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Vice President, Leadership & Governance

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District of Columbia, USA


As the largest association of independent schools, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) provides thought leadership, research, creation and curation of resources, and leadership collaboration to more than 1,950 K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. To help us fulfill our mission to “co-create the future of education by uniting and empowering our community,” we are planning to hire a new NAIS vice president, leadership and governance.

Exceptional, sustained leadership — among heads of school, boards of trustees, and school leadership teams — is critical to long-term success for our member schools. NAIS has a long and well-established reputation for supporting current leaders, developing the leadership pipeline, and helping schools strengthen the all-important partnership between heads and their boards through resources, programming, and strategic counsel. These services are core to our membership value. Indeed Leadership & Governance is one of our three organizational centers of excellence, along with Strategy & Innovation and Equity, Inclusion, Well-Being.

Yet as school leadership becomes increasingly complex and demanding, there are myriad opportunities to evolve, deepen, and expand those offerings. We seek a leader who will focus and drive these efforts while also contributing to our overall organizational culture.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.




Applications Accepted Starting: February 21, 2022

Priority Deadline: March 21, 2022

Application Review: April and May

Final Round: Early June

Decision Announced: June 30, 2022

Start Date: Flexible

Areas of Responsibility: 


The vice president, leadership and governance provides vision for and directs the creation and implementation of products, services, and events that support the NAIS vision, mission, and values, along with the organization’s commitment to developing and sustaining current and aspiring independent school leaders and trustees. This role guides both national initiatives and school-based programs to achieve this goal.

  • Provide vision for broad-based initiatives that support and expand NAIS’s work with heads of school, trustees, and aspiring leaders; translate the needs of school leaders into an innovative and inclusive plan.
  • Maximize leadership and governance suite of offerings to provide direct access to multiple audiences in support of building strong and effective leadership teams, dedicated boards of trustees, and a strong head/board partnership.
  • Oversee the production of the Annual Conference, Institute for New Heads, Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads, School Leadership Institute, Leadership through Partnership, and more. Work in collaboration with Events, Membership, Member Success, Media, and Marketing teams to execute these events and advance leadership and governance program areas.
  • Partner with the Strategic Initiatives and Research Team to identify the changing needs of independent school leaders and synthesize the findings into timely and actionable leadership and governance resources.
  • Speak at national and regional events, providing thought leadership on themes related to developing school leaders and trustees. Consult with schools and other organizations; develop and deliver presentations, trainings, and workshops.
  • Seek out strategic alliances and partnerships; expand revenue-generating activities and deliver program growth in areas of leadership and governance.
  • Manage and mentor a dedicated, high-performing team. Develop budgets, allocate resources, oversee complex and fast-paced workflow, and offer excellent customer service.
  • Serve on the senior leadership team; represent NAIS on a local, regional, and national basis; and report to the chief operating officer


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree, with at least 5 years of senior administrative experience
  • Commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives and manage a budget
  • Demonstrated partnership experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including member schools, associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for NAIS’s mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals.
  • Immersion in DEIB principles, training, and best practices—particularly with respect to the many facets of leadership development and board governance
  • Excellent judgment and apparent leadership skills
  • Ability to be a team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet enterprising, work environment
  • Ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
  • Deep analytical skills; basic business intuition and common sense; dedicated work ethic
  • Track record of engaged and active participation as a trustee or member of a board of directors, preferably at a school, nonprofit, or mission-aligned organization



For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


NAIS has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, NAIS does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, sex, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

Organization Info

National Association of Independent Schools

District of Columbia, DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
51-200 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

As the largest association of independent schools, NAIS co-creates the future of education by uniting and empowering our community. We do this through thought leadership, research, creation and curation of resources, and direct collaboration with education leaders.


NAIS offers a wealth of programming, research, and professional development.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 21 2022
Active Until: 
Mar 21 2022
Hiring Organization: 
National Association of Independent Schools