Development Guild DDI Seeks New Leader for League School of Greater Boston

March 10, 2020 – Executive recruitment firm Development Guild DDI, which focuses on the non-profit sector, has been selected by League School of Greater Boston, a private school for students on the autism spectrum, to lead its search for a new executive director. Current leader Frank A. Gagliardi plans to retire in the spring. President William Weber is leading the assignment.

As he transitions out, Dr. Gagliardi plans to support the acclimation and onboarding of the incoming executive director as appropriate, for a limited amount of time.

The executive director will shape the future of League School. He or she will develop, articulate and drive the overall vision for long-term organizational growth, culture and impact. “This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious leader to join an established and highly effective specialized education institution and scale its reputation in the field and service to the regional community,” Development Guild said.

The winning candidate will have the opportunity to hire and supervise department directors, said the search firm. The individual will also monitor the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and dismissal of all staff. The executive director will be expected to establish staff organizational structure, position descriptions and performance standards.

The right leader will have an authentic commitment to the League School mission and model, as well as the ability to persuasively communicate a case for support, said Development Guild. Candidates should have 10 years of experience in special education/school leadership, with a record of job continuity.

Preferred Traits

  • Wide-ranging experience with autism and related fields.
  • Knowledge of Massachusetts special education environment.
  • Experience with management/oversight of education programming.
  • Extensive financial and personnel management/contract experience.
  • MBA, Ph.D./Ed.D., credentials in special education, education administration.

For more than 50 years, the non-profit League School of Greater Boston has been on the cutting edge of specialized education for children and young adults with autism. As one of the first schools in the U.S. devoted exclusively to educating students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), innovation and pioneering approaches are core to League School’s culture and values. Over the last few years, the school has strengthened its national reputation, acquired new property and welcomed an increasing number of students and staff.

Veteran Recruiters

Development Guild DDI, which has offices in New York and Boston, was founded in 1978. The firm helps clients align leadership around a strategic vision with its planning, executive search and fundraising services. The firm works with non-profits nationwide, partnering with leaders in academic medicine, higher education, arts and culture, human services and others.

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Development Guild’s clients, which number more than 500, have included: Boston Children’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Tufts Medical Center, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, College of the Holy Cross, Partners in Health, University of Rhode Island Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Weber, who co-founded the firm with Suzanne Weber in 1978, has focused his career on the convergence of strategic planning, philanthropy and leadership development, as well as the transformational impact it can have on an institution. His many clients have included: Boston University, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Johns Hopkins Medicine, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mount Sinai Health System, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Year Up.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor  – Hunt Scanlon Media

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