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IDEA US seeks an executive director
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:54:30 AM »

Submitted by Mite Kuzevski on 26 February 2013
IDEA Network News
The International Debate Education Association (IDEA-US) seeks an executive director to begin in June 2013.  Based in New York, IDEA-US works with young people from all over the world using debate to teach critical thinking, advocacy, public speaking skills and the desire and capacity to look respectfully and rationally at other people‚Äôs points of view.

IDEA-US is part of a global network of independent organizations, which consists of three independent organizations in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, along with branch offices in other locations. Together, three offices have continued to foster an environment where opinions are challenged, ideas tested and conflicts resolved though rational arguments, not force.  We believe that debate is a valuable educational tool, not only because repeated studies have shown that it improves critical thinking, academic achievement, and public speaking, but also because it encourages the desire to engage in social and political issues from an informed and rational position. In teaching the skills essential for a balanced and worthwhile consideration of and contribution to any issue, we believe that debate is a lively and informative educational tool.

The position will be full time and will be replacing the current part-time executive director.  The executive director will be responsible for managing a small staff of 3 to 5 people and for being the primary representative of IDEA-US to donors, partners, and the broader IDEA network.

The executive director will be someone who can:

Manage and develop a team, both in the office and remotely
Liaise with funding agencies and individual donors
Cultivate programmatic partnerships with other organizations
Think strategically about programming, fundraising, and development for a small NGO
Work with little or no supervision and travel independently
Be self-motivated
The following qualifications are essential:

A master's degree or equivalent
At least 2 years of experience in non-profit management
Background or engagement with academic debate
Extensive international experience
The following qualifications are desirable, but not essential:

Experience in the domestic education sector
Fluency in languages other than English
The position will be full time and the salary range is commensurate with experience.  Please email a CV, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references to
Gordon Stables
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Director of Debate & Forensics
Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California