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The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRPFI) is the sole nonprofit organization created by President Reagan charged with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Presidential Learning Center, The Air Force One Pavilion, the award-winning Discovery Center, and the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s mission in Washington, D.C.  The Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and over 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President and his First Lady. www.reaganfoundation.org

Education at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

Our Mission: To cultivate the next generation of citizen-leaders.

Our Story: President Ronald Reagan once said, “Since the founding of this Nation, education and democracy have gone hand in hand.”  We embrace the idea that when leadership skills are nurtured and developed, the result is a new generation of thoughtful, proactive, action-oriented citizens and a stronger democracy. Through state-of-the-art programs, immersive learning opportunities, and digital technology, we extend that core tenet into the 21st century and beyond. These opportunities offer a range of unique, innovative learning experiences that cultivate leadership, communication, and decision-making skills to inspire and empower the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Goal: To develop and inspire the leaders of tomorrow through immersive and impactful learning opportunities. We aim to improve the leadership, communication, and decision-making skills of every student we meet, whether around the corner or across the nation.

Learn: We leverage the story of Ronald Reagan and the vast archives held at his Presidential Library to offer a wide range of programs and curriculum designed to help students and teachers across the country develop the civic knowledge and skills necessary to be an engaged and informed citizen. This includes our online Reagan Academy eLearning courses, free curricular materials drawing on primary source material from our archives, professional development offerings for teachers, onsite and virtual field trip programs, a partnership with Discovery Education, a Speaker Series for Students, presentations at state and local conferences, and more.

 Grow: We invest in growing the civic leadership, communication, and decision-making skills of the more than 60,000 students we work with annually through our award-winning and immersive Reagan Leadership Center, Great Communicator Debate Series, and our national and local scholarship programs (GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program). In addition, we work in conjunction with the Reagan Institute’s Center for Civics, Education and Opportunity to help grow leaders through the Leadership and the American Presidency Program (LTAP).

Lead: We believe in creating opportunities for students to lead through our Student Leadership Program summer camp, our Reagan Leadership Summit, our paid college Internship Program, and we recognize impactful student leadership across the country through the Reagan Leadership Medal. With the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C., we lead on education policy through the Reagan Institute Summit on Education (RISE)

Responsibilities

The Chief Learning Officer (CLO) will report to the Executive Director, and will directly oversee both the Director of Learning and Engagement and Scholarship Program Coordinator, while broadly overseeing an education department of 24-27 managers, coordinators, educators, and contractors. The CLO’s responsibilities include the following:

Administrative

  • Work with Finance team and Education program leaders to create and monitor Education budget ($3-$4M) for each fiscal year, as well as monitor restricted funds dedicated for use in Education programs only.
  • Lead team and program coordinators in the creation of clear, achievable, and measurable goals with regards to student and teacher impact, revenue, and fundraising.
  • Oversee consistent implementation of project and program management across the department, and report progress to the Board as necessary.
  • Lead management, coordinator, and team meetings as necessary to insure effective communication and program implementation across the department.
  • Oversee hiring, on-boarding, counseling, and other aspects of employee relations in conjunction with managers and HR.
  • Provide general management for the Education business lines with the responsibility of creating sustainable revenue growth in keeping with the overall business objectives of the organization.  This includes data driven decision making and managing a portfolio of service lines that provide highly meaningful and “on brand” student experiences which are competitive in the education marketplace and achieve the financial requirements of the organization for this business unit. 
  • Additionally, a full range of general management skills will be required:  source of business and target segment identification, product development, pricing and promotion, end to end student experience management and measurement, physical - on-line – and hybrid experience delivery, and insightful marketing communications at effective and efficient ROI.

Programmatic

  • Collaborate with Education management team and program coordinators to set annual calendars and goals for all education programs, including: field trips, student speaker events, summer camp, national debate competition, internships, curriculum development, eLearning, and teacher trainings.
  • Strategically choose state and national social studies, museum, and student leadership conferences to exhibit, present, and recruit.
  • Supervise Scholarship Program Coordinator to administer and award more than $500,000 in scholarships through various programs.
  • Coordinate with Alumni Coordinator to engage and share the stories of Reagan Academy alumni.
  • Research, create, coordinate and facilitate student programs with civics education themes -- on-site, off-site and on-line.
  • Participate actively in local, state, and national organizations dedicated to civic learning and museum work (NCSS, CCSS, AAM, CAM, NCHE, NSDA, etc.)
  • Work with internal and external marketing team to promote enrollment in various programs and to meet revenue goals.
  • Lead effort to summarize education impact through annual program reports.
  • Participate in annual RISE (Reagan Institute Summit on Education) in Washington, DC.

Collaboration

  • Collaborate with other departments in the Foundation and Library, as well as offsite organizations, for the development and implementation of teacher training and student programming, including on-site, in schools and education institutions across the country, and web-based programs.
  • Collaborate with Development team to raise $2-4M in funds to support education programs, craft proposals, and report back to donors on results of philanthropic investment.
  • Work in conjunction with the Reagan Institute in Washington, D.C. on LTAP, RISE, and alumni engagement across programs.
  • Develop, build and maintain relationships and outside partnerships with national and regional civics focused organizations.
  • Manage the development, building and maintenance of regional and national teacher, administrator, and student alumni contact list.
  • Attend and make presentations at national and state conferences.
  • Support programs and events for the RRPFI as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    

Qualifications

A successful candidate for this position should possess:

  • A record of success in managing and inspiring a large team to serve students and teachers;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with and respond to a sophisticated Board of Trustees, as part of a team of senior colleagues, and with support staff;
  • A strong working knowledge of educational technologies, program management and communication tools, online and in-person events and programming;
  • Experience with customer share and profit-based educational programs;
  • A demonstrated capacity to manage and execute programs on time and on budget;
  • The capability to coordinate and integrate with current Education staff;
  • An ability to work collaboratively in teams or with committees and task forces, within the department, throughout the organization, and with external partners and groups;
  • An ability to multi-task;
  • A strong understanding of elementary and secondary education, with a focus on civic learning and history;
  • Strong management, motivational and organizational skills;
  • The ability to convey a professional image, as well as effectively represent the organization on a local, state and national level;
  • High level of conceptual and strategic thinking skills;
  • Desire to motivate and develop staff through ongoing trainings and workshops; and,
  • Great attention to detail.   

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or higher preferred, preferably in education, history, museum studies, or related field.
  • Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all staff.
  • Previous general management P&L experience in Education or related industries with revenues of $2-$5M or greater, and with a demonstrated track record of sustainable growth by a diverse portfolio of growth engines.
  • Minimum of 5-8 years of management experience in education, museum, or non-profit field.
  • School administration and/or business management experience desirable.
  • Strong experience in educational program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • A strong desire to serve children at all levels and the motivation to maintain and grow a national learning center of the highest caliber.
  • Uncompromising personal integrity and high moral values.
  • Willingness, ability and desire to travel as needed (10-15%).
  • Ability to work evening, holiday, and weekend hours to support Education programming and Foundation events.

Salary, Benefits, Location

This is an exempt position that offers a salary commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits including vacation, health/dental benefits, and the opportunity to participate in a retirement plan.  The position will be located onsite at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, Simi Valley, California.

How to Apply

Please send thoughtful cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:
Joanne Drake
Chief Administrative Officer          
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
40 Presidential Drive, Suite 200
Simi Valley, California 93065
cao@reaganfoundation.org