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Guilford Education Alliance (GEA), seeks an experienced nonprofit management professional with expertise in the public school system to serve as its next President.

The President, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of GEA,  reports to the Alliance’s Board of Directors and is responsible for consistently achieving its mission and financial objectives. The next President will lead the organization’s efforts in community engagement, support, collaboration, and advocacy. They will unify the community around a shared vision. The President must be passionate about education and must have knowledge of how public-school systems operate, a keen understanding of the impact of systemic inequities, and experience communicating and partnering with various stakeholders (community members, the school system, potential funders, elected officials, business leaders, etc.).

The Alliance’s highly engaged Board of Directors seeks in their next President, a leader who is:

  • a strategic innovative thinker with the demonstrated ability to think out of the box;
  • an experienced, strategic fundraiser;
  • an experienced project manager with a demonstrated track record of projects completed on time and within budget;
  • a leader who maintains an energetic, positive working environment;
  • a compassionate, empathetic individual with demonstrable experience engaging in respectful communication, navigating conflicts with ease;
  • a skilled leader who can leverage talent and resources to maximize efficiency and impact;
  • a manager who is adept in navigating the role and function of a nonprofit Board of Directors, ensuring collaboration, cohesion, and accountability between the Board and organization;
  • a professional with experience in influencing policy and legislation for public education through targeted advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels;
  • a leader who can develop and maintain critical partnerships with community, business, institutional leaders, and elected officials;
  • a nimble and flexible manager with an open-minded orientation; and,
  • a curious leader who demonstrates a willingness to learn to propel the organization forward.

GEA engages community members in programs and events that build a collective, research and experience-based understanding of the complex issues and dynamics that shape public education policy and practice. They advocate for strong investment in GCS and other critical issues that impact GCS educators, students, and families. The Alliance supports teachers by funding professional development and the Teacher Supply Warehouse. They collaborate with people and organizations to connect community resources with the needs of Guilford County Schools students, educators, and families.

The following four central tenets govern GEA’s efforts, developed collaboratively with the Board in 2022:

  • Community: The success of students, educators, and schools is the whole community’s responsibility. All community members have a stake in the outcomes of the Guilford County community’s children and their families.
  • Equity: GEA is committed to equity, access, and just treatment of all children in the county school system. GEA believes the community has a responsibility to dismantle systemic racial inequities and eliminate racial and socioeconomic gaps for students.
  • Advocacy: Advocacy takes many forms. GEA will be unrelenting in its efforts to ensure that all county children receive creative, rigorous, and relevant educational experiences and that the county education system contributes to a more just and democratic society.
  • Education Leadership: Educators have valuable expertise, and the Guilford County community should ensure access to professional development that builds educators’ capability to deliver equitable instruction and address racial and socioeconomic gaps for students.

The Teacher Supply Warehouse is an essential resource for Guilford County Schools (GCS) educators. This community collaboration provides over $500,000 of free supplies to GCS educators throughout the year and offsets funds that teachers often take out of their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies. Each year, the Warehouse serves approximately 3,000 GCS educators.

GEA’s comprehensive programs and initiatives include an annual Education Summit, the Teacher Supply Warehouse, the High Point Schools Partnership, a podcast, and the Get SMART speaker series. These engage the community in thoughtful discussions about the critical issues that shape education policy and practice in Guilford County.

Learn more about GEA and its programs and services here.

About the Position: 

The next GEA President will successfully manage the organization’s $2.3M+ budget and a team of 9 employees, including six direct reports: Vice President, Director of Development, Bookkeeper, High Point School Partnership program coordinator, Office/Program Assistant, and the Teacher Supply Warehouse manager. GEA’s lean operating expenses (1% of the organization’s budget) allow the organization to direct 75% of funds raised to GCS projects and the Teacher Supply Warehouse.

Key Priorities for the next President:

  • Invest significant time and energy in learning the organization’s culture and establishing trusting relationships with staff, Board members, the community, and other stakeholders.
  • Enhance and expand partnerships within Guilford County and strengthen relationships to reinforce the organization as a supportive, collaborative partner of the Guilford County School system.
  • Evaluate the organization’s funding model, conducting a cost/benefit analysis of its programs, fundraising methods, and events to develop a strategic approach that will diversify funding streams and increase funds and resources while ensuring the best use of staff time and the organization’s long-term sustainability and viability.
  • In close collaboration with the Board of Directors, conduct a community needs assessment and garner stakeholder input to construct the organization’s long-term vision, identifying strategic objectives for addressing the diverse needs of teachers and students within each jurisdiction of the county and ensuring accessibility of services.

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and progressive nonprofit leadership experience are required. Candidates must have a demonstrated track record of successfully raising funds and managing large budgets.

Salary and Benefits:  The hiring range for this position is $100,000 – $125,000. Starting salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Guilford Education Alliance offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To apply, please visit and click on the title President – Guilford Education Alliance, Greensboro, NC.

  • All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the organization’s employment application portal or any other external website.
  • Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
  • Applicants should apply by April 24, 2024.
  • The Selection Committee will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on May 22 – 23, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
  • Direct inquiries to [email protected].

Guilford Education Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages the recruitment and selection process for this position. To learn more about our selection process, visit, select “Client Openings,” and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.”