The Art Institute of Houston is seeking an experienced President to lead the main campus in Houston and the branch campuses located in Austin and San Antonio (The Art Institute of Austin & The Art Institute of San Antonio). Interested candidates should possess a minimum of a Masters degree, extensive experience in non-profit education, ability to engage with a diverse student population, and a focus on enhancing the student experience across the institution.
Summary: The President is accountable for the overall operation and effectiveness of The Art Institute of Houston (main campus) and its branch campuses (The Art Institute of Austin & The Art Institute of San Antonio). The President is responsible for ensuring a quality educational experience and maintaining a student-focused environment that leads to improved student learning, retention/persistence, and graduate success. The President is expected to create strong community partnerships and community presence. As an innovative leader, the President is responsible for continuously improving institutional programming and operations to serve the needs of the student population. The President must be committed to the institution-wide vision and mission, and be able to effectively communicate that mission and vision to internal and external stakeholders.
The President is accountable for key outcomes related to the strategic leadership of the institution and the alignment of goals and activities to the overall mission and vision of The Art Institutes. The President must demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset and maintain a record of consistent achievement in establishing effective partnerships of mutual support with local businesses, other academic institutions, and communities across the main and branch campuses.
Key Job Elements:
1. Strategic Leadership and Goal Setting:
- Articulates and promotes long term vision for the institution that aligns with the overarching mission.
- Produces a visionary, collaborative-developed strategic plan that contributes to achievement of the institutional mission.
- Identifies and analyzes problems / issues confronting the institution.
- Recommends and implements appropriate actions in response to challenges and changes across the institution.
- Ensures an ongoing continuous improvement process that stems from reliable institutional effectiveness data and use of results.
- Makes effective use of institutional-level data and higher education trends in decision making and goal setting.
2. Governing Board Relationships:
- Prepares for productive and engaging Board of Trustees meetings via action-oriented agendas and comprehensive informational materials.
- Offers guidance to the Board of Trustees on items requiring board action that stems from thorough analysis of institutional-level data and sound educational principles.
- Communicates effectively and provide adequate information to the Board of Trustees.
- Keeps the Board of Trustees apprised of critical maters (both positive and negativ involving community concerns, media coverage, accreditation activities and any litigation.
3. Academic Quality and Student Success:
- Contributes to the development and enhancement of the academic quality of the institution.
- Promotes a quality academic environment that nourishes student growth and learning.
- Maintains effective student services that engage and support a diverse student body.
- Possesses strong knowledge of accreditation requirements (both institutional and programmati and other regulatory policies and statutes.
4. Fiscal Accountability and Business Acumen:
- Utilizes a collaborative budget development process that results in budget priorities that align with the overarching institutional mission and goals.
- Provides sound fiscal management that adheres to budget priorities and which contributes to the financial stability of the institution.
- Pursues opportunities from external grants/contracts, foundations, businesses, and /or individuals that steadily increase funding.
- Understands and manages financial dynamics, metrics and processes (i.e. budgeting, costs, revenues, overhead, balances, etc.).
- Takes initiative to achieve identified, measurable and quantifiable fiscal outcomes that achieve budgetary expectations.
5. Resource Allocation
- Ensures that human resources are effectively managed, evaluated and developed.
- Ensures physical facilities and spaces are properly maintained and adhere to practices of safety and security.
- Uses technology as a tool to promote greater student access, innovative learning options, efficiencies in services and institutional productivity.
- Confronts and promptly addresses inappropriate behavior among colleagues and subordinates.
- Facilitates opportunities for the professional development of colleagues and subordinates.
6. Institutional Growth:
- Supports and manages the growth of robust and diverse student body with potential learning success.
- Supports and manages a student retention plan that stabilizes enrollment and contributes to institutional growth.
7. Faculty Support and Relationships:
- Ensures the availability or meaningful professional development opportunities for faculty.
- Provides for broad participation and collaboration of faculty in planning and decision-making.
- Recognizes and awards accomplishments of outstanding faculty.
8. Institutional Advancement and External Relationships:
- Develops and maintains community relationships.
- Works with businesses, corporations and individuals to attract funding opportunities and create new revenue sources.
- Identifies and implements strategies that strengthen existing community partnerships and forms new collaborations.
- Works to develop appropriate and constructive relationships with the media and other public relations vehicles throughout the region and communities of the main and branch campuses.
- Remains abreast and apprises constituents of the impact of state and federal trends and decisions of the institution.
- Represents the needs of the institution to appropriate federal and state level legislators and agencies.
Reports To: Board of Trustees, The Art Institute of Houston
Supervises: VP Campus Operations, Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Enrollment, Director of Financial Aid
Job Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
- Masters degree from a regionally accredited institution required. Doctorate degree preferred. Prior experience as an academic, with SACSCOC accreditation, and working with a Board of Trustees is highly preferred.
- Demonstrated senior leadership experience in an applied arts organization would be an asset.
- Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible leadership experience in non-profit education, with extensive experience in fundraising and community engagement initiatives.
- Some experience in business, preferable with prior P&L responsibility and strong customer service background.