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Executive Director New Orleans, LA

Tulane University (the University), one of the nation’s most ambitious and innovative institutions, seeks a visionary leader and scholar to serve as Executive Director of The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute (Newcomb Institute, the Institute). The mission of the Newcomb Institute is to develop leaders, discover solutions to intractable gender problems of our time, and provide opportunities for students to experience synergies between curricula, research, and community engagement through close collaboration with faculty. Tulane seeks an Executive Director who will harness the Institute’s legacy and resources to support a vision that maintains its core mission while evolving to meet the needs of today's scholars and tomorrow's leaders.

With 8,413 undergraduate and 5,892 graduate students in the schools of architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work, Tulane is known for its highly collaborative environment and has developed innovative interdisciplinary research and educational programs. The University has cultivated an emphasis on community service and practical experience that infuses its programs, culture, and community. Following a decade of rebuilding and renewal after Hurricane Katrina, Tulane is operating on a balanced budget and has steadily increased its admissions selectivity, ranking, and student diversity as well as grown its faculty and seen dramatic increases in research activity and impact. Tulane is in a strong position and on an upward trajectory toward realizing its ambitions and place as a leading institution. It operates at both a manageable scale that engenders a highly relational culture and with an intellectual breadth and heft that allows for interdisciplinary collaboration and global impact.

Founded in 1886, as the nation’s first degree-granting coordinate college for young women, the Newcomb Institute has evolved from its original mission to educate and empower women to its current incarnation as a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic center dedicated to addressing the most urgent and difficult gender challenges of our time. In concert with Tulane students, faculty from across campus, and community partners, the Institute generates scholarship that informs action. The Institute enjoys the generous support of a substantial and engaged alumnae base eager to see the continuation of the Institute's academic strength and dedication to preparing students for lives of leadership. With a diverse and highly talented staff, faculty, and student body, along with the backing of senior leadership, significant endowed resources, and enviable and centrally located physical space, the Newcomb Institute is uniquely positioned to shine light on the relevance of gender across every facet of the University's work, in and out of the classroom.

Reporting directly to the University’s provost, the Executive Director of the Newcomb Institute collaborates closely with the deans of Tulane’s schools and colleges to assist in making strategic faculty hires and bolstering interdisciplinary research and programming related to gender inequity and intersectional feminism. The new Executive Director will leverage the Institute’s many resources – financial, human, intellectual, and physical – to build upon its tremendous history, promote the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration, support and empower its talented staff, and raise the profile of the Institute locally, nationally, and globally.

Nominations and applications, including – as individual attachments – a cover letter and a CV, should be submitted online electronically and in confidence below.

Elizabeth Dorr and Kate Barry are leading this search with Ellen Egitton.


Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory, diverse work and learning environment. Tulane does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, military status, veteran status (or any other classification protected by applicable law) in any of its programs, activities, or employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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