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Open Learning Exchange is seeking an entrepreneurial CEO committed to scaling up this ground-breaking, global social benefit organization. This role requires someone who will increase the effectiveness of OLE’s current programs, manage the organization’s administrative functions necessary for this small yet complex organization, and build new, sustainable, global partnerships.
OLE is committed to ensuring that everyone is a learner. It focuses especially on those living in the impoverished, violence-riven and disrupted parts of the world.
OLE’s big idea is to demonstrate solutions to the three most serious barriers to learning: the lack of quality materials, the lack of effective teachers, and the lack of meaningful connections with the rest of the world. OLE’s Personal Learning Toolkit addresses these problems. It is a learner-driven, scalable and affordable community-centered solution that works offline with solar power, using any device with a browser. To implement these solutions, OLE partners with independent nation-based organizations that are led by innovative entrepreneurs who align OLE’s approach with their nation’s conditions and needs and ensure its sustainability. OLE provides strategic advice and technical support, and regularly assembles our partners to share and learn from each other.
In its first decade, under the direction of its founder, OLE demonstrated that its core framework can have a transformative impact on the least advantaged communities. Both MIT and the World Bank have selected OLE for its outstanding solutions to youth employment and the future of work. OLE’s current focus is assisting Somalia’s Mogadishu University with scaling OLE’s framework nationally. The CEO will work closely with OLE’s Somali partners, and seek to develop similar partnerships in other countries.
The ideal candidate:
• Is profoundly committed to OLE’s core framework for promoting personalized learning, supported by teams and based in communities, that generates personal, social and economic growth
• Is committed to promoting programs for disenfranchised girls and women
• Is an innovative entrepreneur, skilled at leading changes, ready to take calculated risks, and able to convert failures into opportunities
• Has designed and overseen the development of innovative approaches to personalized learning
• Has designed and developed persuasive multi-media communications
• Has raised significant levels of financial support for social benefit missions
• Is comfortable working in disrupted, resource-scarce environments
This CEO will have full operational responsibility for OLE, including:
• Serving as the main point of contact with OLE’s national partners
• Guiding continuous improvements in OLE’s technology
• Cultivating other potential partnerships
• Designing and developing needed services
• Developing and implementing communications strategy and materials
• Raising the funds needed to develop and sustain OLE over time
• Providing support to and development of the Board of Directors
• Overseeing OLE’s administrative and financial functions
OLE is currently headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Periodic travel to international locations, such as Somalia, will be necessary.
The CEO will report to the OLE Board of Directors, chaired by the founder. The founder will continue to Chair the Board of Directors and will be available to provide assistance in any matters requested by the CEO.
Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.