The Intercultural Institute of California (IIC) seeks a passionate, dynamic and skilled Executive Director (ED) who will proudly lead and support our staff, programs, students, faculty and community.

Who Are We?

IIC is a non-profit language school located in the San Francisco Bay Area and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Korean Center, Inc. (KCI). IIC is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adult students from around the world. We currently have more than 160 students, 18 instructors, and 5 full-time staff. Our programs include General English, Business English, and iBT TOEFL test preparation.

After 25+years in operation and steady growth, IIC has been challenged recently by the COVID pandemic, as have many similar schools. While having successfully pivoted to fully online instruction, we hope to strengthen and develop new offerings that can ensure a more sustainable business model. We are therefore seeking an ED who can not only help IIC remain viable in the near future, but also someone who can help develop a longer-term strategic vision and business plan to lead the organization into the future.

Job Description

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic, fiscal and administrative responsibility for all IIC programs and operations. S/he will provide direction to and work closely with a small but dedicated team in all aspects of planning and implementation. The ED will be expected to quickly develop a deep knowledge of IIC’s core programs, operations and business plans. S/he will work with a sense of urgency in executing and developing current and prospective revenue opportunities. S/he will assess IIC’s positioning in the market in relation to other institutions with similar offerings and engage prospective strategic partners to effectively execute its missions and expand its programs, outreach and branding.


    • Lead the development and review of strategic planning and annual implementation plans that help build IIC’s programmatic and financial strength.
    • Lead, coach, develop and retain IIC’s high-performance management team and ensure all necessary support for teaching and support staff.
    • Ensure programmatic excellence as well as the quality and effectiveness of fiscal and administrative operations and policies.
    • Ensure that services and revenue sources are robust enough to meet or exceed strategic goals and objectives.
    • Working closely with IIC’s Director of Education and his team, track progress and regularly evaluate program components, making adjustments as needed.

Finance & Development

    • Oversee the creation and management of annual budgets and monthly reviews/forecasts, including preparing accurate and timely financial analyses.
    • Supervise the development of operations-based financial modeling.
    • Research and pursue potential grant opportunities that align with IIC’s strategic goals.

Communications & Marketing

    • Develop and oversee IIC’s marketing and communication strategies aimed at strengthening its brand and increasing program revenue.

Compliance and External Relations

    • Ensure IIC maintains compliance with all governmental and legal requirements and regulations (including local, state, and federal).
    • Maintain existing and develop new strategic partnerships that can help further IIC’s mission and goals, expand its programs, outreach and branding.

Board Relations & Governance

    • Communicate professionally, effectively and in a timely and accurate manner with the staff and to the Board to ensure informed and timely decisionmaking.
    • Prepare monthly organizational updates and present reports to the Board of Directors through the Board’s IIC Committee.
    • Contribute to strengthening the board of directors by identifying and helping to recruit potential members.

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of professional work experience in positions of increasing responsibility in nonprofit and/or ESL or private/public school administration
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including in budgeting and financial management
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently as well as leading a team
  • Excellent communication skills including fluent written and spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including cultural sensitivity
  • Creative and flexible problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated collaborative and partnership-building skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage multiple initiatives at once

Highly Desired Experience/Skills:

  • Advanced degree, preferably in management, marketing, business and/or TESOL administration, plus minimum two years of professional work experience
  • Experience recruiting students (including from overseas) into language programs
  • Knowledge of digital marketing and website development
  • Experience with grant writing and/or fundraising


  • Salary commensurate with experience, and a performance-based bonus after the first year
  • Health insurance, sick leave, and paid vacation

How to Apply

If you can envision yourself leading IIC as its executive director, please submit your resume and cover letter to: (A cover letter is required for consideration and should include a summary of how your qualifications match IIC’s needs and how you think you can contribute to IIC’s mission.)

The search will remain open until the position is filled.