University of the South
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 22, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Sewanee, The University of the South seeks nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Babson Center for Global Commerce.

The University of the South (familiarly known as Sewanee, the town in which the University is located) is one of the nation's finest universities. An institution of the Episcopal Church, it has a distinguished undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, a leading graduate School of Theology, and an innovative School of Letters offering summer master's degree programs in English literature and creative writing.

The Babson Center for Global Commerce is an essential element of the Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program, providing a co-curricular program of mentorship, along with educational and experiential learning activities that enable students to engage in society as principled citizens poised to succeed and lead in the global economy.

The Center's programs and activities are designed to introduce both Carey Fellows (business honors students) and the general student body to the issues and skills necessary to succeed in an engaged and responsible business career or the business aspects of their chosen career; to provide intellectual and moral development, professional encouragement, career counsel, and networking opportunities to students; to assist students seeking internships and post-graduate employment opportunities; to bring distinguished leaders and other speakers to the University; and to establish and organize repeatable programs that bring together students, faculty members, and members of the business community.

The Center supports the University's beliefs that the best preparation for a career in global commerce is a broad-based liberal arts education. Thus the Babson Center for Global Commerce is where the University and its concern for civic leadership, global citizenship, liberal arts education, and the business world merge to assist students in preparing for successful careers as civic and business leaders. Many of today's leaders attribute their success to the study of the human experience and to the critical thinking abilities, writing, speaking and listening skills at the core of the liberal arts tradition at Sewanee.

Reporting to the Dean of the College, the Director designs and implements a co-curricular program of educational and experiential learning activities to prepare students as principled citizens better able to succeed and lead in a global economy. The Director is responsible for leading and directing the ongoing vision and administration of the Babson Center, working collaboratively with Director of the Business Minor and the Director of the Sewanee Career Center to oversee the growth and strategic direction of the Wm. Polk Carey Pre-Business Program, helping the program to mature as a premier pre-professional model for undergraduate business education in a liberal arts setting.

The Director oversees a team of two staff members and a budget of approximately $385,000. The Babson Center for Global Commerce offers an endowment of nearly $4,000,000.

Primary Duties:

  • Oversee and administer the day-to-day functions of the Center, including a staff of two.
  • Work closely with alumni, personal network contacts, and others to maintain and build upon a robust suite of internship opportunities for the Carey Fellows program.
  • Serve as mentor and coach students who show an interest in the activities of the Center and the business minor, particularly the Carey Fellows.
  • Help recruit and manage the appointment of new Carey Fellows annually.
  • Manage the distribution of 4-6 summer business studies programs including the Beeken Scholars and other program specific scholarships.
  • Teach two classes a year (one per semester).
  • Working with the Advancement Office, engage alumni, parents, and friends of the University to support the programs and events of the Center through financial contribution and participation.
  • Oversee and administer several established programs such as the Graham Executive in Residence, the Bryan Viewpoint Speaker series and the Humphreys Entrepreneur in Residence.
  • Actively engage in and lead conversations with administration, faculty, students, alumni and the community to increase awareness and interaction with the Babson Center.
  • Serve as a key contact for the Admissions department to support prospective students considering the study of business, and/or the Carey Fellow program.
  • Leverage the energies, experiences, and talents of a personal network, alumni, and friends of the University to further the goals of the Center.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics:

The successful candidate will be an approachable and collaborative leader able to forge a vision for the Center and the ongoing role of business education at the University. The individual will be a creative and nimble leader with an entrepreneurial mind and the soul of a teacher.

Qualifications include a strong and demonstrated commitment to the principles and values of a liberal arts education; significant senior management and executive experience; and a record that demonstrates skills as a leader, team builder and effective communicator. A bachelor's degree is required and an advanced degree is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • visionary and strategic leadership, able to see ahead clearly; ability to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; broad knowledge and perspective, future-oriented; ability to create strategies and plans;
  • commitment to and experience with supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • excellent networking skills, able to identify and foster relationships on behalf of an organization;
  • significant experience in leading and managing teams and advancing organizations;
  • demonstrated ability to build effective programs and to lead, mentor, teach and develop students and employees;
  • proven experience in coaching and guiding institutional leadership, to include academic administration and faculty; strong facilitation, communication and presentation skills;
  • experience and understanding of current issues and implications for business education in a global context;
  • expertise in creating environments of trust and transparency and championing a diverse, modern program;
  • strong business-specific knowledge and financial acumen, strategic thinking, coaching and organizational behavior/design/effectiveness skills;
  • ability to leverage data and metrics to inform and shape strategy;
  • ability to manage change with high levels of self-confidence; a keen ability to “sell” new ideas and initiatives; a willingness to take calculated risks;
  • strong listening skills, comfortable and effective at all levels of the organization; ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose, talk about possibilities, and inspire and motivate; and
  • demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles.

For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest by March 1, 2021 to:

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Beth McCarthy, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP