Colby College — Executive Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College (“the Center” or “Goldfarb”) seeks an accomplished, highly energetic, and entrepreneurial leader, who is passionate about providing pathways for students to engage in politics, public policy, and civic participation, to lead the next phase of its evolution as the Executive Director.


The Center, founded in 2003 with a generous gift from a distinguished alumnus, brings faculty and students together with local, state, national and international leaders to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to the complex challenges facing today’s world. Through Goldfarb-sponsored activities, Colby students make connections between their work in the classroom and contemporary political, economic, social and environmental issues. The work of the Center is to facilitate a dynamic, interactive, collaborative array of public lectures, seminars, workshops, panels, debates, networking opportunities, and scholarly research across the liberal arts.

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The Executive Director will lead the Center through a period of rebranding; recast the vision and programmatic direction of the Center; identify, recruit, and select policy practitioners for Waterville/campus- based fellowships; establish networking and collaborative opportunities for both students and faculty with partner institutions throughout the globe; organize symposiums, conferences, speakers, and fellows to inform and challenge students, faculty, and the local community; identify and select policy projects; and work closely with faculty to tether connect the Center and its initiatives with Colby’s undergraduate programs.

The Executive Director has primary responsibility for the programs and budgets of the Center. Additionally, s/he builds and sustains the institutional and individual relationships and partnerships that enable the Center to bring to campus a wide range of interesting speakers and fellows, and to connect Colby students and faculty with influential partners with whom to collaborate. The Executive Director will also lead efforts to raise the Center’s visibility and secure external support. S/he also works closely with the faculty chair of the Center’s interdisciplinary Academic Council, which will consist of faculty with research and teaching interests in public policy and related fields. Through this partnership, the Center will identify and bring to campus Visiting Fellows, who will come to Waterville to collaborate with students and faculty on specific projects of varying duration. The Academic Council will also work closely with the Director to identify speakers of current interest and fellows with whom they wish to collaborate.  


The Executive Director will be an energetic and talented administrator with a record of success in tight-knit environments where collaboration and influence management are critical to success (as is the case with faculty). S/he should be equally adept at managing an organization’s internal operations and representing an organization to outside constituents. An understanding of the Colby College’s environment is valuable but not required. Significant experiences in the political, public, communications, and/or policy sectors are essential. Additionally, he/she will have professional experience that includes:

  • Entrepreneurial Leader
  • Relationship Builder
  • Interest in Mentoring Students
  • Responsive and Creative Problem Solver

Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Colby College has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search.  Applications should include a résumé and cover letter. The cover letter should address why an applicant is interested in the position and how his/her experiences fit with the needs of the Center. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest will be held in strict confidence. Applications, inquiries, and nominations should be submitted electronically to: 

Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination.