Founded in 1953 by college and university presidents, along with business and community leaders, the original nonprofit South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges’ purpose was to increase financial support for independent higher education in South Carolina via: 1) interpreting the aims, functions, and needs of the members to the public; 2) soliciting funds for the benefit of the members; and 3) distributing funds secured to the members on a formula basis. In effect, the organization would serve as the “United Way” for private colleges in South Carolina.
In order to have their voices heard in the General Assembly and in state agency policy matters, the private colleges and universities later established the South Carolina College Council in 1968. Unlike the Foundation, which could not engage in political advocacy because of its tax-exempt charter, the College Council was organized to actively engage in the state’s political and administrative processes. The political success of the Council convinced several of the Council members who were not members of the Foundation to apply for membership causing the Foundation’s membership to grow. In 1992, the Foundation (fundraising) and the Council (advocacy) merged into one organization called the Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina, Inc. In 1998, the organization’s name changed to today’s South Carolina Independent College and Universities, Inc. (SCICU).
The current mission of SCICU is to support and promote the values of independent higher education in South Carolina through federal and state legislative advocacy, fundraising, scholarships, research, and collaboration. Current membership is comprised of 20 institutions, representing approximately 34,000 students each year, and includes every eligible South Carolina independent college and university. During the past six decades, SCICU and its predecessors have raised more than $47 million. Additionally, continuing advocacy efforts by SCICU have helped to ensure that students at the 20 member institutions receive almost $83.5 million a year from the state’s merit and need-based scholarship programs and $73 million in federal student grants.
Over the years, SCICU’s emphasis on public policy has increased as the amount of state and federal student financial aid and regulatory oversight has increased. Emphasis on fundraising has diminished as the members have developed sophisticated development programs; however, fundraising is still important to SCICU as long as it is not in competition with member institutions. SCICU and its predecessors have also been instrumental in the development of the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation and the South Carolina Tuition Grants Program. SCICU is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the unified national voice of independent higher education since 1976. SCICU is also one of 32 State Fund Members of the Council of Independent Colleges, the major national service organization for non-profit, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and their statewide fundraising consortia.
For more information about SCICU, please visit www.scicu.org.
The President/CEO reports to The Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of the 20 presidents from the member institutions and no more than 42 business and community leaders. The term of office for trustees, other than the presidents, is three years. A second three-year term is available by mutual agreement.
The President/CEO leads and manages all full time, part time, and contract employees. The current staff includes: Executive Vice President; Director of Finance and Administration; and Director of Communications.
The President/CEO is expected to be a servant leader who focuses on the needs of the organization, member institutions, students, and other stakeholders. The President/CEO is also expected to have a well-developed network within the SC legislature and business community with the ability to successfully leverage those relationships relating to advocacy, public/external relations, collaborative opportunities for member institutions, and fundraising. Ideally the President/CEO will view this opportunity as a career destination.
The President/CEO, as directed by the Chairman of the Board and the policies established by the Board of Trustees, is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization necessary to accomplish SCICU’s stated mission. The President/CEO should be comfortable leading a small team and being “hands-on” in day-to-day activities. Specific duties will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
- Responsible for the sound fiscal management and administration of the organization including all operating accounts, capital and reserve accounts, endowed funds, retirement plans, and contributions.
- Serve as the organization’s chief lobbyist and manage a state government relations program that focuses on appropriations for Tuition Grants, merit scholarships, need-based grants, and legislation that affects independent higher education.
- Monitor federal legislation and work with national organizations and the South Carolina Congressional delegation to help shape national fiscal and higher education policies toward the best interests of SCICU members.
- Working with staff, provide direction, supervision, and oversight for programs and initiatives in the areas of fundraising, collaboration, and communications.
- Develop and implement a marketing plan that promotes the attributes, advantages, and value of a liberal arts education at an independent college or university in South Carolina. The plan is expected to include marketing efforts to the community at large to include lawmakers, thought leaders, educators, parents, and students.
- Serve as the spokesperson for the organization and represent the independent colleges and universities at meetings of other organizations or committees in the domain(s) of higher education, education funding and scholarship, workforce development, and public education.
- Work closely with the officers of the Board of Trustees to develop a renewable strategic plan and update the plan annually.
- Strong preference for approximately 10 years experience in a senior position with a nonprofit organization, state agency, or similar business enterprise.
- Preference for additional experience in government relations and/or higher education policy.
- Equivalent education and/or experience, as determined by the Board of Trustees, will also be considered.
- Excellent verbal, written, and public speaking skills.
- Ability to collaborate with diverse groups and successfully navigate the completion of multiple tasks, assignments, and deadlines.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Some overnight, in-state, and out-of-state travel required.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience including a competitive base salary and benefit package.
Equal Opportunity Employer
SCICU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any legally protected status.
To make a nomination, or to provide a referral, please use the contact information below. To apply, please submit a resume and/or vita, and cover letter.
For additional information contactSCICU@colemanlew.com