Organization: Leading Educators

Location: Flexible Location, New Orleans preferable

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Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring that students from low-income backgrounds receive an excellent education. Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to help highly effective teachers develop the leadership skills they need to successfully transition from leading students to leading their peers. The organization helps districts identify their best teachers, and then provides intensive job-embedded coaching, relevant professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Leading Educators’ goal is to extend the reach and impact of these teachers, to transform schools and dramatically improve student outcomes as a result.

This is a full-time position and location is flexible with a preference for New Orleans. For more information on Leading Educators, please visit

Candidate Profile:

The Vice President of Talent will lay the ground work for ongoing growth by setting the vision for and bringing to life internal talent development systems, practices and mindsets at Leading Educators and also developing and executing a recruitment and talent management strategy aligned with Leading Educators’ values of equity, community, service, growth, and results. The Vice President of Talent will serve on the leadership team, report to the Chief Executive Officer, and be a key strategic advisor in creating an organization that attracts the best people, develops them in their careers and abilities, and maximizes their talent and contributions to make a positive impact on low-income students across the country.

The Vice President of Talent will lead in the following areas:

Internal Development

  • Build capacity of leaders across the organization to use talent management to drive the organization, ensuring managers understand the connection between organizational success and talent development, and are equipped with the resources and skills to operationalize that connection through the effective development and management of their teams.
  • Provide strategic guidance on organization design, change management, and how to best sustain a culture that suits the organizational mission, develops staff, and holds all staff members to high expectations of excellence with strong systems of support and celebration.
  • Develop the conditions necessary for Leading Educators employees and teams to be successful in maximizing impact by leading the process of becoming a model learning and anti-racist work environment.
  • Review Leading Educators’ internal training and development needs and ensure that the organization launches cost effective programs with an overall objective of increasing employee contributions, sustaining morale and teamwork, and retaining a workforce that is enthusiastic, motivated, and dedicated to the organization’s success.
  • Lead collaboration on all aspects of human resources across departments, helping to ensure that Leading Educators can identify, attract, and develop top talent aligned with the organization’s core value of equity.

Recruitment, Selection, and Human Resources:

  • Develop and enhance programs and processes to identify, recruit, onboard and retain talent, with a particular focus on candidates of color or other under-represented groups.
  • Recommend and implement compensation strategies to ensure that the organization stays competitive in the market, retains and motivates its top talent, and provides fair and equitable compensation for staff.
  • Be aware of evolving government influences on management, policies, processes and practices, and work to ensure that Leading Educators is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations concerning employment practices, employee health and safety, employee and labor relations, etc.


The Vice President of Talent should be a seasoned expert in talent management, culture building, and traditional human resource functions with a demonstrated ability to build and manage strong human capital systems for a growing, national organization. In addition to featuring a strong desire to learn about and internalize the organization’s programming, the successful candidate for this role will:

  • Passion for and commitment to the mission of Leading Educators
  • Possess a minimum of eight years of experience in a human capital leadership role, preferably in a national education organization.
  • Have expertise in developing, implementing and reinforcing standardized human capital processes and tools to improve efficiency, transparency, and accountability.
  • Have a proven track record for building strong talent management systems including developing healthy talent pipelines, robust recruitment processes, strong onboarding, and effective professional development and performance management
  • Possess knowledge of traditional HR functions including benefits administration, payroll, employee relations, and compliance with labor and employment laws.
  • Have a passion for promoting equity in the workforce, building a diverse team, and ensuring that all staff have equal opportunity to excel and grow in their careers.
  • Excel in a virtual work environment with a national workforce that is located in multiple cities across the country.
  • Have proven experience facilitating organizational change management, including changes to the workforce, organizational structure, and culture.
  • Understand success metrics to ensure that individual performance aligns with and reinforces the achievement of organizational objectives.
  • Demonstrate strong communications skills.
  • Be forthright, tactful, receptive, helpful, expert, and persuasive with individuals and groups.
  • Serve as a strategic advisor to the CEO and leadership team and be willing to challenge leadership points of view when appropriate, offering alternative constructive suggestions backed by research and best practices.
  • Thrive in an environment of rapid organizational growth and ability to balance multiple tasks effectively.
  • Possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium costs are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.


Leading Educators has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

About Leading Educators:

Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective educators. The organization’s goal is to identify, train, and support teacher leaders to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. Through this work, Leading Educators endeavors to create a larger, highly skilled talent pool to meet the nation’s growing demand for high-impact teachers, middle leaders, and principals.

Leading Educators offers formal training sessions designed to be immediately applicable by teacher leaders. Expert faculty model new skills, facilitate targeted practice, and drive action planning for implementation. Leading Educators also provides customized teacher leadership development consulting for districts, charter management organizations, schools, state-level agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Leading Educators Fellowship is a two-year program for teacher leaders. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to develop leadership and management skills that drive student achievement growth. Results from a preliminary RAND Corporation study found that teacher leaders enrolled in the Leading Educators programs showed statistically significant leadership skill growth and have remained in high-poverty schools at rates that were higher than or comparable to similar teachers in their school districts.  In New Orleans, Fellows had a sizable, statistically significant impact on math achievement equivalent to a ten-percentile point gain.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Leading Educators’ work – including the Fellowship and beyond – reached over 814 teacher leaders, who led roughly 6,512 teachers and impacted a total of 187,220 students in about 194 schools across multiple cities and regions in the United States.

For more information on Leading Educators, please visit

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit