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Executive Director, Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation

York College of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 27, 2023

Job Details

About York College of Pennsylvania:

Established in 1787, York College of Pennsylvania is a private, four-year college located in the city of York, a hub of arts and industry between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Housed on 190 picturesque acres, the college is known for its focus on experiential learning and community engagement, serving over 4,000 undergraduate and 300+ graduate students in more than 70 baccalaureate majors, along with 20+ graduate and professional programs. Deeply rooted in the liberal arts and recognized for excellence in its professional nursing, business, engineering, and education programs, York is ranked among the nation's top 50 Best Value Schools by U.S. News. The College's robust recreation and athletics program is among the best in the region, and is home to 23 NCAA III Division sports teams and 30+ intramural sports. A Princeton Review Best Northeastern College, York prides itself on its experienced, engaged faculty; its high-impact and student-centric philosophy; and its long-standing commitment to affordability and accessibility.

York College is committed to building a diverse college community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply .

Job Description:

The Opportunity: York College of Pennsylvania seeks to hire an Executive Director for the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI), an innovative and entrepreneurial initiative that fosters engaging collaborations across the college and with the community.

About the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI)

The primary focus of the Graham Center for Collaborative Innovation (GCCI) is the development and implementation of interdisciplinary strategies that encourage students and faculty to interact with local businesses and organizations while supporting the York College mission of engaged and experiential learning. The GCCI is contiguous with the College's newest community engagement initiative, the Knowledge Park, which also serves as an instrument for inter-school collaborations and high-impact educational practices focused on creating citizen leaders. A major thrust of the GCCI, which collaborates with the College's Center for Community Engagement (CCE), is to facilitate collaborations across and between major fields of study which also connect directly with community and business leaders.

Reporting directly to the President of York College, the GCCI Executive Director serves on a Steering Committee that includes the Provost, Dean of the Center for Community Engagement, and Executive Director of the Knowledge Park. Collaborating with all units of the College, the Executive Director of the GCCI will play a major role in developing the GCCI into a hub of research, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary integration.

The Executive Director will have a substantial budget to draw on as they provide intellectual and managerial leadership in promoting innovation through collaboration across the York College campus and between the College and its community partners. The GCCI provides opportunities for students and faculty to approach business and community challenges/opportunities from diverse perspectives, avoiding the silos that sometimes divide disciplines from one another. Cross-disciplinary teams work together, developing solutions that take into account business, science, communication, arts, and humanities perspectives. This shared approach has become the standard for successful organizations and businesses.

Duties and Expectations

The duties of the Executive Director of the GCCI will include:
  • Envisioning and creating opportunities for innovative and collaborative partnerships across all units at the College and the community.
  • Seeking and managing external grants/gifts to support the GCCI and its partners' activities.
  • Administering grants to internal stakeholders through a process of issuing RFPs, assisting in developing and honing proposals using mentoring techniques, and supporting the success of funded proposals.
  • Leveraging existing relationships with a range of nonprofit, government and private sector organizations and cultivating new ones.
  • Facilitating collaboration among the leadership of the GCCI's constituent parts, school Deans, faculty, administrative units, and external stakeholders.
  • Convening the GCCI steering committee at regular intervals and providing progress reports on GCCI activities and awards.
  • Preparing, managing, monitoring and reporting on the GCCI budget.
  • Planning, managing, and executing a wide range of activities (e.g., workshops, conferences) that promote and market the activities of the GCCI locally, regionally, and nationally.


The Executive Director of the GCCI should possess many of the following attributes and experiences:
  • The ability to manage a complex organization that involves multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience working in, or with, the higher education community.
  • History of developing positive relationships with a diverse set of partners in service of advancing a complex initiative.
  • Experience in developing and responding to external RFPs in an educational setting.
  • Facility with data management and data-driven decision making.
  • Ability to think creatively, to embrace new concepts, and to encourage others to develop and carry them out.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Education and Experience

  1. Bachelor's degree is required, masters preferred.
  2. The ideal candidate should have 5 or more years of experience working in higher education, not-for-profit, or private sector with demonstrable experience in:
  • collaborative/interdisciplinary partnerships
  • program development and delivery
  • grant writing and/or philanthropic activity
  • strategic planning, leadership, and management
  • building partnerships with business or industry.

Additional Information:

York College of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a copy of York College's Annual Security Report, you may contact the Office of Campus Safety or visit the website: Annual Security Report

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should electronically submit the following:
  • A letter of application
  • Resume or Curriculum vita
  • Contact information for three professional references
Review of applications will begin immediately. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, for full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2023.


York College of Pennsylvania

York College of Pennsylvania is an established private college nestled between Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia. A Princeton review Best Northeastern College, our picturesque campus is home to 3500+ undergraduate and graduate students in the growing city of York, PA. We pride ourselves on our student-centric and high-impact approach to education, our emphasis on experiential learning and community engagement, our dedicated faculty, and our long-standing commitment to affordability and accessibility.

As a full-time employee of York College, employees, spouses and dependents may be able to take advantage of our tuition remission and exchange programs. In addition, the College has provided a retirement plan for eligible employees through the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). Finally, York College of Pennsylvania offers two Homebuyer Incentive Programs. Alumni and soon to be alumni are able to purchase a home located within a pre-selected area of York City, and full-time York College employees are able to purchase a home located within a pre-selected area within Spring Garden Township and York City.


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