Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Executive Director

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director. The Board of Regents is the statutory governing body for the University of Iowa (which includes the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics), Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.  The Iowa Regent universities have a combined enrollment of approximately 82,000 students, a total faculty and staff of over 26,000 and a $5.7 billion fiscal year 2017 budget.  The Board’s Executive Director and staff offices are located in Urbandale, Iowa.  

The Executive Director acts under the general direction of the nine-member Board of Regents and is responsible for the development and execution of the Board’s strategic plan; working closely with the institutional heads to keep the Board informed of institutional operations and concerns; provide leadership in all budget analysis and recommendations to the Board; supervise of all legislative activities and coordinate the approval of academic programs. 

In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for administering a wide range of business, human resource, and program activities, and is responsible for representing the Board as appropriate with state and federal legislative bodies, other organizations and the general public.  The Executive Director directly oversees a Board Office staff of 17 professionals. 

It is important that the successful candidate be a visionary who can develop and nurture close working relationships with the legislative and executive branches of the state government in addition to the Board of Regents.  Applicants must have an appropriate graduate degree and minimum of five (5) years senior level experience in a leadership position with a similar agency or institution of higher education.  The successful candidate must be a hands-on manager with outstanding leadership, decision making, budgetary and communication skills, both oral and written.  Obviously, a demonstrated track record of success in managing a large complex organization is important.  The current salary range for this position is $100,840 to $154,300.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: 

Board of Regents, State of Iowa
c/o Keith Saunders
Interim Executive Director
11260 Aurora Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322-7905

Via email at:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.  To ensure consideration applications must be received by August 7, 2017.  It is anticipated the new Executive Director will assume the position on or about November 1, 2017. 

The Board of Regents is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.  Qualified women, minorities and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.

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