The American College of Financial Services (The College), a regionally accredited and nonprofit higher education institution located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, supports the financial services industry through professional education, graduate studies, relevant research, and customized learning solutions. The College is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and visionary leader to head The College's Center for Special Needs. The Executive Director will be looked at as a subject matter expert and must be self-directed and demonstrate the ability to execute against committed deliverables.
The Center's mission is to elevate the knowledge of financial services professionals in the area of special needs planning. Reporting to the College's Associate Provost (Academic VP), the successful incumbent will function as the Center's chief ambassador in leveraging research and education to create broad awareness of financial planning for people with a disability or other special need, their parents/caregivers as well as advisors (Financial Planners, Attorneys, Accountants, etc).
The Executive Director will generate and present research findings to a wide range of stakeholders that include industry leaders, government officials, disability support organizations, non-profits, and members of the national media. Serving as the Center's primary agent, the Executive Directors' main objective is to develop a compelling brand that positions the Center as the leading authority for research, information, and educational resources in this critical area of special needs planning. Additionally, the Executive Director maintains the Center's economic sustainability through the identification of new sources of revenue. Other duties included in the position entail overseeing teaching and lecturing, maintaining the accuracy and currency of the Colleges ChSNC designation, and developing new course content, where appropriate, across the College's curriculum.
Essential Job Functions:
Direct all activities of the Center and staff; to include providing thought leadership and subject matter expertise on emerging issues in the special needs community.
Develop a strategic plan for the Center focused on establishing a national footprint related to building a virtual community of support, networking, and development ideas.
Develop and track meaningful quantitative outcome-based metrics.
Oversee Center policy development, compliance, financial management, systemic analysis, and process improvement.
Build a brand and national network and assist with Center fundraising activities, including securing, cultivating, and maintaining relationships with donor prospects and foundations. Coordinate ongoing donor communication. Promote and highlight existing donors. Build and assume responsibility for the content of the Center's website.
Recruit members of the Centers Advisory Board; lead quarterly Advisory Board meetings, and increase Advisory Board impact by leveraging their expertise and connections to broaden the scope and reach of the Center's work.
Consult with MassMutual and the Center's Advisory Board regarding emerging topics in special needs planning and maintain ongoing communications with MassMutual regarding the Center's activities and initiatives
Generate and/or oversee the development of primary research that pertains to special needs planning. Publish and/or present research findings and speak at meetings that target either the industry/trade or academic audience.
Maintain active, current course curriculum and delivery and create new content, where appropriate, for ChSNC, other College courses/programs, and continuing education opportunities
Develop and deliver special programs in the area of special needs planning for companies in the industry
Travel occasionally for speaking engagements and marketing support
An undergraduate degree or other advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. A professional designation (e.g, ChSNC) is a plus.
Considerable experience in the financial services industry or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Sound strategy development, analytical, problem solving, organizational, and planning skills.
Ability to conceptualize and oversee original research projects with practical applications.
A deep personal commitment to the special needs community and continuing professional education.
Experience working with and inspiring a volunteer advisory board.
Able to lead, work effectively with, and influence peers, staff, faculty, and students.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills with the ability to communicate with and present to varied audiences, including military leaders, corporate executives, professionals, and adult learners.
The American College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We administer all phases of employment activity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital, disability, military or veteran status.
In policy and practice, we encourage diversity and provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment.
The American College of Financial Services is committed to applying financial education through teaching, research, and innovation in program delivery and design. As a nonprofit, accredited education institution, our courses are researched and written by a faculty of the nation's top thought leaders in personal finance.
Organization Type: Higher Education Institution