The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is an initiative of Kalamazoo College (K) whose mission is to develop and sustain leaders in human rights and social justice through education and capacity-building. The Center was instituted in 2011 with support from the Arcus Foundation, and leads a broad array of activities including leadership development programming; faculty and staff fellowships; fellowships for visiting activists, artists, and public intellectuals; grants to K students interested in becoming more engaged in social justice leadership issues and practices; student internships; local and global partnerships; and public lectures and conferences. Located in scenic southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo College is a premier four-year liberal arts institution and one of the nation’s 100 oldest colleges and universities. The College offers 30 majors, 22 minors, five special programs, and 13 concentrations, with a strong emphasis on experiential education. K has a dedicated team of 100 full-time faculty members, enrolls 1,436 students, and has been led since 2016 by President Jorge G. Gonzalez.




Reporting to Kalamazoo College’s Provost, the Executive Director of the ACSJL will be responsible for all strategic leadership of the organization, including oversight of the Center’s mission and goals; collaborative programming; six full-time professional and ten part-time student staff; administrative operations; and visibility and stakeholder engagement. The Executive Director will lead the development of an innovative, strategic vision for the next phase of work of the ACSJL. They will collaborate with others to attract thought leaders to the Center, and will recruit and engage students, scholars, practitioners, and others who can learn from the ACSJL and contribute meaningfully to its mission.




        Collaborate with students, administrators, faculty, and community members to develop a strong organizational vision for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

        Design and implement a comprehensive strategic plan that unites the ACSJL’s diverse areas of programming under a larger, overarching strategy

        Develop and embrace a collaborative organizational infrastructure for the Center, while providing appropriate supervision, mentorship, and professional development to all ACSJL staff

        Serve as the public face of ACSJL, generating strong visibility for the Center on and off campus

        Cultivate new and existing local, national, and international partnerships with a range of external constituents, including community members, civic leaders, activists, and social justice organizations

        Expand and intensify ACSJL’s engagement with students, faculty, and staff at Kalamazoo College

        Deepen ACSJL’s engagement with youth in local communities outside of campus (e.g. Radical Children’s Hour)

        Guide the Academic Director’s recognition, support, and intensification of ACSJL’s involvement with social justice components in the curriculum

        Partner closely with other campus entities–including the Office of Intercultural Student Life, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Division of Student Development–on initiatives that support the College’s mission and social justice leadership development

        Serve as a trusted resource for students, faculty, and community members on the broad variety of approaches and topics in social justice leadership development

        Foster a sense of safety and belonging within the Center that is welcoming and inclusive of all students

        Administer, evaluate, and develop ACSJL’s existing programs including the bi-annual With/Out-¿Borders? conference, and its various Fellowships

        Coordinate communication and exchanges among ACSJL staff and its advisory boards, such as the Global Advisory Board (GAB), Faculty Advisory Board (FAB), and the Arcus Center Advisory Board (ACAB)

        Collaboratively create new opportunities, programs, and techniques that further ACSJL’s work

        Ensure ACSJL’s operational policies and procedures align with those of other divisions on campus

        Manage ACSJL’s annual budget of $1M




        A deep passion for and commitment to the mission and values of the ACSJL

        Deep, substantive, and broad-based expertise on social justice issues and its various educational approaches, and a willingness to adopt an intersectional lens

        A substantial record of accomplishment as an organizational leader with at least seven to ten combined years of experience within the fields of social justice and leadership development

        Proven experience building partnerships on local, national, and international levels

        A broad network of relationships with human rights and social justice activists and organizations

        An ambitious, visionary mindset, with an ability to develop big-picture ideas and scale them strategically

        A supportive, empowering, and highly collaborative leadership style that models empathetic decision-making and consistently champions others’ successes

        Excellent administrative and managerial skills, with experience hiring, developing, and retaining teams

        A desire to listen to, learn from, and interact with a wide range of people, including individuals across many different cultural, religious, economic, educational, and political backgrounds

        Leadership experience within complex environments such as higher education settings is required, and proven success in working with academics would be an advantage

        Outstanding educational skills with the ability to cultivate leadership

        An ability to lead the building of critical consciousness, speak to the experience of being marginalized, adopt a radical mindset, and advocate for systemic change

        A willingness to serve as a neutral facilitator of dialogue, and an ability to remain self-assured in the face of criticism and respond appropriately

        Experience convening groups of people, fostering collaboration, and creating a shared sense of purpose

        Excellent written, oral, and public presentation skills

        A highly strategic mindset with political savviness

        Excellent organizational and operational skills, with experience managing budgets

        Comfort with non-traditional, horizontal organizational structures

        A strong work ethic with integrity, honesty, and a sense of humor

        Ability to interact with donors and other stakeholders

        A master’s degree or equivalent professional degree is required




ACSJL has retained Campbell & Company to conduct this search. To be considered for this opportunity, please follow the application instructions outlined in the full Position Guide here: https://bit.ly/32wN8Y4