Vacancies at ISA HQ

Chief Executive

The Independent Schools Association (ISA) is one of the largest Membership Associations for independent school headteachers. A registered charity and private company, it membership is 530+ and growing with a waiting list of prospective members. The ISA has experienced the largest growth of any association over the last ten years, both in terms of its size and the service it provides to Members and their schools. ISA provides its members with expert professional support, high-quality training opportunities for them and their staff, as well as a wide range of sporting, artistic and cultural activities and competitions to the pupils in their member schools. Its membership ranges from pre-prep to secondary and all-through schools, specialist sixth-forms, SEN institution to performing arts colleges. Members are balanced between proprietorial and charitable trust schools.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) sits on the ISA Board and plays a pivotal and integral role in ensuring the successful operation of ISA, and the delivery of its aims through working closely with its partners. Leading and managing the executive staff and working closely with ISA’s Members, the CEO ensures that the Association is delivering high-quality services to its Members, that its public profile remains positive, is further developed, and that it continues to work effectively with other organisations that share similar values and aims. In carrying out this role, the CEO will understand and appreciate the importance of children in all that the ISA does.

The ideal candidate will bring/ be:

Extensive knowledge and experience acquired by working in formal education or in an organisation where education plays a prominent part;
• An appreciation of the role of charities in the fabric of the country, their public benefit
responsibilities and their accountabilities to stakeholders;
• A strong moral compass and a consistent sense of what is right and ensuring that those values of service to Members
• A good understanding of the role of headship and education and how best to serve members ideally through experience in a relevant role, within a school, college, university or business
• Familiarity with policies and procedures within independent schools, including compliance, inspections and educational quality assurance;
• Experience of managing staff and liaising with multiple roles and post holders;
• Financial acumen and an understanding of the role of a company secretary;
• Confidence in media and communication and coordinating a number of complex tasks to agreed deadlines; and,
• Education to degree level, or equivalent, and ideally a relevant postgraduate qualification.
• Strong networker and skilled interpersonally, with strong diplomatic skills; the ability and willingness to promote the organisation at every opportunity available;
• Customer oriented; politically astute; innovative, forward thinking and proactive;
• Confident, self-motivated, well-presented, credible and business-like;

For more information and details of how to apply please contact Amy Wevill or Edward Wild on 0207 233 2230 or email or visit to download a candidate brief