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Woodrow Wilson Foundation President


The President, reporting to the Board, will be an energetic and entrepreneurial leader and a catalyst for the Foundation’s growth and increasing impact within the educational community. The successful candidate will effectively engage Woodrow Wilson’s range of resources and develop new strategies for reinforcing the Foundation’s role in cultivating excellence in education and learning at all levels. The successful candidate will need to be a dynamic, strategic leader with outstanding presentation skills and marketing savvy. He/she will embrace the Foundation’s mission and the scope of its vision and will fit well within a culture of high-performing and dedicated professionals.

The President will take the lead securing new and ongoing funding. The President is expected to serve as a national spokesperson for the Foundation and its areas of focus, to maintain a strong network of contacts at all levels of education, and to remain open to new opportunities as they arise. The President will work closely with members of the Board as well as with the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and senior staff leadership, to lead and manage the Foundation.


Assuming responsibility for the key institutional priorities, which include but are not limited to the following, the new President will

  • Position the Foundation to increase its voice, as the country continues to address challenges at all levels of education;
  • Serve as the primary fundraiser and advocate for the Foundation;
  • Work closely with the Board on fundraising relationships and strategic direction; pursue collaborative opportunities with partners working on educational reform issues – corporate, government, other nonprofits, think tanks, etc.;
  • Serve as the face of the Foundation, embodying its mission and brand; be an enthusiastic and highly visible ambassador; create awareness of the Foundation and its work that reflects the importance and effectiveness of its distinct fellowship programs;
  • Lead and inspire staff with a consistent, empathetic manner that encourages talent development, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Embrace technology and innovation; employ data to assess programs and measure effectiveness;
  • Build upon the Foundation’s legacy with continued focus on equity and equality in education;
  • Evaluate all current fellowships and assess cost-effectiveness and impact; ensure fellowships are meeting stated objectives.



The President will have

  • A clear theory of action for the Foundation and a passion for education;
  • Leadership and management experience in the field of education and broad knowledge of the issues and players in the field;
  • Enthusiasm and a talent for fundraising; proven success in identifying, cultivating, and securing funding resources at the level necessary for the Foundation’s work to move forward;
  • A record as a creative and collaborative team player; a comfort level with an academic-like culture;
  • Experience working with a board and the ability to attract, recruit, and engage strong, diverse, and committed Board members.

Personal Characteristics

The President will be

  • An experienced professional whose values align with the Foundation’s values;
  • A dynamic leader with an inclusive style, proven to be firm, fair, and flexible;
  • A person of high intellectual rigor, with outstanding interpersonal qualities and the ability to focus and execute;
  • An exceptional communicator who can tell Woodrow Wilson’s story in a compelling way to potential donors, partners, and the field;
  • A person who is politically savvy and diplomatic—experienced in navigating complex situations and organizations;
  • A person with integrity, common sense, and a sense of humor.

Phillips Oppenheim, on behalf of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, has opened a national search for the Foundation’s next president. The position description is available here (pdf). Please send applications or nominations to Jane Phillips Donaldson, Susan Meade, and Paul Spivey at [email protected].

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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