President and Chief Executive Officer

Washington, DC

Posted: 12/11/19
Deadline: 1/20/20
Reference Number: N13413

About This Organization

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Additional information about the Consortium is available at

Job Duties

The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (“the Consortium”), one of the nation’s foremost educational collaboratives, seeks a new President and Chief Executive Officer who will deepen and broaden partnerships, cultivate stronger economic growth and spark analyses and problem-solving for critical strategic and security issues facing the region and country.

Founded in 1964, the Consortium is a nonprofit educational association of 17 member colleges and universities representing nearly 290,000 students committed to the advancement of higher education in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The Consortium’s members form a powerful economic force in the region and represent every sector of nonprofit higher education.

As the primary voice of the university community in the Washington, DC region and a respected partner in policy and economic development, the Consortium serves its members through an advocacy program that monitors federal and local government matters and represents their collective interests with District of Columbia government agencies and other regional constituencies. It also sponsors a series of member services including, including a cross-registration program, the national Research Fellows program, the U.S. Institute of Peace program, Reach4Success and a campus public safety initiative.

The Consortium’s role, relevance and influence is considerably greater than it was even a few years ago. It is a member of the prestigious Washington Higher Education Secretariat, which is the primary thought leader and advocate for higher education public policy, and the Consortium has become the preferred resource for regional businesses, organizations, elected officials and higher education leaders. The Consortium stands ready for a new President and CEO to succeed Dr. John Cavanaugh, who will retire in May 2020.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual who is passionate about higher education and excited to take a proactive role in representing this critically important sector to government, business and civic leaders in the District of Columbia region. The new leader’s experiences can be drawn from either academic leadership or advocacy roles outside of higher education. Regardless of background, candidates should have the political sophistication and savvy to interact regularly and confidently with the leaders of 17 diverse and accomplished colleges and universities. Candidates should also bring or be able to comfortably acquire a breadth of knowledge of the higher education landscape and trends. The President and CEO will possess highly effective communication skills and be a skilled builder of collaborative partnerships. Experience with public policy formation, government contracts and grants will be assets in this leadership role.

Other Info

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a current resume and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements expressed in the leadership profile found at Applications, nominations or inquiries can be sent to WittKieffer consultants John K. Thornburgh and Shelley M.H. Arakawa at For full consideration, applications should be submitted by January 20, 2020.

The Consortium of Universities provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, matriculation, familial status, source of income, genetic information, place of residence or business, status as a victim of an intra-family offense, credit information, or disabled and/or recently separated or other protected armed forces service veterans in compliance with applicable federal and District of Columbia laws governing nondiscrimination in employment, in every location in which our organization has facilities or employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment including recruiting, hiring, placement, salary, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

The Consortium of Universities expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on the “Protected Traits in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act” listed above. Interference with the ability of The Consortium of Universities’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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