Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

Hampden Sydney, Virginia
Jan 23, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hampden-Sydney College invites experienced and visionary professionals to apply for the position of Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. The Director will have the primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Wilson Center and for developing and implementing a vision for its future. With the support of the Center’s full-time Coordinator, and in collaboration with the Executive Director, the Faculty Advisory Group and the Center’s Board, the successful candidate will plan and implement the Center’s programming and events. These include overseeing a four-year leadership program for students, planning and implementing lectures and symposia associated with the Center, the Summer College program, as well as other events. The Director is responsible for developing and managing a yearly budget, and for monitoring additional restricted and endowed funds. He or she will also be active in fundraising, working with the Wilson Center’s Board of Advisors and the Office of Institutional Advancement to coordinate these efforts. In addition, the Director will assist in graduate school and professional job placement, maintain the Center’s website and regular publications coordinate marketing and advertising for the Center, and manage the Center’s civic education and outreach programs. Since one of the main goals of the Center is to support the college’s recruitment and retention efforts, the Director will work closely on all projects with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Alumni Affairs. And with a new strategic plan just approved, the new Director will have an unusual opportunity to play a major role in helping develop new directions for the Wilson Center.

This is a full-time, twelve-month staff appointment, and there will be some opportunities for teaching leadership courses. Ideal candidates will have experience in overseeing a successful leadership program.  Experience in higher education is a plus but not a requirement. Candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, as are candidates from business, government, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations.  Candidates with a Ph.D. are highly preferred, but candidates with a Master’s degree who have significant practical leadership experience will certainly be considered.

Hampden-Sydney College, one of the oldest colleges in the United States, is the last American college founded in British Colonial America and has remained in continuous operation since November 10, 1775; today it is dedicated to preparing students for the 21st century. Located on a 1,300-acre campus in Virginia's beautiful Southside, 60 miles southwest of Richmond, the campus' central portion has been designated a National Historic Preservation Zone. Hampden-Sydney's charter trustees included Patrick Henry and James Madison and William Henry Harrison was a member of the class of 1791. The College is part of the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail and the Civil Rights in Education Trail. 

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest was established in 1996 in honor of Lieutenant General Samuel V. Wilson, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, former Deputy Director of the CIA, and former President of Hampden-Sydney College. More information about the Wilson Center can be found at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment begins July 1, 2018.  Apply at or submit letter of application, curriculum vitae or resume, and three letters of reference to Hampden-Sydney College, Human Resources, P.O. Box 127, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943 or email to [email protected] Hampden-Sydney College welcomes applications from minority candidates and is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.