Presidential search

One of the nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School is internationally known for its programs and for helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. The School seeks a dynamic, visionary leader who can articulate the value of a skills-based education, and build on the institution’s 137-year tradition of excellence.

Dear NBSS Community:

As you may already know, after twelve years of spectacularly successful leadership at NBSS, Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez will be retiring as President of the School in December 2018.

Miguel’s long-planned decision to start his next chapter comes at a time when the School is positioned remarkably well thanks to the many accomplishments of the past decade, including the relocation to North Street. We are deeply grateful for Miguel’s profound commitment to the School and his leadership over the past twelve years.

The Board of Directors has begun a search for the next President of NBSS. We are looking for someone who will embrace both the 137-year history of the School and who can help craft a strategy for a future of continued excellence. The Board has formed a Search Committee, chaired by Charlie Kline and comprised of trustees, and representatives of the faculty and staff, to undertake the search process. The Search Committee has hired Korn Ferry as our Executive Search Firm to serve as our partner, help guide the search, and to develop the description of the position. If you know of potential candidates, please forward their names to Rosa Morris ( for consideration.

While Miguel plans to step down at the end of 2018, he has agreed to continue to lead the School until such time as we find the perfect person to fill his shoes. Meanwhile, Miguel is focused on the completion of our $20 million endowment campaign this year. This campaign will strengthen the School financially and increase our ability to offer financial aid to talented students – both important priorities for Miguel’s presidency.

Needless to say, we will plan a wonderful celebration of Miguel for later this year. We are all deeply indebted to him. Meanwhile, as Miguel would be the first to remind us, we have much yet to accomplish in the remainder of 2018!

Marc Margulies, Board of Directors Chair

Position Summary

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One of the nation’s oldest schools for hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, North Bennet Street School (NBSS) is internationally known for its programs. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty, and inspiring community have provided students with the skills to lead meaningful careers. NBSS is a non-profit institution that offers a welcoming and collaborative environment in Boston's North End. The nine full-time programs include Bookbinding; Cabinet & Furniture Making; Carpentry; Jewelry Making & Repair; Locksmithing & Security Technology; Piano Technology (Basic & Advanced); Preservation Carpentry; and Violin Making & Repair.

The next President has the opportunity to build on the institution’s 137-year tradition of excellence and its unsurpassed reputation in its field. The President will lead the institution by embracing change as well as tradition in a world in which education is being reinvented. He or she will position NBSS and craft education in a changing context for post-secondary education, vocational training, and workforce development. The next chapter of NBSS should include the expansion of its reach and external brand to a broader audience through increased enrollment, expanded continuing education opportunities, existing and new partnerships, full utilization of the facility, and exploration of online distance learning. Without losing what makes NBSS distinctive today, the next leader will need to evaluate the role of digital tools for teaching, learning, external positioning, and administration. A priority of the next President will be to develop a financial and organizational model which recognizes and leverages the size and scale of NBSS and secures its future.

NBSS seeks a dynamic leader with vision who has a demonstrated record of innovation and successful performance in an academic or nonprofit setting or similarly complex organization. The successful individual should demonstrate inspirational leadership, business acumen, and strategic direction for the institution.

The successful candidate must be a compelling and energetic external voice and advocate for the goals of NBSS to a variety of audiences and be able to leverage opportunities in the area of development and fundraising. The President must have an entrepreneurial spirit, guided by the ability and willingness to identify new approaches that can transform and cultivate excellence. He or she must understand the history of NBSS, uphold its traditions, and represent the broad interests of the institution. This next leader should have a nuanced understanding of how technology and learning can intersect. He or she must be an outstanding and self-confident communicator, in both oral and written form, with an ability to listen to and nurture relationships within the NBSS community.

It is essential that the next President be able to articulate the value of skills-based education through his or her own work, education, and/or meaningful experience with a trade. An advanced degree is not required.

Nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence and reviewed immediately. The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, nominations and applications (CV and cover letter) should be sent as soon as possible to Korn Ferry consultants Rosa Morris and Naree Viner: You can also click on the Nominate a Candidate button below to complete the nomination online.

North Bennet Street School is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds to apply for employment at the School.


Define Needs
  • Gather intelligence in meetings with stakeholders to gain a thorough understanding of the School.
  • Finalize position description.
  • Run advertisement.

In Progress

Build Candidate Pool

  • Develop Search Strategy and begin mapping all relevant markets.
  • Encourage nominations from the School community for potential sources and candidates.
  • KF starts market recruiting and interviewing viable candidates.

Review Candidates

  • Begin review of candidate files.
  • Conduct first round interviews with committee.

Summer 2018
Finalists Round
  • Finalist interviews are conducted.
  • References conducted.

Summer 2018
Successful appointment
  • Public announcement of the new President.

Presidential Search Committee

McKey Berkman BB ’11*
Ann Cahoon JM ’02, Department Head
Bruce Dayton, Campaign Committee Co-Chair, Board of Directors Vice-Chair*
Claire Fruitman CF ’96, Provost
William R. Hettinger CF ’07, Board of Advisors Member
Charles L. Kline CF ’05, Search Committee Chair*
MaryJane Kubler, KublerWirka Strategic Advisors
Marc Margulies, Board of Directors Chair*
Geneva Thorndike CF ’16, Campaign Committee Co-Chair*

* Board of Directors Member

Rosa Morris, Principal

Global Education Practice
Washington, D.C.
(202) 955-0952

Naree W.S. Viner, Principal

Nonprofit Practice
New York City, NY
(212) 984-9328