Position: Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business
Institution: The Scheller College of Business - Georgia Institute of Technology
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, US
Deadline: April 30, 2016
The Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia seeks applications or nominations for an academic appointment as the Managing Director, Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (ACSB). The Managing Director will have the opportunity to shape and steer the growth of the Center’s activities and impact, as the Center recently received a long-term gift doubling its operational budget from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. The Managing Director will also have the opportunity to partner with the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (CSLS), an institute-wide undergraduate education initiative that is developing learning and co-curricular opportunities designed to help our students combine their academic and career interests with their desire to create sustainable communities.
Responsibilities: The managing director of the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business (ACSB) will have responsibility for delivering on the overall ACSB strategy, and providing operational and thought leadership to achieve the Center’s three mission-centric goals defined in its strategic plan:
1. To catalyze, support and disseminate research in thematic areas aligned with sustainability integration and sustainability-driven innovation;
2. To impart to students and practitioners the knowledge, skills and desire to be change agents for a sustainable future in their professional and civic lives;
3. To nurture networks of faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners that co-create and share knowledge.
The Managing Director will serve as a resource to a wide range of constituents and must be able to effectively represent ACSB, the Scheller College and Georgia Tech in discussions with leaders across business and academia, senior executives, government officials and community leaders.
More specifically, the Managing Director will:
Drive and regularly assess ACSB’s strategy and optimize its progress to goals in close collaboration with the ACSB Faculty Director and faculty steering committee.
Participate in the design of faculty-led efforts to enhance research, course development, and conferences, including the identification of appropriate collaborators. Work with faculty to design and execute targeted practitioner engagements aligned with ACSB priorities and faculty interests, and in collaboration with Scheller’s Executive Education Programs Office.
Identify, establish, and cultivate relationships with industry, national and international organizations, alumni, and donors to promote initiatives and raise funds, scholarships, fellowships, etc. in partnership with External Relations and Development,
Design and oversee the Center’s engagement strategy with select MBA and Undergraduate student activities including coordination with MBA and Undergraduate admissions, career and professional development. Interact with student club leaders to leverage existing opportunities, advance external engagements, and raise awareness.
In partnership with the Scheller Marketing and Communications, develop and oversee a marketing and communications strategy to elevate ACSB’s visibility and impact through the dissemination of ACSB’s research output and information about related activities.
As time and scheduling permits, and based on the selected candidate’s academic qualifications, teach the MBA and undergraduate Sustainable Business Consulting practicum classes.
Serve as a key contact on the work of the Center for internal and external constituents, including faculty, administration, and the media. Develop and nurture a working knowledge of the work of ACSB faculty. Identify and link common interests across constituents.
Oversee the internal operations of the Center. Ensure compliance to budget and all applicable financial policies, procedures and requirements. Hire and supervise professional and administrative staff, including an Industry Relations Director (shared with CSLS), a Program and Operations Manager, an Administrative Assistant and MBA student assistants.
Complete other duties as requested in support of the Center’s mission.
Skills/Experience: We seek a creative, innovative, and visionary leader with a proven record of accomplishment achieving goals and effectively implementing new initiatives in a complex environment. Significant experience as an operational and project manager, with proven ability to successfully manage multiple projects, drive process amidst competing priorities, and manage and motivate staff is essential. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and demonstrated knowledge of sustainable business. Other desired qualities include:
Ability to perform all levels of work from strategy to directly managing activities and events.
Self-motivation, creativity and comfort building collaborative relationships throughout the organization.
Ability to work independently while establishing strong team relationships.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Familiarity with management and operations within an academic institution is a plus. Prior teaching experience is a plus. Deep domain knowledge at the intersection of sustainability and supply chain management, innovation, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, strategy, or marketing is a plus.
Credentials: The academic job title for this position will be Professor of the Practice or Academic Professional, depending on the candidate’s credentials and experience. The Professor of the Practice position requires a substantial basis of experience, normally of at least 10-15 years, and a national/international reputation for excellence, while the Academic Professional position requires an earned terminal degree (PhD, DBA or JD).
The search process will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit an application no later than April 30, 2016. The anticipated start date is July 15, 2016 but this is negotiable. To apply, email a cover letter that addresses qualifications for this position; a resume/vita; and the names, titles, and contact information (email, phone) for four professional references (references will not be contacted without prior notification) in a single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org (please reference the position title in your email’s subject line). Please include in your cover letter your thoughts about the following question: What is an impactful way for business school faculty and students to contribute to creating sustainable businesses and communities? The selection process for the chosen candidate will include passing a pre-employment background screening, as well as the submission of transcripts once the top candidate has been identified.