Council of the Great City Schools

Washington, D.C.




The Council of the Great City Schools (the ‘Council’ or CGCS), the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools, seeks an experienced and passionate leader to serve as its next Executive Director.


The Council is a coalition of 76 of the nation’s largest urban public school districts, founded in 1956 and incorporated in 1961. The group was formed with 12 big-city school systems in a period in American history when the nation’s cities and public schools were undergoing substantial transition and no formal national organization existed that could address the challenges ahead. The organization is guided by three broad goals: to educate all urban students to high standards; to lead, govern, and manage the nation’s urban schools efficiently and effectively; and to bolster public confidence in urban education. Since its founding, the Council has been a leading and trusted voice behind national efforts to improve public education. It now serves 8.2 million students across approximately 13,800 schools. The Council is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of the superintendent and one board of education member from each member district.


The next Executive Director will take the helm after a period of significant academic gains for urban schoolchildren due to the tireless advocacy and work led by 28-year Council Director Michael Casserly. With the foundational belief that public education is the linchpin of democracy, it is critical that the next Executive Director focus on examining current structures and practices influenced by structural racism, confronting the issues that are most germane to urban districts. In particular, the Executive Director will be charged with maintaining the Council’s reputation and influence; guiding and empowering a strong leadership team and staff; continuing to be an indispensable resource for and partner to district and school board leaders; integrating the Council’s work across teams; and leveraging school systems and structures to advance success. The Council consists of 24 talented and committed staff and the Executive Director stewards a budget of $7 million. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader who is motivated to improve systems for equity and justice across the country.

To Apply: 



The Council of the Great City Schools has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Executive Director. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:


Ericka Miller, Partner

Katherine Stellato, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller 1300 19th St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036




The Council of the Great City Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, citizenship, military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or applicable local law. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all facets of employment, including recruiting, employment, promotion, demotion, dismissal, compensation and training opportunities.