The State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA or the Authority) is an agency of the State of North Carolina authorized by the North Carolina General Assembly to administer education programs of student financial assistance created under federal or state law. Among these programs are numerous student grants and scholarships, forgivable loans for service, federal student and parent loans, North Carolina’s 529 college savings program, the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) information dissemination program, and shared services for colleges and universities. The Authority is a political subdivision of the State, governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. It is an affiliated institution of the University of North Carolina which provides the secretariat for the Authority. SEAA contracts at cost with College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) of Raleigh for certain centralized administration and related specialized services. The successful candidate will be an individual with a proven record of visionary leadership, demonstrated ability to provide effective management in a complex organizational setting, and substantial knowledge of postsecondary education systems and financial aid programs available to students. Key attributes include the ability to conceive, develop, and execute innovative and effective initiatives and solutions to address complex issues and challenges, to foster and facilitate effective and collegial collaborations with multiple external constituencies, to speak well and write clearly, to negotiate and demonstrate responsiveness to others, as well as business and financial acumen and entrepreneurial outlook, commitment, and sound judgment. The position requires a suitable combination of education and experience commensurate with a senior level management position. A minimum of a master’s degree or equivalent and a strong record of progressively responsible, senior level leadership and administrative experience of at least 15 years in fields related to higher education are required, with college or university campus administrative experience preferred. Detailed information about the State Education Assistance Authority and this position can be found at http://www.ncseaa.edu/ExecutiveDirector.htm. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references through https://pa234.peopleadmin.com/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp by 5:00 PM on July 11, 2014. The cover letter should address the applicant’s knowledge of the higher education landscape in North Carolina and how the applicant’s work experience relates to the qualifications for the position. The University of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.