The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (“School Leaders”) seeks a dynamic, strategic, and entrepreneurial leader and an experienced manager to serve as its next Executive Director and build on the organization’s commitment to develop, engage, and retain school and system leaders who transform schools, improve student outcomes, and drive systemic change across all Philadelphia’s schools.
Philadelphia aspires to be an exemplar of successful urban education, and this is an exciting time of transition and innovation in the city as the School District of Philadelphia welcomed a new superintendent in June 2022 who is deepening the prioritization of student achievement and academic performance. School Leaders serves as a critical partner and leadership development hub by supporting the training and professional development of many of the city’s most talented educational leaders who stimulate greater student success across the 225,000 youth in the city’s district, charter, and faith-based schools. The Executive Director will be a forward-facing champion for public service and a strategic operator able to set and execute an ambitious vision for the future of educational leadership development in Philadelphia during this opportunistic moment of city-wide public education leadership change and beyond.
Driven by a sense of urgency to improve educational quality for Philadelphia’s school children, the Neubauer Family Foundation, the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, and a coalition of local stakeholders created School Leaders in 2015 to serve as a cross-sector leadership development resource. With the conviction that effectively trained school leaders can maximize student success, the organization meets the needs of leaders through engaging programmatic experiences that develop four critical leadership competencies, or Leadership Levers: Lead Authentically, Develop People, Advance Equity, and Drive Results. This results-driven, evidence-based approach provides the tools, skills, and networks needed to inspire high levels of student achievement.
Looking ahead, School Leaders is well positioned for even greater impact, and the next Executive Director will be expected to heighten the effectiveness, profile, and influence of the organization by deepening relationships with and expanding the reach of the organization’s impressive network of school leaders and funders. The successful candidate should be a champion for Philadelphia’s students, schools, and school leaders; an experienced and confident manager who values results, excellence, accountability, and collaboration; and a natural and effective relationship builder with connections across Philadelphia’s education sector—or the desire to develop them. Familiarity with the opportunities and challenges of urban school systems and a passion for advancing academic achievement and educational equity are also essential.
School Leaders has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to conduct this search. Please direct all applications, nominations, inquiries, and referrals in strict confidence to: