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Friends Council on Education

Philadelphia, PA
www.friendscouncil.org

Friends Council on Education has for the past 80 years served as the primary membership organization supporting the Quaker mission and life of more than 85 Friends schools around the country, as well as affiliate schools and programs around the world. A dynamic and vibrant organization, the Council is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors and led by an Executive Director, who in turn supervises several professional staff members and consultants. Friends Council provides professional development and consulting services for faculty, administrators, and trustees of Friends schools, statistics, publications, webinars, and other outreach programs, grant funding for financial aid and specific programs within Friends schools, and a variety of related member services. It serves as a primary network for Friends school educators, administrators and trustees, and it is the national voice for pre-collegiate Quaker education. The Friends Council office is located at Friends Center in Philadelphia.

Position Available: Executive Director for the Friends Council on Education

Job Description:

Full Time
Administration

Applications must be received by: February 15, 2013

Job posting expiration date: 2/16/2013

Applicants should supply the following materials:
Applicants should furnish a resume, a list of three confidential references, with contact information, and a cover letter describing your experience with, and vision for, the work of the Council, with specific examples of relevant work experience that aligns with the mission and needs of the Council, as outlined above.

Position begins July 2014

The position of Executive Director is full-time and reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

General Description
Under the direction and guidance of the Friends Council Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for carrying out the mission, policies and programs of the Council Board and its committees in the service of the member schools including: developing and nurturing constituent relationships; managing the budget and Council staff operations; directing, developing and evaluating personnel; providing proactive communication links for the membership. The Executive Director is responsible to lead with spirited engagement and inspiration in relationship with the Friends Council staff and board.

Skills and Experience Required

  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for the mission and work of the Friends Council on Education.
  • Deep understanding of, with a preference for membership in, the Religious Society of Friends.Substantial experience in leadership positions in education, preferably in the Friends school network, with a preference for experience as Head of a Friends school.
  • Experience working with a board or equivalent governance structure.
  • Significant experience in development and fundraising.
  • Facility with financial management, preferably in managing an educationally-oriented system with an operating budget of at least $500,000, a staff of at least three employees and experience working in a decentralized management structure.
  • Strong personal administrative track record, which demonstrates leadership capabilities, professional training and consulting experience, and communications effectiveness across a broad constituency.
  • Strong team building skills and experience in recruiting, hiring, and evaluating staff.
  • Strong planning and visioning ability.
  • Flexibility demonstrated by a high level of comfort with change.
  • Ability to communicate with a diverse audience in multiple ways including high quality, professional speaking and writing.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands, set priorities and clarify expectations.
  • Highly developed interpersonal communication skills.

Primary Responsibilities

  • To think and work strategically with the Friends Council Board in a proactive and cooperative manner to achieve a high level of quality programs and services relevant to the mission of the Council, which insure the current and future relevance of the Friends Council and its member schools.
  • To effectively manage the resources of the Council and insure that the financial resources are used in accordance with the policy and direction of the Board.
  • To provide direct consultation to member schools, their Heads, trustees, and supporting organizations.
  • To scan the educational landscape of private, independent, public and Friends schools and develop with the Board an ongoing vision to meet the continually changing needs of the member schools.
  • To communicate the mission of the Friends Council on Education to the general public and to work with the membership to articulate Quaker pedagogy for their constituents and for the public.
  • To see that direct administrative support is provided for the Board and its committees.
  • To hire, recruit, and coach strong and effective staff members and program consultants, and to collaboratively develop, supervise and evaluate the annual action plans for all Council staff members.
  • To lead the fundraising efforts of the Council in collaboration with the Board and the Development committee.
  • To actively work with the Council board to develop a strong financial base for the Council, so that it can continue to meet the current and future needs of the membership.
  • To support the Council in implementing technology in ways that advance the Councilís mission.
  • As appropriate, to collaborate with related educational associations, such as ADVIS, state associations, CAPE, and NAIS, as well as various Quaker organizations, in ways that serve the needs of member schools as well as the wider educational community.

Application materials should be sent directly to Clay Stites.

Clay Stites
Resource Group 175
PO Box 104
Dartmouth MA 02714
Phone: 508-636-4984 (office) or 508-981-4872 (cell)
Email: clay.stites@comcast.net

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