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Executive Director, World Education

  • JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI)
  • Washington, DC

World Education, Inc. (World Ed) works to improve the education and socio-economic security of people around the world. Founded in 1951, World Ed has worked in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, as well as the United States to address barriers to education and improve the lives of millions of people. With a focus on innovative and sustainable solutions, World Education excels in the areas of professional development, project design and management, technical assistance, and research grounded in program contexts.

World Education strives to build lasting relationships with partners across geographic regions and technical sectors, collaborating with educators, government agencies and partners to strengthen systems to achieve better education and social development outcomes for all. With an annual budget of $46 million and a staff of 550, World Ed is currently structured in four divisions:

The Bantwana Initiative (“Our Children” in Zulu) works to bolster existing grassroots efforts to support HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The work, largely funded by PEPFAR has a focus on holistic, comprehensive care through management and technical training.

The Africa Division and the Asia Division focus on improving the education and safety net programs of communities in their respective regions. The work focuses on literacy, access to education for women and girls, community engagement, and conflict resolution to increase the quality and equity of education systems.

The US Division collaborates with a range of public and private institutions to improve the availability, quality and capacity of adult education and workforce programs to respond to evolving economic and community contexts and advance equity. Its work drives sustainable solutions to bridge the digital divide and strengthen systems through professional development, coaching, technical assistance, and research.

World Ed became an affiliate of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) in 1980. JSI is a global nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world, with a fundamental goal to ensure that all individuals live their best and healthiest lives. In addition to World Ed, the JSI family of global agencies includes the Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM), as well as independent JSI entities in Kenya, Zambia, and India.

World Ed seeks a visionary Executive Director (ED) to help reimagine the organization and its relationship with JSI. The ED will report directly to the new CEO of JSI who has embarked on a comprehensive change management agenda.  This new leader will be a key member of the CEO’s emerging executive leadership team working to create a people-centered organization with a focus both on equity and knowledge management.

The ED will partner with the CEO to develop and drive forward the vision, mission and key strategies of World Ed and JSI and will have a unique opportunity to manage a P&L, address trends in localization of development funding, elevate the business model, lead strategy, and build the capacity of a professional workforce—while also leveraging the scale and resources of JSI. The new ED will serve as a thought partner for the CEO and leader among colleagues, anticipate and identify trends, optimize financial opportunities, and ensure quality.  

The ED will play a primary and visible role increasing World Ed’s national and international profile and positioning the organization for growth and impact. The ideal candidate will bring strong knowledge of international education issues and experience working to address health and educational disparities. As the primary spokesperson for World Ed, the ED will be responsible for cultivating a broad network of partners, funders, and supporters and catalyzing partnerships.

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Screening of Applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please send all nominations, inquiries, and applications to:

SANDRA GOLDMAN
Vice President & Managing Associate
Sandra.Goldman@divsearch.com
(267) 322-0883 (call /text)