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Director, Klingenstein Center New York, NY


The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, the premier graduate program for independent and international school leadership, invites applications and nominations for the position of Director. This is an exceptional opportunity for a forward-looking leader to continue to advance the distinctive educational mission of the Klingenstein Center while expanding its reach and impact.

The Klingenstein Center (“Center”) was founded in 1977 as the first university-based leadership training program for independent school educators. Established through a founding gift from The Klingenstein Fund, the original Joseph Klingenstein Fellows program and the additional programs that have since followed in its footsteps quickly earned a stellar reputation for their academic caliber and rigor, for the dedication of their faculty and staff, and for the strong sense of community cultivated within each new cohort and across the Center’s ever-growing and impressive alumni body. Today, building on years of steady and continued growth, the Center focuses on developing leaders at all stages of their careers and offers a variety of programs to accommodate and support the diverse group of professionals interested in independent school leadership. Led by a world-class faculty of leading scholars and practitioners, the Center combines a highly academic program with practical application. Students also benefit from the rich resources of Teachers College and Columbia University and take full advantage of the Center’s location in New York City.

The incoming Director will have the exciting opportunity to build upon the Klingenstein Center’s extraordinary legacy of leadership development. The successful candidate will be an innovative and influential director with an unwavering commitment to propelling the independent and international school sectors toward continually higher goals. The ideal candidate will embody the Center’s strengths in scholarship and practice, and will bring both a deep respect for academic research and a keen appreciation for the complexity of K-12 school leadership to the role. She or he will have a faculty appointment in the Department of Organization and Leadership and should be an active and integral member of the Teachers College community writ large, collaborating with faculty peers and other administrators on school-wide committees and initiatives. The Director will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and Advisory Committee members to affirm and develop the Center’s mission and culture, and uphold its status as a field-defining program for independent and international school leaders. The incoming Director is also expected to spearhead the important work of building and sustaining the network of educational leaders connected to the Klingenstein Center and Teachers College, acting as visible and vibrant member of the independent and international school communities.

Sheryl Ash is leading this search with Katie Rockman and Sarah Hadjian.

The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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