Operating at the intersection of immigrant integration/rights and learner-centered education, Internationals Network for Public Schools plays a distinct and invaluable role in elevating the assets and needs of recently immigrated multilingual learners, their families and the educators who support their learning.
Internationals Network designs, develops, and supports schools and programs for recently-arrived immigrants and refugees. Based on the work of innovative practitioners, Internationals Network’s services are created to provide hands-on, experiential exploration and inquiry, to employ/model meaningful collaborative structures and routines, to meet the needs and uphold the assets of a heterogeneous array of practitioners, to demonstrate the intertwined rhythm of well-scaffolded activities and materials, and to center the learning, growth, and curiosity of all participants in our shared pursuit of transforming education for multilingual learners. Our workshops, coaching, conferences, institutes and other professional development offerings are designed using the very core principles we advance and advocate for in classrooms and schools:
These principles fuel and define Internationals Network’s pedagogy and educational design, animate our classrooms and schools, and inform our approach to relationship building with partners and our inclination to share our learning with the field. They are equally a part of our strong internal organizational culture, cited by many team members as a primary driver in their choice to lend their talents to Internationals over the long term.
And while many Internationals Network stakeholders are drawn to what they describe as “a culture of care,” it doesn’t just feel good – it works. The approach, backed by proven practice and research, provides school leaders, teachers and staff with high-leverage strategies that lead to better outcomes for students.
Strengthened over 20 years by the steady hands of two dedicated Executive Directors, Internationals Network now seeks the influence and ideas of a new strong and inspiring leader who will guide the organization’s next chapter, leveraging Internationals’ history and reputation, while also facing strategic choices regarding program optimization, growth, and brand-building, that capture, clarify and amplify Internationals’ evolution and position the organization to continue to play a distinct leadership role in an increasingly competitive field.
Two veteran Internationals Network leaders are faithfully and effectively serving as co-interim EDs until the new, permanent Executive Director arrives to harness the myriad assets of the organization (including our extremely talented team, supportive and dedicated Board, and a cadre of foundation and community partners who are deeply invested in the work), strengthen our capacity to provide practical and thought leadership in the field, and enable the immigrant community to thrive.
The next Executive Director of the Internationals Network must, above all, believe deeply that immigrant multilingual learners are entitled to a high quality, responsive education that builds on their assets to prepare them for lives of self-determination and full participation in democratic life. The ED will be a community builder who sees the role of the Internationals Network as that of an education service provider, change-agent, advocate and true partner. The ED understands and can articulate historical injustices and is committed to providing tools of empowerment to activate the potential of recently immigrated multilingual learners and their families no matter what the political climate. Our new ED will uphold Internationals Network’s belief in putting decision-making power in the hands of educators and students while creating an organizational culture that reflects Internationals’ values of equity, inclusion and belonging, and fostering a healthy, connected community across the network. Additionally, the Executive Director will help to refine and expand our strategic vision and delivery mode for a post-pandemic context, in collaboration with district and other key partners, positioning us to have a broader and deeper impact on immigrant multilingual learners across and beyond our network. Specific goals and responsibilities include:
Communications and Public Engagement:
Finance and Fundraising:
You are a strong Executive Director candidate if you listen well and can articulate your passion for multilingual learner education in an inspiring way. You build teams and communities by leading through influence versus authority, elevating mission and values. You center equity and foster a kind of connectedness that produces a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. You’ve built systems and organizational infrastructure that make room for relationship and culture building, and you have a persistent, measured approach when it comes to navigating dynamic conditions and bureaucracy. Additionally, you:
The Executive Director reports to the Board and will have three direct reports.
Residence in the New York metro area is very strongly preferred. Consideration will be given to applicants who live in one of Internationals Network’s regional hubs (New York metro area, DC Metro, California) who are willing to travel to New York when required.
The Internationals Network offers health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, FSA, 401(k) Retirement, and paid time off. The salary range for the position is $190,000 – $220,000.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.
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