Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Negotiable and commensurate with experience.
Jun 06, 2018
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This is a unique position for an experienced, visionary and energetic educational leader. 

Middle States Association:

The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools accredit early-childhood through post-secondary, non-degree granting public, private, faith-based educational institutions including special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers and distance education institutions.  The Commission on Elementary Schools and the Commission on Secondary Schools are independently administered divisions of Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Inc., a Pennsylvania not for profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Historically, MSA-CESS has operated in the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia); with its cooperative partners, it has expanded its scope to include schools and institutions seeking accreditation throughout the United States.  The Commissions also award accreditation to member institutions in more than 85 countries around the world.

The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools are affiliated with the United States State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and provide accreditation services to American and International style schools attended by members of the U.S. foreign service and U.S. citizens working for non-government agencies and multi-national corporations.  The Commission on Secondary Schools is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a gatekeeper for eligibility for Title IV funding for post-secondary non-degree granting institutions and distance education.

The position herein described is for President and Chief Executive Officer of both Commission for Elementary Schools and Commission for Secondary Schools.

Term of Employment

Three to five years effective on or before July 1, 2019.

Reporting Responsibilities

The President provides leadership to both the Commission on Elementary Schools and the Commission on Secondary Schools.


General Function and Specific Responsibilities

The President works with the Commission and staff to ensure the attainment of the Commissions’ mission, the faithful implementation of its strategic plan and the efficient management of its business operations.

The President is responsible for initiating and coordinating all initiatives affecting the Elementary and Secondary Commissions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Sustaining the Commissions’ role as a teaching resource in the United States and around the world for the promotion of proven practices of school improvement.
  • Increasing the members of the association by promoting the value of achieving school improvement through the process of accreditation and related services.
  • Continually adding to the value of membership through the development of new services and ensuring the quality of existing member services.
  • Maintaining the financial stability and sustainability of the association to ensure the continued provision of quality programs and services.
  • Actively participating in the full range of evaluation and accreditation services offered to the association’s members.
  • Work with two independent commissions to support the common mission of school improvement through peer accreditation.
  • Devote full attention to the business of the association.


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in the field(s) of education/learning, a doctorate is preferred.
  • Substantial prior experience in administration of schools and/or non-profit organizations related to K-12 education.
  • An understanding of and enthusiastic support of the process of accreditation and a commitment to continuous school improvement.
  • Successful experience in managing finances and investments of a small non-profit educational or membership organization.
  • Commitment to staying current on education news, trends and policies.
  • Ability to be an educational “thought leader” in order to direct the educational philosophy of the commission’s materials, resources and initiates.
  • Ability to motivate, manage and maintain a dedicated staff of professionals doing the work of the commissions.
  • Knowledge, familiarity and acceptance of a wide range of educational institutions beyond the traditional public, private and parochial schools, including charter schools, career and vocational, technical schools online schools and learning service providers.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and collaborative team building experience.
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively and to inspire change.
  • Experience in working with volunteer boards.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills.
  • Proficient in promotional and motivational public speaking.
  • Ability to work well with small staff, a large volunteer force and comfort with managing remote employees.
  • Ability to locate to Philadelphia area or to have sufficient access to the Philadelphia office to effectively perform the functions of the position.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Must have clean criminal and child welfare background checks.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license.

Physical and Mental Demands

  • Must be in good health with energy and enthusiasm to meet the physical and mental challenges of the position.
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk, hear and see.
  • Occasionally required to stand, reach, stoop and handle or lift up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be physically able to drive a car, ride a train, or airplane.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals to perform essential job functions.

Salary and Benefits

Negotiable and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to no later than Aug. 15, 2018. 

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