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Stern Center for Language and Learning

Williston, VT

The Stern Center for Language and Learning (“Stern Center”)—a nonprofit learning center specializing in research-based education services and professional learning—seeks an innovative, energized, and results-driven leader to serve as its next President. The new President will join the Stern Center at a key moment in the Center’s history, one that calls for path-setting vision; an inclusive, team-building approach; and confidence leading through growth and change. In collaboration with the Stern Center’s Board of Directors and staff, the next President will build on the Center’s ambitions for its future, ensuring that it remains a highly respected regional resource for its clinical services and professional learning offerings, and also embraces opportunities to expand its reach and reputation through online platforms, systems change models, and innovative program delivery methods. 

With over 30 years of cumulative research and expertise in the science of language and learning, the Stern Center and its distinct services have had a tangible impact on literacy levels in Vermont and beyond. As a nation, the United States performs poorly when it comes to literacy with less than 50 percent of students reading at or above their grade level. Since its founding in 1983, the Stern Center has striven to address this performance gap, and to teach, illuminate, and provide the tools and information necessary for all students to excel in and out of the classroom, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, social learning challenges, autism, attention deficit disorders and learning differences. 

Located in Williston, Vermont, the Stern Center operates with about 70 staff members and a budget of $3.4 million. Each year, the Stern Center evaluates and teaches approximately 600 children and adults while also designing and delivering professional learning coursework and coaching to over 1,000 educators. The Stern Center is known for its personalized approach to evaluating and instructing students. As a result, it has always been powerfully positioned to empower students and improve performance and outcomes for a wide range of learners. Through its professional learning arm within the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute for Excellence, it takes pride in collaborating with educators to extend their knowledge to better serve all children.

Reporting to the Stern Center’s Board of Directors, the ideal candidate for President will be a passionate champion of the Stern Center’s mission and have a proven commitment to education, literacy, and/or youth development; a comprehensive background in organizational leadership; strong business acumen, including experience scaling programs; expertise in nonprofit fundraising; and strong relationship building abilities. The incoming President will be charged with advancing the organization’s mission, attracting philanthropic support, ensuring the Center’s sustainability, effectively cultivating partnerships, elevating the organization’s reputation, and propelling the realization of the Stern Center’s vision. The ideal candidate will be an emotionally intelligent, collaborative, and visionary leader capable of inspiring staff, Board members, and other constituents to new levels of excellence.

The Stern Center has retained Katie Rockman and Carrie Alexander of the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important search. For more information, to make a nomination, or to apply for this role, please visit: www.imsearch.com/7593

The Stern Center for Language and Learning is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women, veterans and individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.




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Posted: 8/26/2020
Application Due: 10/25/2020
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