President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Job posted by KnowledgeWorks

Job Type

Full Time




United States


KnowledgeWorks, a national education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that “every student experiences meaningful personalized learning that enables the student to thrive in college, career, and civic life,” seeks a strategic, inspiring, and tested leader to serve as the organization's next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Throughout its impressive nearly 20-year history, KnowledgeWorks has been a leader in education transformation and strategic foresight, encouraging and galvanizing educators around the country to imagine what a radically personalized learning ecosystem could look like. Today, with its specific focus on competency-based education within the personalized learning landscape, KnowledgeWorks continues to partner with K-12 educators, policymakers, funders, and other education stakeholders nationwide to ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

The next President and CEO will join KnowledgeWorks at an exciting and critical time in the organization's evolution. After a careful review of its strategic direction and rightsizing of its internal structures, KnowledgeWorks has emerged with a sharpened and streamlined focus, and has the opportunity in the years ahead to become a national leader in the implementation, advising, and advocacy of personalized learning efforts. Indeed, over the past 15 years, KnowledgeWorks has developed a leadership presence in the education policy arena as well as the tools and expertise needed to successfully implement effective, data-driven learning strategies on the ground. The time is ripe for large-scale impact on our country's public education system through best-in-class policy work, expert advising, and effective, scalable implementation programs across the P-16 continuum.

Reporting to an 11-member Board of Directors, the incoming President and CEO will oversee a talented 52-person staff and manage a $14M operating budget. KnowledgeWorks' new leader should be a clear and captivating communicator; a confident, collaborative manager; and an inspiring external representative for the organization and its goals. The next President and CEO must be knowledgeable about personalized learning and competency-based education, and passionate about its potential for innovation and outcomes-focused improvement when done in close partnership with educators on the ground. The leader should also bring to the role a demonstrated commitment to addressing issues of systemic inequity in public education, an appreciation for the nexus of policy and practice in education transformation work, and a leadership style that encourages relationship- and partnership-building in support of the organization's strategic, programmatic, and resource-generating efforts.

Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, has been retained to assist in this search. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent in confidence to:

Ericka Miller, Katie Rockman, and Allison Burson

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, 7th floor

Boston, MA 02210

Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

KnowledgeWorks is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and pluralistic team committed to learning and working in a multicultural environment. We encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and disabled individuals. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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