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Founding Director, Center for Social Justice

Excelsior College
Albany, New York

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Excelsior College seeks to be a role model for best practices in social justice in higher education, and this position is a central part of that effort. The Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice will have the opportunity to create an infrastructure, strengthen cultural competency across the college community, build on a campus culture that supports social justice, and grow initiatives and partnerships that can promote equity, access, participation, and human rights.

Importantly, they will carry out this work with the support of senior leadership and the Board of Trustees.

Reporting directly to the President of the College, the Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice is a senior leader who serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices, relationships and resources to promote an inclusive, enabling environment for learners, faculty, staff and community stakeholders. The Founding Director will have in-depth experience and knowledge of social justice issues, the higher education landscape, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion problems and solutions. The Founding Director will be able to create the Center for Social Justice, implement complex changes and innovative strategies working closely with internal colleagues across the College, government leaders and staff, community organizations and leaders, and partner organizations.

The Founding Director will also work with College colleagues to ensure that CSJ principles related to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in all the College’s activities, with an emphasis on collaborating with the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Chief Operating Officer, VP of HR and the HR leadership team, and other key stakeholders.

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Inquiries and questions should be directed to Senior Consultant Dr. Scott Flanagan ([email protected]). To arrange a confidential conversation with Scott, please use this this Bookings link to access available times and set a call at your convenience:[email protected]/bookings/

This position is opened until filled. Review of applications will begin in early July and materials received by July 19, 2021 will be given full consideration. Nominations and application materials should be sent to [email protected]. Applications must include a letter of intent written to illustrate the candidate’s preparation to advance the priorities of the Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice at Excelsior College, current curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted)


Founded as Regents College in 1971 and chartered as a private, nonprofit institution in 1998, the College was renamed Excelsior College in 2001. Excelsior means “ever upward” in Latin, and it reflects the aspirations of our students and graduates.

Excelsior College is an accredited, recognized leader in removing obstacles to the educational goals of the adult learner. We provide efficient and affordable access to higher education through multiple avenues to degree completion.

An Adult Learner Focus

Excelsior College revolutionized adult higher education by recognizing learning wherever and whenever it occurs.

A leader in online and distance learning, Excelsior College awards degrees at the associate and bachelor’s levels in liberal arts, nursing, business, technology, and health sciences, and at the master's level in liberal studies, nursing, and business. Certificate programs are also offered by the Schools of Business & Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Nursing.

Customized Flexibility Makes the Difference

Students have educational paths that are as unique and diverse as they are. Detours and rest stops are a fact of life. Our committed, national faculty members, and caring, professional staff help working adults overcome barriers to achieving personal, professional, and academic success.

As a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge through the application of a rigorous yet flexible and individualized approach, we work with each student to discover how best to avoid back-tracking on their road to success.

Our Mission

Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are - academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.

A Pioneer in Distance Learning

We offer busy students around the world the advantage of both earning credit at a distance and applying previously-earned college-level credit toward degree or certificate programs.

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