Executive Director Search

    The Position

    The University of Dayton (UD) seeks a visionary and strategic leader to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of the University’s Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI). This is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative and innovative individual to join an inclusive and collegial community to advance UD’s aspiration to become a national leader in sustainability education and research through the leadership of this interdisciplinary institute.

    The inaugural Executive Director joins UD at an important moment in its history. Eric F. Spina, PhD, formerly the vice chancellor and provost at Syracuse University, became the 19th President of UD in 2016. President Spina arrived with an ambitious agenda and has spent his fi few months bringing the historically collaborative community together in a visioning process that will position the University for years to come. President Spina has signaled strongly that sustainability will play a significant role in that vision and the Executive Director will be an influential leader across campus and the Dayton community on these issues.

    UD enrolls 10,828 students, including 7,890 full-time undergraduates, and is one of the nation’s largest Catholic universities and the largest private university in Ohio. A Catholic Marianist institution, UD provides education to develop the whole student and is committed to experiential learning. The University comprises fi academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Health Sciences, Engineering, and Law. It is also the home of the nationally-recognized University of Dayton Research Institute.

    A generous gift from the George and Amanda Hanley Foundation established HSI in September of 2014 to further decades of sustainability-related work with the ambitious goal of making UD a leader in sustainability. Since its founding, HSI has developed a cross-disciplinary network of innovative people and projects, stimulating and supporting dynamic collaboration among many units on campus. As is the culture at UD, students have responded with enthusiasm and are involved at all levels of HSI. A unique and distinctive aspect of the institute is its many student-initiated and student-operated programs.

    The Executive Director will be a visible leader working closely with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Experiential Initiatives. The Executive Director will work collaboratively to establish the vision and research focus of the Institute; foster widespread student engagement; nurture broader community relationships; engage stakeholders across the University and serve as a campus leader around areas of sustainability; and fundraise in support of the Institute. The Executive Director will join a talented and dedicated team that is deeply engaged with teaching, research, service, and linking the mission of the Institute across campus. Contingent on qualifications the Executive Director may be appointed at a tenured faculty rank (associate or full professor) in the appropriate academic department at the University of Dayton.

    A representative Search Committee has been convened to conduct the search and to recommend finalist to the provost. The University of Dayton has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search fi to assist in this search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to them as indicated at the end of this document.

    Qualifications include:

    • A demonstrated record of leadership success and administrative experience in higher education, not-for-profit or government organizations
    • Experience supervising professional staff
    • Experience developing budgets and managing program expenses
    • Bachelor’s degree

    Full Position Profile

    Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm has been engaged to assist with this important search. The full position profile and a list of preferred qualifications can be found using the link below.

    Position posting (www) >

    Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

    Isaacson, Miller
    Attn: Jackie Mildner, Natalie Leonhard, or Brian Nwachukwu
    1300 19th Street, N.W. Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: (202) 216-2278

    About the Hanley Sustainability Institute

    Through the Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI), the University's sustainability efforts are being extended campus-wide and into this community. Our distinctive, highly integrated approach prepares students to meet the growing demand for sustainability skills in the workplace. Leveraging existing programs, degrees and courses, such as the Environmental Biology and Geology degrees, the master’s degree in Renewable and Clean Energy, and an undergraduate minor in Sustainability, Energy and Environment (SEE), the Institute is making enormous strides to become a leader in sustainability education.

    Related Links

    Find Us

    Hanley Sustainability Institute

    Fitz Hall 665 
    300 College Park 
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2964