Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Dec 09, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Notre Dame, a leading American research university that offers undergraduate, professional, and graduate students the opportunity to pursue their academic endeavors in a scholarly community that is enriched by Catholic intellectual and cultural traditions, invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for director of its highly recognized Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI).

The Institute strives to improve the education of all children, especially those living in communities of low opportunity. Founded in 1996, the IEI is home to more than 30 teaching and clinical faculty members and professors of the practice as well as 80 faculty fellows from across the University. Through teaching, research, and outreach, these distinguished scholars and practitioners pursue interdisciplinary collaborations to better understand and improve PK-12 education both in the United States and internationally, with a particular – though not exclusive – focus on Catholic schools. The Institute's reputation as a force for good has stemmed in large part from its programmatic thrust, including its wide array of distinctive graduate-level licensure programs.

The director of the IEI reports directly to a new provost and provides leadership for all aspects of the Institute. Key imperatives for the director's first few years in office include: collaborating with key stakeholders to develop a strategic vision that builds on the success and progress of the Institute to catalyze its next phase of growth and evolution; promoting and advancing efforts to support a diverse, inclusive, and mission-focused community; promoting the Institute's advancement through energetic stewardship of benefactors and philanthropic foundations; and fostering communication and collaboration within and among the Institute's centers and faculty fellows.

The ideal candidate will be an intellectual leader of note in education or a related field who also has experience in strategic and administrative roles that have required the management of personnel, operations, and finances. The new director should demonstrate both an understanding and passion for Notre Dame's Catholic character as well as a commitment to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, broadly construed. The ability to communicate the Institute's mission and priorities with persuasiveness and clarity to potential donors and programmatic partners is essential. A master's degree is required; a doctorate or other terminal degree is strongly preferred.

The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by the Congregation of the Holy Cross, is a private Catholic research university ranked among the nation's top 20 institutions of higher education in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Time, Kiplinger's, and Kaplan/Newsweek. The University's 1,260-acre campus is located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, which offers a small-town feel with a number of big-city amenities including Broadway plays, first-rate musical and performance artists, and a vibrant and growing innovation culture. Approximately 90 miles east of Chicago, South Bend and the larger Michiana region are also home to ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

WittKieffer is assisting in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 15. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to Robin Mamlet, Alejandra Gillette-Teran, and Jessica Herrington at [email protected].

The University of Notre Dame is dedicated to equal employment opportunity and to the implementation of positive programs designed to ensure the prevention of any discriminatory practices, either intentional or inadvertent, with respect to race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, age, or sex. The University is completely committed to full compliance with the letter and spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other federal, state, and local laws concerning equal opportunities.