Search Opens for NAPE’s New CEO

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) and the NAPE Education Foundation (NAPEEF) seek a strong, experienced leader to lead an organization doing important work to its next level of strategic growth and development. The joint mission of NAPE and its Education Foundation is to build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

NAPE is a membership-based organization of state agencies, local school districts, colleges, universities, businesses, and individual members. The NAPE Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization to obtain resources to support the needs of NAPE’s constituents. NAPE/NAPEEF share a mission, vision and values. Together, they envision a world where every student can realize his or her potential in high-wage, high-skill, new and emerging, and high-demand careers. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Foundation Board which oversees strategic priorities, evaluates effectiveness, and provides financial oversight. Its consolidated annual budget is approximately $2.7M. There are 10 staff members in 6 virtual locations in addition to 60 consultants who serve as professional development instructors across the country. The CEO has 6 direct reports.

The CEO must embrace the shared mission of NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation and be committed to advancing the organizations, providing sound fiscal management, and sustaining positive relationships with the Board, Executive Committee, staff, members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders. The CEO will demonstrate strong integrity and personal and strategic leadership. The CEO will develop internal relationships, build the culture, and advance programming.

Ideal candidates for this position will reflect NAPE/NAPEEF’s core values and will demonstrate an ability to serve as an engaged, inspiring, innovative, and visionary leader. Candidates will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to NAPE, including a passion for championing equity, equal access, and diversity in education; strong interpersonal skills and ability to articulate a vision; an understanding of nonprofit leadership, including membership organizations; strong fundraising skills including experience with government and foundation grants and corporate and individual giving; business and financial management skills, including the ability to create, review and analyze budgets and financials; experience with organizational growth, program scaling and an understanding of organizational development; the ability to manage a virtual office environment; strong understanding of HR laws; the ability to travel an estimated 30% of the year; experience in or knowledge of public education, including Career and Technical Education and STEM education; and an MS/MA required (Ph.D./ED.D preferred). See the full profile at

Currently the national office is located in Gap. PA. NAPE/NAPEEF expects that the national office location will be moved to the Washington, DC area in the coming year.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a competitive benefits package.

To apply, email a letter of interest that includes a summary of qualifications related to the responsibilities, a resume including a list of public-speaking presentations, and a writing sample authored by you alone (such as an article, report, grant application or other document) to

NAPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply. 

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