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NEA Foundation Seeks Leader to Oversee Programs and Strategic Initiatives

NEA Foundation Seeks Leader to Oversee Programs and Strategic Initiatives

The NEA Foundation seeks a collaborative, creative, equity-focused, outcomes-oriented, deeply knowledgeable, and passionate trailblazer to lead the Foundation’s Programs and Strategic Initiatives Group. Reporting to the President & CEO, the new Executive Vice President of Programs and Strategic Initiatives (EVP) will develop, design, and implement grant programs, awards, and strategic initiatives.

Additionally, they will cultivate strategic partnerships and investments to advance the Foundation’s mission: to promote the best in public education. This leader will also be deeply engaged in national conversations regarding educational equity and justice, and will prioritize the sharing of best practices related to impact, sustainability, and scalability with the field writ large.

Leading the Foundation’s Programs and Strategic Initiatives Group, the right candidate for this position will bring an exceptional capacity for thought partnership in further development of the Foundation’s existing and emerging strategies to advance educational equity, excellence, and opportunity. Chiefly, the individual will bring deep knowledge of grantmaking, education systems, best practices, communications, and the roles of both educators and educational partnerships in advancing the best in public education. 

In this role, the EVP will be expected to engage comfortably in and contribute to the national conversation about educational equity and justice, specifically about the roles of educators and educational partnerships. This leader will also have opportunities to help design the Foundation’s internal systems in the furtherance of this work. Exceptional oral and written communication skills, humility, a commitment to servant leadership, and the capacity to effectively engage colleagues and other education stakeholders in widely varied contexts are critical considerations in the selection of the Foundation’s EVP of Programs and Strategic Initiatives. 

The individuals filling these positions will report to the President & CEO and will be based in Washington, D.C.

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Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role to