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Center for Talented Youth Executive Director Search

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) invites applications and nominations for the Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY). The world leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is a nonprofit based at JHU that is dedicated to identifying and developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students around the world. CTY serves bright learners and their families through research, advocacy, and counseling, as well as its signature gifted and talented summer, online, international, and family programs.

Since 1979, CTY has reached more than 1.6 million students worldwide and every year nearly 30,000 participants are enrolled in CTY programs. CTY awards more than $5 million in need-based financial aid annually. The CTY community counts more than 166,000 alumni including the founders of Facebook and Google, Regeneron Science Talent Search winners, Rhodes Scholars, a Fields Medalist, and MacArthur Fellows. CTY has more than 175 full-time employees, 535 part-time employees, 1,700 summer program employees, and a budget of over $55 million.

Reporting to the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the next Executive Director will continue to advance CTY’s exceptional work at the forefront of gifted and talented education across the globe. The Executive Director will develop and execute an innovative plan for CTY that enriches its educational programs, spurs robust research, strengthens its operations and infrastructure, and advances CTY’s integration within JHU. The next Executive Director will passionately advance CTY’s central commitment to access, diversity, and inclusion. The Executive Director will forge strong ties across campus and beyond, seeking opportunities for CTY to contribute its expertise, advocate for gifted and talented education, and attract resources in support of CTY’s work.

The Executive Director will be an experienced leader with the proven ability to lead a complex enterprise and manage a diverse team. Bringing exceptional communication and relationship-building skills, the Executive Director will be highly adept at integrating people and ideas. The Executive Director will have an earned doctoral degree, academic research experience, and background in education. A demonstrated commitment to increasing diversity, access, and inclusion in education is essential. Expertise in the field of gifted education is advantageous but not required.

Johns Hopkins University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed via

Read the position profile for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth’s next Executive Director.

Johns Hopkins is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students. All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.