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HERC Executive Director Job Description
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is a growing national non-profit consortium working to advance equity and excellence in the higher education workforce. Nationally HERC encompasses 19 regions and serves over 700 higher education institutions, hospitals, labs, and affiliated employers united by a shared commitment to cultivating a talented workforce as diverse as the people we serve.
HERC is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to continue 20 years of successfully working toward a diversified higher education workforce. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the overall leadership for the consortium, serves as the steward of the consortium’s collective vision, and drives the organization toward the fulfillment of its mission. They are responsible for the thoughtful and sustainable growth of the consortium, and will lead, implement, and communicate large-scale change management initiatives. HERC’s next leader will be an individual of the highest integrity, a seasoned manager who is enthusiastic to innovate, and a compelling advocate and representative of HERC and its mission.
Leadership and Organizational Growth
- Connect, represent, and advance HERC’s vision, mission, and strategies
- Lead the development of the HERC’s strategic plans, while overseeing growth and diversification of relationships and funding necessary for implementation
- Increase HERC’s ability to recruit and retain members, expand our programmatic offerings, and position the consortium as a strategic resource across higher education on topics related to diversity and inclusion
- Partner with the Governing Board to shape strategic direction, improve organizational policies and systems, operations, and expand fundraising Drives organizational change through data-informed decision-making process and sound organizational change management practices
- Make data-informed decisions that provide member-centric solutions to existing and future problems and lead the Central HERC toward best practices to be shared with regions and members of the consortium.
- Function as a key steward of organizational resources (e.g., fiscal, intellectual, partnerships, brand, etc.).
- Manage fiscal resources that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains the organization in a positive financial position.
- Develop other revenues necessary to support HERC’s mission, including non-dues revenue programs, corporate sponsorships, and foundation grant funding
- Responsible for effective administration of HERC operations.
- Build an effective, efficient, and sustainable central organization
- Assess and analyzes the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of regions in relation to their fiscal impact to the organization as a whole.
- Model intrinsic integrity and excellent professional judgement while exhibiting unquestioned discretion with highly confidential or sensitive information.
- Maintain a high-functioning central staff team, focused on strategic priorities and outcomes.
- Manage the relationship with Central HERC’s fiscal sponsor
Collaboration and Communications
- Create and maintain a superior member service culture in support of the HERC’s dynamic regional structure and membership base
- Communicate with the governance and advisory boards, internal and external constituent groups, and other stakeholders to coordinate programs, processes, initiatives to ensure optimal outcomes, utilization of resources, effective communications, thoughtful risk management.
- Represent HERC at public events and stakeholder meetings to increase awareness and engagement, build relationships, and strengthen the consortium
This position has functional and administrative supervisory responsibilities for support, professional, and leadership staff, this position reports administratively and functionally to the Chair of the Governance Board.
Education and Certifications:
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g., HR management, non-profit management, etc.) or equivalent experience is necessary; a master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred,
Experience and Skills:
- At least ten years of progressive experience in non-profit or higher education leadership including at least five years serving in a senior leadership role (i.e., supervisory capacity) is necessary. Knowledge of challenges facing institutions of higher education is considered helpful to the success of an individual in this role is highly important.
- Strong customer service skills, with the ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of clients and colleagues, is necessary. An authentic, engaging, and collaborative style that values and thrives on building ongoing relationships with various constituencies on campus is critically important.
- Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to organize, analyze, summarize, and effectively present data to a diverse group of constituents is necessary. Intellectual curiosity, innovative spirit, bold thinking, decisive, goal oriented, and a willingness to take calculated risks is necessary.
- Focus on execution and getting results; is metrics and data driven and has the ability to build a strong culture of clear responsibility and accountability is necessary. Leadership skills, with ability to effectively lead and manage a team of professionals in often complex work involving accuracy, productivity, confidentiality, security, and adherence to deadlines with an ability to transfer knowledge and foster accountability is necessary. High level of personal integrity, ethics, initiative, and strong interpersonal skills is required.
- Demonstrated track record leading, implementing, and communicating large-scale change management initiatives in complex organizations is critical. Excellent collaboration, project management, time management and negotiation skills with ability to multi-task and meet deadlines; good organizational skills with attention to detail are necessary.
- Ability to effectively communicate ideas, to coach and facilitate change at all levels; a well-rounded business acumen and sound business judgment, tact, and diplomacy; Experience interfacing with senior organizational leaders and working both independently as well as through others is necessary.
- Demonstrable organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to articulate and present complex or delicate information to various audiences is necessary.
- Experience working in Higher Education Administration and diversity leadership, human resources, coalition and/or association experience is strongly preferred.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in Higher Education Administration and diversity leadership, human resources, coalition and/or association experience.
To apply, applicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of diversity, and contact information for at least three references to firstname.lastname@example.org Attn: HERC ED Search. Initial screening begins on May 12th, 2021.
The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
For more about HERC, visit: www.hercjobs.org.