Director of Institutional Advancement and Communications

Working with the IEL Leadership Team, this multi-faceted position has the Director responsible for a) coordinating IEL's program development plan; b) guiding communications with external stakeholders and constituencies; c) planning and managing key IEL-wide events including 50th anniversary activities in 2014 and d) assisting with IEL Board Committee management.  The position reports directly to the IEL President.

Specific Responsibilities

Program Development

  • Create, with staff and Board input, an annual strategic program development plan.
  • Lead and manage the implementation of the program development plan. 
  • Write concept papers and assist with grant proposals and reports to corporate, foundation, and government funders.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential corporate and foundation sponsors.


  • Conceptualize and write an IEL annual report with staff input.
  • Develop plans to communicate about IEL work through multiple forms of media.
  • Work with program staff to synthesize and integrate knowledge about and progress of IEL work into multimedia materials/resources and proposals. 
  • Assist with preparation of press release and other written materials for media.

Planning and Managing IEL Events

  • Play a major role in planning and organizing Institute wide events, including Board receptions.
  • Plan and organize 50th anniversary events, products and related activities.

Board Management

  • Support key board governance and development committees.
  • Assist with preparation of bi-annual board report.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Three to five year track record of success in a similar multi-faceted role in a non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Strong verbal communications skills and ability to think strategically
  • Commitment to the goals and values of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out development functions in either a staff or program role. 
  • Background in education, workforce development and related issues.
  • Ability to work with a senior Leadership Team to move a development strategy forward
  • High energy, positive, "can-do" attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative and results-oriented
  • Good computer skills and ability to manage donor data base program 

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $75-90,000.
  • Excellent benefit plan.
  • IEL has a flexible work scheduling and tele-commuting policy in place.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
Heather Naviasky
Program Associate
The Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 100
Washington, D.C. 20008

Or via email: (*Note: When sending via email please make the subject line 'Director of Institutional Advancement and Communications')

The Institute for Educational Leadership is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.