Senior Director of Faculty Relations
The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) seeks a Senior Director of Faculty Relations to support a growing community of university scholars across the country in advancing a better understanding of the principles of a free and open society and ensuring that free speech and open inquiry flourish on college campuses. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Senior Director of Faculty Relations is responsible for leading IHS’s Relationship Management Capability (RMC) for aspiring and current faculty, and its Free Speech and Open Inquiry (FSOI) initiative.
The IHS vision for the RMC is that graduate students and faculty in the IHS academic network have the material support and intellectual connections they need to thrive as teacher-scholars in the classical liberal tradition, and advance the principles and practices of a free and open society. Our vision for the FSOI initiative is that the college campus is a place where faculty and students eagerly engage in a fearless search for truth through the open and civil exchange of ideas. IHS offers faculty, student organizations, and academic leaders the thought leadership and program support they need to advance the free and open exchange of ideas on their campuses.
The Senior Director supervises directors of the RMC and FSOI teams. With support from the relevant directors, the Senior Director is ultimately responsible for leading exemplary performance from the RMC and FSOI teams. The Senior Director is also responsible for establishing and maintaining productive cross-team relationships, particularly with the Senior Directors of Educational Programs and Academic Talent Development. The Senior Director will support the president and Foundation Relations team by assisting with the development of grant proposals related to the RMC and FSOI initiative. The Senior Director may also be responsible for maintaining a modest portfolio of faculty relationships.
The Senior Director must be a strategic, innovative leader with superior communication skills and a demonstrated ability to proactively identify and seize opportunities for team improvement, organizational growth, and measurable progress toward positive social change in higher education. The person holding this position works closely with other senior directors and executive leadership, playing an integral role in meeting the organization’s vision and strategic goals.
Founded in 1961 and affiliated with George Mason University, IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that works with college students and professors around the country to advance understanding of the principles of a free and open society. IHS offers educational programs, scholarships, mentoring, and faculty-development support that help college students and professors contribute to a freer, more prosperous, and more humane world.
- Establish and execute a relationship management capability and strategy that advances the organization’s vision for positive change in higher education
- Develop and execute the organization’s comprehensive strategy to support free speech and open inquiry on American college and university campuses
- Establish and maintain clear lines of communication and collaborative partnership with the Senior Directors of Educational Programs and Academic Talent Development
- Work collaboratively with senior and executive leadership to set and achieve an ambitious program of positive social change in American higher education
- Supervise and mentor team members from the Relationship Management Capability (RMC) and Free Speech and Open Inquiry (FSOI) initiative, assigning projects based on individual strengths and addressing gaps in the team’s capabilities with employee development
- Support the president and Foundation Relations team by assisting with the development of fundraising proposals related to the RMC and FSOI initiative
- Establish and deliver on measurable goals for the RMC and FSOI teams
- Ensure a manageable and predictable work flow and optimal knowledge-sharing within the RMC and FSOI teams and across the organization
- Ensure written materials and communications coming from the RMC and FSOI teams support the organization’s brand narrative
- Administer departmental budget
The ideal candidate will have:
- A demonstrated record of success in developing and leading dynamic, high-stakes programs
- A demonstrated record of success in leading a team
- Deep familiarity with and communications experience within higher education
- Proficiency in proposal and budget development
- Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, with the ability to write persuasively and quickly
- Must be an innovative thinker with a focus on strategy and the ability to smoothly implement new initiatives
- Strong organizational skills, with an ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
All IHS employees receive:
- A competitive salary that reflects your experience
- Metro-accessible location in the heart of Clarendon
- Great medical and dental benefits
- 403(b), FSAs, long-term disability, and other valuable benefits
- Free parking or transportation offset
- One free course per semester at George Mason University (GMU)
- The opportunity to do meaningful work for an awesome mission
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