Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

District of Columbia, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 11, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) invites applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The VP/COO will be a seasoned and strategic leader capable of providing operational oversight for the organization while setting and advancing a research agenda in support of independent higher education.

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities: NAICU, based in Washington, D.C., is a proactive champion, advocate, and unifying national voice for independent higher education. It is the only membership organization solely focused on representing private, nonprofit higher education on public policy issues in Washington. NAICU represents the leaders of private, nonprofit colleges and universities on federal issues, and works on behalf of the membership to analyze and shape federal higher education legislation and policy, particularly on issues affecting student aid, tax policy, and government regulation. With nearly 1,000 colleges, universities, and associations as members, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer: The VP/COO will report directly to the President of NAICU and oversee the internal operations as well as key leadership activities related to research, membership, human resources, finance and administration, technology, and planning. The VP/COO will lead the research team and direct the creation and implementation of the research and policy agenda and activities that support NAICU's mission. The VP/COO will also serve as the primary liaison to the Board of Directors and represent NAICU at events, conferences, and other outside efforts.

The next Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will have an advanced degree and bring demonstrated passion and commitment to higher education. The successful candidate will have significant senior-level management experience providing broad oversight of finance and operations functions, ideally within a nonprofit organization, such as a higher education institution, foundation, membership association, or government agency. The VP/COO will also have an understanding of issues confronting private, nonprofit higher education and demonstrated experience in developing and/or implementing a research and policy agenda. More information on NAICU and the position are available in the search profile, available for download here:

How to Apply: The position is open until filled, but only applications received by July 26, 2021, will be given full consideration. Applications should include a detailed letter of interest, current resume, and contact information for five references. References will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be sent in confidence to:

NAICU is being assisted by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about the opportunity may be arranged by contacting Jay Lemons (, Shawn Hartman ( or Jennifer Kooken (

NAICU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Employees are selected on the basis of their qualifications and work experience. It is the policy of NAICU to recruit, hire, and promote employees without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, veteran status, marital status, sexual preference, or for any other reason not related to employment


Similar jobs

Similar jobs