Senior Director of Academic Programs

Senior Director of Academic Programs

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University seeks an experienced manager and leader to serve as Senior Director of Academic Programs. The Senior Director provides strategic direction for our Academic Team, leading IHS’s efforts to greatly increase the number and effectiveness of professors who are teaching, researching, communicating, and developing initiatives on college campuses to advance the ideas of a free, peaceful, and prosperous society.

The Senior Director of Academic Programs is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining robust knowledge about the trends, risks, and potential opportunities in higher education that potentially impact IHS’s academic strategy.
  • Working with senior leadership at IHS to craft and refine a vision for expanding the presence of classical liberal (libertarian) ideas in higher education. And, each year, crafting an ambitious program strategy aimed at making meaningful progress toward our long-term goals.
  • Building, cultivating, and providing ongoing guidance and support to a dedicated Academic Programs Team—including hiring, setting performance expectations for, and supervising a 6-person (and growing) team.
  • Contributing to relevant fundraising proposals and reports and representing IHS at some fundraising events.
  • Cultivating strategic partnerships with key allies in the academic and nonprofit sectors.
  • Actively facilitating communication about IHS’s academic efforts within the department and across the organization.
  • Leading integration of the Academic Team’s efforts with other departments at IHS.

Qualified candidates will possess the following attributes:

  • 10+ years of personnel- and program/project-management experience
  • Demonstrated record of success as a manager
  • Entrepreneurial drive to advance liberty through higher education
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Unimpeachable integrity and professionalism
  • Passionate appreciation for the classical liberal intellectual tradition

Salary is senior level, competitive, and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, IHS provides exceptional benefits to all employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100 percent of the health insurance premium and tax-free reimbursement of all deductible expenses, and paying 100 percent of the dental insurance premium). IHS also provides all employees with flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and one free course per semester at George Mason University (GMU).

The Institute for Humane Studies is located in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., two blocks from the Virginia Square metro stop (on the Orange Line). IHS is a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Application Process
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter detailing: a) your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization, and b) your salary requirements

Materials should be emailed to Claire Kittle, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.