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21 Aug 2023

Operations / Administration President

Education Commission of the States

Job Description


Denver, Colorado



Education Commission of the States (ECS) serves as a partner to state policymakers by providing personalized support and helping education leaders come together to learn from one another. Through ECS programs and services, policymakers gain the insight and experience needed to create effective education policy.


The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the urgency of improving education at all levels, from early learning through workforce. ECS is unique in serving leaders and policymakers responsible for policies that affect the full education spectrum from early childhood to workforce development. The stakes have never been higher for creating effective education policy that serves learners of all ages. ECS has an unparalleled opportunity to support state leadership in this critical work. The President will shape, guide and execute the organization’s vision for the future.  This is an opportunity to build on ECS’ legacy of fostering effective education policy while evolving to meet the needs of 21st Century state leadership. The Commissioners seek a leader who will partner with them in thinking boldly and creatively about this organization’s future.


ECS seeks an experienced leader who will collaborate with the Commissioners and staff to establish the organization’s future trajectory. This person will be a passionate advocate for ECS’ mission and will inspire others to support the organization’s impact. This individual has experience leading and directing complex organizations with diverse internal and external constituencies. This individual is a change agent, with the capacity to implement effective organizational practices, while creating a nimble institutional culture that can quickly adapt to a changing strategic landscape. ECS seeks a nonpartisan leader who is passionate about the positive impact that effective education policy can have on all learners. This individual understands state policy formation, implementation and impact. This individual is politically astute, deftly navigates ambiguity and consistently seeks to find common ground to advance outcomes that achieve results.


We seek a proven leader who has a passion for the work of and is driven to enhance ECS’ efficacy in serving its purpose and goals. The ideal candidate has had extensive experience and success leading nonpartisan high-performance teams that deliver excellent results. This person must exhibit success in collaborating with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders. Experience with convening diverse groups of people, to address common interests in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner is essential. An understanding of policy development and impact are required.


This executive will be experienced in and enjoy building teams, structures and systems to support a sustainable organization. This individual has experience leading effective fundraising strategies and enjoys actively participating in nonprofit fundraising. This role will require extensive out-of-state travel, approximately 40-60% is required.


The salary range for this position is between $250,000 and $275,000 and will be commensurate with experience. ECS is proud to offer a robust benefits program to all employees as part of a comprehensive compensation package. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision, wellness and EAP, a retirement savings plan, 12 paid holidays, extensive PTO accrual and commuter benefits, just to name a few.


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Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. To apply, please send a current resume and letter of interest to (click on the Apply button at the bottom of the page).


All qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


ECS is dedicated to equal employment opportunities. The Commission provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job without regard to age 40 and over, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, disability or veteran status or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. It is the guideline of ECS to maintain a nondiscriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds. ECS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which ECS has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


ECS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws providing for nondiscrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. ECS also provides reasonable accommodation for such individuals in accordance with these laws. An employee who feels he or she is a qualified individual with a disability and requires an accommodation must contact their supervisor. ECS will make reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the organization. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination and access to benefits and training.


Religious, and Pregnancy Accommodation (Colorado Only)

ECS will make reasonable accommodation for employees whose work requirements interfere with a religious belief, unless doing so poses undue hardship on the Commission. ECS will make reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified employees due to pregnancy, a health condition related to pregnancy or the physical recovery from childbirth absent undue hardship. ECS will not deny employment opportunities based on the need to make a pregnancy-related reasonable accommodation and will not retaliate against employees and applicants that request or use a pregnancy-related accommodation. An employee seeking pregnancy-related accommodations may request such accommodations by informing their supervisor and the human resources office.


ECS expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, or status in any group protected by state or local law. Improper interference with any ECS employee’s ability to perform his/her expected job duties is not tolerated.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 100,000 and above.