President and CEO

Philadelphia 19104, Pennsylvania

JoB Description

International House Philadelphia (IHP) invites nominations and applications for the position of President and CEO. Reporting to the IHP Board of Trustees, the ideal candidate will be a creative, business savvy, charismatic, and entrepreneurial leader with the ability to catalyze IHP's continued growth and increasing impact on the regional community. He or she will successfully engage IHP's range of resources and develop new strategies for reinforcing the organization's place as the premier international educational and cultural center in the Philadelphia region.


About International House Philadelphia:

As the region's international center for arts, culture, educational, and residential activities, IHP's mission is to: maintain a diverse and welcoming community for students, scholars and interns from around the world, while introducing them to the American experience; broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community through high-quality international arts and humanities programs; and encourage understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all nations.

Founded in 1910 to serve as a resource for international students after they arrived in the United States, IHP is a home for students, scholars, and professional trainees from almost 80 countries. It also includes a widely-recognized center offering high-quality international arts, cultural, and educational programs, including a renowned cinema program presenting museum-quality curated films. An independent 501(c) 3 organization, IHP is located at 3701 Chestnut Street, a prime location in University City, at the intersection of the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Built in 1970, our 14-story building comprises 379 rooms and apartments, a state-of-the-art cinema, and more than 8,500 square feet of conference center space that is utilized by our residents, members, and organizations in the community.

In 2016, the facility housed more than 1,000 people from 68 colleges, universities, companies, and organizations, with graduate students, English Language Program students and undergraduates representing the largest percentage of residents, respectively. Students from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University accounted for the majority of our residents. IHP's programs attracted almost 22,000 people last year across 279 programs and performances, including films, cultural celebrations, concerts, art exhibits, and other events. In addition, nearly 32,000 people attended events presented by more than 100 organizations in our Conference Center and Theater. IHP has a staff of 41 full-time employees and several volunteers and interns, as well as a 2017 operating budget of $4.86 million. Our independent organization is affiliated with International Houses Worldwide, a network of International Houses in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. For more information, please visit



To Apply: Send applications (résumé and cover letter), nominations, and inquiries to the email address below. For priority consideration, please apply by February 1, 2018.

[email protected]

Ken Kring, Co-Managing Director and Josh Ward, Ph.D., Senior Associate

Global Education Practice, Korn Ferry, Philadelphia, PA

International House Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Contact: Korn Ferry

E-Mail: [email protected]

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