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Founding Director, Center for Social Justice

Excelsior College
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Start date
Jun 8, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Excelsior College seeks to be a role model for best practices in social justice in higher education, and this position is a central part of that effort. The Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice will have the opportunity to create an infrastructure, strengthen cultural competency across the college community, build on a campus culture that supports social justice, and grow initiatives and partnerships that can promote equity, access, participation, and human rights.

Importantly, they will carry out this work with the support of senior leadership and the Board of Trustees.

Reporting directly to the President of the College, the Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice is a senior leader who serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices, relationships and resources to promote an inclusive, enabling environment for learners, faculty, staff and community stakeholders. The Founding Director will have in-depth experience and knowledge of social justice issues, the higher education landscape, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion problems and solutions.  The Founding Director will be able to create the Center for Social Justice, implement complex changes and innovative strategies working closely with internal colleagues across the College, government leaders and staff, community organizations and leaders, and partner organizations.

The Founding Director will also work with College colleagues to ensure that CSJ principles related to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in all the College’s activities, with an emphasis on collaborating with the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, Chief Operating Officer, VP of HR and the HR leadership team, and other key stakeholders.

This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Inquiries and questions should be directed to Senior Consultant Dr. Scott Flanagan ( To arrange a confidential conversation with Scott, please use this this Bookings link to access available times and set a call at your convenience:">

This position is opened until filled. Review of applications will begin in early July  and materials received by July 19, 2021 will be given full consideration. Nominations and application materials should be sent to  Applications must include a letter of intent  written to illustrate the candidate’s preparation to advance the priorities of the Founding Director of the Center for Social Justice at Excelsior College, current curriculum vitae or resume, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted)

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