Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, is searching to identify its next President and Chief Executive Officer. With the retirement of the current President/CEO, this important position will be open as of July 1, 2023.
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on December 3, 1914. A group of 15 students and faculty members established the Society to recognize and encourage leadership at the collegiate level. The founders established the O∆K Idea—the concept that individuals representing all phases of collegiate life should collaborate with faculty and others to support the campus and community. O∆K’s mission is to honor and develop leaders; encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and promote O∆K’s ideals of collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service on college and university campuses throughout North America. The Society is based in the Joyce E. and Richard S. Johnson Center for Leadership and Omicron Delta Kappa National Headquarters in Lexington, Virginia.
POSITION DESCRIPTION and GENERAL SEARCH INFORMATION
A complete position description may be found here. A listing of the members of the search committee is located at this link. The search timeline is located here.
The President and Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Trustees. The President and Chief Executive Officer is evaluated on an annual basis by the board’s Executive Committee.
The President and Chief Executive Officer’s specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Administer the day-to-day operations of the Society
- Manage, with the O∆K Board of Trustees, the governance of the Society; maintain governing documents of the Society
- Guide the Society in the development and implementation of strategic plans; monitor completion of goals and objectives; provide progress reports as appropriate
- Implement policies for O∆K as directed by the Board of Trustees
- Oversee all financial operations of O∆K, including appropriate administration of resources and assets, including the National Headquarters facility; identify and develop non-membership and fundraising revenue opportunities; secure lines of credit as necessary; evaluate investment strategy; and ensure annual audit and compliance with financial regulations
- Evaluate technology platforms and current use including those supporting membership recruitment, processing, and engagement; member recognition; member, donor, circle, and institution information; financial administration; and board operations
- Secure and promote external member benefits such as travel and entertainment discounts, educational experiences and opportunities, and access to professional services
- Provide leadership and vision for fundraising and advancement initiatives for the Society, including annual giving, major gifts, and planned giving
- Champion data integrity for circles, advisors and collegiate officers, members, volunteers, and donors
- Serve as a spokesperson for O∆K and its mission of collaborative and inclusive leadership
- Promote and administer current programming, including the annual National Leadership Conference, awards given for exemplary leadership and/or service to the Society, scholarships, circle grants, community service initiatives, gift of membership, and ethical leadership development workshops
- Develop and introduce new programs as appropriate; sunset current programs as necessary
- Oversee the member, circle officer, and host campus communications, including the coordination of the website, magazine (The Circle), and social media platforms
- Travel on behalf of the Society to visit members, donors, circles, host colleges and universities, and prospective circle institutions
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Omicron Delta Kappa, as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected. Preference will be given to those candidates who submit an application by January 31, 2023.
To apply for this position, send a cover letter, list of at least three professional references, and resume to:
Willie L. Banks and Peter A. Christiaans
Search Committee Co-Chairs
Omicron Delta Kappa
224 McLaughlin Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Cynthia “Cie” Cochran is the special projects coordinator who is supporting the search. Application materials may be submitted electronically my emailing email@example.com. Nominations may also be sent to the attention of the search committee chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries will be held in confidence.