Listed below are some of the possibilities for employment with IEA. Experience with gifted students is preferred for all positions. If you enjoy working with truly incredible students and are responsible, dedicated, creative, and a team player, please email your resume and cover letter to Please be sure to identify the position in which you are interested in the subject line.

Current Opportunities @ IEA

Manager of External Relations


At the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), we believe that, in order to fully actualize their abilities, children require strong academic and personal development programs provided by skilled educators, administrators, and professionals. IEA is not limited to one approach to learning, but seeks the best strategy for each individual child. As one of the nation’s leading organizations for gifted and talented youth, we are committed to the whole child, inspiring students to grow and find balance among all five aspects of self: intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical.

IEA is seeking a Manager of External Relations who will work with the president, executive team, and staff to develop and implement a comprehensive and proactive stewardship and donor communications program to maximize the organization’s development, marketing and outreach efforts.  Candidates must be committed to the long-term success of IEA’s mission, program goals and constituents.

The Manager of External Relations will ensure recognition of all donors, fulfill reporting obligations and provide communication materials to support development and marketing activities.  The Manager directs the grants process, the acknowledgment for all donors, creates personalized correspondence as appropriate and creates and implements stewardship plans for major benefactors and endowment donors, serving as a personal steward to a portfolio of donors.

The Manager of External Relations has direct involvement with the IEA community and oversees planning and implementation of major events. This position also serves as the liaison to Marketing and Outreach, Public Relations, Educational Services, and Finance on stewardship and donor communications.

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement standards, procedures, and tools that enable and encourage best practices and consistency in acknowledgement, recognition, and reporting across all fundraising program areas and develop creative and imaginative methods to show appreciation to donors.
  • Manage IEA’s connection with media, oversee public relations and communication with other organizations, the IEA community and the general public.
  • Perform regular audit of donor communication efforts to ensure highest quality and timeliness of stewardship for all donors.
  • Responsible for the management of donor stewardship involving the President, the Chairman of the Board, and Program managers.  Serve as a personal steward to a portfolio of Board of Directors and high-end donors.
  • Work in collaboration with and oversee the marketing and outreach teams.
  • Lead strategy discussions and recommend and coordinate next actions for stewardship of and communication with donors, working closely with gift officers and manager of major gifts.
  • Attend Meetings of the Board of Directors as needed.
  • Responsible for the stewardship of endowment donors, including serving as a point person to Finance, preparing impact reports, and finding opportunities for engagement including educational and stewardship events.
  • Maintain and expand a repository of donor stories and testimonials to use in publications to help reinforce the impact of philanthropy at the IEA, working closely with gift officers and key volunteers.
  • Partner with Marketing and Communications to maximize donor recognition opportunities in various publications, and facilitate changes regarding development and marketing initiatives on the website and other platforms.
  • Serve as point person for all Development Department lists, articles, and ads.
  • Collaborate with Development Services, Finance, and IT on systems and tools that ensure best practices in stewardship and donor communications.
  • Maintain accurate records and information on prospects and donors in the central files.


College degree with a minimum of five years of development experience required. Managerial experience required. Experience in communications, marketing, writing, event planning and project management is desirable. Fundraising expertise is essential; knowledge of nonprofit educational organizations is a plus. Writing samples will be required.


  • Exceptional communication skills including writing experience for the full-range of development activities.
  • Ability to communicate information about IEA with passion and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across entire IEA, internally and externally.
  • Good decision-making skills, excellent listener and communicator, willingness to search out answers.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to major gift fundraising.
  • High degree of organization and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects.
  • Ability to manage a multitude of tasks.
  • Ability to work with confidential information.
  • Advanced skills in MS Office, with a strong proficiency in Excel, and development software.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee will be required to attend meetings/events during evening and weekend hours.

To Apply

If you would like to be considered for a position, please submit a cover letter and resume


Academy Instructor


We are currently seeking highly qualified content area specialists and teachers to instruct our Academy program for highly gifted K-8th graders. Previously offered classes include: Rube Goldberg Design and Creation, Chemistry, Egyptian Mythology, Neuro-Energy, Astronomy, Shakespeare and Ecology. We aim to provide content-rich classes that challenge the curious young minds we serve.

We are particularly interested in hiring teachers with the following areas of expertise:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Robotics
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • K-3rd grade science
  • Earth/Life Science


Academy teachers are passionate about their subject knowledge, are life-long learners, and are willing to become an integral part of the IEA community. Successful applicants will be expected to collaborate with the Academy Coordinator to shape excellent course content and best-fit pedagogies for our unique students. Class sizes at the Academy are small, with an average ratio of 1:6, enabling us to deliver a content-rich, highly modified curriculum to each student.

We expect Academy teachers to be more than their area of expertise to our students; they are mentors and role models. Teacher training and professional development is provided. Applicants are not required to be credentialed teachers but must have experience working with children through outreach, volunteering, or tutoring.

This contract position is compensated at a flat rate for the total hours of instruction.

To apply for this position, please send a brief cover letter, resume, and two references.




Yunasa West
Location: Camp Shady Brook, Sedalia, CO (Yunasa West, elevation 6,700 ft.)
Dates: June 10 – June 17, 2017

Location: Camp Copneconic, Fenton, MI
Dates: July 29 – August 5, 2017


Overview of Program

IEA’s pioneering Yunasa summer camps unite students with experts in the social and emotional development of highly able youth. In a nurturing setting, campers explore and grow the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical aspects of their lives. Yunasa provides a fun-filled summer camp geared toward the uniqueness of gifted children while having all the enjoyment of a traditional summer sleep-away camp. Yunasa, the Lakota word for ‘balance,’ is a weeklong summer camp for highly gifted youth between the ages of 10 and 14. Qualified applicants are highly gifted and inquisitive individuals who aspire to develop their personal confidence, build community, and learn new things through exploration and discovery. Campers participate in activities designed to expand their horizons and provide them opportunities for support and growth.


Job Description

Camp Counselors will work with Institute for Educational Advancement staff to provide a meaningful summer experience for the campers. They will reside with the campers in dormitory-style cabins and will be responsible for the supervision of the campers at all times. Each counselor will be assigned a small group of campers with whom they will engage in discussions and daily reflections in addition to being called on to lead large, whole-camp activities.


Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:
• Experience supervising students in a camp or school environment
• Knowledge of and ability to lead campers in various camp activities including: Ice Breakers, Hiking, Water Sports, Campfire Games and Songs, Teambuilding Activities, and various other outdoor recreational activities
• The ability to work with students, staff, faculty, and parents
• Creativity and enthusiasm
• A high level of personal initiative
• Excellent communication skills
• The ability to handle all contacts in a professional manner
• Physical fitness and love of the outdoors
• CPR and First Aid Certification



Counselors will be expected to:
• Supervise campers at all times when they are not involved in a small group or other supervised activity
• Maintain order in the camp housing facility • Plan and implement “camp-style” activities
• Assist with camper travel and transportation
• Assist with camper check in
• Act as the first contact for campers experiencing difficulties
• Act as a role model in both attitude and behavior
• Consult regularly with Institute for Educational Advancement staff about campers’ social and emotional welfare
• Inform Institute for Educational Advancement staff of any serious disciplinary, emotional, or other problem(s) a student may be having as soon as he/she is aware of the problem(s) and handle any such problem(s) according to the protocol established by the Yunasa Program Coordinator
• Be available on the final day to ensure that the camp housing facilities are left clean and free from damage
• Assist with the completion of any evaluations • Undertake other related duties as assigned



Camp Counselors receive full room and board for the week and a stipend (salary negotiable) upon completion of the camp.


Contact Information

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and a cover letter to Please include “Yunasa Counselor” in the subject line.


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