Executive Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby   Waterville, ME   Full-time     Management
Posted on September 9, 2022
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Executive Director, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs

At Colby College




The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College (Goldfarb Center or the Center), a non-partisan, cross-disciplinary nexus connecting and engaging students, faculty, staff, the community, and the world with our nation’s most pressing current events, seeks an Executive Director. The Executive Director will develop, deepen, and expand the reach of the Center, driving its impact and setting the Center’s intellectual direction. The executive directorship of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs provides an extraordinary opportunity to engage issues in ways that are only possible within the exceptional academic, mission-driven, and collegial environment of Colby College.


The Goldfarb Center provides a forum through which students can grapple with complex challenges using creative and interdisciplinary approaches. It provides opportunities for the entire Colby community to come together to unpack the difficult issues that our country and the world face. Goldfarb Center events have included world leaders, innovative thinkers, influential politicians, community activists, and cutting-edge academics. Students have myriad ways to engage with the Center and its guests, from service on the Goldfarb Student Executive Board, to collaborative research opportunities with Colby faculty, to attendance at the many in-person and virtual conversations, lectures, and symposia hosted by or in conjunction with the Center, to attendance and involvement in the more formal, flagship events of the Center, including the William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate Series, the Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series, and the Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award. Adding to these established and highly regarded awards and series, this fall, the Goldfarb Center will launch the first-ever Peter Hart Lecture in Politics and Policy, thanks to a newly endowed donor fund.


Under the direction of the Provost and Dean of Faculty, the Executive Director will be charged with stewarding the continued strategic growth of the Center, increasing its visibility on-campus and beyond Colby College, finding ways to challenge and engage students in discussions about public policy and politics, in preparation for careers in public affairs and service, and equipping them with the skills, tools, and ideas to be good citizens. The Executive Director will collaborate to establish an annual theme for the Center and will develop events and programming that engage members of the Colby community in conversation with public affairs thought leaders. Likely a public affairs, public policy or other similar practitioner, the new Executive Director will be a nimble leader, able to bring together Colby faculty subject matter expertise from across the College to bear on the issues that confront the world today.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented individual with deep public affairs or public policy experience, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit, to apply their unique background and professional experiences to lead a vital and cutting-edge public affairs center.


Colby College has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist with this important recruitment. Please direct all inquiries and applications, in confidence, as indicated at the end of this document.




Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue in a confidential basis until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications (including resume and letters of interest responding to the requirements outlined in the position profile) should be submitted via Isaacson, Miller’s website:


Dan Rodas, Partner

Tim Lanigan, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

263 Summer Street, Boston, MA


Electronic submission of materials is required.


Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, pregnancy, parental or marital status, national or ethnic origin, caste, political beliefs, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law. Colby is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination.