Sarah Lawrence College — Vice President for New Educational Ventures

Sarah Lawrence College is seeking a Vice President for New Educational Ventures to create distinctive educational offerings that build on the College’s strengths to meet emerging market needs and enhance our mission to prepare students to be successful in a complex and rapidly evolving world.

This newly created position is a member of the senior leadership team, reporting directly to the president, and will play an essential role in transforming the College’s business model as it enters its second century. This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader to create and implement innovative ventures to help a renowned educational institution lead within a changing higher education landscape.   

Sarah Lawrence has a long history of educational innovation. In addition to its exceptional and widely recognized undergraduate education, the College has been a leader in lifelong learning initiatives for more than half a century. Sarah Lawrence is known for its successful Early Childhood Center and its robust continuing education, graduate, and professional programs. For example, the College was the first to offer a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling through its Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics and recently announced the creation of a genomics institute which will build from Sarah Lawrence’s reputation as a leader in the field.  

As the higher education landscape rapidly evolves, Sarah Lawrence is uniquely positioned to provide an accessible continuum of educational offerings that meet the needs of lifelong learners with a focus on the emergence of new fields that require a combination of tangible skills with a deep humanistic orientation. The College is committed to embracing creative partnerships that enhance the quality of programmatic content and/or provide pathways to meaningful employment as well as areas of professional certifications/development.

This role requires a bachelor’s degree; a graduate degree is preferred. The ideal candidate for the position will have demonstrated skills in strategic planning, project management, marketing, business development, budgeting, and resource management as well as the ability to learn quickly, identify key strengths, and develop solutions to challenges. This person will embody creativity, strong financial and business acumen, and an active entrepreneurial spirit in the pursuit of innovative business models that support sustainability and strength. 

The College seeks a diverse pool of applicants who bring a unique set of professional and life experiences. As such, there is an openness to consider candidates with leadership experience in higher education as well as nontraditional candidates who bring an alternative combination of credentials. Please visit the link Search Profile to access the search profile which outlines the role and agenda for the position.

Sarah Lawrence College invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications as part of the search for the new Vice President for New Educational Ventures. Please visit the link Submissions to submit a nomination, express interest, and/or apply for the position. Please submit questions about the vice president role to VP-NEV@sarahlawrence.edu.

For full consideration, candidates should submit a) a letter of interest outlining their experience relative to the role and agenda for the position and b) a resume. Additional information regarding references and due diligence will be requested from semi-finalists and finalists later in the process. 

Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff, and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.

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