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Executive Director Durham, NC

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, a preeminent merit scholarship for undergraduate students at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks an entrepreneurial Executive Director. Founded by Julian and Josie Robertson and their family in 2001, the Program aspires to identify the next generation of transformational leaders, diverse young men and women with strong character and a sense of purpose, to equip them to effect positive change in the world.

The purpose of the Program is: The development of ethical, entrepreneurial and discerning individuals demonstrating excellence and commitment to (1) collaborating with and (2) leading others in positive change. Ultimately, the Robertson Program measures its success by the quality, scale, and originality of the work that its graduates do in the world. Traditionally 120 scholars participate in the program, all with the opportunity to take classes on either campus. Since the program’s inception, nearly 500 scholars have graduated.

The Executive Director is the chief executive of the Program and responsible for its operation along with a staff of five. In partnership with Julian Robertson and the Board of Directors, the new Executive Director will lead a comprehensive review of the Program, with a view to a strategic reset reflecting the challenges of today’s society and our interconnected world. Consequently, this position offers an opportunity for an innovative thinker to shape the intellectual framework of the program as well as programmatic changes. The Executive Director will also be responsible for refining the student recruitment and selection process, designing and developing an alumni engagement program, and creating key performance indicators and measures of assessment. The Program has 501(c)3 status and is funded by the Robertson Foundation with significant resources to devote to the pursuit of these priorities.

Keight Tucker Kennedy is leading this search with Katherine Stellato.

The Robertson Foundation values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of individuals of diverse backgrounds, sex, race, religion, age, disability, gender identity and sexual orientation.


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