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Regional Dean & CEO

Apply now Job no: 508046
Position Type: Staff
Location: Washington, DC Campus
Categories: Regional Campuses

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University is a top research university built on a tradition of innovation and engagement with the world. Led by President Joseph Aoun, Northeastern is a pioneer in experiential learning, and integrates professional work experiences (known as co-ops), research, service, and global experiences on every continent.

In investing in its global campus network and the future of education, Northeastern has developed a network of regional campuses in addition to its presence in Boston. Each network campus is led by a Regional Dean and CEO who collaborates with the leadership of Northeastern’s Colleges, Schools, and Institutes in leveraging the faculty and expertise of the University to develop programming that is responsive to the industries and opportunities local to the campus. The campuses in turn serve as sources of programmatic development and innovation, informing and enriching the network and University.

Arlington will be Northeastern’s newest regional campus. To begin, Arlington will focus on graduate-level programs in areas that include data analytics, computer science, engineering, project management, applied quantitative methods, and political science. Located near key federal partners, the Arlington campus will also serve a point of connection and contact in the continued growth of the University’s nearly $160 million federal contract and grant portfolio.

Northeastern University has engaged Opus Partners to assist this search. To seek additional information, nominate qualified candidates, or to apply, please contact Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner,, or Abigail Maynard, Associate,


Reporting to the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Global Network, the Dean and CEO of Northeastern University-Arlington will provide strategic direction and vision for the programs, services, and operation of the campus. Collaborating with the University’s leadership in Boston, the Regional Dean and CEO will identify and develop meaningful opportunities to leverage the University’s offerings in the distinctive economy and geography of the greater Washington DC area.

Like the other regional campuses, the Arlington campus will utilize a matrixed staffing model, with faculty and professional staff supporting the campus efforts while also reporting into the larger Northeastern University structure. The Regional Dean and CEO will provide exceptional leadership for all direct reports and matrixed staff resources on the Arlington campus. They will provide strategic direction in continuing to build a high-impact and diverse team with an emphasis on leveraging the strengths, resources, and relationships of the entire University.

The Regional Dean and CEO will develop responsive, dynamic, inclusive, and innovative educational opportunities with indicators of success that are ambitious and measurable in terms of enrollment, budget, and programmatic differentiation. They will be able to communicate their vision and plan confidently and through various mediums so as to be responsive to different and diverse audiences. 

The Regional Dean and CEO has a natural cohort of peers in the leaders of the other regional campuses and works collaboratively in building the strengths of the network and of each campus within it.


The Regional CEO and Dean will have a strong leadership profile with experience managing and building diverse and inclusive teams and developing innovative, equitable, and dynamic programs. They will demonstrate an ability to be decisive, move quickly, and take risks while building collaborative relationships in a highly matrixed organization.

The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to Northeastern’s educational mission, to innovation, and to facilitating the growth of their team, their students, and the campus. They will have exceptional communication and presentation skills, facility directing complex projects, and extensive experience managing budgets, establishing and meeting goals and deliverables, and growing a dynamic program or business.

Building on the campus’ location and focus, the successful candidate will have experience working with government contracting and with large system integrators notably in the defense, aerospace, and technology sectors. They will understand federal funding including appropriations and contracting, and will have experience navigating public-private partnerships. A security clearance is valuable but is not required. A history of public service and employment with the federal government would also be valued. 

The successful candidate will appreciate the need to innovate and the need to attend to administrative considerations, and will have the experience and skills to manage these sometimes disparate priorities.  They will also have a demonstrable history in promoting diversity and creating a culture of inclusion through organizations, institutions, and groups they have been affiliated with.  They will show a capacity for effectively promoting these values across the university in the role as Regional Dean and CEO.

Additional Information:

To Apply:

Northeastern University has engaged Opus Partners to assist this search. To seek additional information, nominate qualified candidates, or to apply, please contact Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner,, or Abigail Maynard, Associate,

The application will include providing a resume and cover letter. Letters can highlight leadership experience, interest in the role, professional motivations, and answer questions you might anticipate from your materials. Additionally, Northeastern values diversity, equity, and inclusion; we encourage you to address how you might promote these values as the Regional Dean and CEO and highlight past professional support of initiatives designed to remove barriers and to increase participation by groups historically under-represented in the field.

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see



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