Job Opening: Director, Executive Leadership Programming – Atlanta, GA

Job Summary

The Director, Executive Leadership Programming will play a key role in the work of UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building. In this role, the Director will be responsible for the development and the implementation of ICBs efforts to establish, support, and engage various learning communities across the UNCF network of institutions. The Director will play a critical role in the development of interactive curriculum and programs that aim to develop both current and emerging leaders within the higher education sector with a special focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Director will build this exciting new service for our member institutions and the HBCU and PBI sector at-large. We are seeking a strong leader to join our team that values collaboration and creativity. The Director has experience in higher education and with developing professional communities leveraging multiple approaches (e.g., virtual, cohort-based, networked, etc.).

The Director, Executive Leadership Programming will oversee a team and third-party partners to create programs and initiatives that will build awareness of UNCF and also move funders to activation. The successful candidate will join a team seeking to partner with HBCUs and PBIs to ensure their sustainability by increase the institution’s effectiveness, competitiveness, and viability. This position will require an individual that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial. The individual selected for this position must possess a deep understanding of higher education, curriculum design, and professional development programming and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Successful candidates will join the Institute for Capacity Building team which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to specific roles and responsibilities, ICB team members have proven to be successful when they:

  • Are driven to serve people and institutions that are often undervalued and overlooked;
  • Embrace collaboration as a critical value to ensure effective teamwork and adoption of best practices;
  • Seek out opportunities to innovate and improve upon conventional practices and procedures;
  • Take personal responsibility for executing key projects and developing relationships; and
  • Operate with a sense of mission and purpose.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Director reports to the Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Institutional Programs. S/he will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Lead the design and manage the implementation of a comprehensive strategy that attracts participants and facilities engagement across institutions within the HBCU sector.
  • Have principal responsibility for maintaining and evolving UNCF’s Executive Leadership Institute for presidents and board members.
  • Design interactive curriculum that addresses the integrated foci of the Institute for Capacity Building.
  • Identify influencers across multiple focus areas.
  • Develop and promote engagement across and within ICB learning communities.
  • Partner with ICB Leadership to create a development/assessment tool to facilitate continuous improvement in program curriculum across.
  • Work collaboratively with the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute’s Learning and Evaluation team to develop assessment tools that will help to refine and enhance the ICB leadership curriculum and programs.
  • Coach and/or manage the work of other team members as necessary.
  • Identify and communicate programmatic goals and intended outcomes.
  • Build strong relationships with donors, UNCF executives, and executive-level members of the institution.
  • A strong desire to grow professionally, horizontally, and/or vertically


  • An outstanding record of academic and professional achievement
  • Significant experiencing in the designing and implementing professional development programming
  • Experience in using digital mediums and platforms to facilitate learning across multiple stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated experience of leadership development
  • Strong ability to communicate both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to move deftly between big picture and details
  • Comfort with concurrently managing multiple ongoing projects in different phases
  • Thrives with detail and deadlines
  • Strong cognitive and emotional management (CEM) skills
  • Ability and high comfortability operating at the most detailed level
  • Thrives with execution of deadlines
  • Strong multi-tasker, and operates with high degree of flexibility to adapt to changing needs and direction
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree or terminal degree is strongly preferred
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience is required
  • Commitment to education

Additionally, the individual must be a self-starter, who is able to problem-solve and take on a wide range of tasks to deliver results; collegial and professional manner; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, has been an engine of minority educational achievement for more than 70 years. UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of black students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates. In addition, UNCF ensures that its member institutions remain respected models of best practices in moving students to and through college. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $4.5 billion in private support, distributed more scholarships to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the federal government, and enabled more than 425,000 minority and low-income students to graduate from UNCF’s member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and launch professional careers. UNCF is committed to closing the educational attainment gap between African Americans and other populations by increasing postsecondary access and success for students from underrepresented groups, particularly low-income and first-generation students.

About ICB

Launched in 2006, UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) provides targeted capacity-building resources to help HBCUs improve their resilience. We define resilience as the institution’s ability to improve its operation today and future-proof them for tomorrow. ICB’s engagement equips UNCF member institutions, and other HBCUs and PBIs, to provide high-quality educational experiences to their students and the broader Black community. ICB’s work focuses on three areas critical to HBCU success: institutional effectiveness, academic competitiveness, and financial viability. Beyond our strategic advisory and project management support, ICB serves as an innovation hub for Black colleges, connecting institutions to funders, best practices, resources, and subject matter experts both within and outside of UNCF.