Executive Director, CONNECT Partnership
Job Description: THIS POSITION IS NOT A BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY POSITION. THIS POSITION IS AFFILIATED WITH CONNECT, A SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP CONNECT: A SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP The primary purpose of the position of Executive Director is to develop and lead the CONNECT organization. Under the general supervision of the CONNECT CEOs, the Executive Director works with regional partners and with college and university faculty and staff to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of higher education in southeastern Massachusetts and to coordinate the use of resources towards the economic, educational and cultural development of the region as a whole. The Executive Director plans, develops and delivers all CONNECT programs, projects and activities, and manages the human and financial resources required to operate the CONNECT organization effectively. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Board and External Relations: - Establishes a schedule of meetings for the CONNECT Board Directors. Prepares agendas, attends Directors' meetings, and ensures that minutes are kept - Prepares strategic and financial plans for CONNECT for discussion with and approval by the Board of Directors; reports to the Board on accomplishments - Develops and maintains effective relationships with CONNECT's Regional Advisory Board (yet to be established) and with regional partner organizations in southeastern Massachusetts - Develops and maintains an effective relationship with the Department of Higher Education and other relevant state agencies - Coordinates relationships, work, and programs with K-12 and Early Education in the Southeastern Region as it relates to CONNECT - Work with regional investment boards and chambers as appropriate to provide them with a link to CONNECT as a regional resource - Serve as director for the Southeast Regional STEM Network including; supervise ongoing grant work, prepare reports for the DHE, seek additional funding opportunities Program Development and Campus Relations: - Establishes a schedule of meetings for the CONNECT Liaison Group. Prepares agendas, attends Liaison Group meetings, and ensures that minutes are kept - With the Board of Directors and the CONNECT Liaison Group, develops new programs, projects and activities for CONNECT on a stand-alone basis or in partnership with other organizations and institutions; evaluates, modifies and terminates CONNECT programs and projects as necessary, keeping programs current with changing conditions - Establishes productive teams of campus-based individuals to develop and implement CONNECT programs, projects and activities; ensures that every CONNECT team has effective leadership and resources sufficient to meet goals; monitors, evaluates and reports on team progress - Provide oversight and support for CONNECT conferences (i.e. Writing Conference, Mathematics Conference, Service Learning Conference) - Collaborate with the Campus Liaison group and with campus-based teams, develops methods to increase the visibility of CONNECT on member campuses and to publicize CONNECT's goals and accomplishments Management: - From grants, gifts or legislative sources, secures funding for CONNECT programs and projects, and additional staff the organization may require - Manages financial resources and provides regular reports to the Board - Manages human resources and provides regular reports to the Board - Manages technology resources and provides regular reports to the Board - Maintains an effective web presence for the CONNECT organization Required Qualifications: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: - Master's degree required, doctoral degree desirable - Excellent written and oral communication skills - Regional development experience: some familiarity with business, government, K-12 organizations and regional development activities - Fund-raising skills: experience with grant-getting and/or private fund-raising - Administrative skills: strategic planning; program planning; financial planning; developing and managing budgets; staff supervision - A record of success including progressively increasing responsibilities Preferred Qualifications: - Higher education experience preferred(teaching or administration): some familiarity with higher education sectors, structures, policies, institutional practices Special Instructions to Applicants: *This position is subject to a background check.