iCivics: Chief Learning Services Officer
iCivics, a fast-growing civic education nonprofit founded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, seeks a Chief Learning Services Officer.
The iCivics Chief Learning Services Officer (CLSO) will be an innovative leader charged with establishing and leading the organization’s professional services workstream. Reporting to the Executive Director, the CLSO will be a visionary who understands the K–12 education market and iCivics’ strategic direction, making purposeful connections between people, products, and services to amplify the impact of organizational efforts.
The CLSO will lead iCivics’ overall design and operational support of the professional learning products and services strategy while ensuring that all products are aligned with the company’s mission, vision, and values. A successful CLSO will model the way as a product evangelist and entrepreneur—a leader who is capable of spotting trends and setting goals for years ahead. To realize iCivics’ vision, the CLSO will collaboratively design and implement systems to deliver efficient and effective professional learning, turning concepts into sustainable models to improve the quality of civics instruction across the nation. Inherent to the success of the CLSO will be the ability and experience to amplify capacity to drive systems change in schools, districts, and states in support of the organization’s mission to reimagine civic education for American democracy.
Professional learning is an area of increased focus for iCivics. At this stage of organizational development, the CLSO will lead the development of service “products” as part of a focused integrated strategy for schools and districts with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of instruction in civics and history education. This business line will offer on-ramps to grow the adoption of inquiry-based pedagogy while respecting where educators are today.
Currently, iCivics provides roughly three lines of professional services designed directly for educators: (1) state-based “train-the-trainer” professional learning in two states; (2) implementation support in six states for our new grade 8 U.S. History core curriculum; and (3) a series of product-related virtual professional learning opportunities.
The CLSO will leverage the instructional materials and professional development talent at iCivics to further develop learning services at the school and district levels. They will be responsible for the development of the business line, including market research; pilot tests; product design and development; pricing and decisions around going to market, as well as sales.
- Deep relationships with school districts and an understanding of the school
ecosystem and sales drivers.
- Sales experience is necessary, marketing experience is a plus.
- 10 years of experience in the K-12 education field, which must include substantial experience in professional services or product management within an edtech or instructional materials or services publishing company.
- Business development experience is a plus.
- Track record of success building earned revenue opportunities in K-12.
- Competencies to lead a district through systems change.
- Experience managing, coaching, mentoring, and developing cross-functional teams.
- Teaching experience at the K-12 level a plus.
- Ability to set vision, build relationships, listen, and gain buy-in.
- A sense of self-awareness and ease in effectively navigating a multi-layered organization to influence change.
- Ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and simultaneously.
- Technical expertise in product and platform.
- Deep passion and knowledge of civics and history education, and K–12 school systems, environments, and culture.
This is a virtual role. iCivics is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role, fill out Koya’s Talent Profile or email Angie directly at email@example.com.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
From the organization:
At iCivics, we are deeply committed to elevating the importance of civics in our schools. We are a fast-growing civic education nonprofit founded by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Our mission is to collaborate with teachers and leaders across the country to re-imagine civic education for American democracy. We champion equitable and nonpartisan civic education while providing engaging resources that empower educators in the essential task of preparing young people for lifelong civic engagement. In partnership with iCivics, nearly 9 million students learn about our government, history, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources available at no cost. Our reach is substantial: 156,000 educators across all 50 states are registered with iCivics and we are growing by leaps and bounds. Student engagement is at the heart of the iCivics story: our games have been played by students a staggering 148 million times.
Want to help the Jack Miller Center transform higher education? Donate today.