OrganizationUniversity of Kansas
TypeFull Time
Application DeadlineApril 29, 2025
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$250,000-$300,000


University of Kansas
Executive Director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute
Lawrence, KS

WittKieffer is proud to partner with (KU) as they search for an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking operational and strategic leader to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of the (AAI). This is an executive level position reporting to the Director. All applications and nominations are welcomed.

At a critical time for our society, AAI has the potential to increase our positive impact on the lives of children and adults through research, development, direct-impact programming, the development of healthy environments, and community engagement. The Executive Director will be the driver of AAI’s future—providing visionary and inspirational leadership that elevates this already successful, indispensable institute to its next level.

AAI is a unique and influential leader, providing innovative tools to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults, and communities. AAI supports researchers, practitioners, faculty, staff, and students in research and service related to key areas of its mission. AAI is one of 11 designated research centers that fall under the auspices of the University of Kansas Office of Research. The Office of Research facilitates innovation, creative activity, discovery, and the application and dissemination of knowledge. is comprised of eight Strategic and eight Tactical Centers.

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university, an R-1 institution, and a member of the Association of American Universities, with 40 graduate programs ranked by US News. Founded in 1865, KU enrolls 27,638 students, employs nearly 2,900 faculty members, and offers its programs in nine locations.

At the minimum, the Executive Director must have 10 years of experience growing and leading entrepreneurial service delivery enterprise, with at least five years of experience as a senior member of its executive team; three years’ experience advanced business planning and/or management in a research and development focused environment; and demonstrated leadership in managing continuous improvement processes in a collaborative environment.

Applications should include, as two separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile at WittKieffer is assisting the University of Kansas in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by May 24, 2024.

Application materials, nominations and inquires can be directed to:

Jeff Compher and Sandra Chu

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