Executive Director Search


This position has a start date of no later than July 1, 2018 (or before, depending on candidate availability)


Heads Up Educational Consulting and Triangle Associates are leading the search for an executive director for the Council of American Private Education (CAPE), a coalition of national organizations and state affiliates serving private elementary and secondary schools. CAPE member organizations represent 80% of the more than 5 million private school students in the United States.


American private education represents a rich diversity of schools—some rooted in religious tradition, some that provide intensive academic experiences, and some that are specialized for specific populations. CAPE member organizations are themselves diverse. Out of that diversity, they seek to arrive at policies, practices and projects that promote educational freedom and pluralism. CAPE’s board of directors are motivated by the concepts of opportunity, choice, pluralism and excellence in education. They are interested in participating in the debate on the future of education in America and are ready to share a perspective shaped by private school experience. The next leader of CAPE should have the wisdom, skill, and judgment to advance CAPE’s mission and purpose.


Pat Bassett, Rich Odell, Judy Schechtman, and Marc Frankel are working with the CAPE board to conduct this search. The position has a start date of no later than July 1, 2018 (or before, depending on candidate availability). Please use the links below to find more information and email any of the consultants or if you have questions or would like to arrange an exploratory conversation.


The CAPE application deadline is November 15. Candidates will be notified whether or not they are advancing to Semifinalists by Nov 20. Semifinalists in-person Interviews on Dec 1 (in DC at NCEA). Finalists in-person interviews Dec 15 (in DC at NAIS).


Mission Statement: CAPE's mission is to preserve and promote educational pluralism so that parents have a choice in the schooling of their children. Founded in 1971 to provide a coherent voice for private education, CAPE is dedicated to fostering communication and cooperation within the private school community and with the public sector to improve the quality of education for all of the nation’s children.


Read more about how CAPE fulfills this mission.

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