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Center for Talented Youth Executive Director Search

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), the world leader in gifted education since 1979, seeks a visionary executive director to lead the center to new levels of local, national, and global impact.

CTY is a nonprofit 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 through its signature gifted-and-talented summer, online, international, and family programs.

Reporting to the provost and directing a staff of about 180 full-time employees, 535 part-time employees (including online instructors), 1,700 summer programs employees, and a budget of nearly $55 million, the successful candidate will work in partnership with university leadership and a highly dedicated group of colleagues and staff to continue and extend the center’s transformative work with young advanced learners.

CTY students are among the most promising creative leaders of the next generation. There are nearly 166,000 CTY alumni around the world including National Academies members, MacArthur Fellows, a Fields Medalist, prominent artists and journalists, and industry leaders such as the founders of Facebook and Google. At CTY, bright students have the chance to participate in challenging educational opportunities they would not experience anywhere else. Just as important, they find a safe, welcoming circle of peers, as well as mentors and teachers who understand advanced students, and they make lifelong friends who share their passion for learning.

The next executive director will provide vision and inspirational and intellectual leadership for CTY, strengthening its place at the forefront of gifted and talented education. The executive director will pursue an ambitious and distinguished educational agenda, strongly informed and evaluated by leading academic research, and consistent with the mission of Johns Hopkins University. The center’s next leader will be expected to advance CTY’s commitment to access, diversity and inclusion; improve operational efficiency and effectiveness; seek broader philanthropic support while stewarding existing relationships; and strengthen CTY’s integration into the broader JHU community.

The ideal candidate will have an earned doctoral degree, a record of scholarly achievement, a background as an educator with the highest standards for academic and research excellence, and the capacity to lead a highly complex organization of global reach.