Executive Director
Arkansas Community Colleges

Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) is a private, non-profit association representing all twenty-two public two-year colleges in the state. The Association, consisting of an Executive Director and a staff of four, provides advocacy, coordination, leadership, and support for its diverse membership, which includes both independent and university affiliated institutions, serving distinct constituencies, from rural to urban. The Executive Director (ED) is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ACC and reports to a Board of Directors comprised of the twenty-two Presidents and Chancellors (Ps/Cs) of the member institutions. The ED also coordinates closely with an Executive Committee, consisting of five Ps/Cs elected from the membership at large, to carry out the directives of the Board.  

Job Duties

Primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing and guiding the ACC’s mission, vision, and overall direction, to include leading the Ps/Cs in the development of a strategic plan to move the Association, the colleges, and the State forward;

  • Ensuring the sound financial status of the ACC, to include developing and managing an annual budget; raising funds through grants, sponsorships, and activities; providing sound internal controls and financial procedures for the Association; developing and implementing long and short range financial plans; and setting financial priorities to ensure the organization is operated in a manner that supports the needs of the organization and the will of the Board;

  • Maintaining knowledge and expertise and informing the Board on current state and national trends related to community college policy and administration, student success, workforce training, professional development, and other issues that potentially impact the missions and programs of the State’s two-year colleges;

  • Representing the ACC in the media and at public and professional events and activities on the state, local and national levels, to include advocating for member colleges with the Legislature; maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders such as the Governor’s office, state agencies, economic developers, and the business community; maintaining a strong professional relationship with other state educational partners, such as the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Arkansas Department of Higher Education, and the Universities; representing the Arkansas Community Colleges on boards, taskforces, and committees, as necessary; representing the ACC at business and community events; and maintaining a working relationship with national organizations, such as the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), American Association of Community College Trustees (AACCT), and the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges (NCSDCC);

  • Cultivating a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board of Directors and ensuring they have the information needed to set legislative priorities, make informed decisions, and respond appropriately to trends and issues as they arise;

  • Maintaining an efficient, functional and professional Association, to include the oversight of the Annual Conference and Leadership Programs; coordination of all ACC projects and grant-related activities; and facilitation of regular communications and monthly meetings with the Board and the Executive Committee;

  • Promoting and maintaining a positive work culture, to include activities related to the recruitment, employment, professional development, and evaluation of ACC staff.   

Desired Qualifications

ACC seeks a strong, energetic leader who is knowledgeable about national and state trends for community college policy and administration, student success, workforce training, and professional development. The Executive Director should have experience leading a team of individuals and a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with colleges, foundations, government agencies, and elected officials. He or she must be a team builder both internally and externally, with the ability to articulate the mission and vision of community colleges to the elected officials, government agency leaders, business and industry leaders, students, and other stakeholders. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.

This leader should demonstrate a history of sustained, transparent, and visionary leadership in higher education, preferably in the community college environment. He or she should be an innovative, energetic, charismatic, and entrepreneurial leader that is gifted in building and sustaining relationships with people from all walks of life. This leader must be a champion for the mission of the member colleges and dedicated to improving colleges’ outcomes and meeting student, business, and industry needs.

This position requires the unique capabilities to work with 22 Presidents and Chancellors in a servant leadership role, developing consensus through an open process of communication and listening. Applicants for this position should also meet the following minimum requirements:

  • An earned master’s degree (doctorate preferred) from a regionally accredited college or university;

  • Five years experience and a record of achievement in higher education, preferably at the community college level, with a minimum of 3 years experience in a senior administrative position;

  • Experience with resource development and fundraising;

  • Proficiency in working with federal and/or state policy makers.


Applicants for this position should meet the requirements to be a President or Chancellor of a community college; therefore pay and benefits will be commensurate with an executive leadership position.

Process and Timeline

The Executive Director Search Committee will begin reviewing candidate materials February 25, 2019 and will continue until the job is filled. Final selection will be made by April 1, and the new Executive Director will be invited to begin work by no later than July 1, 2019.

Applications must include a letter of candidacy responding to the Association’s list of desired attributes identifying the candidate’s experiences in the context of the opportunities for the new Executive Director; a complete CV or resume; and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of five references, including at least one supervisor.

Inquiries should be directed to:

Ellen D Sullivan, Project Coordinator
Arkansas Community Colleges
(501) 371-0404

*ACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.