Current Searches

Selected Engagements:

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Baltimore, MD
President and CEO

The NAACP was founded in 1909 by a multiracial group of activists who answered “the call” to renew the struggle for civil and political liberty. Today, the NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.  The NAACP, based in Baltimore, MD, has 100 employees and $42 million in revenues (2013).

Reporting to the Chairman and Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will have overall responsibility for expanding and managing the operations of the NAACP, with a particular emphasis on increasing the level of engagement of members throughout the organization and NAACP stakeholders.  The President also will be expected to build partnerships and work with individuals and organizations across the civil rights, religious, corporate and political spectrum.  The candidate selected for the position must embody the mission and legacy of the organization through his/her actions and demonstrated commitment to social justice and civil rights.  It is imperative that the new CEO imparts a bold and achievable vision for the future that places rebuilding the organization, fundraising and membership building among his/her top priorities. Recognizing the sense of urgency needed to undertake a major fund raising effort, the new CEO will play an instrumental role in maintaining the NAACP as the nation’s preeminent civil rights organization to assure its long-term viability.

Candidates must be a member of the NAACP.  An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.  Must be available to travel at least 100 days per year.  Other experience:

  • -An established track record in civil rights advocacy, demonstrating that he/she understands and lives the mission of the NAACP.
  • -A curious, intellectual and passionate perspective toward current and emerging political, economic, social justice and civil rights trends.
  • -Experience in expanding and managing the day-to-day operations of a non-profit organization, exhibiting an entrepreneurial approach and strong organizational skills.
  • -A proven ability to develop and implement strategic and operational plans to meet both short- and long-term growth objectives.
  • -History of developing and sustaining positive relationships with Board members and stakeholders.
  • -Experience recruiting, developing, retaining and mentoring high-performance, mission-driven teams.
  • -A management style that is organized and efficient while at the same time inclusive, allowing for consensus-building, team work recognition, and the ability to resolve conflict.
  • -An excellent negotiator who is experienced with contracts.
  • -Strong leadership characteristics that include good interpersonal skills, sound judgment, honesty and integrity.
  • -A dynamic and energetic personality that will be conveyed both internally to the organization and externally to the community.
  • -An intelligent self-starter and finisher who is resourceful and entrepreneurial, yet team oriented; a leader with the ability to drive imagination and creativity across the organization.
  • -A strong and dynamic communicator with the ability to translate broad concepts into a message that clearly represents the organization and its mission; the ability to communicate across all levels within and outside of the organization and to communicate with persuasive and clear verbal and written presentation skills.
  • -A demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people of different philosophies, generations, backgrounds and cultures.
  • -Leads with a high degree of ethics, transparency and accountability.

Confidential inquiries, referrals and applications are invited.  Click here to email us.  Applications, which should include a current resume and letter of interest and be submitted in Microsoft Word format, will be reviewed immediately and accepted until the position is filled.  To view the full position announcement, click here.

Harris-Stowe State University – St. Louis, MO

Harris-Stowe is accessible, diverse and offers the most affordable baccalaureate degrees in the St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area.  The institution is fully accredited and has grown significantly over the years, moving from one degree program to 15.  With a low 25:1 student to faculty ratio, the university was named one of “America’s Best Colleges” in the Midwest by U.S. News.  The university’s physical campus also has changed immensely with the construction of several new buildings in the last decade, including two student residence halls; a physical education/performing arts facility; and a state-of-the-art early childhood development and parenting education center. The President will be an inspirational leader and responsible for ensuring that the academic, fiscal and operational activities of Harris-Stowe are conducted in alignment with the its strategic plan and priorities, and are consistent with the best practices of colleges and universities.  The successful candidate will have five or more years of experience in a senior academic or administration leadership role in an accredited four-year institution of higher education (president or chancellor experience preferred).  He/she should possess an advanced degree in an education/administration-related discipline from an accredited four-year institution of higher education (earned doctorate preferred).  An extraordinary business or government profile also will be considered in lieu of advanced academic credentials.  Applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the opportunities, challenges and requirements of the position; a current resume/curriculum vita; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references. The Board is being assisted with its search by The Hollins Group Inc. For full consideration, nominations and applications should be submitted by January 24, 2014. At that time, the Search Committee shall begin its formal review of applicants, continuing until the position is filled.  Please reference “Harris-Stowe Presidential Search” in the e-mail subject line.  Click here to email us.

Elizabeth City State University – North Carolina

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) was founded as a teacher training school for African American students in the historic Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina in 1891.  Today, ECSU is one of the 17 constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.  Now at a pivotal moment in its history, ECSU seeks a Chancellor to help redefine its mission and envision its future by leading significant improvements in enrollment growth; teaching, learning and public service innovation; fiscal security and accountability; and community, regional, national and global engagement.  The Chancellor who seeks to lead ECSU into the future must have exceptional qualities and record of experiences, which must include the ability and willingness to do the following:

  • -Develop and proactively communicate a distinctive new direction that maximizes the university’s full potential, based on its strengths and past successes.
  • -Be a change agent who is willing to make bold mission-driven and structural changes for the good of the university.
  • -Differentiate the university’s value proposition, focusing on its holistic academic experience, access and affordability, educational opportunity, nurturing environment, and legacy of student success.
  • -Advance the university’s vision, mission, goals and objectives through strategic budgeting, planning, monitoring and assessment.
  • -Identify, recruit, and develop a strong leadership team that complements the strengths of individual team members.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae and names of five professional references (with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) by April 30, 2014, to assure full consideration. Those seeking to nominate potential candidates should send a letter of nomination. All inquiries, nominations and application materials should be sent electronically (submit Microsoft Word documents and refer to “ECSU Chancellor Search” in email subject line).  Click here to email us.

Harold Washington College – Chicago, IL

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) District 508 is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students at seven campuses and 13 satellite sites city-wide. CCC is currently in the midst of a collaborative effort to review and revise its programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life’s goals.  Harold Washington College, which is named after Chicago’s first African American mayor,  serves 15,469 diverse students (6,973 are FTE) and is located in a bustling Loop area of downtown Chicago on the corner of Lake and Wabash. Harold Washington offers accessible and affordable opportunities for academic advancement, career development, and personal enrichment.  The Business and Professional Services College to Careers program is headquartered at Harold Washington.

CCC is seeking a candidate strongly committed to diversity, to building strong partnerships with local business, civic, and other institutions in support of Harold Washington’s commitment to students of all ages and backgrounds. Successful applicants should possess a minimum of 10 years of progressive senior management experience in either an academic institution, business or other organization of similar scope and complexity. The ideal candidate will have an outstanding track record of professional achievement and demonstrated success in strategic planning and fiscal management. Applicants should have the ability to provide effective leadership of the College’s academic programs, accreditation process, and innovative instructional technology initiatives. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution is required; an earned Doctorate degree from an accredited institution is preferred. The Presidential Search Committee will begin reviewing nominations and applications immediately and will continue to accept them until a President is selected. Application materials should be submitted electronically and should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined above, a current resume, and contact information for at least five references. Attachments in Word format preferred.   Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.   Click here to email us.