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The International Institute for Restorative Practices
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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President Search

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The Board of Trustees of The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) seeks an innovative, visionary, caring leader to serve as its next president.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School is located at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the heart of the Lehigh Valley. This area is home to a variety of attractions and historic and cultural sites. Bethlehem is within driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, Amish country, and scenic Bucks County.

The IIRP was established in 2006 to examine, teach, and develop restorative practices – an evolving social science that looks to effect real change within communities by strengthening relationships and fostering a mutual regard among individuals. In practicing what is taught, the IIRP engages with students to share practices that focus on improving relationships, responsibility, and respect. 

The International Institute for Restorative Practices offers a 30-credit Master of Science in Restorative Practices degree, and in 2021, introduced the Thesis Option for students who wish to expand their knowledge of restorative practices by conducting original research. In the 2022-23 academic year, students may choose to pursue one of two specializations, Education or Community Engagement, as an option to be indicated on their transcript. The Master of Science program concludes with an Integrating Seminar, which serves as a capstone to their coursework. A 12-credit Graduate Certificate is also offered and credits earned for the certificate can be applied to the degree program. The IIRP offers professional development and receive requests to bring those noncredit offerings – as well as coaching and consulting – to schools and businesses. These can be delivered online, in person, or in any blended manner conducive to learning.

The IIRP seeks an accomplished leader who is also an effective and selfless team player; someone who will be the respected head of a graduate school, a substantial continuing education platform, and a consulting service, while working with the Board of Trustees in implementing a progressive and evolving strategy for growth. The new president will possess the experience, skills and drive required to help shape the future of this innovative and progressive institution, while exemplifying the character and ethics expected in a highly visible and trusted educational and community leader.

A complete position profile may be found at Further information about the IIRP may be found at

Dr. Richard A. Wueste, Executive Search Consultant for AGB Search, is assisting in this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact him at: [email protected]

Applications may be submitted electronically in MS Word or Adobe PDF to: [email protected] 

Application materials must include:

  • A Letter of Interest that responds to the Opportunities and Challenges for the Next President and the Qualifications and Qualities of the Next President sections of the profile;
  • A current CV or resume;
  • The names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for five references, none of whom will be contacted until a later stage of the search or without the formal permission of the candidate. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School admits students of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, familial, marital or veteran status, HIV status or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The IIRP Graduate School admits students equally with regard to these categories.

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