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Director, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University seeks a Director to guide its next phase of strategic development. The ideal candidate for this role will be a proven leader able to work at the intersection of academia, business, and philanthropy and be an innovator and implementer of new ideas. They will possess an appreciation for historical and presidential leadership narratives especially as guideposts for the effective and ethical practice of leadership in today’s changing world and a strong vision for the future direction of the Hauenstein Center.

The Director will cast the vision for the Hauenstein Center, frame its leadership and scholarly programming, and guide its staff to work across GVSU and its larger civic community to create compelling opportunities for leadership study and practice. The Director will possess a collaborative leadership style, an optimistic outlook, and a national perspective. They will have a wellspring of personal leadership experience from which to draw inspiration. The successful candidate will display a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and will be a passionate advocate for GVSU’s mission, placing student learners at the center of all decisions. The Director will be curious, creative, and motivated to identify and implement new strategies and systems. They will serve at the direction of the Vice President for University Development, enjoying academic freedom and a seat at the table within civic, academic, and philanthropic circles.

Primary Duties:
  • Establish the future direction for the Hauenstein Center’s next chapter in keeping with Ralph Hauenstein’s vision, with students at the center of all decision making.
  • Develop, implement, and manage a strategic plan for all Hauenstein Center activities including the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy, the Common Ground Initiative, and scholarly programming.
  • Elevate the vision for the Common Ground Initiative, presenting balanced viewpoints on topics relevant to today’s world and promoting inter-generational dialogue.
  • Expand upon the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy to develop an integrated practice of a common, service- focused leadership domain that is integrated into the colleges, centers, departments, and organizations, while maintaining focus on programming excellence within the current cohort model.
  • Identify, represent, and advance leadership narratives as evidenced by the Presidency across campus and within the larger community helping to ensure the lessons of history remain as guideposts for civil discourse today.
  • Liaise and collaborate with the Hauenstein Center Advisory board, program partners, and other community stakeholders to build relationships and create compelling programs that attract local, regional, and national attention.
  • Aid in the securing of funds for Hauenstein Center activities, managing key aspects of donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Serve as the public face of the Hauenstein Center and as a highly visible ambassador for Grand Valley.
  • Contribute to and drive a positive culture of empowerment, exemplifying an approach that is defined by transparent communication and collaboration.
  • Manage a staff of three full-time employees in addition to adjunct positions; determine and implement the Hauenstein Center’s future structure.
  • Prepare and administer departmental budgets, and oversee the strategic use of the Hauenstein Center’s endowed funds.
  • Work closely with the President, Board of Trustees, senior leadership, and academic leadership to expand, elevate, and promote Hauenstein Center activities across campus and within the larger community.
  • Contribute to GVSU’s progression from a highly respected regional university to an emerging national institution.
  • Perform other duties as required/assigned by supervisor.
Position: Director, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
Organization: Grand Valley State University
Location: Grand Rapids,,  MI 
United States
Posting Start Date: 5/8/2022
Date Posted: 5/8/2022
Requirements Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience of 10+ years leading programs within academia, civil service, policy, non-profit or related setting.
  • 5+ years leadership experience, supervising high functioning teams.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategic plans.
  • Ability to execute center vision through development and implementation of effective programs and processes.
  • Ability to work with stakeholders at all levels to create and implement new/expanded programming.
  • A strong understanding of, and commitment to, best practices in all areas of student leadership development.
  • Basic understanding of academic crediting, credentialing, and badging.
  • Experience as a motivator and mentor to staff while increasing the level of performance and building a team culture.
  • A strong desire to create spaces to discuss cultural, intellectual, and political challenges while encouraging civic engagement and civil discourse.
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills, including the stature and demeanor to represent Grand Valley to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Unquestioned integrity, impeccable judgement, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to work effectively and proactively in a nimble and growing organization.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships on and off campus through relationship building and personal connection.
  • Create, cultivate, and leverage volunteer leaders in Hauenstein Center programming.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:
  • A master’s degree in a related field of work.
  • Working knowledge of fundraising concepts and techniques.
  • Knowledge and interest in American political history and understanding of the modern Presidency in this history.
Status: This listing expires on: 7/7/2022
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Organization Information
Grand Valley State University

Grand Rapids,,  MI 
United States
(616) 331-2770
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