Chief Executive Officer
- Experience Level
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for implementing RIE’s mission: to improve the lives of infants through respectful care. The CEO is an executive-level position charged with running RIE’s business and furthering its vision in line with RIE’s organizational values of respect, trust, active participation and integrity.
The primary focus of the CEO’s role is to increase the reach and impact of RIE’s educational programs through the engagement of its community of 65 Associates, who teach RIE’s courses on the Educaring® Approach in the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Korea. The CEO manages both the long-term strategic planning and future growth of the organization and also its day-to-day operations. The CEO is responsible for managing operational, financial, and administrative duties for the organization as a whole, as well as those of the two RIE Centers, located in Hollywood and Pasadena, CA. Further, the CEO effectively manages RIE’s parent and professional programs, as well as marketing, financials, Associate relations, professional development, and funding development (including grants and fundraising). The CEO reports directly to the Board Chair and partners closely with RIE’s volunteer President, who is the authority on all matters relating to the Educaring Approach, its standards and programming.
The CEO strives to embody RIE’s core values and mission and maintain a culture which preserves the integrity of RIE’s approach and reputation while increasing the breadth and depth of RIE’s positive impact. In addition, this individual will facilitate an ongoing commitment to addressing and improving diversity and equity within the organization and the populations it serves, as well as to broadening the reach of the organization to include less-represented families and communities.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
The CEO has the following responsibilities:
- Manage RIE’s online and in-person programming and operations in Hollywood and Pasadena, including the scheduling, staffing and performance of professional development and parent programs.
- Support the growth and development of Associates in other geographical areas to, among other things, increase the awareness of RIE in their areas and support growth in the local community.
- Manage, monitor and oversee all financial reporting, including management of budget and revenue and oversee risk and operational management of RIE facilities.
- Provide day-to-day management of RIE’s employees, contractors, vendors, programs and operations to fulfill the organization’s mission, strategic goals, and annual objectives.
- Manage administrative personnel to ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed, and support staff development, including providing regular performance reviews.
- Increase the awareness and understanding of RIE via a new web site, content development, and a dynamic, multi-platform social media/internet presence. Ensure the RIE website and social media platforms are the centralized resource for all information on the Educaring Approach.
- Assess how to enhance the value of being an Associate. Create and foster a sense of community among RIE Associates and support their ongoing professional development.
- Lead a collaborative process with RIE’s Board of Directors and its committees, executing decisions effectively and ensuring that the Board of Directors and its committees are informed of critical developments in a timely and effective manner.
- Plan and manage the RIE conference, an annual live event, currently taking place online.
- Work with RIE’s staff and Associate to develop and introduce new programming in person and online while upholding the mentorship model.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive annual fund development plan that identifies potential donors and enhances the short and long-term funding based on the current “2025 Strategic Plan.”
- Develop and execute a grant funding plan with the goal of increasing access to existing RIE programs by currently underserved audiences and developing further programming.
- Develop and implement a plan to raise RIE’s public profile among birth-3 nonprofit advocacy organizations.
- Oversee RIE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative to increase representation among the organization and its audience.
- Represent RIE in partnership with the President, to many constituencies including worldwide RIE Associates, RIE center families, professional caregivers, donors, colleges and universities, national early childhood organizations and child care associations.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to:
- Lead a team drawing on a proven track record of team management and empowerment.
- Hire, develop, appreciate and retain talent.
- Manage a fluid and open network of teams, enabling them to collaborate and effectively bridge communication with all members of the organization, even when differing viewpoints arise.
- Handle and prioritize multiple and competing tasks and responsibilities.
- Take on day-to-day responsibilities of the organization and independently participate in the daily operations.
- Proficiently use Google Workplace, QuickBooks, CRM software, social media, online learning, event and conference platforms.
- Commit to the mission and work of the organization with the credibility, sensitivity and persuasiveness to secure support from others.
- Create a vision and have experience in leading change efforts related to early childhood and advancing equitable outcomes.
- Develop and execute online marketing campaigns to reach consumers and professionals.
- Lead by example and exemplify the values and ethics of the organization, including respect, integrity, openness and responsiveness.
- Function effectively without being autocratic or political; be a relationship-driven team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair-minded, and able to mobilize volunteers from among RIE’s Board, Associates and training students.
- Be decisive and resourceful; accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources.
- Be an energetic self-starter who is confident to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and to hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others.
- Act with emotional intelligence, maturity, collegiality, and dependability; further show concern for others, be empathetic, and have a passion for infants and toddlers and their ability to be confident and competent.
Required: Bachelor's degree
Preferred: MA, MBA, Ph.D., JD, ED, in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Human Development and Family Relations, Social Work, or a relevant discipline. We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills.
5+ years in a management position in a non-profit organization or socially conscious business and has familiarity with the early childhood sector.
Founded by Magda Gerber in 1978, Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) is a nonprofit (educational) organization dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the work of its founding Director. The organization grew out of an emerging public interest in the Educaring Approach® Magda created that was the first of its kind in the United States to focus on infancy. Her approach is based on respect for infants as complete human beings from birth. She encouraged parents to trust their child to develop at their own pace and in their own time. She shared a strong belief in free and natural movement for the child, allowing them to find balance both physically and emotionally within the context of secure, caring, and respectful relationships. She discouraged the use of equipment like bouncers, swings and infant seats that restrain the child's movements for long periods of time. Magda's use of open-ended, simple play materials allows the child to explore a myriad of possibilities versus typical or educational toys that often limit the child's curiosity and creativity becoming passive instead of active.
As a popular lecturer and teacher, Magda Gerber's work greatly influenced the field of early childhood education in the early years of infant group care. An in-depth explanation of the philosophy is contained in books written by Magda, including: Your Self-Confident Baby and Dear Parent: Caring for Infants With Respect. Another popular book edited by Magda is The RIE Manual with an Expanded Edition edited by Deborah Greenwald and Joan Weaver.
Magda Gerber's philosophy, originally disseminated at the grassroots level in the 1970s and 1980s, was far ahead of its time. In recent years, the value of her revolutionary recommendations for child-rearing has been more widely recognized, attracting a significant following among both neuroscientific and research-based academics, birth three advocates, parents and professional caregivers around the world. Today, RIE is an international non-profit agency that teaches, supports, and mentors parents and professionals, offering a variety of classes, training programs, workshops, conferences, and mentoring opportunities both in person and on-line that support adults and babies in their lives together.
The RIE organization today is made up of two staff members, including Program Manager and Office Assistant in addition to the CEO. Board members, Associates and passionate volunteers populate a variety of key functional committees, including professional development, program, marketing, and finance. There are 65 Associates in locations throughout the United States and Canada, Australia/New Zealand and East Asia. RIE has two physical locations in Hollywood and Pasadena where classes take place. In addition, it has a growing number of local “chapters” of Associates in key areas outside Los Angeles, including Minnesota, Seattle, San Francisco and New Zealand. Those not familiar with RIE will be asked to take RIE courses in order to gain familiarity with the approach.
This position offers the ability to have significant impact leading and growing an important non-profit organization that pioneered the field of infant-toddler care. This opportunity offers a competitive starting base salary, commensurate with skills and/or experience, a benefits package, and a team-oriented atmosphere that is both positive and rewarding. $90,000 - $110,000.
How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please send your resume along with a cover letter expressing why you are interested in this position in a Word document to Christina.Suter@RIE.org with the subject: RIE CEO Search. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position is located in Los Angeles. There is an internal candidate applying.