Washington, D.C.


Position Overview


The NEA Foundation

Washington, D.C.

The NEA Foundation (the ‘Foundation’), a leading national nonprofit and philanthropic organization founded by educators to advance public education, seeks a bold, creative, and passionate public education advocate to serve as its Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives.

Through its strategic initiatives — including grants, fellowships and awards programs, building communities of practice, and numerous collaborative efforts — the Foundation seeks to promote the best in public education. The Foundation believes that the most innovative and effective policies and strategies emanate from educators engaged in authentic partnership with policymakers, students, parents, and others committed to educational justice, equity, excellence, and opportunity. Through the transformative power of these partnerships, the Foundation believes it can improve both students’ and communities’ educational experiences and outcomes.

The Chief Officer for Strategic Initiatives (COSI) will join the organization at a critical juncture. Reporting to the President, this is both an internal and external leadership role that calls for excellent conceptual acumen and communications skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to cultures of collaboration, partnership, and team building. Key responsibilities for the new leader include strengthening existing Foundation programs, creating new pathways for impact, driving new partner engagement, representing Foundation values and efforts to partners and the public, and leading and developing a mission-driven team.

The COSI will facilitate the design and direction of the Foundation’s grantmaking and other strategic investments, working most closely with the Foundation’s Program staff as well as senior fellows, consultants, and interns to advance the Foundation’s mission. The COSI also will serve as a thought partner to the President, senior leadership team, and key stakeholders.

How To Apply

The NEA Foundation has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

Ericka Miller, Partner

Katherine Stellato, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1300 19th St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036


The NEA Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunity in all employment-related matters, including hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers and other personnel actions, without regard to race, citizenship, religion, color, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation and political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by federal or District of Columbia law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent management from implementing any legally permissible affirmative action programs. In addition, the NEA Foundation complies with the District of Columbia’s Human Rights Law.

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