Bridgewater State University — Founding Executive Director, Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

Bridgewater State University (BSU), founded in 1840 by education pioneer Horace Mann and today the largest in the Massachusetts state university system, invites applications and nominations for the Founding Executive Director of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice.

The Institute for Social Justice is dedicated to the spirit and memory of Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy tragically killed in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The Institute unites BSU’s steadfast commitment to educational equity, research and engagement in regional, national and global social justice initiatives, with Martin’s legacy of fostering peace and understanding to improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Housed within the Office of the President, the Institute offers candidates a unique opportunity to both integrate and further elevate the important work of social justice as a defining feature of BSU. The candidate will have an opportunity to work collaboratively across the university to enhance and assess existing programs, develop new initiatives, imagine and create signature events, and work closely with faculty and students to bring issues to social justice to life within the curriculum. Candidates should be comfortable with external outreach, fundraising, and with identifying and overseeing grant activity. The Executive Director serves as the Co-Chair of the Institute’s Advisory Board, a group of exceptional individuals that includes Martin’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, both BSU graduates.

This is an APA unit position and is subject to the terms of that unit agreement.

Essential Duties:

  • Articulating the mission and vision of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice for internal and external audiences.
  • Developing, modifying and evaluating a strategic plan to ensure Institute goals are met.
  • Overseeing and evaluating all current and future staff of the Institute.
  • Assessing the programs housed within the Institute.
  • Working closely with the various elements of the Institute, including but not limited to Pre-K through twelfth grade programs, curricular and co-curricular programs, and research and evaluation initiatives.
  • Producing an annual report for internal and external audiences.
  • Providing insight into the changing needs of social justice as manifested in the Institute to assure that the goals and activities of the strategic plan are realized.
  • Working to secure external funds to support and enhance the activities of the Institute.
  • Serving as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board, working with members and providing support as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required, doctorate preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and with good humor within complex organizations.
  • A demonstrable record of successful work and leadership in social justice and human rights efforts.
  • Proven administrative ability, including visionary leadership and excellent managerial skills in both personnel and budgetary matters.
  • Proven track record of raising funds through grants and philanthropy.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, including ethnically diverse individuals, people with disabilities, GLBT populations, and religiously diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with key constituencies in a higher educational environment.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience.

Please visit BSU’s jobsite at to submit an on-line application.

Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.