Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open To The Public

Position Status: Full-Time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0058/1

Salary Range: Commensurate with rank and experience

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Nominations and applications: For best consideration, please submit application materials by January 31, 2023. Dossiers should include 1) a complete, current CV and 2) a two- to three-page cover letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, the applicant’s motivation to apply
and interest in UDC. The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit

All inquiries and applications should be addressed to:
Marion Frenche - Search Manager and Practice Leader of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Senior Executive Search Consultant Greenwood/Asher and Associates, LLC KELLY

Brief Description of Duties

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Board of Trustees has taken its first important steps in the national search for the next president of the University. In July , UDC announced that Ronald Mason Jr, UDC’s longest-serving president, would step down at the conclusion of his contract in June 2023.

The presidential search committee is charged with finalizing a position description, which will delineate the skills and characteristics the next president needs to be successful. The committee will collaborate with the search firm to engage University stakeholders, develop the search schedule, circulate the position announcement, review applications, conduct initial interviews, and present finalists to the Board of Trustees for consideration.
The presidential search committee will begin accepting candidate applications and nominations in November 2022, and the Board of Trustees expects to make its final decision on the next President in April 2023.
The President of the University of the District of Columbia is responsible for the total operation of the university. With guidance and instruction from the Board of Trustees, the president oversees administering educational programs. Effectiveness of president’s work is evaluated in terms of adequacy of recurring and special reports, participation in conferences and efficiency and quality of performance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provides overall planning, coordination and evaluation of programs and staff activities of the university for the purpose of achieving the University’s stated goals and objectives.
  • Ensures that the broad educational and administrative management policies and philosophies of the university are effectively carried out.
  • Ensures the coordination of program implementation through effective fiscal management, human resources development and policy development and interpretation.
  • Provides leadership in the development of University Academic programs, as well as other primary and staff support programs.
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding appropriate staff appointments, policies for board action, new or amended programs and building and ground improvements.
  • Provides continued and considerable leadership in the development and preparation of the budget and defends same.
  • Presents the appropriate budget to the Board of Trustees, District of Columbia City Council and House Appropriations Subcommittee for the District of Columbia.
  • Responsible for the administration of the university’s personnel program to include the development and implementation of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that subordinate operating and staff managers understand their duties and responsibilities as well as lines of authority.
  • Prepares periodic reports outlining status of university programs and activities and new developments, clearly communicating goals, progress, problems and proposed solutions.
  • Responsible for overseeing the control of expenditures ensuring that University guidelines and objectives are being met.
  • Through subordinate managers, ensures that the university relations activities are effectively and efficiently carried out to include Public Information, University Development, Alumni Affairs and University Publications.
  • Analyzes significant trends and developments in higher education and communicates same to subordinate staff.
  • Ensures that the university operates within existing Federal and District Laws.
  • Represents the university before various community groups, both private and public organizations and organizations within the University, outlining programs, progress and general information that may be pertinent to the interested groups or organizations.
  • Maintains an admissions policy which reflects the needs, aspirations and character of the residents of the District of Columbia.
  • Creates a university environment which fosters academic and cultural development wherein liberal studies embody an appreciation for the professional vocational and technical needs of society and wherein the professional, vocational and technical are undergirded by the liberal and humane uses of technology.
  • Offers a comprehensive program of studies which responds to the widest range of needs and aspirations, of residents of the community, recognizing that learning is a life-long process.
  • Engages in research and public service programs serving the people of the community and the District and Federal governments.
  • Offers vocational and career development which meets the requirements of the community and increases the career options of District residents.
  • Prepares practitioners for positions of leadership in the various professions.
  • Offers such credit and non-credit seminars, forums, courses and institutes as will enrich the lives of District residents including activities designed to upgrade skills, introduce cultural and recreational activities and assists in leadership training.
  • Provides for faculty, student and community participation in developing and evaluating the university’s programs and services.
  • Maintains cooperative relationship with:
  1. The D.C. Public schools’ system for mutual efforts in improving public education at all levels.
  2. Public and private postsecondary institutions in the community.
  3. Industry, business and government agencies for internship opportunities.
  4. The many cultural, educational and international resources which abound in Washington.
  5. The media
  6. Civil and professional organizations.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Job Requirements
  • Administrative Acumen: Capacity to champion an academic institution characterized by political complexity that serves various and diverse constituents. Experience in programmatic innovation and optimal administrative structures. Ability to build consensus and synergy across multiple entities, including collective bargaining units, faculty, and an evolving workforce with shifting priorities and expectations.
  • Budgetary Expertise and Fiscal Stewardship : Experience developing and defending budgetary requests that reflect institutional priorities in alignment with a shared vision and strategic goals. Understands financial implications of decisions and manages with fiscal discipline.
  • Philanthropy and Partnerships: Lead institutional development and advancement initiatives by cultivating impactful relationships with prospective donors that elevate UDC’s profile as a viable and responsive higher education partner. Ability to optimize philanthropic trends and position UDC in alignment with funding priorities for various foundations and donor prospects. Strengthen ties to the UDC alumni network and other potential partners.
  • Enrollment and Recruiting: Demonstrated capacity to envision and lead a dynamic campaign to attract more students to enroll at UDC through its myriad pathways and entry points. Actively collaborating with leadership in Student Success and Development to support UDC students’ enrollment growth, persistence and completion.
  • Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills: An exemplary institutional representative and spokesperson with exceptional written and oral skills that reflect emotional intelligence and charisma. The UDC President is expected to be a steady and notable presence among District of Columbia leaders with a high capacity for networking and outreach on behalf of UDC.
  • Educational Leadership and Innovation: A sterling reputation as an educator; a strong sense of strategic, inclusive leadership linked to success in implementing and managing change and driving organizational achievement, enhancing academic excellence and recognition, and promoting UDC nationally and internationally; ability to identify opportunities for developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet or exceed customer and stakeholder needs; a champion of innovation and change; and demonstrated capacity to understand and relate to the needs of unionized faculty and instructors.
  • Equity: A deeply rooted, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels in keeping with UDC’s legacy and institutional values; an advocate of servant leadership in support of the District of Columbia’s most vulnerable citizens.
  • Integrity: Impeccable personal and professional integrity; demonstrated transparency and honesty in decision-making and relationships.
  • Management: Outstanding ability to develop complex plans and procedures and coordinate people and other resources to realize goals; ability to execute in a multifaceted organizational structure; strong and collaborative decision-making skills; and ability to take reasoned risks.
  • Personal Characteristics and Relationship Building: High energy and enthusiasm balanced with a professional demeanor; flexible and patient; kind, approachable and down-to-earth; creative with an inclusive management style and the ability to foster partnerships, build relationships, and achieve results by working collaboratively towards clearly established goals.
  • Results Orientation: Ability to foster a culture of results and outcomes predicated upon delivery, responsibility and accountability.
Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is not part of the collective bargaining unit.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived actual race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, personal appearance, genetic information, familial status, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, place of residence or business, or status as a covered veteran, as provided for and to the extent required by District and Federal statutes and regulations. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Visa Sponsorship: At this time, the University of the District of Columbia does not provide sponsorship for visas (e.g. H-1B). This position is also ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Residency Preference: A person applying for a position who is a bona fide District resident at the time of application for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation. The determination of a 'satisfactory background investigation' is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia. The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources only.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit: .

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