Bridgewater, Plymouth County
Jun 24, 2014
Executive Administration Jobs
Presidents & Chancellors
Job Description: The Position Bridgewater State University's 12th President must embody the University's historic mission while rallying the institution behind a compelling vision for the future. He/she will be a highly visible figure and regularly engage with a wide array of University constituencies - students, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, alumni, civic/government partners and community constituents - to enhance student success, improve the teaching and learning environment, drive programmatic innovation, catalyze regional socioeconomic development, bolster the University's reputation, and optimize the organization's operational effectiveness and financial health. RESPONSIBILITIES Strategic Vision and Leadership - Befitting an institution that continually strives for excellence in teaching and learning, exemplify Bridgewater State University's mission, values and purpose in all settings - Partner closely with the Board of Trustees to articulate BSU's future direction and strategic path while aligning organizational structures and resources accordingly. - Recommend and maintain high academic, fiduciary and personnel standards for the University's administration and oversight - Represent the University in policy and budget discussions at the state level with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, the State University Council of Presidents, the Massachusetts legislature and the Governor's Office - Ensure open, transparent and mutually beneficial relationships with the University's four collective bargaining units Organizational and Executive Team Leadership - Recruit and mentor a strong Cabinet and Executive Team that values collaboration, trust and interdependence - Lead the Cabinet's efforts to balance the integration of recent growth throughout the institution, while simultaneously translating BSU's current priorities into results-oriented action plans - Communicate the University's initiatives, objectives and performance to the Board of Trustees, employees, students, alumni and other constituents on a frequent and ongoing basis - In partnership with the Cabinet and Executive Team, reinforce and drive a positive and empowering performance culture - Ensure that people, technology, capital investments and other resources are aligned to drive productivity and measurable programmatic and operational outcomes Community Engagement and Partnerships - Capitalize on and deepen the University's multi- faceted role as: a thoughtful, local community partner; a regional economic force; an innovator in closing the student-achievement gap; and a national exemplar of forward-thinking leadership within the realm of public higher education - Actively share and promote BSU's mission, results and best practices with civic and business leaders, philanthropic decision-makers, national and international higher education consortia, and all relevant media and news organizations - Serve as an original and expressive thinker both at the University and throughout the Commonwealth, nation and world Institutional Advancement and Fundraising - Partner with the University's Foundation and Alumni Association to deepen relationships and to broaden engagement with BSU's multiple donor constituencies - Personally cultivate and attract major gifts, grants and other financial support to advance the mission and priorities of the University A full position prospectus can be found at

Required Qualifications: Bridgewater State University's 12th President must be a sophisticated leader with exceptional character and deep experience who has demonstrated academic and management excellence. Professional Experience - Significant, progressive, senior-level management and administration experience, ideally gained at a well respected, performance- and outcomes-driven organization. If not presently affiliated with a higher education institution, candidates should possess a clear track record of leading with dual bottom-line and social mission objectives as well as significant experience gained through Board service. - Prior chief executive, vice-presidential or C-level experience preferred with ultimate responsibility for a substantial operating budget. - Has recruited, mentored and empowered high- performing leaders and aspires to build strong teams of diverse perspectives and talents. - As a strong and authentic relationship-builder, has demonstrable poise and savvy for engaging in, and being responsive to, the needs of diverse communities. Thrives in the public arena while partnering with leaders from all affiliated sectors. - Superior management and leadership skills with tangible evidence of leading change within diverse, dynamic and increasingly complex environments. - Significant knowledge of key opportunities and challenges facing public higher education essential. Familiarity with the Massachusetts public higher education landscape would be advantageous but is not a prerequisite. Leadership and Personal Attributes - Driven by the mission, purpose and extraordinary history of Bridgewater State University; is equally tenacious in, and ambitious about, leading the institution to new levels of excellence. - Leads by example with honor, integrity and openness. Sets and meets outstanding ethical and moral standards. - Recognized strategic and visionary leader with significant personal presence, energy and gravitas to command respect with all constituents and partners. - Results-oriented, thoughtful and resilient leadership style; displays sound judgment and courage in making complex decisions. - Innovative and entrepreneurial; a calculated risk-taker with proven experience in developing, managing and sustaining growth initiatives. Education Doctorate (e.g. PhD, EdD, JD, MD) or other terminal degree strongly preferred. COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY Bridgewater State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. All qualified finalists will be subject to a background check.

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Special Instructions to Applicants: Application materials should include a cover letter, a summary of current compensation and benefits, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five professional references. All candidates are encouraged to review the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education's Guidelines and Procedures for the Search, Selection, Appointment and Removal of State University and Community College Presidents, available at