ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is entering its third decade of hard-charging higher education reform. Since its founding in 1995, ACTA has become a recognized leader in higher education reform, outlining problems and developing solutions. Led by an engaged board, ACTA has a strong funding base, with a staff of 12 and an annual operating budget of $2.5 million. 

ACTA’s next leader will have the opportunity to build on this solid foundation to expand and increase the impact and national outreach of the organization and to inform, educate and inspire trustees, alumni, policymakers and the public on behalf of higher education reform. The new president will lead a staff of experienced, entrepreneurial professionals in a campaign designed to return higher education to academic excellence and affordability through informed and engaged trusteeship, rigorous academic standards, the free exchange of ideas, and effective quality assurance.


The President's responsibilities will include:

  1. Providing a strategic vision and direction for the future of ACTA; working closely with and being accountable to the board; developing goals and strategies that support the organization’s growth and increased engagement, visibility and reputation
  2. Building a strong leadership team
  3. Building strong relationships with current and potential ACTA supporters to ensure the organization’s financial stability
  4. Establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations to advance ACTA’s mission, goals, and research
  5. Serving as an energetic, personable, and dynamic spokesman for ACTA on all issues and in all media outlets
  6. Representing ACTA at conferences, symposia and other events
  7. Developing and monitoring annual budgets and annual plans
  8. Mentoring and motivating staff to achieve goals and think creatively


Qualifications and Attributes:

The ideal President will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Solid philosophical alignment with ACTA’s mission; unwavering belief in the importance of academic freedom and high academic standards
  • Executive leadership experience in the nonprofit and/or for-profit sectors that includes developing, implementing, and overseeing large scale efforts
  • Significant management experience that includes motivating and mentoring staff, working collaboratively, and maintaining strong relationships internally and externally
  • Experience fundraising and building strong relationships with donors and partners; demonstrated respect for and excellent service to all supporters of the organization through prompt, courteous, and informative communication
  • Ability to effectively oversee current operations as well as provide bigger picture, long-term strategic vision and direction
  • Reform-minded; a drive and passion to effect change in higher education
  • Dynamic, engaging personality; ability to serve as an outstanding spokesman for ACTA on all issues and in all media outlets
  • Ability to quickly and thoroughly understand and articulate ACTA’s mission, programs, history, policies, culture, values and financial strategy
  • Demonstrated business and fiscal management skills; experience developing and monitoring annual budgets and annual plans
  • Ability to direct and successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Willingness to understand and stay current with technological trends and developing technologies in the field
  • A strong background in First Amendment law is desirable
  • Excellent judgment, creative problem-solving skills and personal integrity
  • Personal energy, intellectual curiosity, imagination, and entrepreneurial/innovative spirit
  • Willingness to commit substantial time and energy to the position
  • Willingness and ability to travel


Application Process:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Résumé
  • Cover letter explaining:
    • Why ACTA’s mission resonates with you
    • An overview of your management style and expertise, fundraising experience, experience serving as the public face of an organization or program (please include public speaking and media appearances in your resume or cover letter if applicable), and your ability to innovate
  • A separate page showing your salary and compensation growth and history
  • A list of at least three references who can attest to the material presented


To make an informed decision, the search committee must fully understand each candidate from the first submission; so, only complete applications will be considered.

Please email all requested information in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

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