Founding Executive Director, Roth Leadership Development Program

About the Position

The founding Executive Director of the Roth Leadership Development Program (RLDP) will be charged with bringing this pilot program to life. We expect the RLDP to provide rich experiential learning opportunities, including internships and hands-on leadership workshops. The RLDP will embed the development of leadership skill sets throughout its curriculum, all toward equipping students to engage crucial contemporary problems from a variety of disciplinary orientations.

As a mission driven institution, Case Western Reserve University aims to deeply foster learning and spearhead innovation, instilling these values in our students’ cognitive and ethical profiles. The acuity and open-mindedness needed to engender productive curiosity, constructive action, and thoughtful risk-taking are essential skills for leaders, and for the Director of the Roth Leadership Development Program.

The executive director will be expected to design and sustain the two-year pilot of the RLDP. We expect the executive director to richly engage with, and lead the program’s students, known to our community as Roth Scholars. In collaboration with internal and external partners, the executive director will enact Joel Roth’s vision of leadership education that is first anchored in the intellectual and ethical development of individuals, and then widens to encompass an individual’s improved understanding of leading at the community, national, and global levels. The executive director will serve on the program’s executive committee in partnership with the Provost, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the Case School of Engineering, and the Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management.

The executive director will necessarily be someone of broad vision, who possesses a long-range outlook on both financial and educational matters. The executive director must have the intellectual drive and curiosity equal to our university’s faculty and students. The executive director will possess a commitment to the mission of the RLDP and the University. The executive director must enjoy working with students and seeing them succeed, challenging their growth along the way. A successful executive director will prioritize integrity above all else and deploy resourcefulness and optimism in launching the Roth Leadership Development Program.

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Essential Functions

  1. Design a pilot program that will inform the launch of the new Roth Institute. (40%, reduced to 0% once designed)
  2. Provide strategic direction for the Roth Leadership Development Program, including leadership of the planning committee responsible for preparing the pilot phase launch. (20%)
  3. Engage directly with students to help guide and direct them on their educational journey. (0% initially, 40% once pilot is launched)
  4. Investigate linkages across the academic programs of the university, including both undergraduate and graduate levels. (20%)
  5. Plan and develop the operational guidance and budget for staff, resources, and programs and implement the budget of the program. (10%)

Nonessential Functions

  1. Collaborate with Corporate Relations, Foundation Relations, and Student Affairs to develop relationships with external partners for the program, as well as with development officers and donor engagement staff. (5%)
  2. Engage in high-level events throughout the year, with a particular emphasis on donor engagement. (2.5%)
  3. Perform other duties as assigned. (2.5%)


Department: Frequent contact with Provost, Chief of Staff, and other staff as required to perform essential functions.

University: Contact with the President’s Office, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Case School of Engineering, Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management, Senior Vice President of University Relations and Development, development officers, senior staff in colleges and management centers, faculty and staff as required to perform essential functions.

External: Direct contact with trustees, donors, and alumni as required to perform essential functions.

Students: Direct contact with leadership students and other students as required to perform essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibility

Manage and organize members of the planning committee; provide supervision of student leaders and Roth Scholars in achieving their experiential learning and other programmatic objectives; manage temporary staff positions.


Experience/Education: 10 years of professional experience in leadership programs, non-profits, or student and academic affairs and a Bachelor’s degree, OR 7 years of related professional experience and a Master’s degree required. Experience in writing, development or higher education preferred.

Required Skills

  • Must show ability to be innovative in program development with the ability to know when to scale and focus on operational implementation.
  • Must demonstrate experience working with a university-based population, in particular undergraduate students.
  • Knowledge of relevant leadership education best practices and current research preferred.
  • Must have an understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Must possess a nimble, positive, and encouraging work ethic.
  • Demonstrated ability to create positive working relationships across university stakeholders, in both academic areas as well as non-academic areas.
  • Must demonstrate proven ability to identify and resolve problems and generate appropriate responses to complex issues.
  • Attention to quality and detail are essential.
  • Outstanding communication and creative skills are required. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, donors, students, faculty, and other internal and external stakeholders face to face.
  • Flexibility, tact, approachability and responsiveness are required. Ability to discreetly handle sensitive information is essential.
  • Demonstrate ability to review, integrate and accurately synthesize large amounts of data and new information.
  • Ability to identify inefficiencies and recommend improvements to processes as needed.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Available to work outside of regular office hours as required.
  • Computer proficiency, with broad knowledge and experience using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and donor database(s). Ability to learn new software programs as needed.

Additional Information

Working Conditions
General office environment, some evenings and weekend hours will be required.

Diversity Statement
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable Accommodations
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

COVID Vaccination
Case Western Reserve University has implemented a COVID Vaccination policy requiring evidence of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff with an on-campus presence. Religious and medical exemptions may be provided in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. For more information go to: Applicants may contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 / for information regarding religious or medical exemptions as an accommodation.

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