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Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden Sydney, Virginia
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time

Hampden-Sydney College invites experienced and visionary professionals to apply for the position of Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty, the Director has primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Wilson Center and for developing and implementing a vision for its future. With the support of the Center’s full-time Operations and Programs Coordinator, and in collaboration with its Faculty Advisory Committee and Board of Advisors, they will plan and implement all of the Center’s academic activities as well as co-curricular events.

The Director is responsible for developing and managing a yearly budget of approximately $200,000 and for monitoring additional restricted and endowed funds. In addition, the Director will supervise a four-year leadership program, two academic minors (Leadership in the Public Interest and National Security Studies), assist in graduate school and professional job placement, guide maintenance of the Center’s website and regular publications, coordinate marketing and advertising for the Center, and manage the Center’s civic education and outreach programs. Since one of the goals of the Center is to support the College’s recruitment and retention efforts, the Director will also work closely with the Office of Admissions and the Office of Alumni Relations.

This is a full-time, twelve-month staff appointment, and the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for the following duties:

  • Teach one or two interdisciplinary courses in leadership each semester (three per year).
  • Oversee administration of the two academic minor programs associated with the Center.
  • Coordinate the internship program and student research opportunities associated with the Center’s minors and classes.
  • Supervise and execute the College’s Four-Year Leadership Development program in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Plan visits to Washington, D.C., and other locations for students involved in Wilson Center programs.
  • Plan and implement an annual program of campus speakers and discussion panels on relevant topics.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students.
  • Contribute to other opportunities in leadership development directed toward the College’s students and alumni more generally.  
  • Collaborate with Hampden-Sydney faculty and staff personnel to maximize the Center’s engagement with the wider College community.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Advancement in fundraising efforts for the Center.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Earned graduate degree which qualifies candidate to teach interdisciplinary leadership classes.
  • At least ten years of relevant leadership and team-building experience in academia, government, or the private sector.
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students at the post-secondary level or equivalent instructional experience.
  • Experience with planning and executing events and programs.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Commitment to spending significant time—including evening and weekend events—on the Hampden-Sydney campus in formal and informal interactions with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Commitment to uphold and inculcate in students a knowledge of and respect for the mission of the College and of the Wilson Center

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of the academic literature addressing the theories and principles of leadership.
  • Experience in developing the leadership potential of undergraduate students.
  • Experience in recruiting and fundraising.

Review of applications will begin December 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Apply at our website Interested applicants must include a cover letter and resume. You may also mail your cover letter and resume to Hampden-Sydney College, Human Resources, P.O. Box 25, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943. As a community, Hampden-Sydney College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment, and therefore strongly encourages applications from women and minoritized groups. The College highly values diversity, prohibits discrimination of any sort, and is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

About the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest is the largest and oldest of the four cross-disciplinary centers at Hampden-Sydney. Named for the 22nd president of the College, Lieutenant General Samuel Vaughan Wilson, the Center prepares students across all academic fields for consequential lives of civic leadership and public service. Graduates from the Center serve at all levels of government as well as in business and the non-profit sector. 

About Hampden-Sydney College

Established in 1775 and counting James Madison and Patrick Henry among its original Trustees, Hampden-Sydney is a college for men that from the time of its founding has pursued the mission of educating “good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning." The College has an approximate enrollment of 1,000 students, and uses the combination of an intimate educational setting and rigorous curriculum to prepare young men to confront the local, national, and international challenges of the twenty-first century. Located 60 miles southwest of Richmond on a 1,300-acre campus in Virginia's beautiful Southside, the central area of campus has been designated a National Historic Preservation Zone. The College is also part of the Road to Revolution Heritage Trail and the Civil Rights in Education Trail.


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