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Vice President for Programs and Research


The vice president for programs and research provides management and leadership for the department of Programs and Research and is responsible for the development and implementation of AGB programs. This includes the annual National Conference on Trusteeship, the Foundation Leadership Forum, the Institute for Board Chairs and Presidents (public and private), and other convenings, as well as webinars and the development of AGB’s new focus on digital programming and services. He or she directs the implementation of appropriate areas of AGB’s new strategic direction that is focused on providing members with Governance Best Practices and adding value to the membership proposition. Working with the president, the vice president also oversees the association’s fundraising efforts in both corporate sponsorship and foundation support, working with programs staff and the association’s Leadership Team to develop new and expanded project concepts.

As a corporate officer, the vice president represents the president and the association as requested.


  • Serve as a member of AGB’s Leadership Team and as such participate in setting the strategic direction of the association.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of departmental plans, staffing structure, and budgets designed to ensure the success of AGB’s strategic plan and developing best practice initiatives.
  • Take the lead on the development and organization of the National Conference on Trusteeship and new programming to address member needs. Through the Director of Programs and the Director of Conferences, oversee the development and delivery of all other regular and special AGB institutes, seminars, workshops, and conferences; participate in securing funding for programs, research, and educational projects.
  • Play a key role in developing content for AGB’s digital content offerings.
  • Work with the Director of Research to frame, implement, and secure funding for AGB’s research agenda. As appropriate, secure partnerships for research and other projects; assist in recruiting appropriate researchers and authors to conduct research and prepare papers and reports for AGB; oversee the preparation of status reports to funding sources.
  • Work with the Director of Corporate Relations to design programs and projects that attract sponsorships.
  • Oversee the development of initiatives, programs, and services for member segments (e.g. private institutions, public institutions, systems, and institutionally related foundations).
  • Provide day-to-day management of the department’s staff, providing feedback and assessment to develop staff capacity to support AGB’s goals.
  • Attend meetings of AGB’s Board of Directors; and serve as staff to board committee(s) as assigned.
  • Prepare quarterly reports on departmental activities for Board of Directors.
  • Represent the association to external organizations.


  • 5-7 years in senior higher education leadership positions. Strong preference for direct experience working with institutional, institution-related foundation, or system governing bodies.
  • Graduate degree.
  • Demonstrably effective experience in managing people, programs, and budgets; ability to build, manage and lead an effective team.
  • Experience with fundraising; preference for contacts with foundation staff.
  • Knowledge of leading and emerging technologies for electronic delivery of instruction for adult learners.
  • Preference for working in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication.
  • Work ethic characterized by energy, curiosity and commitment to innovation.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks with attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain flexible approach to changing priorities and methods.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Availability for travel.

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume along with three professional references with contact email and phone numbers to Please include the position title in the subject line of the email. References will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant.

AGB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



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