Executive Director - Higher Education

Job Description


Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (Texas)
Executive Director

The Texas Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors is seeking qualified candidates for the position of executive director based in Austin, Texas. Applicants are invited to provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by February 15, 5 pm CST, 2024, with applications accepted until the position is filled. This position requires strong communication and organizational skills, knowledge of higher education and/or the Texas legislative process, the ability to support a wide range of member interests, and a willingness to succeed as the sole employee of the Council.

Duties and Responsibilities
The executive director is the chief administrative officer of the Council, appointed by and responsible to the members of the Council. The executive director promotes and furthers the Council’s mission and is responsible for implementing Council policies, initiatives, plans and directives. The person appointed will ideally be well acquainted with public higher education institutions, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the workings of the Texas legislature.

The executive director is responsible for the financial stewardship of the Council, managing the budget and operations, and day-to-day decisions. The executive director exercises a significant role in the planning and coordination of the Council’s programs in line with Council’s initiatives and priorities. Currently these include communicating with members on recent news, meetings, and trends in higher education and supporting initiatives which promote the value of Texas public higher education.

The executive director provides staff service to the Council’s chairman, executive committee, and overall Council membership. The executive director is expected to collaborate and coordinate effective relationships with other higher education organizations, education leaders, and state officials.

The executive director will be accountable to and will report directly to the Council. The Council will evaluate the performance of the executive director on an annual basis using the position description as a basis for evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications
Required: Bachelor’s degree.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated self-starter with organizational, interpersonal, leadership, and management skills.
  • Proven written and oral communication skills with the ability to analyze and prepare documents, reports, and correspondence with accuracy.
  • Good computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, Quicken, etc.)
  • Must have project management experience with the ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities. Event planning and/or nonprofit management experience is a plus.
  • Experience in governmental relations such as working with the Texas legislature is a plus.

To Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with reviews beginning February 15, 2024.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume with three references, and a writing sample. Application packets should be emailed to the Chair of the Search Committee, care of rmcguire@cpupc.org .
Questions, inquiries, and nominations should also be directed to rmcguire@cpupc.org . No phone calls please.

Additional Position Details
The expected salary range is $110,000 - $135,00/year, commensurate with educational background and work experience.

Generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; and retirement.

This regular full-time position that is an exempt position and is not eligible for overtime pay.

The Council is committed to equal opportunity and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $110,000.00 - $135,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Are you a self-starter, willing to be the sole employee of the Council?

Ability to Relocate:

  • Austin, TX: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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