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President and Chief Executive Officer

Posted on Jan 8, 2020 by Consortium of Universities of The Washington Metropolitan Area

Washington, WA 20036
Senior Appointments
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan
Area ("the Consortium"), one of the nation's foremost educational
collaboratives, seeks a new President and Chief Executive Officer
who will deepen and broaden partnerships, cultivate stronger
economic growth and spark analyses and problem-solving for critical
strategic and security issues facing the region and country.
Founded in 1964, the Consortium is a nonprofit
educational association of 17 member colleges and universities
representing nearly 290,000 students committed to the advancement
of higher education in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The
Consortium's members form a powerful economic force in the region
and represent every sector of nonprofit higher education.
As the primary voice of the university community in the
Washington, DC region and a respected partner in policy and
economic development, the Consortium serves its members through an
advocacy program that monitors federal and local government matters
and represents their collective interests with District of Columbia
government agencies and other regional constituencies. It also
sponsors a series of member services including, including a
cross-registration program, the national Research Fellows program,
the U.S. Institute of Peace program, Reach4Success and a campus
public safety initiative.
The Consortium's role, relevance and influence is considerably
greater than it was even a few years ago. It is a member of the
prestigious Washington
Higher Education Secretariat, which is the primary thought
leader and advocate for higher education public policy, and the
Consortium has become the preferred resource for regional
businesses, organizations, elected officials and higher education
leaders. The Consortium stands ready for a new President and CEO to
succeed Dr. John Cavanaugh, who will retire in May 2020.
The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who is
passionate about higher education and excited to take a proactive
role in representing this critically important sector to
government, business and civic leaders in the District of Columbia
region. The new leader's experiences can be drawn from either
academic leadership or advocacy roles outside of higher education.
Regardless of background, candidates should have the political
sophistication and savvy to interact regularly and confidently with
the leaders of 17 diverse and accomplished colleges and
universities. Candidates should also bring or be able to
comfortably acquire a breadth of knowledge of the higher education
landscape and trends. The President and CEO will possess highly
effective communication skills and be a skilled builder of
collaborative partnerships. Experience with public
policy formation, government contracts and grants will be assets in
this leadership role.
Additional information about the Consortium is available at
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of
applications will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. Candidates should provide, as two separate
documents, a current resume and a letter of interest that addresses
the responsibilities and requirements expressed in the leadership
profile found at . Applications, nominations
or inquiries can be sent to WittKieffer consultants John K.
Thornburgh and Shelley M.H. Arakawa at . For full consideration,
applications should be submitted by January 20,
The Consortium of Universities provides equal employment
opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age,
marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, family responsibilities, political
affiliation, disability, matriculation, familial status, source of
income, genetic information, place of residence or business, status
as a victim of an intra-family offense, credit information, or
disabled and/or recently separated or other protected armed forces
service veterans in compliance with applicable federal and District
of Columbia laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, in
every location in which our organization has facilities or
employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of
employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, salary,
promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of
absence, compensation, and training.
The Consortium of Universities expressly prohibits any form
of workplace harassment based on the "Protected Traits in the
District of Columbia Human Rights Act" listed
above. Interference with the ability of The Consortium of
Universities' employees to perform their job duties may result in
discipline up to and including discharge.

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