The Organization

The Southport School, located in historic Southport Village, was founded in 1985 and currently serves 124 students with language-based learning differences like dyslexia and attention issues like ADHD. The school’s core values are excellence, cerebrodiversity, innovation, empowerment, and collaboration. Its mission is to provide transformative educational experiences and thought leadership that have a lifelong impact on students. It is committed to empowering cerebrodiverse students to reach their full potential and to sharing those learnings with the greater learning differences community through The Southport CoLAB.

The Southport CoLAB is a division of The Southport School that was established in 2018. It serves as an open resource, clearinghouse, and incubator in the field of learning differences. Its mission is to integrate research, practice, and advocacy to effect positive outcomes by translating best practices from that field to benefit all learners. In the process, it provides incremental revenue streams to The Southport School while enhancing the overall reach and credibility of the school and its faculty. The TSS Board believes that The Southport CoLAB has significant potential as an integral resource and advocate to the learning differences community.

TSS is led by  Executive Director, Dr. Benjamin N. Powers, who is in his twelfth year and leads a dedicated faculty of 37 with an average longevity at the school of 19 years. The school’s positive culture attracts mission-focused professionals who are driven to find greater meaning in their careers. They enjoy a highly supportive environment that provides the opportunity to achieve an outstanding work/life balance.

Available Positions

Senior Director , The Southport CoLAB

The Senior Director of The Southport CoLAB will lead a small team that will expand as needed, report to the Executive Director and serve as a key member of the executive management team. The Senior Director will provide leadership across all functions of the The Southport CoLAB, including serving a strategic role in the growth and management of the organization. This role will be instrumental in defining and developing The Southport CoLAB brand and providing thought leadership to develop The Southport CoLAB as a center of influence. Networking and outreach will be essential to build partnerships with state education agencies, school districts, educational organizations, and the community. The Senior Director will work flexibly from a location of their choosing in the U.S. Occasional travel for programming, conferences, and other events (estimated at up to 20%) is expected.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and collaborate on a strategic vision for The Southport CoLAB that identifies short and long-term goals to drive revenue, growth, and social impact.
  • Generate and implement national sales and marketing strategies to identify new partners and markets.
  • Evolve sales and sales operations to effectively measure and grow each stage of the sales cycle.
  • Build relationships with state, district, and school leaders as well as other stakeholders to expand market share and build a more cohesive ecosystem.
  • Manage and monitor professional learning, including the supervision and training of internal and external team members.
  • Build a network of trainers and develop protocols/procedures to ensure high-quality professional learning.
  •  Collaborate with other team members to create, scale, and sustain systems-based models.
  • Consult with state and district leaders to identify needs and provide guidance in implementation science.
  •  Lead, nurture, and grow an agile team that can adapt to evolving market and educational dynamics.
  • Create a culture of collaboration and continuous learning to foster professional and personal growth for all team members and partners.
  • Partner with The Southport CoLAB’s curriculum and instruction leaders to assist with product development and service delivery across all channels.
  • Present at conferences, workshops, webinars, and podcasts to increase brand awareness.
  • Assist with RFPs and procurement processes.

Compensation and Professional Development:

The chosen candidate will earn a competitive base salary, be eligible for an annual bonus, participate in a generous benefits program, and will maintain a desirable work/life balance. Most importantly, the Senior Director will provide the leadership and support to an organization on the cusp of a growth phase that will significantly benefit educators and students through the advancement of research- and evidence-based practices as well as sustainable systems. In the process, they will be making a significant contribution to that cause while enhancing their overall credentials in the marketplace.

Candidate Profile & Qualifications:

The ideal candidate is mission driven and possesses a minimum of 10 years in senior leadership roles within school districts, state education agencies, educational companies, or similar organizations. The role requires knowledge in structured literacy, executive functioning, language development and systems-based leadership, including experience in bridging research to evidence-based practice in the classroom using implementation science.

Candidates should be resourceful, agile, analytical, and strategic. They should have excellent communication skills and the ability to influence others. Candidates should also be energized by an entrepreneurial environment and comfortable with “getting their hands dirty.” Equally important, they should be genuine, collaborative, and persistent individuals who are not ego driven.

Contact Information

Vision Search Partners LLC, a Connecticut-based executive search firm, is leading this search. Interested candidates should contact: Matt McMahon, Partner 203.210.7839

Non-Discrimination Policy

The school Southport School does not discriminate in its hiring or policies based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, or any other legally protected category and complies with applicable federal and state laws.