NWEA – a global not-for-profit education services organization with a clear, focused mission of partnering to help all kids learn – seeks a talented, dynamic, and values-based leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer. This is a remarkable opportunity to steer the course for a highly respected and fast-growing organization during a dynamic time in U.S. education policy and practice.
NWEA (formerly Northwest Evaluation Association) was founded in 1973 when educators and researchers from Oregon and Washington school districts formed an association to build a new kind of testing system. Their goal was to create a new way of measuring a student's academic level and growth and to use the data as a transformational teaching tool. NWEA continues to serve the mission outlined by its founders, but has greatly expanded the reach and value of its products and services, now serving nearly 10 million students worldwide with a comprehensive and coherent set of assessments and professional learning.
Central to NWEA's success are not only the organization's mission but also its vision and values. NWEA's vision is to positively transform education to accelerate growth and mastery for each student. Its values are honesty and integrity, care and respect for all stakeholders, collaboration and accountability, courage, success, and joy.
Headquartered in downtown Portland, Oregon, NWEA has operating revenues of $130 million in the fiscal year just completed and a staff of over 700 employees. In the last decade, the organization has expanded the number of students it serves from 2 million to 10 million – approximately 20 percent of U.S. students in grades K-12. NWEA now partners with over 8,700 educational organizations worldwide, including school districts, charter organizations, and private and parochial schools of all types and sizes, including a growing presence overseas with American-style schools in 140 countries. More than 7,900 partners in the U.S. use NWEA's K-12 assessments to accurately measure student growth and learning needs, in large part through the highly regarded MAP Suite of solutions, to accurately measure student growth and learning needs. NWEA also offers professional development focused on helping educators accelerate student learning, conducts research to support assessment validity and data interpretation, and engages in advocacy work at the state and national level.
Over the next decade, NWEA will provide solutions to changes in education that include but are not limited to technology, school structures, processes and methods of instruction, theories on learning, roles of teachers, social media, curriculum and content, and purposes and types of assessments. NWEA will be at the helm of an innovative expansion to provide not only assessment of and for learning, but assessment as learning. The next CEO will have the opportunity to guide NWEA's continued growth.
Reporting to NWEA's board of directors, the CEO develops the strategy for the organization in consultation with the board. The CEO will also be responsible for guiding strategic leadership for NWEA in partnership with the board and the executive team to establish long-range goals, strategic initiatives, annual business plans, and policies; will set the tone for NWEA's brand, image, culture, and operations; will ensure that board policies are supported by operational plans and procedures that achieve the NWEA's overall strategic direction; and will represent NWEA to its clients, partners, and business and non-business communities.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search at www.imsearch.com/6185.