Director Wurtele Center for Leadership

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Position Summary:

Responsible for the development and implementation of a strategic vision for the Wurtele Center for Leadership (WCL) consistent with the mission, values and strategic priorities of Smith College. Create a culture that fosters an inclusive and expansive definition of leadership within the academically rooted context of an undergraduate women’s liberal arts college. Work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff in the design, coordination, and implementation of leadership capacity-building initiatives within a larger framework of developing student agency and transforming agency into informed action at scales both small and large. Work with the Development Office on fund-raising initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Supervise, review, and support the professional development of reporting staff. Coordinate the Center’s initiatives and programming with that of other units on campus, with a particular emphasis on developing synergies with a broader emerging collaborative of units whose work revolves around capacity-building for engaged leadership and change (including, but not limited to, the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, The Design Thinking Initiative, and the Jandon Center for Community Engagement). Oversee the development and implementation of a leadership certificate program. Work with faculty, staff and the Smith community to develop innovative and timely speaker series, workshops and other thematic events. Work closely with the Lazarus Center for Career Development, the Conway Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Office of Student Engagement, and the Office of Alumnae Relations on innovative approaches to preparing students for the world of work. Design and track assessment data related to all WCL initiatives. Manage and oversee the WCL budget. Work with the Development Office on fund-raising initiatives and effectively stewarding donor support for the WCL. Draft and submit reports to inform faculty, administrators, donors and the campus community on the work of the Center. Represent the WCL at major campus and off-campus events. Advise students and potentially teach/co-teach a 1-2 credit course on critical perspectives on leadership theory and practice, subject to the approval of the faculty Committee on Academic Priorities.


Education/Experience: Graduate degree plus 5-7 years of relevant experience and/or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Doctoral degree and experience working in a higher education setting highly preferred. Supervisory experience required. Experience working at the intersection of leadership and design thinking/human centered design is a plus.

Skills: Experience working collaboratively with diverse constituencies; demonstrated commitment to liberal arts education, women’s education, and to diversity, equity, and inclusion; experience designing and facilitating leadership development engagements of varying durations with groups of various sizes; ability to supervise high-functioning staff; experience with budget development and management; the ability to execute effectively and efficiently several key projects simultaneously. Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, have strong organizational and planning skills, excellent written and oral communications skills, excellent interpersonal skills; ability to interact effectively with people of all backgrounds and multiple units on campus; ability to exercise sound judgment; creativity and vision are required.

Additional Information:

In the cover letter, candidates should address their vision for a leadership center that is uniquely suited to the student demographics and institutional mission, values, and strengths of Smith College.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.




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Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/27/2019
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