Medical, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, 401K
4 Year Degree
TITLE: Chief Executive Officer
HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with Experience
LOCATION: Tallahassee, FL
CONTACT: Dr. Larry W. Tyree, LTyree@myafchome.org
To lead the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) in supporting the Florida College System Council of Presidents (COP) and membership of the Association.
Provide oversight of all operational, financial, and relationship-management responsibilities with the goals of helping the Association achieve its mission, developing a strong and cohesive state-wide organization, lobbying public policy, and advocating for increased funding and greater awareness of issues impacting the Florida College System.
Oversee the work of AFC programs and membership, COP councils, and subcommittees, focused on issue analysis, data evaluation, research, and communications;
Advocate for issues that support the Association’s mission, the Florida College System including budgets, policy, financial aid, Florida Retirement System, PECO, workforce programs, tuition and fees, and waivers;
Ensure effective internal and external communications;
Engage and cultivate effective working relationships with a diverse set of key stakeholders representing various sectors (e.g., the Florida Legislature and its staff, relevant policy and appropriations committees, and subcommittees staff, the Governor’s Office, the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, the Board of Governors, Independent Colleges and Universities, and the chancellors of the Florida College System, the State University System, K-12, and Workforce; as well as external groups such as the Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and others);
Develop the annual budget, ensuring optimal resource utilization and sound financial stewardship of AFC, and provide regular reports to the COP;
Facilitate and ensure an effective AFC Foundation agenda;
Ensure appropriate representation on search and hiring committees;
Testify as needed before public and private entities on behalf of the COP and AFC;
Manage the AFC staff; and
Oversee the facilitation of developing and providing educational programs to advance the professional skills of the AFC membership.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter addressing the elements of the position not to exceed three double-spaced pages (minimum of 12-point font), a current resume, and contact information for three references to Eileen Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrate strategic thinking, awareness, and ability to perform effectively given internal and external influences;
Demonstrate effective interpersonal, meeting facilitation, planning, and organizational skills;
Build consensus, facilitate collaboration, and sustain productive relationships with a variety of individuals, groups, organizations, and communities;
Build and maintain strategic partnerships;
Grow organizational resources, membership, reputation, and brand;
Maintain governance, financial and other documents for AFC and COP;
Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, strong presentation and interpersonal skills;
Demonstrate the ability to influence key stakeholders, and problem-solve as conflicts arise;
Demonstrate an understanding of and/or experience in the Florida College System;
Demonstrate an understanding of the legislative process in the State of Florida; and
Demonstrate an understanding of the management of associations.
Creativity and Innovation
Organizational and Political Literacy
Impact and Influence
Adaptability and Resilience
Leading and Managing Change
Relationship and Collaboration Building
Systems and Administration
Visioning and Alignment
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of five years of executive level management experience, or a combination of related education and work experience;
Proven success with legislative processes; and
Experience in the field of education, supervision, advocacy, lobbying, grant writing, development/fundraising, and/or association management.
Preference will also be given to veterans and spouses who are eligible under the Veterans' Preference Law. At the time of application, the submittal of Form DD214 is the minimum requirement for a veterans' preference claim. Note: Please upload your DD214 as an attachment as part of your application at the time of submission.
The Association of Florida Colleges was founded in 1949 as the Florida Association of Public Junior Colleges by the presidents of Florida's first four public junior colleges. Its mission was to unite the colleges for the purposes of helping the Florida Legislature understand the junior college mission and to advocate for Florida's public junior colleges in the development of the state's long-range plan for higher education.
Since 1949, the Association's mission and purposes have grown in scope as has the Association itself. In 1971, the Association became the Florida Association of Community Colleges. The Association changed its name to the Association of Florida Colleges in 2010 to reflect the growth in many colleges including baccalaureate degree programs and institutional name changes.
It has become the most inclusive higher education organization serving any college system in the nation. The AFC is the only organization that represents all employees, presidents, and trustees associated with a college system. The colleges in the Florida College System support the work of the Association through institutional dues as do nearly 5000 individual college employees and retiree members through the sharing of their talents, time, and energy.