Executive Director of Career, Alumni, and Industry Engagement

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Kogod School of Business, American University

Washington, DC

The Kogod School of Business at American University (Kogod or the School) seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of Career, Alumni, and Industry Engagement (Executive Director or ED). This is a compelling opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to amplify Kogod's trajectory of excellence in business education and to drive the strategy for industry and alumni engagement, and successful career outcomes for a growing, diverse student population. The Executive Director will join Kogod at a time of transition for the school and institution, and capitalize on the strengths of the academic programs, dedicated staff and faculty, and the shared mission of sending leaders into the business world who will work to ensure a sustainable future for all.

Kogod School of Business, situated in the nation's capital, holds a distinctive place in business education. Focusing specifically on building a more sustainable world through business, Kogod's programs are designed to address the world's most pressing problems at the nexus of business, government, and society. Kogod is nationally recognized for its world-class programs, exemplary faculty, and successful graduates as evidenced in rankings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Recognitions include #8 International Business Undergraduate Program (USNWR), #39 Management Undergraduate Program (USNWR), #19 Best Online MBA in the US (Fortune), #35 Best Graduate Entrepreneurship Program (Princeton Review), and #13 Full-Time MBA in International Business (USNWR).

The Executive Director will join Kogod during a period of significant forward momentum. Recent years have included the addition of several signature experiential learning initiatives, including Kogod in Practice, a revised MBA, and strengths within specialty master's programs including sustainability management. Under the leadership of Dean David Marchick, the School is experiencing a renewed energy which the Executive Director will harness in shaping the path for an enhanced focus on corporate and industry relations and elevating Kogod's trajectory toward being a leader in business education in a competitive global market.

Reporting to the Dean, the Executive Director will be a key driver in achieving Kogod's aspiration to be the leading business school that trains future leaders to address the challenges that face the global economy, to attract a diverse student body, and enhance student career outcomes. As a member of the Kogod leadership team, the Executive Director will drive the College's external engagement strategy, build and strengthen external partnerships, and ultimately amplify the quantity and breadth of career and experiential opportunities that are available to students.

The Executive Director will have the opportunity to join an exceptional team with a history of collaborative leadership in the context of renewed energy for external engagement under the leadership of Dean Marchick. The Executive Director will bring a record of successful external and internal engagement and collaborative leadership and management skills. They will also possess superior communication skills, political aptitude, entrepreneurial energy, and the capacity to represent Kogod to local, national, and international organizations.

Minimum qualifications include a track record of success in leadership focused on corporate engagement (preferably in a business school), business development, career services, or an equivalent of education and experience. An earned master's degree or equivalent along with a minimum of ten years of relevant experience are required.

American University has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller-a national executive search firm-to assist in conducting this important search and to help identify outstanding candidates. All confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications should be sent electronically to:

Pamela Pezzoli, Partner

Sharon Hansen, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

1800 K Street NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20006


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