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Grambling State University – Grambling, LA


The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System seeks a President for Grambling State University, a Carnegie Master’s College and University (medium programs) that offers 47 undergraduate and graduate programs to its 4,504 students.  The President will be a visionary, entrepreneurial leader who has exhibited both academic and senior administrative success; is committed to fundraising, economic development, and community relations; and is student-centered. Further, the President should empower others through transparent communication, collaborative management, and shared governance. Candidates will be expected to have high-level executive experience with demonstrated performance of exceptional quality. Those holding an earned doctorate with a background in higher education administration are preferred. Administrative experience in other disciplines will also be considered. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by February 13, 2015. An application should include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; a résumé; and the names of five references, including titles, addresses, business and home telephone numbers, and email addresses.To read the full position specification please view: Grambling Presidential Leadership Statement – FinalClick here to email us.

Seaway Bank and Trust Company – Chicago, IL

Chief Financial Officer

Seaway Bank and Trust Company is a Chicago-based community bank serving families, churches/nonprofits and businesses in diverse neighborhoods. As Seaway embarks on its 50th anniversary in 2015, it has grown to include eight branches in the Chicago area, a branch in Milwaukee and foreign currency exchange centers and banking outlets at O’Hare and Midway International airports in Chicago. Its primary deposit products are checking, savings, and term certificate accounts; primary lending products are real estate, commercial, and consumer loans.  Seaway Bank and Trust Company is an FDIC Member, an Equal Housing Lender, and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Seaway Bancshares, Inc. is the bank’s Holding Company. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is a key member of Seaway’s leadership team and is responsible for the bank’s financial and risk management operations to include: the development of financial and operational strategies in accordance with the bank’s vision; the establishment of metrics tied to these critical strategies; and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve Seaway’s assets and report accurate financial results. The CFO directs all accounting activities, offering leadership training and providing a high level of customer relations and service. Undergraduate degree required; a graduate degree is preferred. CPA designation is a plus, but not required. Minimum of 5 years as a CFO or Treasurer. Banking industry experience of at least 7-10 years is highly preferred. It is desirable to hire a CFO who has worked directly with a CEO as well as with a Board of Directors. Experience in working with bank regulators and preparing and submitting Call Reports and other bank regulatory filings is highly desirable. Experience in building accounting systems, policies, procedures, budgets, and forecasts required. A background with bank accounting systems is required. The successful candidate will have solid experience in financial, operational and systems management, preferably gained in cash-constrained and/or turnaround environments. Experience in developing, implementing and administering financial risk management, performance management, and control systems required, as is having a demonstrated ability to identify and communicate emerging financial risk issues. Understanding of operational process improvement/cost optimization tools and approaches that assist reporting, decision making and enhanced controls is required. Specialized knowledge and experience with purchase accounting and deferred tax assets accounting is required; experience with loss share accounting is highly desirable. Breadth and depth of financial skills in the areas of liquidity management, capital allocation, budgeting and return analysis are preferred. Candidate application materials, inquiries and/or referrals should be submitted in Microsoft Word format (please reference Seaway Bank and Trust/CFO Search in e-mail subject line). Click here to email us.

Illinois State University – Normal, IL

Dean, College of Fine Arts

Illinois State University ( in Normal, Illinois, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Fine Arts. Founded in 1857, as Illinois’s first public university, Illinois State enrolls approximately 20,000 students and enjoys many points of pride – including rising to number 74 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 rankings of top public universities in the nation based on academic quality and excellence. Illinois State’s College of Fine Arts is comprised of three Schools (Art, Music, Theatre and Dance) and a growing interdisciplinary program in Arts Technology.  The College’s Mission is to educate developing artists, performers, scholars, teachers and therapists.  In Fall 2014, the College enrolled a total of 1,090 students, including 953 undergraduates and 137 graduates.  Minimal requirements include (among others): earned doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in a discipline represented in the College; and nationally recognized accomplishment as a scholar and teacher commensurate with appointment as a tenured Professor. To read, the full position specification please view: ISU, Dean, College of Fine Arts – Position Specification – Final.  To apply, visit:

State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) - Champaign, IL

Executive Director

Located in Champaign, IL, the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS; ) administers benefits and over $17.4B in assets for approximately 227,000 members. Reporting to an eleven-member Board of Trustees, the Executive Director directs a staff of 130 through 10 direct reports, including a Chief Investment Officer.  The Executive Director also serves as the chief governmental/legislation liaison with the General Assembly, its committees, and other governmental entities as necessary. The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree and progressive management responsibility culminating in a senior management position in a public pension fund, insurance or financial services company, as well as outstanding leadership attributes, excellent communication skills, professional presence and maturity, and sensitivity to issues of managing and funding a public trust fund.  The ideal candidate will also have strong people and process management skills, political acumen, strategic agility, and the highest integrity and ethics. To read, the full position specification: SURS Executive Director (Position Specification) 12-3-14.   Click here to email us.

Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) – Chicago, IL


The Sinai Urban Health Institute (; SUHI) seeks a passionate, highly accomplished President to lead its nationally recognized, unique research institute in Chicago, Illinois.  Founded in 2000 as part of Sinai Health System (, SUHI’s goal is to serve as a leading urban health research institute for eliminating health disparities and working toward health equity.  SUHI is highly respected, both locally and nationally, for its work in developing and implementing effective approaches to improve the health of urban communities through data-driven research, interventions, evaluation, and community engagement.

The President will be a visionary leader and accountable for all of SUHI’s management, administrative, fiscal, fundraising, research, intervention, dissemination, community engagement, and programming activities.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of Sinai Health System, the President will lead a team of almost 40 epidemiologists, community health workers, and other public health professionals who are dedicated to health care equity.

The ideal candidate will possess a PhD or Dr.PH and at least 15 years of relevant work experience in the field of Epidemiology, Public Health, Statistics, Medical Sociology or a related field; he/she will have expertise in leading community-based, participatory research.  Other requirements include:

-Ability to develop long- and short-term goals, plans and funding strategies.

-Demonstrated record in the acquisition of grants from public and private funders, including management of multiple funding sources.  Familiarity with NIH extramural funding is a plus.

-Adept at establishing and maintaining effective relationships with funders, administrators, academic organizations, community leaders, and government officials.

-Ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate public health programs, particularly for vulnerable populations.

-Extensive experience managing a large, diverse staff; possess mentoring skills to guide staff in research, publishing and program development/evaluation.

-Scientific knowledge, skills, and proven history of contributing to the science of public health practice.

-Strong record of peer-reviewed publications in public health, epidemiology, and/or preventive medicine.

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing professional experience as it relates to the opportunities and requirements of the position; a current resume/curriculum vita; and the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references.  Send all materials electronically in Microsoft Word; please reference “SUHI President Search” in the email subject line.  To read, the full position specification: SUHI President Job Description.   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.

University of Chicago
Director of Transportation and Parking

The University of Chicago, a private, non-denominational institution with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education programs, seeks applicants for the position of Director of Transportation and Parking (Director). The Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Office of Transportation and Parking within the Department of Safety and Security. This position directs and administers university-wide commuter, parking, and transit/transportation functions to ensure safe, efficient and economical operation. The University currently has parking for over 2,300 vehicles daily, including one parking structure and 12 surface lots. The Director will oversee the University shuttle service, carpooling, park and ride, and other travel demand management programs, as well as day-to-day campus transportation services provided through contracts with providers including the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and private contractors.

The Director coordinates with University and Medical Center administration, including the Office of Campus and Student Life and works closely as a liaison to the University’s Office of Civic Engagement as directly related to parking and transit matters.   Additionally, the Director markets and promotes the parking and transit programs to the University community and various key stakeholders. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Management Operations within Safety and Security, the Director leads two Assistant Directors who in turn manage a total workforce of five.

Applicants must possess at least five years of public administration, business, parking and/or transit operations or related experience.  Requirements: at least three years of management and financial experience; strategic long-range planning; broad knowledge of parking, transportation, and transit system operation, safety and management; ability to conceptualize, design, and implement business and operating systems; excellent interpersonal and communication skills – including listening, negotiation, conflict resolution and persuasion; and a valid driver’s license and demonstrated safe driving performance. Knowledge of economic and public policy to shape transportation behavior is preferred, as is knowledge of transportation trends, laws and regulations. A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in planning, public administration, marketing or communications preferred.  To read the full position announcement, click here: Director of Transportation and Parking Position Specification.   Click here to email us.

Yale University – New Haven, CT

Director of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance

The Office of Facilities at Yale University seeks an outstanding leader to serve as the Department of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance.  Yale’s Central, West and School of Medicine campuses cover 1,000+ acres within the greater New Haven, Connecticut, area and include more than 440 buildings, encompassing 16.7 million square feet of space.  Yale is a “city within a city” for over 25,000 students, faculty and staff.

The Director will oversee 34 supervisors with ultimate oversight for 300 service and maintenance staff providing grounds maintenance (landscaping, snow removal, waste collection, and recycling services activities) for all three campuses of university properties, including athletic fields, green roofs, historic trails and botanical gardens.  Develop and incorporate innovative thought, technology, and best practices to continually improve how the organization functions and delivers services required to maintain and operate Yale’s buildings, including preventive maintenance, emergency response to all weather conditions and natural disasters, landscaping and construction projects, and support of special events and activities.  Create and implement safety training programs and sustainable programs and initiatives.  Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) or Facilities Management Certification (CFM) preferred.  To read the full position specification: Yale University Position Specification for Director of Facilities Services and Grounds Maintenance.

Candidates for this position must possess: Bachelor’s degree in facilities management, business administration, management or a related field; 10 years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and demonstrated experience in a leadership position, including well-developed supervisory skills and experience with performance management and feedback.  Facilities leaders with experience participating in joint union labor/management initiatives preferred.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter outlining interest and how experience aligns with position responsibilities and requirements; current resume; and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail, and telephone numbers) of three professional references.  Send all materials and/or inquiries (reference “Yale University” in the subject line) to The Hollins Group Inc. via email.  Click here to email us.