[eDebate] Important Job Announcement -- NAUDL

Ross Smith smithr
Wed Sep 12 10:32:14 CDT 2007

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) is seeking an 
Executive Director with strong enthusiasm, leadership, development 
ability, and organizational skills to lead a rapidly growing nationwide 
not-for-profit organization. The NAUDL assists local school systems and 
community supporters to establish and develop competitive academic 
debating leagues for youth in economically-disadvantaged urban areas. 
The NAUDL identifies local supporters, catalyzes local commitment, 
provides a roadmap and basic materials, and guides the development 
process for league organization. The NAUDL also galvanizes national 
support, promotes cooperation between individual leagues, facilitates 
quality improvement, and intervenes to revitalize struggling leagues as 
an ongoing activity. Although effectively only two years old, the NAUDL 
has marshaled a highly-experienced staff and is on its way to 
approaching $1 million in annual support.

The Executive Director has responsibility for the entire enterprise, and 
reports to an engaged Board of Directors. He/she will be compensated 
commensurate with their experience.

Qualified candidates must have a university bachelor?s degree or more 
advanced degree, strong interpersonal skills, an entrepreneurial spirit, 
a well-developed spirit of professionalism, and experience in 
not-for-profit organizational management. Experience in urban education 
or competitive debate is preferred, and experience with the operations 
of debating leagues is desirable.

A strong candidate would have demonstrated the ability to devise 
effective organizational strategies; inspire supporters, employees, and 
public observers to embrace those strategies; refine and grow a young 
organization; and develop talented staff as a cohesive unit. The 
candidate should have the flexibility to work effectively on a 
peer-to-peer basis with a variety of organizational cultures, including 
business, not-for-profit, education, and government environments, and to 
elicit their mutual cooperation for the benefit of underprivileged 
youth. The candidate should also project a strong sense of client 
service and integrity.

Interested candidates should contact Leonard A. Gail at 312-472-8101 or 
email LennyGail at UrbanDebate.org by October 15, 2007. The new Executive 
Director will be in place by January 1, 2008.

Ross K. Smith
Director of Debate
Wake Forest University

336-251-2076 (c)
336-758-5268 (o)


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