Executive Director

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 17, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

Executive Director


AACRAO is a non-profit, voluntary, professional association of more than 11,000 higher education professionals who represent approximately 2,600 institutions in more than 40 countries. Its mission is to provide professional development, guidelines, and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology, and student services. AACRAO represents institutions in every part of the higher education community, from large public institutions to small, private liberal arts colleges.


The Position

Reporting to the AACRAO board of directors, the executive director serves as the association’s chief executive officer and is responsible for the leadership and management of the association, and of its office and employees. The executive director provides leadership in the development of the association's vision, mission and goals and of the corresponding strategies, plans and budgets to achieve them; advises, makes recommendations to and assists the board of directors in formulating policies for the association; and monitors the development of strategic plans, priorities, performance measurements, management controls and critical success factors, ensuring the effective design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of the association's programs, products and services. The executive director supports the operation and administration of the board by advising and informing board members, facilitating communication between board members and staff, working to achieve the goals set by the board, and participating in the assessment of those goals. In addition, the executive director recommends the annual budget for board and membership approval and prudently manages the association's resources within the association's budget guidelines and in compliance with current laws and regulations; develops and maintains an effective staff organization that provides appropriate policy and program recommendations for consideration by the board of directors and efficiently delivers services, programs and information beneficial to the members.



A bachelor’s degree and successful leadership and management experience at a senior level with fiscal responsibility for an enterprise with a large staff and significant annual operating budget are required. An advanced degree and experience in non-profit organizations or mission based for-profit organizations, educational institutions or association management are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels and functions of an organization. In addition the ideal candidate will possess demonstrated success in effectively leading change and organizational growth; significant experience in fiscal management; a track record of hiring outstanding people and building a strong team; demonstrated public affairs skills, including electronic and print media relations; the ability to work collegially with senior management and staff, board members, members, and external partners; and a substantial understanding of current national issues in higher education.


Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin October 16, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positionsNominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at mrf@spelmanjohnson.com or Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.


Visit the AACRAO website at www.aacrao.org


The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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