Executive Director

Indiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Notre Dame seeks a collaborative, strategic, proactive, and experienced leader to serve as the next Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director (Executive Director) to lead the Center for Social Concerns (CSC). As Notre Dame’s academic institute for engaged social teaching, the CSC is the beating heart behind the University’s commitment to advance pedagogies of engagement, leverage personal transformation for social change, and transform principles of Catholic Social Teaching into 21st century leadership. The Executive Director carries a vibrant portfolio of responsibilities, including stewardship of the Center’s research programs, events, courses, and activities in areas related to Catholic Social Tradition and community-engaged learning and scholarship. The CSC is driven by justice and the common good. The Executive Director is at the epicenter of community-based research, teaching, and learning that brings students, faculty, and community partners together for personal and social transformation and justice. As such, Notre Dame seeks an exceptional communicator, influencer, and mission driven leader.


The Center for Social Concerns (CSC) was established at Notre Dame in 1983. The center is one of the proud products of the commitment and contribution to social service and social justice by Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni, and alumnae, since the founding of the University by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1842. The center’s commitment to working for justice and the common good is at its core and manifests through the teaching, research, scholarship, training of students to be leaders in their community, and programming across disciplines. For more information on the Center for Social Concerns, please visit the center’s website.


Fulfilling Notre Dame’s mission to cultivate a disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice, and oppression that burden the lives of so many, the Center for Social Concerns gathers, forms, and nourishes community-engaged scholars in the study, practice, and renewal of Catholic Social Tradition. By focusing on human dignity, pursuing the common good, and standing in solidarity with the marginalized and poor, the center advances pedagogies of engagement, leverages personal transformation for social change, and transforms principles of Catholic Social Teaching into 21st-century leadership. The next Executive Director will have the opportunity to build upon the CSC’s steadfast commitment to working for justice and the common good.


As the face of Notre Dame’s academic institute for engaged Catholic Social Teaching, the Executive Director oversees a robust portfolio of activities, including the center’s courses, programs, and signature events, and two academic minors. A thriving hub of service-learning, community-based research, and community-engaged courses, the Center serves as the nexus where classroom learning meets lived experiences, and where faith-based learning becomes a conduit for future service and action. Hosting over 1,000 students each year, the growth in student participation and service involvement in programs sponsored or co-sponsored through the center is significant and is enriched by the educational outcomes of agencies, their clients, and the students.

A champion for nurturing and developing the center’s approach to Catholic Social Teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning, the successful candidate will demonstrate the deeply held conviction that community-based research, teaching, and learning is the bridge that brings students, faculty, and community partners together to understand, confront, and reflect on current and historic social challenges.


Aligned with the University’s Spirit of Inclusion, the center’s next Executive Director will play a crucial role in advancing its longstanding commitment to ensuring that research, programming, and activities reflect a life-long commitment to social justice. An advocate for a just and equitable society, the Executive Director will align the center’s impact and influence to address the broader equity issues that impact human dignity, the common good, and solidarity with marginalized communities. As both a leader and supervisor, the Executive Director will lead by example in fostering a professional ecosystem that is grounded in a culture of inclusion, engagement, and participation for staff members at all levels of their careers.


Ideal candidates will have demonstrated success as a leader of cross-functional teams, and administrative experience in a non-profit, faith-based, mission-driven, or similar environment. A terminal degree or a PhD is preferred. While all safety concerns will be explored and respected, a willingness for occasional travel to represent the center and/or pursue new partnerships is required. The full position profile can be found here.

Beth Schaefer, Malissa Brennan, and Charlotte Harris of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).


Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.


For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.

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