Vice Chancellor - Network

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Vice Chancellor - Network & New Initiatives

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Jenna Sattar Kwiatek, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

For an expanded job description please visit the Isaacson Miller posting, linked above.

Northeastern University, a globally located, diverse, research intensive, and comprehensive university with experiential education deeply embedded in all its educational offerings, seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as its first Vice Chancellor - Network & New Initiatives (Vice Chancellor). Reporting to and working closely with the Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Vice Chancellor will join Northeastern at a time of significant investment in the student affairs function across all campuses.

The Vice Chancellor will oversee Wellness, Learning Support, and Off Campus Services while playing a visible role in advancing broad Student Affairs objectives at Northeastern. Northeastern is seeking a flexible and agile leader to play a hands-on, executive-level role in Student Affairs. The Vice Chancellor will serve as a strategist, advisor, and executor to ensure that all Student Affairs initiatives are aligned with the priorities of the Senior Vice Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor will have high-level management skills along with top-level strategic insight and the ability to assist and lead in the implementation of organizational initiatives. The Vice Chancellor will serve as a critical thought partner to support the student experience across Northeastern's campuses.

An expanded job description can be found on the Isaacson Miller website, linked below.

The ideal candidate will be a self-reflective, self-starter who likes to work within a varied and dynamic network of stakeholders. They will have a minimum of 10 years related experience, including progressively responsible positions in higher education administration, preferably for student affairs in a complex university setting. The position requires a minimum of two years experience working with executive-level leaders in a dynamic and fast paced setting; experience leading and developing diverse teams of staff; highly developed oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and a track record of collaboration in a complex and diverse environment.

While no single candidate will have all the ideal qualifications, candidates should possess many of the following:
  • A master's degree in a relevant field.
  • Progressively responsible leadership in a high energy environment working with an innovation leadership agenda.
  • Ability to work effectively in a diverse community and meet the needs of diverse student populations including first-generation college students, low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and international students.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion and creating spaces of belonging for all students.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with demonstrated ability to work independently and make decisions in a timely manner based on thoughtful analysis and critical judgment.
  • Results/action-orientation; project management skills.
  • Organizational and political agility; developed negotiation skills.
  • Tact, diplomacy, and superb interpersonal savvy and skills required to establish close relationships with key influencers around campus.
  • Able to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a fast-paced environment.
  • Managerial strengths in achieving goals through empowering others.
  • Inspirational leadership traits and dynamic motivational ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to filter and synthesize information so that Senior Vice Chancellor remains focused on executive level priorities.
  • Ability to serve as an able ambassador for the Senior Vice Chancellor, representing best interests of the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within the United States and abroad.
  • Position requires significant time commitment to meet demands of high paced office.
  • Flexibility and agility are keys to success.

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Additional Information:
All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Jenna Sattar Kwiatek, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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