President and Chief Executive Officer

Washington D.C., United States
Mar 28, 2014
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President and Chief Executive Officer


Washington Internship Institute

Washington, D. C.


About the Washington Internship Institute

Located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC, WII is dedicated to providing substantive internships in the Washington area to college students and recent graduates from a wide variety of U. S. and international colleges and universities.  WII is distinguished by its structured academic environment in which students can complete a full semester of course credit through internships that match each student’s academic and professional interests.  In addition to the internship, students also participate in a weekly internship seminar that includes reflection on the work experiences of all interns, and development of a professional portfolio that provides evidence of the student’s ability to link the academic preparation to the skills and competencies developed through the internship.

Internship tracks include:

            Inside Washington: Politics and Policy

            International and Foreign Policy Studies

            Global Women’s Leadership Development

            Global Health Policy Studies

            Environmental Law and Policy Studies

For further information about the Washington Internship Institute and its programs please visit


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new President and CEO has an exciting opportunity to bring fresh perspective to an organization that is poised to expand its market as a world-class institute for Washington-based internships.  The President and CEO oversees a staff of five, plus five to eight seminar faculty members, and a budget of $1M.

Essential responsibilities include:

  • Provide visionary and strategic leadership for the organization
  • Oversee all aspects of WII programs, including its internship and faculty scholars programs
  • Develop and implement a plan for maintaining existing institutional affiliations and internship sites while at the same time increasing the numbers of participating  colleges and universities and internship settings
  • Oversee the financial wellbeing of the organization, paying particular attention to expanding sources of revenues, and establish and build relationships with stakeholders including colleges and universities, higher education associations, and potential funders.

Marketing and external relations responsibilities include promoting positive working relationships with all constituents: students and prospective students; campus and internship site partners; and alumni.  The position includes a 25 percent travel expectation.  The CEO and President will also expand the visibility of WII within the higher education community through presentations at national conferences and engaging in professional activities.  Programming responsibilities include overseeing the weekly internship seminar, managing the Faculty Fellows Program, providing orientation for new interns and taking leadership in the design of programs. Staff supervision responsibilities include the recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of all staff.


Strategic and Operations Planning

  • Advise the WII Board in defining their long term strategy and goals and allocating resources including capital, relationships and people
  • Provide expertise, develop, present and recommend operational plans and programs to the WII Board

Knowledge of Experiential Learning and Collegiate Landscape

  • Proven understanding of the higher education environment, academic calendar, awarding of credit hours, collegiate structure and administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of experiential learning
  • Ability to articulate benefits of experiential learning to university faculty

Financial Management

  • Plan, direct, monitor, and analyze finances in order to achieve financial objectives
  • Ability to analyze financial statements and oversee preparation of budgets and pro forma statements
  • Proven success obtaining funding through fund raising, grants or other sources

Marketing Management

  • Marketing acumen, including the ability to cogently explain the benefits of experiential learning; foster effective and productive partnerships with higher education institutions; and define and communicate the value-added elements of the WII internship experience
  • Oversee the development of the organization’s internal and external messaging and communicate with volunteers and staff regarding the organization’s message
  • Oversee development, implementation, marketing and evaluation of WII programs and services
  • Technological competence, including familiarity with social networking, web development, and electronic portfolios

Program Development

  • Strength in program development and strategic planning and assessment, including the ability to analyze market trends and data leading to the development of strategic direction for new programs and services
  • Allocate WII staff and internal/external resources to meet defined objectives
  • Intercultural competency, including the ability to connect and relate to learners and institutional partners in a variety of cultures, populations, and ages


  • Proven success in establishing and maintaining professional relationships with Board members and volunteer leadership
  • Provide governance support and leadership expertise to the WII Board of Directors and committees
  • Ensure that an effective, high-performance governance model is in place

Growth Development

  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key leadership at colleges and universities
  • Identify partners that can help achieve WII’s goals 

People Management

  • Proven success in motivating, engaging, and mentoring staff
  • Coordinate, motivate and influence WII volunteers and partners to work towards achieving established organizational goals


The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree and will have an extensive background of ten or more years of experience in higher education or nonprofit management.  He or she will demonstrate successful accomplishments as a strategic leader, will be experienced in working with a Board of Directors, and will possess expertise in planning, budgeting, marketing and student recruitment, ability to establish and build relationships with stakeholders including college and universities and potential funders, and staff development.  The successful candidate will be a high-energy person with the ability to articulate a compelling vision for an organization.  He or she will possess an entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in solving problems.  Candidates should have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.  Evidence of strong interpersonal skills is also critical to success in this position. Familiarity with the Washington, DC metro area is a plus.


Interested individuals should send information including a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information including email addresses for five references. The information should be sent electronically (Microsoft Word attachments preferred) to, and the subject line should read CEOWII.  Documents that must be mailed should be sent to Washington Internship Institute, ATTN: Search Committee, 1015 18th Street, NW, Suite 1101, Washington, DC 20036.  Please, no phone calls.  Confidentiality will be maintained, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge or approval of the candidate. For full consideration, all materials should be received by April 28, 2014.  The process will continue until the position is filled.