the new Executive Director.
The Executive Director’s time is divided relatively evenly among partnering with the board on strategic direction and supporting board and committee activities, working with the staff on implementation of strategic initiatives, and direct services to schools. The Executive Director serves as the staff point-person for heads and board chairs: fielding requests for resources and counsel, visiting with heads on campus and at regional meetings, planning and hosting the annual two-day conference for heads, participating in the ISACS year-long program designed to support new heads, writing a monthly newsletter specifically for heads, and providing school-based governance workshops upon request. It is expected that the Executive Director will continue the practice of visiting member schools and providing special support for new heads.
ISACS is seeking an experienced educator who will work closely and effectively with the trustees and the heads of the member schools. Candidates should possess the executive capabilities necessary to lead a high-performing organization. These capabilities include strong organizational, strategic, interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
Qualifications: Candidates must have the experience and skills to deal with the broad range of issues facing ISACS member schools and, therefore, should demonstrate the following:
sufficient educational or “school” experience, such as the head of an independent school, to be a credible and respected leader of ISACS
excellent understanding of the issues facing independent schools, especially financial sustainability, enrollment and fundraising
skill in articulating and promoting the value of an independent school education
appreciation for the diversity of the member schools including the broad range in size, structure, mission, and financial resources
familiarity with the educational spectrum, including charter and public schools
understanding of the characteristics of a mutually beneficial relationship between heads and boards
experience with the accreditation process
ability to work closely and strategically with the ISACS Board in building a strong partnership in governance and leadership
ability to inspire trust and confidence through exemplary team leadership and collaboration
a history of building constructive relationships and effectively resolving conflict
superior communication skills
Candidates should be prepared to make Chicago their home and to travel frequently to visit ISACS schools and attend relevant national and regional conferences.
THE SEARCH PROCESS
ISACS has engaged the national executive search firm, Educational Directions, Portsmouth, RI to assist with the search. Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to:
Christopher B. Arnold (email@example.com), Dr. Jerry Larson (jlarson@edu- directions.com) or Samuel S. Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Candidatesshouldsubmit electronically by August 31, 2019:
a cover letter explaining their interest in the Executive Director position at ISACS
a resume or CV
the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references (reference letters specific to the ISACS search welcomed but not required)
Candidate Referrals Welcome: Please forward, to the e-mail addresses listed above, the names and contact information of qualified candidates who may not be aware of this opportunity.
ISACSand Educational Directions do not discriminate against qualified applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, sexual identity, religion, age, or physical disability. ISACS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks a diverse and broad spectrum of qualified candidates.
The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) is a membership organization of more than 235 independent schools from 13 states in the Midwest U.S. ISACS’ mission is to lead schools to pursue exemplary independent education.