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News | April 9, 2012
IRA Appoints New Executive Director
Marcie Craig Post has been named Executive Director of the International Reading Association, Newark, DE. The appointment, which was made by the IRA Board of Directors, will begin in July 2012. The International Reading Association is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 70,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.
Post brings more than 20 years of experience in the leadership and management of educational organizations to the International Reading Association. In each of her positions, she has focused on establishing and maintaining sustainable operations by applying strong expertise to long-term, mission-centric strategic planning, data-driven outcomes-based growth and the development of innovative products and services. The focus of Post’s career has been the improvement and enrichment of reading and language development programs for school-age youth and creation of a supportive environment of professional learning to enhance teacher practice.
Prior to joining the International Reading Association, Post served as an independent consultant, providing schools and non-profit organizations with design and implementation support for strategic planning, program development and measurement, and board development and education. She also served as Chief Program and Education Officer for Global Partnership Schools, a newly formed company to develop programs and services for public school turnaround and assisting with project implementation from 2009 to 2011.
From 1999 to 2009, Post was the Chief Executive Officer of Education Enterprises of New York, overseeing the operation of five affiliated non-profit organizations, which included a school for students with learning disabilities, a community education center (where she served as founding Executive Director) and a foundation. She managed each of these organizations for growth and sustainability, providing leadership for program development and implementation. She also established systems for program planning and measurement and processes to ensure quality assurance and cost effectiveness. In addition, Post led an annual fund development effort, generating public interest, stewarding prospective donors, and raising over $1 million a year.
Post holds a Masters of Education in Higher Education degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves on the board of the New York Association of Independent Schools and chairs visiting committees for accreditation review. In her spare time, Post enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering for thoroughbred adoption centers and spending time with her family.