Position Number: D98447
Reporting to Board of Trustees, the President of Portland State University (PSU) serves as the senior academic and administrative leader for the University, overseeing strategic planning, budget management and fundraising, academic quality, student success, talent management, facilities maintenance, and all other areas of operation. Together with the Board, the President will provide vision and strategic leadership to the University. The President is responsible for leading the administration, faculty, and staff in carrying out the University's mission to the highest possible level of quality.
An energetic ambassador for the institution, the President will promote and represent the institution to all internal and external audiences, including elected and governmental officials; professional and educational associations; state, federal, and international agencies; and the public at large. The President will be a vigorous participant in community affairs in the greater Portland area and will build strong relationships with key communities across the state. The President will work collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, other university presidents, elected and appointed officials, education leaders, and business leaders to advance shared goals for public education in Oregon.
The President position requires an innovative leader and strategic thinker with the integrity, stature, charisma, and distinction to lead one of the nation's premier urban engaged public universities. PSU seeks an individual of creative vision, strategic focus, and unquestioned integrity, with a passion for educating students and for serving a public mission of teaching, research, and service. The ideal candidate will have a clear vision of the future of higher education and the imagination to seize the possibilities that lie before the University and shape them to create an institution of distinction to benefit Portland, Oregon, the nation, and world.
The President will possess outstanding interpersonal, relational, and communication skills, and will be adept at fostering collaboration, and building partnerships that can accomplish the University's objectives. The President will have a clear understanding and appreciation of shared governance as a fundamental part of the culture of the University, and will be a champion of diversity who demonstrates cultural competency and embraces the many communities that comprise the PSU whole.
The President must be agile in navigating the University's political landscape, must be bold in their approach to leadership, must be able to understand unique qualities of an urban engaged public university, and must be adept at managing – and attracting the attention of – financial resources needed to support the University's strategic direction and goals.
The President will embrace the mission of an institution that is committed to raising the aspiration of all Oregonians while recognizing the increasing role the private sector can play in fulfilling the University's aspirations. PSU seeks a collaborative leader with the demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty and leaders of other universities. The President will be an experienced leader who balances priorities, inspires others, and leads with courage.
The successful candidate will possess many, if not all, of the following qualifications and characteristics:An earned doctorate, appropriate terminal degree, or extraordinary accomplishment in a field relevant to the mission of PSU. The President will possess experience and a record of achievement that merit a tenured appointment as a senior faculty member
Deep commitment to the mission of a public institution of higher education
A history of commitment to the full range of student life and learning issues
Senior leadership experience in a large and complex organization and a proven ability to help constituents deliberate and achieve strategic consensus
A proven, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty governance and an openness to collaborative relationships with campus unions
Demonstrated excellence in resource management and development
Documented success as a fundraiser; ability to lead a capital campaign
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a full range of external constituents, including alumni, donors, media, tribal leaders, and leaders in the private sector
Experience in and comfort with political settings; demonstrated success with legislative advocacy, and the ability to work well with community and elected officials
A track record of bringing diverse voices to the table
Experience and success with diversity in recruitment, retention, and academic programming that leads to the academic success of underrepresented student populations
Proven ability to make difficult decisions and communicate those decisions effectively with internal and external constituencies
An understanding of the critical academic and business issues facing the University and higher education more broadly, as well as the ability to develop and implement successful strategies to address these issues
The ability to plan, develop, advance and implement complex strategic goals, policies and program initiatives that require management of financial, human, and capital resources
Superb communication skills, both the written and spoken word, with a demonstrated ability to understand, connect with and inspire and recruit faculty, staff, students and individuals from all walks of life.