The Executive Director provides leadership and strategic management of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) at Mason. The Executive Director will position Mason as a premier provider to public and private sector organizations in the national capital region and beyond. The Executive Director is responsible for developing and implementing a strong strategic vision, aggressively identifying and pursuing growth opportunities, managing resources, and overseeing the quality of program delivery. Mason has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
CPE is looking for the leader who can partner collaboratively across the senior university administration, who has comfort leading and setting internal strategy, as well as identifying and leveraging optimal external relationships. The incoming leader will need to understand and help expand the profile of professional education program offerings as well as an understanding of the wider CPE market trends. They will work closely with employers to tailor content to meet corporate needs. They also will assist in new program creation including micro-credentials, stackable certificate programs and micro-masters. CPE leadership will partner with content development leaders and instructional designers to operationalize these initiatives.
Relationship management is one of the major tenets of success in this role. The Executive Director will interface and strategize with the public sector as current portfolio includes federal, state and local government, private sector, university faculty, and staff. The Executive Director will need to fortify relationships with Deans and other senior administrative leaders across the university for CPE to be as collaborative and inclusive as possible. The Executive Director is expected to recruit and manage a highly-trained professional staff; develop and manage the CPE budget with P&L responsibilities; lead business development activities while engaging the Mason faculty community and fostering cross-unit collaboration in the development and delivery of programs.
In support of the strategic direction of the organization, the Executive Director is responsible for both developing and growing business, as well as coalescing the CPE staff culture. The Executive Director provides the day-to-day leadership for the office, modeling the CPE and larger university vision and values. The Executive Director must have a proven track record of developing business, instituting strategic client relationship management in partnership with Mason's largest and most critical clients in both the private and public sectors.
Chief among the leadership responsibilities of the Executive Director is the ability both to lead financially and operationally, sell the business externally, and possess an adept ability to work externally with employers and across university leadership spectrum. A keen adherence to state regulations is central for this role, as the university and CPE must operate and comply within a complex regulatory framework.
Relationship sales and marketing acumen with proven ability to grow a profitable business professional unit;
Familiarity with the latest in professional and continuing education product design and delivery techniques including technology-enabled innovations;
Strong capability to communicate credibly with executives at the highest levels in leading corporations, and with other key stakeholders (internal and external);
International experience and global perspective;
Experience working with a diverse team and clients;
Superior communication skills at all levels with the ability to engage clients and team members in contributing to the mission of the organization;
Clear managerial skills leading and providing direction to a highly productive team in a fast-paced, high-growth business environment committed to exceptional quality.
In addition, qualified candidates will have a proven record for leading and growing in a professional development organization and demonstrated experience in at least one of the following roles:
Serving in a leadership role within a higher education, continuing & professional education setting, adult education setting;
Serving as chief learning officer or as the head of executive leadership education/development in a large company well regarded for excellence and innovation in executive development; or
Extensive tenure as a senior management consultant in a relevant practice within a large strategy or human resources consulting firm, or well-regarded boutique executive development firm.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
Mason is assisted in this search by Korn Ferry, a national executive search firm. Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position. Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must electronically submit a resume and cover letter. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Confidential electronic inquiries concerning this search should be directed to MasonCPE_ExecDir@kornferry.com
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Internal Number: 45243
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.