Careers

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 resume@educationaladvancement.org. Please be sure to identify the position in which you are interested in the subject line.

Current Opportunities @ IEA

Director of Development and Communications

 

Organization Overview

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is a dynamic and growth-oriented organization that believes that for children to fully actualize their abilities, they require strong academic and personal development programs provided by skilled educators, administrators, and professionals. As such, IEA employs diverse educational strategies to fulfill the needs of 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.

 

At IEA, our Whole Child approach emphasizes each child’s potential as a whole person. We address social and emotional needs through programs that enhance skills related to problem solving, risk-taking, interpersonal relations, and self-esteem. These are skills that highly gifted young people often do not have the opportunity to fully actualize in traditional environments that focus solely on academic achievement. To that end, IEA balances the need for academic success with other enrichment opportunities that support children’s ability to thrive across all aspects of life and grow into their best and most realized selves.

 

IEA actualizes this mission through a variety of programs including Academy enrichment courses, the Caroline D Bradley Scholarship, EXPLORE externships, and Yunasa summer camps.

 

Position Summary

Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is seeking a Director of Development and Communications to work in partnership with the President, Executive Team and Board members to diversify and grow funding for IEA and its programs.  Overseeing the creation and implementation of a strategic fundraising plan, the Director will be responsible for supporting and coordinating multiple fundraising efforts and events, and communicating with individual donors, foundation program officers and other funders.  This is a fantastic opportunity for a mission-driven professional to utilize exceptional relationship-building and communications skills to advance the work of a growing organization.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the President and Board of Directors in creating and implementing an organization-wide development and marketing strategy and growth plan with a focus on diversifying sustainable funding sources
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward individual, corporate and foundation partners
  • Develop an integrated communications program that includes comprehensive messaging across all print, web and outreach materials
  • Lead all public relations efforts, including proactively seeking online and traditional media exposure, serving as a point person on all inbound communications requests, writing press releases, and assisting with preparation of talking points, speeches, and presentations.
  • Expand individual donor program through a variety of mediums
  • Manage event planning in partnership with staff, Board and external consultants, working to plan fundraising events, including one large annual event and smaller cultivation events throughout the year
  • Support the creation of new grant proposals while overseeing existing grantor correspondence, including the donor acknowledgement process
  • Support the identification of fundraising & solicitation training resources for board members, staff and volunteers as needed
  • Oversee donor database, ensuring accurate records and donor information
  • Actively participate in organizational planning with Executive Team

 

Qualifications

  • 5-8 years of fundraising and communications experience in the nonprofit sector, with a strong track record managing fundraising activities to successfully meet targets and deadlines
  • Experience working in education-based nonprofit organizations preferred
  • Experience supporting donor relationships, including experience in preparing proposals, reports, and presentations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organization and project management skills, with the ability to plan effectively, meet all deadlines, and coordinate others’ involvement within a dynamic and fast-paced setting
  • Proficiency in crafting compelling external messaging for a diversity of audiences
  • Flexible approach, with the ability to be successful in both independent and collaborative efforts within a highly collaborative organization
  • Thrive in a culture that is dynamic, mission-driven and child-centric, on a team that values results, flexibility, and humility; embody and act as a steward for IEA’s mission in interactions with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

 

To Apply 

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Zadra Rose Ibanez at Commongood Careers.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IEA offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  IEA is an equal opportunity employer.

 

About Commongood Careers

IEA has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development and Communications. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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Director of Programs

 

Organization Overview

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is a dynamic and growth-oriented organization that believes that for children to fully actualize their abilities, they require strong academic and personal development programs provided by skilled educators, administrators, and professionals. As such, IEA employs diverse educational strategies to fulfill the needs of 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.

 

At IEA, our Whole Child approach emphasizes each child’s potential as a whole person. We address social and emotional needs through programs that enhance skills related to problem solving, risk-taking, interpersonal relations, and self-esteem. These are skills that highly gifted young people often do not have the opportunity to fully actualize in traditional environments that focus solely on academic achievement. To that end, IEA balances the need for academic success with other enrichment opportunities that support children’s ability to thrive across all aspects of life and grow into their best and most realized selves.

 

IEA actualizes this mission through a variety of programs including Academy enrichment courses, the Caroline D Bradley Scholarship, EXPLORE externships, and Yunasa summer camps.

 

Position Summary

IEA is currently seeking a driven, flexible, and relationship focused leader to join our team as Director of Programs. Reporting directly to our President, this individual will lead a small team of talented and passionate professionals, partnering with senior leaders in the organization to enhance the systems, structures, programs, and partnerships that will elevate the visibility of IEA’s unique work. This is a fantastic opportunity for a seasoned programmatic leader to manage a portfolio of innovative and child-centered programs alongside a committed and collaborative team. This individual will ensure quality performance and outcomes, provide motivational management and direction, serve as a dynamic representative for the organization, and fully embody IEA’s mission.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Supervise, mentor, and develop a team of three Program Coordinators, ensuring that programmatic staff have all resources necessary to lead high impact programs that are responsive to the needs of the IEA community.
  • Evaluate and assess program impact, recommend program/policy changes, and direct program shifts and improvements in line with IEA goals.
  • Partner with organizational leadership to ensure program effectiveness and vitality, including staff hiring, performance management, and professional development for team members.
  • Be an active presence across IEA programs, including supervision of students and delivery of parent, community, and teacher education programs.
  • Serve as an external face of IEA, developing and maintaining a presence in the gifted education landscape by participating in conferences, marketing events, and industry specific gatherings.
  • Identify opportunities for new initiatives or program expansion, with particular attention to partnerships that enhance existing programs or that relate to the IEA’s strategic growth plans.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the development and monitoring of program budgets, ensuring all program reports required for donors and key constituents are completed in a timely and thoughtful manner.
  • Support fund development by serving as a trusted programmatic voice, collaborating on fundraising and grant writing efforts as well as ensuring timely and accurate submission of all relevant reports.

 

Qualifications

  • 8+ years’ progressive leadership experience in program design, implementation, and evaluation in a youth development organization
  • At least 3 years of staff management experience and the ability to effectively manage direct reports to deliver high-quality programs to community members
  • Prior success in providing effective training and onboarding as well as ongoing support and mentoring to retain and develop talented team members
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills alongside the ability to represent IEA in a professional, engaging and dynamic manner; adept at working with and relating to diverse constituents in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to foster a supportive environment for both program participants and staff.
  • Thrive in a culture that is dynamic, mission-driven and child-centric, on a team that values results, flexibility, and humility; embody and act as a steward for IEA’s mission in interactions with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Flexibility to travel to program sites and provide an active presence on select evenings and weekends
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s Degree in relevant fields preferred

 

To Apply 

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Zadra Rose Ibanez at Commongood Careers.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

IEA offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills.  IEA is an equal opportunity employer.

 

About Commongood Careers

IEA has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Programs. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 700 searches at 275 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

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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.

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YUNASA CAMP COUNSELOR

 

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

Yunasa
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

 

Responsibilities

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

 

Compensation

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 yunasa@educationaladvancement.org. Please include “Yunasa Counselor” in the subject line.

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