For more than a decade, the National School Climate Center (NSCC) has translated research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate. NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and intellectual skills to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC now works with schools, districts, and State Departments across America.

Executive Director

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Executive Director with exceptionally strong executive management skills to lead the organization through its next phase of service expansion and growth during a time of significant change and opportunity as the organization’s Co-founder and President transitions from his current leadership role. Reporting to the Board of Trustees and working in partnership with the Leadership Team and former President who will serve as a Senior Advisor to the organization, the new Executive Director will build on the organization’s past successes while advancing the reputation, work, products and programs of NSCC. S/he will significantly expand financial support for NSCC’s mission and help define new and emerging opportunities to pursue. The Executive Director will additionally ensure that the the core operational structure is designed and administered to best support the organization’s staff, its expanded products and services and its collaborative work with government, foundations, professionals, educational partners and schools across the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will assume the following key responsibilities:

  • Lead the refinement of NSCC’s vision and strategic priorities to both diversify and help facilitate expansion goals to increase NSCC’s impact on schools and outcomes for children, market share and long-term sustainability
  • Nurture and develop local and national partnerships to increase NSCC’s visibility and influence in the field
  • Promote research to move the fields of school climate and social and emotional learning forward
  • Cultivate relationships with core stakeholders including government leaders, academia and foundations in order to rally support for the mission and work of NSCC and significantly expand and diversify the organization’s funding and financial resources
  • As the key ambassador and spokesperson for the organization, build enduring partnerships in new and existing markets and cultivate a diverse network of relationships with funders, professionals in the field and school partners
  • Attract, develop and retain a high quality staff and leadership team; inspire a strong commitment to cultural competence, diversity and inclusion and a shared vision and commitment to the organization
  • Advance NSCC’s reputation and provide an entrepreneurial vision to promote its initiatives, products and services delivered to schools, school districts, cities, states and regions, nationally and internationally
  • Be an exceptional voice for NSCC, publishing news of interest and communicating program results emphasizing the role of SEL and school climate in fostering the future success of children in school
  • Together with the Board Chair develop and support a committed Board of Trustees, participate on various Committees of the Board and cultivate active Board involvement in helping to shape the strategic direction of the organization and increase its financial resources
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous evaluation and quality management systems and infrastructure to support and advance the core work of the organization
  • Oversee the development of key performance indicators and metrics to document the outcomes and impact of NSCC services, products and programs

Candidate Profile & Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate should possess the following competencies, experience and personal characteristics:

PASSION FOR NSCC MISSION & EXPERIENCE - An unwavering passion about issues impacting school climate, social and emotional learning and improving overall educational outcomes for young people in school combined with a strong commitment to promoting research, policy and educational work to support NSCC’s mission. This passion should be complemented by a proven record of accomplishment at the senior executive level leading a nonprofit organization, major public school system/district, significant foundation supporting education initiatives, and/or major national education initiative. The Executive Director should also possess content expertise in one or more of the following areas: school climate, education reform, social and emotional learning and educational programming, in addition to an advanced degree in education or a related field.

STRATEGIC & VISIONARYLEADER - Astrategic,creativeandinnovativethinker,withanentrepreneurialvision,whocan build on the past successes, reputation and work of NSCC while leveraging new opportunities and transformational priorities for the organization. The ability to significantly inspire the Leadership Team, Staff and Board to embrace and support the work of NSCC and the strategic, operational, educational and financial goals of the organization.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE - A highly skilled executive leader with superior operational/ organizational management expertise coupled with a strong financial acumen and proven track record of financial accountability. Experience building and supporting high performance teams and advancing quality and excellence.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDER / COLLABORATOR & FUNDRAISER - A successful track record as a positive relationship builder and collaborator with institutions, funders and professionals for the purpose of building a broad network of support for NSCC’s programs, products and services. Demonstrated leadership in building an effective fundraising vision and strategy for the organization which both expands and diversifies the organization’s financial resources and leverages new opportunities to expand NSCC’s programs and market presence. Superior ability to communicate to diverse audiences with passion and clarity of voice about the vision and core work of the organization.

BOARD RELATIONS - Past success working with a Board of Trustees with the ability to inspire and actively engage Trustees in the work of the organization and its goal to increase financial and philanthropic support to help advance NSCC’s mission. Able to deliver a consistent and unifying message to the Board about the organization’s strategic direction, activities and progress in achieving organizational priorities and goals.

Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.

Some travel is required.

Equal Opportunity Employer NSCC is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a culturally diverse staff. All qualified candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status

TO APPLY: NSCC has exclusively retained ACEUM Advisors & Search to conduct this national search. Although the Executive Director position will be based in New York City, NSCC encourages inquiries from candidates around the country. To express an interest in this opportunity or to make candidate recommendations, please contact: Ira Machowsky, Founder & CEO [email protected] or Heather Bivens, Senior Search Consultant: [email protected][email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be kept strictly confidential.

ABOUT ACEUM ADVISORS & SEARCH: ACEUM Advisors & Search is an Executive Search, HR Strategy and Management Advisory firm assisting nonprofit, healthcare and philanthropic organizations and institutions recruit high quality leadership talent and build innovative and responsive HR and infrastructure solutions to help advance the social good.

Education Specialist

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is recognized internationally as a leader in school climate reform and social, emotional, civic education and works with school districts across the country to support a data-driven, ongoing, and democratically informed process of school climate improvement. The NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and civic competencies to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through: Advocacy and policy; Measurement and research; and, Educational services.

Position Description:

The Education Specialist will support schools and districts develop and deliver customized trainings, professional development, coaching, and capacity building to schools and school districts related to school climate. The Education Specialist will dedicate most of the time supporting schools on a systemic and instructional level as part of a new collaborative project that NSCC has initiated in partnership with another internationally-recognized organization: Facing History and Ourselves. Together, our two organizations have developed a new model for addressing bias and bullying in schools through comprehensive school climate improvement. This model will be implemented in a cohort of at least five schools beginning in the 2017-18 school year.


Preferred Location: Chicago area

The Education Specialist will report to the Education Services Manager and be part of the Education Department. In addition, this person will work collaboratively with other members of the Core Team who oversee implementation of the NSCC’s projects in our partner schools and districts.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Core Team, learn about and build relationships with each participating school community in order to tailor the various components each participating school
  • Support each of the participating school communities to assess school climate
  • Guide the participating school leadership teams in identifying and implementing appropriate intervention strategies that are responsive to their challenges and priorities
  • Document implementation of activities and supports provided to participating schools
  • Participate virtually in regular meetings with each school’s project leadership team to review data, revise action plans, clarify the model, and support school staff in their roles
  • Coordinate cross-functional school and community collaborations by providing input on models, tools, and implementation supports
  • Observe and support the implementation of ongoing and new systemic and instructional interventions in schools, including our partner’s, Facing History and Ourselves, curriculum
  • Co-develop and/or facilitate professional development activities provided to school based staff, students, families, and/or other school community stakeholders on issues relating to school climate reform
  • Support Education Services Manager in coordinating all project activities in participating schools, including professional development, curriculum implementation, intervention support, reporting, report interpretation, coaching, and technical assistance
  • Assume a leadership role in representing the model and project to outside parties (e.g., conference presentations)
  • Co-develop education tools and resources with members of the Education Department

Attributes and Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree – Master required, Doctorate preferred – in an education, social science, or public health discipline with a minimum of five years of relevant professional work, project management, or team leadership experience
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including ability to manage calendars, coordinate multiple deliverables and deadlines, and prioritize work activities from among a variety of competing interests and demands
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to engage diverse community stakeholders and facilitate project buy-in, both inside and outside of participating schools
  • Experience developing and/or delivering professional development to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to quickly establish positive working relationships and maintain trust with both internal and external constituencies
  • Predilection for action and a willingness to roll up one’s sleeves in order to get things done
  • Ability to support others to use school stakeholder data to guide intervention efforts
  • Willingness to be flexible and versatile in a rapidly changing and growing work environment while maintaining effectiveness, efficiency, and strong collaborations
  • Willingness and ability to travel approximately 25% time to multiple school sites on a monthly basis
  • Experience with school-based or psychosocial assessment measures is preferred
  • Knowledge of social science research principles, study design, statistical analyses, and data interpretation is preferred
  • Background in establishing and supporting research or evaluation of school-based programs, including the use of evidence-based prosocial and behavioral strategies is preferred

Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.
Some travel is required.

As an equal opportunity employer, NSCC encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. NSCC evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.

Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a listing of three references, and information about availability via email.
Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. Contact: Serena La Rocque [email protected]