Executive Director

  • Job posted by Future Problem Solving International (FPSPI)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $90,000.00
Maximum: $120,000.00
Details: Base salary plus performance bonus.



Application Deadline:



United States


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Future Problem Solving Program International

Executive Director

Opportunity Announcement

Scion Executive Search (www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to conduct the search for a new Executive Director for Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), a dynamic international organization that organizes academic competitions involving thousands of students annually from around the world. This wonderful full-time nonprofit leadership opportunity is located in the organization’s headquarter offices in Melbourne, Florida.


Position Overview:

The Executive Director will work with Board of Trustees and Affiliate Programs to update, develop and implement program strategies for the advancement of the strategic goals and mission of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI). The new leader will seek to bring consensus among internal and external stakeholders, by leading the mission and direction of FPSPI.

This impactful leadership role is ideally suited for talented solutions-oriented leaders with prior experience driving complex nonprofit programs. This exciting and rewarding position will require travel to national and international meetings, events, state and national conferences to carry out the work of the role.

We seek a visionary leader with a true passion for preparing students for the 21st century and growing successful nonprofit programs. Experienced executive candidates who are passionate about education programming for students that possess an entrepreneurial drive and have prior experience expanding organizational capacity are highly encouraged to apply.

About Future Problem Solving Program International:

FPSPI is a dynamic international program that annually teaches hundreds of thousands of students from around the world how to think, not what to think. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model, which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and decision-making. The mission goal of FPSPI is to develop the ability of young people to design and achieve positive futures through problem solving at a global level, using critical and creative thinking. FPSPI is composed of over 35 semi-autonomous regional Affiliate around the world that utilize FPSPI resources, policies, and procedures to run local FPS competitions, ultimately sending representatives to each year’s International Conference.

Primary Responsibilities:

Represent the organization

●Function as the face and spokesperson of FPSPI.

●Grow and maintain close relationships with Affiliate Programs and key stakeholders, by offering periodic communication of organizational updates.

●Establish and foster strong, positive relationships with potential key supporters and new FPSPI participants domestically and internationally.

●Promote the visibility of FPSPI as a viable educational experience to the appropriate audience

●Establish and maintain association with internationally-recognized leaders in education and creativity.

●Travel nationally and internationally in order to support and grow the program

●Collaborate with Affiliate Programs, various committees, and diverse, large groups of volunteers. 

●Develop positive relations with alumni and parents.


 Coordinate the International Conference

●Spearhead selection of annual International Conference location.

●Identify and secure International Conference sponsors.

●Oversee planning and implementation of activities, housing, and competition details for the annual international conference.

●Work with a staff, contractors, and volunteers to ensure the success of the conference.


Develop and support the FPS curriculum

●Support growth and sustainability for student participation in all Affiliate Programs.

●Strengthen the delivery of FPSPI to students through the use of technology.

●Ensure continued impact of FPSPI on students by creatively enhancing student learning with curriculum development and training for all FPSPI stakeholders.

●Oversee staff responsibilities, including FPSPI competitions, coordination of training and certification, annual publication/material development


Spearhead creation and execution of FPSPI strategic goals

●Oversee and develop marketing strategies to increase FPSPI’s recognition as leader in problem solving and critical thinking (e.g., PR, digital, social media, brochures, advertising.)

●Ensure proper management of the program by overseeing and monitoring the implementation of proper policies and procedures.

●Maintain and develop a sustainable organizational structure by collaboratively leading a small team and fostering a productive and inspiring working environment.

●Delegate tasks appropriately to staff and volunteers, or advisory/working groups in order to enhance timely and quality completion of projects.

●Clearly communicate goals and objectives of tasks/projects to external vendors and business partners.

●Evaluate roles and conduct performance reviews for staff and independent contractors, working with the Board of Trustees’ Personnel Committee where appropriate.

●Oversee all financial matters in consultation with Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee, including preparation and oversight of the annual budget and budget allocation.

● Identify additional revenue sources, by forming strategic donor relations and partnerships in education, business, technology, and philanthropy.


Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be a self-directed leader with the ‘know-how’ to effectively and swiftly assess and address the needs of a changing and growing organization. This includes the ability to bring consensus among diverse opinions and perspectives, to unify a culturally diverse audience around the mission and core scope of the organization. Successful execution of this role, includes expertise in the following areas:

●Demonstrated leadership skills and prior successes in understanding the overall complexities of managing a not-for-profit organization and an international educational program.

●Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, as well as organizational skills.

●At least 5-7 years of program management and organizational development experience.

●A Bachelor’s degree in arts, science, marketing, or business, is required. A Master’s degree in education, organizational development, or business is highly preferred.

●Ability to work collaboratively and efficiently with Board of Trustees, Affiliate Programs, committees, and all stakeholders, employing the following qualities: passion for the program, flexibility, good listening skills, empathy and an attitude focused on diversity and inclusion.

●Ability to develop, promote and expand new alliances while working with highly diverse cultural groups.

●Ability to problem solve and make clear decisions, to lead projects, to plan, evaluate, synthesize and implement streamlined and improved processes.

●Ability to offer guidance and training as well as promote the program to new affiliates, both nationally and internationally.

●Strategic fundraising, donor relations and ability to creatively identify additional sources of revenue. Grant writing capabilities are a plus.

●Desire to inspire and motivate teams through successful HR practices.

●Experience with interviewing, hiring and training staff.

●Assess priorities in order to delegate projects to staff, contractors and volunteers.

●Understanding of national and international educational systems and curriculum models.

●Willingness and resourcefulness to gain thorough knowledge and understanding of the full evaluation process, for all the components of the FPSPI educational program.

●Demonstrated global cultural awareness.

●Natural ability to engage with others in a positive and meaningful way.

●Prior experience balancing and growing budgets.

●Ability to embrace and represent the core mission and values of FPSPI.

●Willingness to travel domestically and internationally to meetings, events, conferences, etc.

Compensation and Benefits:

This amazing nonprofit leadership opportunity offers a starting competitive salary package, including a base salary ranging from $90K to $120K, dependent on experience, in addition to a generous benefits package including: 3 weeks of paid vacation, 10 holidays, sick time, coverage for medical, dental, and business expenses, a retirement package with a matching plan, an excellent working environment plus a performance bonus opportunity. Relocation package is also available for qualified applicants.

How to Apply:

Scion Executive Search (http://www.scionexecutivesearch.com) has been retained to conduct this search. For immediate consideration please send your resume, cover letter, biography and salary requirements in a WORD.docx format to Scion Executive Search, via email to adparse@scionstaffing.com, Attn: Ana D’Amore using the subject title: “YOUR NAME, FPSPI, Executive Director”


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Level of Language Proficiency

Additional spoken languages are a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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