Vice President for Government and Community Affairs

09 Mar, 2021


Vice President for Government and Community Affairs

Clark University
Worcester, MA

Clark University seeks a collaborative, seasoned, and innovative leader to join the institution as vice
president for government and community affairs (VP) and play a lead role in shaping the vision and
direction for this highly respected small, private, liberal arts-based research university. The VP will join
Clark under bold new leadership as the University welcomed its 10th president and distinguished
alumnus, David Fithian ’87, Ph.D., in July 2020. The position is a strategic leadership role on President
Fithian’s dynamic and evolving senior cabinet, with several other key appointments recently made or
currently underway. This recruitment aligns with President Fithian’s focus on amplifying Clark’s
prominence as a vocal leader within the national higher education landscape, as well as Clark’s
investment in expanding outward engagement at the state and federal level.
For more than three decades, Clark has been a national model in the movement of anchor institutions
increasingly partnering with local governments, civic and business organizations, and neighborhood
residents to rehabilitate and revitalize urban communities. Building upon this important legacy, the VP
will partner directly with President Fithian, overseeing all government and community affairs across the
institution. This individual will also work closely with deans, faculty, administrators, and trustees, among
other diverse stakeholders at all levels of the University. Through broad collaboration and partnership,
the VP will develop strategies to strengthen Clark’s government and community affairs, and effectively
communicate its academic, research, and service missions to a wide variety of constituencies locally,
regionally, and nationally.
Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the
University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution that educates approximately 2,350
undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students every year to be imaginative and contributing citizens of
the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship
and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University’s commitment to
“challenge convention and change our world” and to address issues of critical societal importance. It is
also reflected by Clark’s many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its
diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus,
and for its distinguished geography and international development programs. Clark has also been
included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city “on the rise.” The second largest
city in New England, with a population of roughly 186,000, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of
higher learning including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic
Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester State University, and the Massachusetts College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Worcester is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and
biotechnology communities, for its thriving arts and cultural communities, and as a vibrant food hub
with an abundance of new restaurants and craft breweries. In addition, the city enthusiastically
anticipates the relocation of the Red Sox minor league baseball team from Pawtucket, RI to Worcester
this year.
Clark University has retained Jack Gorman of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist
in the recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be
directed to the search firm at the following link:
Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: the University believes that
cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, its
employees, and its community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment
policies and practices at Clark. Clark’s commitment to diversity informs its efforts in recruitment, hiring, and
retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the
uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to
create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. Clark strongly encourages members from historically

underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Job posted: 2021-03-09