The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that clears a path for all students to own their future. Founded in 1900, it was created to expand access to higher education. From its earliest days, the College Board has devoted itself to educational opportunity and achievement. Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board’s work falls broadly into four categories: college readiness, college connection and success, student opportunities, and advocacy.

Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools.

The Position

The executive director, East Asia and the Pacific reports to the vice president of International and is responsible for providing vision, direction and strategic leadership to the higher education and K-12 outreach team assigned to the region. The College Board is seeking a collaborative and enterprising leader who will work alongside other leaders in the division to strategically grow the College Board’s brand and reputation internationally. To this end, the executive director will be expected to engage and collaborate extensively with College Board colleagues in the College Readiness Assessments, AP & Instruction, Global Higher Education and Membership, Governmental Relations, Communications, and Operations areas.

The position is responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of outreach, business development, and customer interaction plans in the region, with a focus on establishing new relationships and driving adoption of College Board programs. Key constituencies include, but are not limited to, institutions of higher education, secondary schools, educational agencies, and local and national ministries. Based in the College Board’s national office in New York City, the executive director currently has two direct reports.


A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s preferred), along with a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, secondary education, sales, and/or product management. Fluency in one of the languages spoken in the region is strongly desired. The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of higher and secondary education and admissions processes and policies in the various countries of the region, as well as in those countries that attract international students from the region (e.g. U.S., U.K., etc.).

The next executive director will be a results-oriented leader who thrives on new challenges and is adept at setting and being held accountable for goals. Candidates should possess excellent analytic and quantitative skills, the ability to inspire and motivate a team, and the interpersonal skills and desire to partner with varied external organization and all areas across the College Board.

Additional knowledge, capabilities and experiences needed for success in the position include:

  • professional connections to higher education institutions, secondary schools, government agencies, or other key influencers in the region;
  • ability to think creatively about fresh approaches to challenges;
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills to present to internal and external constituencies, including executives;
  • ability to identify and obtain demographic and market data to support decision-making; and
  • willingness and ability to travel extensively (up to 50 percent).

Application and Nomination

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin Friday, April 3, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with a position specific cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian, Search Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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