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Founded in 1948 as America’s first interstate compact for education, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) was created as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization by Southern governors and legislators who recognized that by working together the states could more effectively improve public education and increase the social and economic vitality of the region. Over its 70-year history, SREB has collaborated with 16 member states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through post-doctoral education, and has set and met ambitious goals that have resulted in greater quality of life and economic strength across the region. SREB’s independent, accurate data and recommendations help policymakers make informed decisions that advance excellence and opportunity. As a nonpartisan convening platform, SREB helps policymakers, institutions, and educators share resources to accomplish more together than they could alone.
The quality of education in the South has a tremendous effect on the economic future of the country, and SREB provides practical, independent information and evidence-based tools to inform education policy decision-making that can have a positive impact across the region. The next President will work with members of the Board and the Legislative Advisory Council to ensure that the mission and goals of SREB are advanced effectively. This may include the opportunity to cooperatively identify ways in which service to SREB states can be refined, strengthened, and broadened. SREB seeks a leader with a bold vision to carry its proud legacy forward to meet new challenges, a strong record of managing people and resources effectively to drive mission, and the relationship savvy to broaden the organization’s base of support and amplify its crucial voice.
The ideal candidate will be a seasoned executive-level leader with experience working alongside policy makers and leaders in education to collaboratively set the vision and agenda for the future. S/he will bring a depth of understanding of and engagement with the continuum of education from pre-kindergarten to graduate education and will have the managerial skill to operationally lead an organization of similar size and complexity. S/he will also be a natural ambassador and connector and will bring an exceptional and nuanced understanding of the challenges policymakers, institutions, and other stakeholders face and of how to build trusting, mutually productive relationships with them. S/he will bring a coherent, tested set of management principles and practices and a demonstrated record of building team cultures that reflect values of transparency, inclusion, and trust as well as excellence and efficiency.
This search is being conducted with assistance from Katherine Jacobs, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Callie Carroll and Erica Nicole Richardson. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: SREB-PRES@nonprofitprofessionals.com.
Allison Kupfer Poteet
Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.