Executive Director Position Opening

The Executive Director is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Board and is charged with ensuring the effective articulation and coordination of Idaho’s public education system. The Executive Director oversees the staff of the Office of the State Board of Education (Office), which provides leadership, support and coordination for public education in Idaho, including public schools, public colleges and universities, the Division of Career Technical Education, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho Public Television, and the Idaho Public Charter School Commission.

Effective fiscal year 2025, the Office of the State Board of Education has 86 FTE and a $67.3M budget.

  • Advise the Governor and the Board on education matters.
  • Partner with the Governor, Board and the Legislature to ensure an effective and affordable higher education system, including coordinate the higher education legislative agenda.
  • Serve as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Office.
  • Execute and enforce all the decisions, policies, and resolutions of the Board.
  • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by the Governor and Board.
  • Chair the Model School Facilities Council

Relations with the Governor and Board

  • Effective communication among the Governor, Board, the Board office, and the institutions or agencies.
  • Participation and cooperation with the Governor, Board, institutions and agencies in the development, coordination, and implementation of policies, programs, and all other matters of statewide concern.
  • Set the agenda for Board meetings with direction from Board president.

Leadership of the Office

  • Mentor and evaluate several senior staff members, with the goal of maintaining a cohesive, strategic and effective senior leadership team.
  • Sustain a workplace culture where employees feel supported and encouraged to bring their talents and perspectives to work toward a common mission.
  • Set internal strategic goals and objectives in collaboration with deputy director and senior staff.

Relations with Policymakers and Constituents

  • Represent the Board on education matters with all partners, including colleges and universities, policymakers, state agencies, employers and other constituencies.
  • Coordinate, communicate and collaborate on complex and often high stakes political and policy matters.
  • Meet regularly with institution presidents to discuss mutual matters of concern or interest.
  • Advocate for Board budget and policy priorities.
  • Official representation of the Board’s and Office’s role, mission, strategic plan and initiatives to the public.
  • Earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university (earned doctorate or terminal degree preferred).
  • Ten years of progressive experience in an executive leadership role that includes management and supervisory responsibilities.
  • Proven experience in legislative affairs, budget preparation and presentation, program implementation and evaluation, and public speaking.
  • Knowledge of Idaho’s educational (K-20) system.
  • Commitment to access and success for all students, and a passion for the Board’s mission and values.
  • Strong strategic planning background.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an effective working relationship with a diverse population, including institutional presidents, agency heads, elected and public officials, industry and business leaders, staff, and with the public-at-large.
  • Interpersonal skills and technical expertise to be effective in a complex organization and political environment.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

The Office of the State Board of Education conducts pre-employment screening on all positions, including eligibility for employment, verification of work history and academic credentials, and criminal background check.

Salary range: $XX.XX – $XX.XX Hourly – Plus Competitive Benefits!
Closing: June XX, 2024

State Posting (To be linked when available)


Applicants must submit:

  • A letter of interest 
  • A CV or resume
  • The names and contact information for three professional references

Send the above information to the attention of Claire Russel at:

claire.russell@dhr.idaho.gov (preferred)


Idaho State Board of Education
650 W State St., Suite 307
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037