One of the nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School (NBSS) is internationally known for its programs. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have provided students with the skills to lead meaningful careers. NBSS is a non-profit institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative environment in Boston’s North End. The nine full-time programs include Bookbinding; Cabinet & Furniture Making; Carpentry; Jewelry Making & Repair; Locksmithing & Security Technology; Piano Technology (Basic & Advanced); Preservation Carpentry; and Violin Making & Repair.
The next President has the opportunity to build on the institution’s 137-year tradition of excellence and its unsurpassed reputation in its field. The President will lead the institution by embracing change as well as tradition in a world in which education is being reinvented. He or she will position NBSS and craft education in a changing context for post-secondary education, vocational training, and workforce development. The next chapter of NBSS should include the expansion of its reach and external brand to a broader audience through increased enrollment, continued and new partnerships, full utilization of the facility, and exploration of online distance learning. Without losing what makes NBSS distinctive today, the next leader will need to evaluate the role of digital tools for teaching, learning, external positioning, and administration. A priority of the next President will be to develop a financial and organizational model which recognizes and leverages the size and scale of NBSS and secures its future.
NBSS seeks a dynamic leader with vision who has a demonstrated record of innovation and successful performance in an academic or nonprofit setting or similarly complex organization. The successful individual should demonstrate inspirational leadership, business acumen, and strategic direction for the institution.
The successful candidate must be a compelling and energetic external voice and advocate for the goals of NBSS to a variety of audiences and be able to leverage opportunities in the area of development and fundraising. The President must have an entrepreneurial spirit, guided by the ability and willingness to identify new approaches that can transform and cultivate excellence. He or she must understand the history of NBSS, uphold its traditions, and represent the broad interests of the institution. This next leader should have a nuanced understanding of how technology and learning can intersect. He or she must be an outstanding and self-confident communicator, in both oral and written form, with an ability to listen and nurture relationships within the NBSS community.
It is essential that the next President be able to articulate the value of skills-based education through his or her own work, education, and/or meaningful experience with a trade. An advanced degree is not required.
Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and reviewed immediately. The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, nominations and applications (CV and cover letter) should be sent as soon as possible to Korn Ferry consultants Rosa Morris and Naree Viner: email@example.com
North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.