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Boston College Director, Formative Leadership Education in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Director of Formative Leadership Education

The Formative Leadership Education (FLE) Project is a new initiative in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development committed to advancing the theory and practice of formative leadership development. Preparing formative leaders requires attention to character—educating the whole leader to organize schools and districts that educate whole students to lead purposeful lives. The FLE Project is funded with a grant from the Kern Family Foundation, which runs through June, 2025.

The FLE Project has two components:

Kern Partners for Character and Educational Leadership (KPCEL) Network: The KPCEL Network is a national group of faculty and administrators from a wide range of institutes of higher education who are all engaged in work funded by the Kern Family Foundation related to formation and character education. Key parts of the FLE Project are hosting an annual summer conference for KPCEL and hosting 1-3 KPCEL working groups that meet throughout each academic year.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The FLE Project will establish formation-focused PLCs for PK-12 educators and leaders. In cohorts of up to 20, members will meet weekly over 12-15 weeks. The meetings will accommodate both virtual and in-person participation, allowing geographically dispersed participants to learn collaboratively. This intensive professional development will foster the knowledge, dispositions, and commitments of formative leadership.

Through these two components, the FLE project aims to reach 250 KPCEL participants and 500 PLC participants.

We seek a Director to lead this Project. In a Director, we are looking for a scholar with a clear commitment to formative leadership. We seek a colleague whose professional orientation aligns with the mission of LSEHD to “enhance the human condition, expand the human imagination, and make the world more just.” The Director will be responsible for organizing and managing the program activities, staff, and day to day operations of the FLE Project, and will report to the three principal investigators. Key responsibilities include:

Coordinate communications and meetings amongst FLE Project personnel in LSEHD, (principal investigators, graduatestudents, faculty consultants, and advisory board members)

Lead planning, execution, and evaluation of KPCEL summer institutes

Manage formation, execution, and evaluation of KPCEL working groups

Coordinate faculty in design, execution, and evaluation of PLCs

Collaborate with key personnel throughout Boston College in designing curricular material and website (e.g., Centerfor Digital Innovation in Learning)

Maintain clear and timely communication and reporting on FLE Project progress with the KERN Family Foundation

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please directly submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae on the application link below. In addition, please have three letters of reference sent to the search chair, Martin Scanlan (

Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.


Minimal Requirements:

  • Doctoral Degree strongly preferred in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Philosophy, or related field. Candidates with a Masters Degree and considerable experience will be considered.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of formative education

  • Experience working with PK-12 educators

  • Experience in coaching or teacher leadership

  • Program management experience

  • Creative mindset and excitement about the opportunity to build new programs

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees

  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Low-Cost Life Insurance

  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

  • Paid Holidays Annually

  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .