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For more than a decade, the National School Climate Center (NSCC) has translated research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate. NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and intellectual skills to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC now works with schools, districts, and State Departments across America.

Executive Director

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is seeking a visionary and dynamic Executive Director with exceptionally strong executive management skills to lead the organization through its next phase of service expansion and growth during a time of significant change and opportunity as the organization’s Co-founder and President transitions from his current leadership role. Reporting to the Board of Trustees and working in partnership with the Leadership Team and former President who will serve as a Senior Advisor to the organization, the new Executive Director will build on the organization’s past successes while advancing the reputation, work, products and programs of NSCC. S/he will significantly expand financial support for NSCC’s mission and help define new and emerging opportunities to pursue. The Executive Director will additionally ensure that the the core operational structure is designed and administered to best support the organization’s staff, its expanded products and services and its collaborative work with government, foundations, professionals, educational partners and schools across the country.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will assume the following key responsibilities:

  • Lead the refinement of NSCC’s vision and strategic priorities to both diversify and help facilitate expansion goals to increase NSCC’s impact on schools and outcomes for children, market share and long-term sustainability
  • Nurture and develop local and national partnerships to increase NSCC’s visibility and influence in the field
  • Promote research to move the fields of school climate and social and emotional learning forward
  • Cultivate relationships with core stakeholders including government leaders, academia and foundations in order to rally support for the mission and work of NSCC and significantly expand and diversify the organization’s funding and financial resources
  • As the key ambassador and spokesperson for the organization, build enduring partnerships in new and existing markets and cultivate a diverse network of relationships with funders, professionals in the field and school partners
  • Attract, develop and retain a high quality staff and leadership team; inspire a strong commitment to cultural competence, diversity and inclusion and a shared vision and commitment to the organization
  • Advance NSCC’s reputation and provide an entrepreneurial vision to promote its initiatives, products and services delivered to schools, school districts, cities, states and regions, nationally and internationally
  • Be an exceptional voice for NSCC, publishing news of interest and communicating program results emphasizing the role of SEL and school climate in fostering the future success of children in school
  • Together with the Board Chair develop and support a committed Board of Trustees, participate on various Committees of the Board and cultivate active Board involvement in helping to shape the strategic direction of the organization and increase its financial resources
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous evaluation and quality management systems and infrastructure to support and advance the core work of the organization
  • Oversee the development of key performance indicators and metrics to document the outcomes and impact of NSCC services, products and programs


Candidate Profile & Personal Characteristics


The ideal candidate should possess the following competencies, experience and personal characteristics:

PASSION FOR NSCC MISSION & EXPERIENCE - An unwavering passion about issues impacting school climate, social and emotional learning and improving overall educational outcomes for young people in school combined with a strong commitment to promoting research, policy and educational work to support NSCC’s mission. This passion should be complemented by a proven record of accomplishment at the senior executive level leading a nonprofit organization, major public school system/district, significant foundation supporting education initiatives, and/or major national education initiative. The Executive Director should also possess content expertise in one or more of the following areas: school climate, education reform, social and emotional learning and educational programming, in addition to an advanced degree in education or a related field.

STRATEGIC & VISIONARYLEADER - Astrategic,creativeandinnovativethinker,withanentrepreneurialvision,whocan build on the past successes, reputation and work of NSCC while leveraging new opportunities and transformational priorities for the organization. The ability to significantly inspire the Leadership Team, Staff and Board to embrace and support the work of NSCC and the strategic, operational, educational and financial goals of the organization.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE - A highly skilled executive leader with superior operational/ organizational management expertise coupled with a strong financial acumen and proven track record of financial accountability. Experience building and supporting high performance teams and advancing quality and excellence.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDER / COLLABORATOR & FUNDRAISER - A successful track record as a positive relationship builder and collaborator with institutions, funders and professionals for the purpose of building a broad network of support for NSCC’s programs, products and services. Demonstrated leadership in building an effective fundraising vision and strategy for the organization which both expands and diversifies the organization’s financial resources and leverages new opportunities to expand NSCC’s programs and market presence. Superior ability to communicate to diverse audiences with passion and clarity of voice about the vision and core work of the organization.

BOARD RELATIONS - Past success working with a Board of Trustees with the ability to inspire and actively engage Trustees in the work of the organization and its goal to increase financial and philanthropic support to help advance NSCC’s mission. Able to deliver a consistent and unifying message to the Board about the organization’s strategic direction, activities and progress in achieving organizational priorities and goals.


Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.


Some travel is required.


Equal Opportunity Employer NSCC is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a culturally diverse staff. All qualified candidates will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status

TO APPLY: NSCC has exclusively retained ACEUM Advisors & Search to conduct this national search. Although the Executive Director position will be based in New York City, NSCC encourages inquiries from candidates around the country. To express an interest in this opportunity or to make candidate recommendations, please contact: Ira Machowsky, Founder & CEO [email protected] or Heather Bivens, Senior Search Consultant: [email protected][email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be kept strictly confidential.

ABOUT ACEUM ADVISORS & SEARCH: ACEUM Advisors & Search is an Executive Search, HR Strategy and Management Advisory firm assisting nonprofit, healthcare and philanthropic organizations and institutions recruit high quality leadership talent and build innovative and responsive HR and infrastructure solutions to help advance the social good.

Director of Research

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is recognized internationally as a leader in school climate reform and social, emotional, civic education and works with school districts across the country to support a data-driven, ongoing, and democratically informed process of school climate improvement. The NSCC's vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and civic competencies to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC's mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through: Advocacy and policy; Measurement and research; and, Educational services.

Position Summary: Director of Research

The Research Director is a core member of the NSCC leadership team, and is responsible for driving the growth and oversight of our large-scale educational/research projects with States, Districts and networks nationwide.

NSCC’s core focus is on leadership development and school district school climate improvement efforts that support a continuous process of goal setting (schoolwide, instructional and/or relational), the articulation of specific improvement strategies, measurement and the revision of improvement goals. S/he will be responsible for building on our current sets of understandings and action research methods. S/he will also be responsible for proactively identifying and developing major educational research grants to support learning and further measurement development efforts.

NSCC is also involved with several research projects now: (i) Working with Project UNIFY, Special Olympics to develop scientifically sound scales and rubrics that evaluate social inclusion; (ii) a series of projects with the Winston Preparatory Schools to (a) study the lives over time of learning disabled students; (b) collaboratively developing a student social, emotional and civic scales that will be used to further formative assessments, reflection and learning; and (c ) a number of additional ‘wellness’ project; (iii) evaluate NSCC’s Upstanders in Mental Health program; and, (iv) refining and further developing a number of new metrics that evaluate school climate improvement “readiness” and the process as well as a community scale.

The Research Director will report to the President and work collaboratively with the rest of the leadership team, our CFO, and colleagues in our education department to further develop and successfully lead our expanding research services. This role will directly manage a Research Associate and research fellows.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead the development of a vision and strategic plan to grow the Research Department.
  • Take a proactive stance in identifying funding opportunities and developing research plans and proposals to understand the strengths and limitations of our current leadership development and school/district improvement efforts.
  • Manage the Research Department budget and provide needed information for financial reporting.
  • Work closely with the President and COO to develop local and national partnerships that grow NSCC's visibility, influence and helpfulness. Cultivates relationships with core audiences, including government leaders, academia, and foundations.
  • Supervise members of NSCC's research team, including a full time research associate and part time research fellows and/or interns.
  • EReports to the President


Attributes and Qualifications:

The Research Director should be a strong strategic thinker who is committed to advancing a range of research strategies (case studies, correlational, quasi and experimental studies and hierarchical lineal modeling) that illuminate the strengths and limitations of leadership development, prosocial instruction (e.g. SEL and character education) and school climate improvement efforts. The Research Director needs to be deeply committed to furthering knowledge that integrates the ‘academic’ and the ‘non academic’ (e.g. SEL, character education, school climate, ‘whole child’, mental health) aspects of student learning and school life. The Research Director needs to understand and be attuned to systemic/school-wide as well as instructional improvement efforts. In addition the ideal candidate will have strong office management skills – including financial management and staff supervision.

The Research Director should have a history being proactive in identifying funding opportunities and proposal writing. The Research Director should also be ambitious and invested in publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at meetings. M.A. required, Ph.D. strongly preferred.


Salary commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.
Some travel is required.

As an equal opportunity employer, NSCC encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis. NSCC evaluates all candidates on a merit basis.


Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements, a listing of three references, and information about availability via email.
Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted. Contact: Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D. [email protected]

Junior IT Associate

The National School Climate Center (NSCC) is recognized internationally as a leader in school climate reform and social, emotional, civic education and works with school districts across the country to support a data-driven, ongoing, and democratic process of school climate improvement. The NSCC’s vision is that all children will develop the essential social, emotional and civic competencies to become healthy and productive citizens. NSCC’s mission is to measure and improve the climate for learning in schools to help children realize their fullest potential as individuals and as engaged members of society. NSCC achieves this through: Advocacy and policy; Measurement and research; and, Educational services.

NSCC will be launching the new School Climate Resource Center-- a web-based platform that provides schools/district with evaluation tools, resources, and more-- in the Fall. We are looking to expand our team to support the sustainable growth of the Information Technology department. The Junior Technology Associate position will report directly to the IT manager.

This is an entry level position with extensive opportunity for growth. Duties listed below subject to change as needs of organization evolve.


Junior IT Associate

    Duties:


    Office IT Support (50 %):

    • Provides technical support to day-to-day IT needs including troubleshooting, diagnosing problems and implementing corrective actions in a PC and Mac environment as needed.
    • Very Basic Management of Windows Server
    • Basic Networking experience in a office setting
    • Research and recommend system equipment upgrades and manages equipment inventory.

    Web Content Support (50%):

    • Maintains and updates CMS pages including content for Learning Management System (LMS).
    • Manage all aspects of content upload.
    • Basic graphic design work including creating and/or updating images, digital assets, and video as needed.
    • Assist IT director with helpdesk and customer support management for School Climate Resource Center.
    • Basic graphic design work including creating and/or updating images, digital assets, and video as needed.
    • Assisting with the management of all updates and roll out schedule.

    Office IT Support Skills:

    • Provides technical support to day-to-day IT needs including troubleshooting, diagnosing problems and implementing corrective actions in a PC and Mac environment as needed.
    • Very Basic Management of Windows Server
    • Basic Networking experience in a office setting
    • Research and recommend system equipment upgrades and manages equipment inventory.
    • Basic experience with web based code HTML CSS skills are a must
    • Experience with Knowledge of a CMS ( wordpress, etc )
    • Familiarity with ticking management system Jira.
    • Familiarity with ticking management system Jira.
    • Knowledge of computer and technology systems, Linux experience a plus.
    • Proficiency in Google Apps Suite and Microsoft Office.
    • Excellent email and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to process new information quickly, and resolve IT-issues efficiently and effectively.
    • High attention to detail, and ability to follow detailed directions.
    • The ability to work independently with limited supervision, reliability is paramount.

Desired Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree strongly preferred, Associates Degree or equivalent. Previous experience providing customer service in a technological environment strongly preferred. Knowledge of a variety of hardware, software, programming languages, and operating systems. Basic knowledge of network protocols and some experience with computer applications and operating systems.

Applicants must have excellent communication skills and an interest in digital school/community-based support. The ideal applicant will be a self-starter who is extremely organized, highly-motivated and able to work independently as well as part of an enthusiastic team. Experience in K-12 schools preferred, but a passion for education is essential.


To Apply:


Please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and information about availability electronically to our IT director. Please note your name and the job title in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted.
[email protected]

Applications accepted until position is filled. The NSCC is an EOE.