- Application Due Date: Open until filled; however, preference given to applications received before May 15.
- Location: Frankfort, Ky.
- Travel: The position will require travel within Kentucky with limited out-of-state travel.
- Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of the Kentucky Student Success Collaborative (KYSSC), a new iniative that will work with higher education institutions in the state to advance and support efforts to improve student outcomes. CPE, in partnership with the James Graham Brown Foundation, created the Collaborative to advance large-scale change and help equip institutions with the tools and techniques needed to drive transformation and improvement. KYSSC will work to increase degrees and greater career readiness for all students but with an emphasis on students of low-income status, first-generation students, and students of color.
The KYSSC Executive Director will report to the CPE president and work closely with the agency’s leadership staff and the KYSSC Advisory Committee to implement the Collaborative’s agenda. The Executive Director will hire and lead a team of two additional professionals and will develop and lead efforts to strengthen networks of student success professionals, provide high quality professional development opportunities, and collect and synthesize promising and proven practices from both within and beyond the state. In addition, this position will contribute to the development and execution of CPE’s strategic agenda, which guides state efforts to enhance the health and well-being of Kentucky’s citizens and economy through increased educational attainment.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Advising the CPE president on strategies to promote student success.
- Developing and maintaining support from postsecondary leaders for student success through careful listening and consistent communication.
- Working with an advisory committee and with key stakeholders to create and maintain a strategic plan for the KYSSC.
- Working with the advisory committee to set goals and objectives for the KYSSC and to ensure timely progress toward goals and objectives.
- Developing clear metrics for success of the KYSSC.
- Convening leadership teams from postsecondary institutions and other partners to support the work of the KYSSC.
- Leading the development of a student success-focused policy and research agenda.
- Creating and implementing a marketing and public relations strategy in collaboration with the CPE and partner organizations.
- Ensuring the KYSSC’s mission and accomplishments are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders.
- Developing a professional development plan in support of the needs of the campuses.
- managing the budget and KYSSC’s resources in compliance with CPE policies to achieve agreed-upon goals.
- Managing and coordinating KYSSC staff, consultants, and support agencies.
- Engaging with other state and national student success efforts to bring a coherent vision of these issues to the work of the KYSSC.
- Overseeing the assessment of an independent evaluation of the KYSSC’s work and effectiveness.
The KYSCC currently is funded for three years; however, it is expected that the Collaborative will continue to be funded long-term through external funding and/or through existing state resources. The executive director will help design and pursue a long-term funding strategy by identifying additional resource requirements, research funding sources, establish strategies to approach funders and writing grant proposals.
Education and Experience
- Experience in organizational change management techniques.
- Deep knowledge of postsecondary student success research and best practices.
- A minimum of eight years’ experience in leadership at a postsecondary institution or an education-related organization.
- A terminal degree or above in public policy, education policy, or related fields, or an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
- A well-rounded interpersonal skill set, with the presence and capacity to build relationships and facilitate joint problem solving with businesses and industry representatives, government agencies, and postsecondary institutions.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Successful grant-writing experience and relationships with philanthropic organizations.
Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for at least three professional references to:
Rae Smith, Human Resources
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
100 Airport Road, Second Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601