OLLI is initiating a search for an executive director. This is a full-time salaried position, but without a benefits package. I've appointed Board member Carol Henderson to chair an Executive Director Search Committee. Other members include Gordon Canyock, Emmett Fenlon, Rosemary McDonald, Lilyan Spero and John Woods from the OLLI Board, and non-Board members Michael Coyne, Janice Dewire and Kathryn Russell.
Since the Board has determined that offering a full benefits package is not possible for financial reasons, it's possible that potential candidates might be retirees or family members of individuals with benefits. The Search Committee will soon advertise in local outlets and use some electronic job posting sites. If you are aware of a newsletter, website or electronic mailing list that might post job listings such as ours, or reach retirees or other potential candidates, perhaps in the field from which you yourself retired, please contact Carol Henderson or any member of the committee.
The executive director will be responsible for the management and program direction of the Institute, including supporting the Board and its committees, overseeing operations, implementing the program, managing financial operations, promoting membership, and promoting community relations.
The successful candidate must possess (1) significant management and supervisory experience, (2) program development experience, (3) good communication skills, (4) fiscal management and budgeting experience, (5) familiarity with information technology and (6) a four-year college degree. Highly desirable is experience in working with a board, multiple committees and volunteers; fundraising experience; and experience in membership or nonprofit organizations.
If you know of a potential candidate, encourage him or her to see the full job announcement that will be posted on the OLLI Website later this week. Current OLLI members are not eligible to apply. The announcement will include a link to the job description for the executive director. Both the job description and selection criteria were approved by the Board at its meeting on October 24.
President, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University