Chief Executive Officer

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Chief Executive Officer 

National Association for the Education of Young Children 

Washington, DC 

About National Association for the Education of Young Children 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. NAEYC has more than 50,000 members who support our vision that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential. 

In NAEYC’s role as the largest professional membership association for early childhood educators, it has a variety of sizable revenue-generating business lines including early learning program accreditation, higher education program accreditation, professional learning which includes conferences and online individualized learning (two conferences per year, one of which typically draws more than 8,000 attendees), and publishing (books and journals).  

Prior to COVID, NAEYC had a growing international portfolio. In the policy and advocacy arena, NAEYC is considered the leading voice in the United States on behalf of high-quality early childhood education and the advancement of early childhood educators. NAEYC recently led a transformative initiative to develop the Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession and is a sought-after voice in the public square including national broadcast and print outlets.  

NAEYC holds a number of position statements that are the core decisive documents to practice, policy, and research in early childhood education, five of which are centered at all our work: 

  • Code of Ethical Conduct 
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice 
  • Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education 
  • Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators 
  • Early Learning Program Standards 

NAEYC’s work is increasingly supported by private grant philanthropy with a growth trajectory from $100K eight years ago, to an annual portfolio approaching $3 million.  

NAEYC’s current strategic direction is our North Star and is integrated heavily into our work and the decisions we make. We are in the process of updating our strategic direction. Our commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging is deep, long standing, and dates back decades.  

NAEYC has 52 affiliates across the country. The affiliates are separate 501(c)3 organizations but are connected to NAEYC through a charter agreement that governs our relationship. In this relationship, we have shared members and branding as well as an aligned vision and mission. NAEYC also has 23 Interest Forums where members build community, share knowledge, and deepen learning on a broad variety of shared-interest areas including program, social, professional, and cultural forums. 

NAEYC has a diverse seventeen-member national governing board. Twelve members are elected by the membership including all of the executive officers except for the Treasurer. There are also five appointed members who bring background and expertise from a variety of industries. In addition, a number of commissions and advisory committees have some delegated authority and sit within NAEYC’s governance structure.  

NAEYC and the early childhood education field as a whole are making steady and consistent strides to navigate the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic and NAEYC is in a strong fiscal position. With a more than $20 million annual operating budget (pre- COVID) and a sizable investment portfolio, NAEYC is considered a large national professional association located in Washington, DC. At the same time, early childhood education is an undervalued and under-resourced field. We take seriously our role in being strong fiscal stewards of our members’, earned, and funders’ resources and the field as a whole. 

For more information on the National Association for the Education of Young Children, please visit their website
The Opportunity 

As it nears its 100th year as a flagbearer for quality in early childhood education, NAEYC is seeking an inspiring and transformational leader who can guide the organization to its next stage of growth as its new Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of an organization regarded as a national leader in early childhood education, as NAEYC evolves in new and exciting ways to respond to the current changes in the field. 

The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of NAEYC. This includes oversight of all programs, business lines, and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Governors, the CEO oversees an annual budget of approximately $20 million and 90 mission-driven and talented staff. The CEO also serves as the primary spokesperson for NAEYC with policy makers, the media, funders, partners, and educators.  

As NAEYC embarks on its forward-looking trajectory as a national organization, the CEO will have the opportunity to shape the strategy for growth and harness NAEYC’s immense potential for increased reach and impact in the field. At this inflection point for early childhood education, this is an exciting opportunity for a bold and tenacious leader to build on NAEYC’s past successes and rich history, and create new opportunities to propel the field, profession, and systems of early learning forward.  

To learn more about this opportunity, click here.

Candidate Profile 

The Chief Executive Officer of National Association for the Education of Young Children will demonstrate many, though perhaps not all, of the following attributes and competencies: 

Passion for the Mission 

The CEO will have a passion for the mission of NAEYC and for advancing the quality of early childhood education. This individual will possess an understanding of the different facets of, and be able to navigate the complex landscape of early childhood education, with a strong focus on innovation and continuous learning in the field. The CEO will be driven by the legacy of NAEYC and by the opportunity to expand and deepen its impact nationwide. A compassionate and humble leader, the CEO will have a commendable character with a stellar reputation among those in the field of early childhood education. 

Visionary and Strategic Leadership 

The CEO will bring a track record of bold and effective leadership, with the ability to lead with vision and creativity. They will develop, execute, and effectively communicate an inspiring and transformational vision for NAEYC that advances early childhood education. Building on NAEYC’s near 100-year history of promoting high-quality learning for all children, this strategic leader will have the drive and passion to continue to develop new and unique opportunities to serve the mission of NAEYC. The CEO will scan the horizon and plan for future developments in the field in order to successfully lead the organization to its next chapter and maintain NAEYC’s position as a leader in early childhood education. Confident and courageous, the CEO will be willing to take risks to advance practice, policy, and research, and will have the leadership skills needed to gain stakeholder buy-in. 

Organizational Excellence & Business Acumen  

An engaging and supportive human capital leader, the CEO will have a track record of motivating, inspiring, and developing others to achieve impact through creativity and teamwork. The CEO will acknowledge and leverage the expertise and talents of staff at all levels of the organization. They will excel at matching NAEYC’s capacity to its resources, and will ensure that there is the necessary infrastructure and support to meet NAEYC’s long-term organizational needs. 

This CEO will have a strong record of successful management of finance and operations for a complex, multi-million dollar organization. They will have the business savvy needed to oversee and optimize NAEYC’s six business lines, along with knowledge of best-in-class nonprofit management practices. This individual will ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management practices, and accountability. This individual will have the perspective to consider the impact of decisions, strategic plans or initiatives, and programs on the organization, and make sound recommendations accordingly. 

Ambassador, Skilled Communicator & Relationship Builder 

The CEO will have the character and confidence to work comfortably in a highly visible role and will be a passionate advocate for early childhood education and NAEYC. This leader will be a credible mover and change agent for the field and the organization. Possessing an inspiring public presence, this leader will have strong public speaking skills and ensure that NAEYC remains a highly valued, credible, and visible organization. This natural relationship builder will be comfortable working with high level policy makers, the media, funders, partners, and educators, and will possess the ability to move seamlessly between differing spaces and audiences. Personable and approachable, the CEO will value clear, consistent, and transparent communication and will build trust with NAEYC staff, members, and affiliates. This individual will possess superlative networking abilities and act as a constituent builder and connector to advance the mission and impact of NAEYC. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to develop robust and trusting partnerships with the Board of Governors and all external stakeholders. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B) Knowledge, Skills and Disposition  

Understanding the value and importance of diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations, the CEO has had experience and can demonstrate their capacity to identify manifestations of systemic privilege/oppression and advance social and racial justice in a complex system, with a particular focus on the communities most impacted by NAEYC’s work. This leader will bring a deep disposition and strong vision, able to lead our community toward the realization of that vision with a commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging along the way. This individual knows that advancing equity in early childhood education is a key driver and north star of NAEYC’s work, and will collaboratively develop and implement a strategy to achieve the organization’s DEI&B goals. The CEO will be an active listener who prioritizes voices that historically have been unheard, and will develop strategies for diversifying and increasing membership to lift up these voices. This empathetic leader will be able to relate to people from diverse socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, and will foster an open, dynamic, and just culture at NAEYC. 

Revenue Generation & Fundraising 

As the lead fundraiser for NAEYC, the CEO will be enthusiastic about establishing strategic partnerships and connections with the funding community. They will be a versatile and experienced fundraiser with a measurable track record of success in development, including securing state, federal, and private funding. This individual will be instrumental in developing the strategy to increase the organization’s fundraising potential and activities. Bringing a fresh perspective, the CEO will carefully and strategically evaluate the success and impact of NAEYC’s business lines, and help to identify additional revenue streams. This skilled marketer will effectively communicate NAEYC’s value proposition for members and will identify opportunities for increasing membership. 


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Michelle Bonoan, Medelene Beasley, and Jennifer Smith are leading this search. To make recommendations, nominations, or to express your interest in this role please visit here or email jsmith@koyapartners.com and mbeasley@koyapartners.com. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. 

NAEYC believes high-performing organizations are inclusive and continually seeks to be enriched and strengthened by the wisdom of diversity. NAEYC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

NAEYC is dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran's status, or any other factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. 

NAEYC expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of NAEYC's employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. 

About Koya Partners 

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world. 

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com


Chief Executive Officer 

National Association for the Education of Young Children 

Washington, DC 

About National Association for the Education of Young Children 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a 501…

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  • Comprometimento de Tempo
    Carga Horária Integral
  • Data de Início
    1 de fevereiro de 2022
  • Prazo para Inscrições
    15 de dezembro de 2021


Compensation & Benefits 

The annual base salary for this role begins at $300,000 with a competitive benefits package. 

Compensation & Benefits 

The annual base salary for this role begins at $300,000 with a competitive benefits package. 


Washington, DC, USA

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