Career Enhancement Opportunity
Special Education Association of America is seeking a graduate student to become acting CEO that can maintain and grow SEA’s role and presence as one of the nation’s largest and most impactful special education funding programs. Focused on ensuring every child in need, regardless of disability, or educational challenges, has the resources to succeed.
The ideal CEO will have a passion for special education and an unwavering commitment to helping children throughout the United States. SEA seeks an entrepreneurial leader with the enthusiasm and energy to lead an influential movement, and present challenges special education programs face. The ideal candidate will also be skilled in managing and recruiting staff. Including reporting to and working with an active board of directors and interacting with SEA’s donors.
• Maintaining and growing SEA’s role as the forefront in increasing funding for special education programs.
• Serving as one of the primary spokespersons for the organization in the public and the media.
• Networking and collaborating to strengthen the organization and its influence.
• Reporting to and working alongside an active board of directors; overseeing all board level committees.
• Working with the board of directors and senior staff to develop and execute the organization’s new, strategic plan in 2022.
• Overseeing all aspects of the organization; in conjunction with the board making all major financial, personnel, legal, operations, and external relationship decisions with SEA’s four department directors.
• Ensuring SEA has the funds needed to achieve its mission, today and tomorrow; focused on the financial development of the organization and expanding its fundraising base. Drives a culture of philanthropic giving in the organization, support by public messaging.
• A leading role ensuring the organization develops strong long-term relationships with large scale individual, foundation, and corporate donors/funders. Personally, builds and maintains key relationships to ensure fundraising strategy is achieved.
• Developing an annual budget for its approval by the board.
• Provide overall direction of future staff and assist with fundraising for SEA’s fundraisers.
• Dedicated focus on the financial development of the organization and expanding its base. Instills a culture of philanthropic giving in the organization, supported by public messaging.
The ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:
• Understand, support and demonstrate passion for SEA’s mission to promote special education funding.
• An Undergraduate in the field of business or public administration, and enrolled in an masters program.
• Experience overseeing decisions involving financial (including budget development) personnel, legal, operations, development and external relations preferred.
• Entrepreneurial attitude and self-starter mentality.
• Strong relationship building skills; ability and willingness to convince key individuals, corporations, and foundations to make investments in SEA.
• Proven skills in forging relationships and effectively communicating with a wide variety of constituencies — including staff, board of directors, policy network, current and potential donors, media, policymakers, business community and the general public.
• Comfortable working in a state of constant change.
• The ability and desire to work with the board of directors, oversee all board level committees and assist positively with strategy and fiduciary compliance.
• Demonstrable capacity or track record to hire and nurture talent.
• A desire to fully grasp the vision, mission, and values already embedded in SEA, but who also has the confidence and competence to lead the organization into the future.
• Humility. We are looking for a high-capacity leader who appreciates working alongside others to get the job done—someone who realizes the outcomes require collaborative partners to whom respect is due.
• Strong coalition building skills; ability to develop collaborative partnerships with other organizations.
• Ties to Washington State preferred but not required.
Details/Benefits: • Start date: Fall 2021 • Location: Central WA or remote • Compensation: Career enhancement opportunity. Opportunity for increased salary upon completion of graduate program, and nonprofits revenues.
The Special Education Association (SEA) is an independent, non-profit that is dedication to increasing funding for special educations departments throughout the United States. The SEA is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion employment practices.