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The president must be able to catalyze Earlham’s key constituencies around Earlham’s strategic vision – and must then provide the leadership, in harmony with Earlham’s governance traditions, necessary to make that vision a reality.

  • Successful senior-level administrative experience in higher education;
  • Evidence of increasingly responsible, substantive experience as a manager of people, processes, and budgets;
  • Deep respect for and support of the roles of faculty, students, staff, trustees, and alumni in a broadly consultative governance process;
  • Personal experience with Quakerism, and an enthusiasm for promoting and supporting Quaker processes and practices;
  • The ability to think and plan strategically;
  • Fund-raising experience, preferably in relation to a major campaign;
  • Strong financial skills as characterized by significant experience with both budgets and investments;
  • A deep understanding of and unwavering commitment to the centrality of the faculty and its teaching, scholarship, and service to the life of the institution;
  • Experience working with and enhancing the effectiveness of volunteer boards;
  • A deep and abiding commitment to diversity in all its forms;
  • An appreciation for and commitment to Earlham’s international character and scope;
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak and write effectively to groups large and small, and the ability to be an eloquent spokesperson for Earlham, the liberal arts and experiential education;
  • The ability to work with and speak effectively to internal and external Quaker constituencies;
  • Experience hiring, supervising, and delegating to senior administrative leaders;
  • An ability to be accessible to students and others in the campus community;
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills, especially the ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to local community engagement and leadership.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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