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ForwARd Arkansas Launches Search for New Executive Director

ForwARd Arkansas

ForwaARd Arkansas has launched its search for its next executive director.

Established in 2014, ForwARd Arkansas is a public-private partnership that aims to increase equity in student achievement and economic prosperity in Arkansas. The partnership was established by the Arkansas State Board of Education, the Walton Family Foundation and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

In November 2019, former executive director Susan Harriman announced her plans to retire, citing family medical issues. Harriman had led the organization since 2016 and officially retired on Dec. 4, 2019.

Since Harriman’s retirement, Rev. Cory Anderson has served as ForwARd Arkansas’ interim executive director. Anderson was a founder of ForwARd Arkansas and served as its co-managing director from 2015 to 2017.

According to the position listing for executive director, candidates are expected to bring “bold vision and strategic acumen” to the position,” while developing a funding strategy to ensure the organization’s growth and impact. The executive director will also be tasked with expanding ForwARd Arkansas’ marketing and communications strategy.

The qualifications for the role are a bachelor’s degree (required) and a master’s degree (preferred), along with 10 to 15 years of experience (preferably in education) and five or more years of executive leadership. Candidates must also be skilled fundraisers.

See the full job listing here.

Applications for the position will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2020.

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