Job #1620: President and CEO, ICUNJ - Trenton, New Jersey (5-24-21)

Job Title

President and CEO


New Jersey



ICUNJ is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the interests of New Jersey’s 14 independent, non-profit colleges and universities, which serve collectively more than 65,000 students. The new president of ICUNJ will be a savvy leader who can work in collaboration with the presidents of the 14 member institutions and members of the New Jersey corporate community and effectively navigate the nuances of state government in New Jersey. The president will provide strategic leadership in matters related to public policy, philanthropy, and partnerships and will lead a small staff in the ongoing work of advancing the cause of independent higher education in New Jersey.

Applications close on May 31st, 2021.


The responsibilities and duties of the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Colleges
and Universities of New Jersey include:

• providing visionary leadership for ICUNJ
that increases the stature and capacity of
the independent colleges and universities to
provide access for New Jersey’s students to the
transformational educational programs they offer;

• serving as an articulate, visible and energetic
public advocate for independent higher
education in New Jersey in the state capitol, with
the Congressional delegation, and with corporate
leaders across the state with an ever-present
commitment to focus on policies that promote
choice for the students of New Jersey;

• developing the case for governmental and
corporate support for private higher education in
conjunction with college and university leaders
(boards, presidents and others) and overseeing
effective fundraising;

• serving as a change agent and catalyst in an
educational landscape that is rapidly evolving
by bringing emergent best practices to member
campuses to ensure the viability of the state’s
independent colleges and universities;

• leveraging the network of 32 state and regional
organizations as part of its affiliation with the
Council of Independent Colleges (
and the National Association of Independent
Colleges and Universities (;

• leading efforts for collaboration between and
among member institutions and also seeking
ways to partner with two-year and four-year
public institutions and the for-profit sector; and

• providing executive leadership and ensuring
efficient and energetic management for the
operations of the organization.


Desired qualities, skills, abilities and experience include:

• an advanced degree is preferred;

• significant leadership experience and a demonstrated record of success in government, corporate relations, higher education, or the not-for profit sector;

• capacity for visionary and unifying leadership for ICUNJ with a commitment to a fresh examination
for collaboration between member institutions and business, civic, and industry leaders;

• knowledge and understanding of emergent trends in higher education and the ability to support
change efforts of member institutions;

• strategic planning expertise to chart the course for the future of ICUNJ and to assist in statewide higher
education planning efforts;

• an entrepreneurial, proactive, and collaborative leadership style;

• success and passion as a fund-raiser and in establishing and sustaining relationships with
diverse stakeholders;

• experience working with boards and volunteers to advance the mission and capacity of the

• effective communication and interpersonal skills;

• a proven record of building and leading a strong team, with the ability to handle the governance,
fiscal, and administrative responsibilities of managing a small, nonprofit organization;

• commitment to transparency and the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and moral character;

• a willingness to travel as needed


ICUNJ is being assisted in this search by Academic Search. Confidential discussions about the opportunity
may be arranged by contacting Jay Lemons (, Shawn Hartman
( or Jennifer Kooken ( Please copy on your email and mention Job Number #1620 in the subject line.