Executive Director

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016

The New Media Consortium (NMC) Austin, TX

Austin, TX
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The overarching responsibility of the new Executive Director is to lead the NMC to new levels of achievement. The NMC has enjoyed considerable growth since its creation. It now has over 200 member institutions and a budget of nearly $2M. A staff of 10, along with many knowledgeable consultants in the field, carry out the NMC's programs. A Board of Directors, which includes visionary and accomplished leaders in the education, library, museum, and corporate worlds, brings diverse experience to its crucial governance role.

The Executive Director will be expected to aggressively pursue current successful strategies as well as new opportunities to broaden NMC's funding base, increase membership growth, create long-range goals and plans, increase public understanding and visibility of the NMC's mission and programs, and strengthen its infrastructure.

A vibrant, leading-edge organization, the NMC is poised to meet new challenges in what Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky call "adaptive change":

Leadership would be a safe undertaking if your organizations and communities only faced problems for which they already knew the solutions. Every day, people have problems for which they do, in fact, have the necessary know-how and procedures. We call these technical problems. But there is a whole host of problems that are not amenable to authoritative expertise or standard operating procedures. They cannot be solved by someone who provides answers from on high. We call these adaptive challenges because they require experiments, new discoveries, and adjustments from numerous places in the organization or community. Without learning new ways-changing attitudes, values, and behaviors-people cannot make the adaptive leap necessary to thrive in the new environment. The sustainability of change depends on having the people with the problem internalize the change itself. (_Leadership on the Line_, 12-13)

The NMC has the opportunity to demonstrate and empower the leadership needed for adaptive change across universities, colleges, schools, libraries, and museums. To do so, the NMC must grow its programs so that it can serve its member institutions more effectively, provide them with a broader array of services, and better accomplish its mission of exploring and advocating the use of new media and new technologies in learning.