Transformation Team Leader


Transformation Team Leader


Expected Start Date: As soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Date Posted: 9/13/2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled.

Position Title: Transformation Team Leader 

Reports To: Chair of Board of Trustees of Paine College

Terms of Employment: Twelve months (renewable)

Salary Range: Up to $175,000 per year

FLSA Classification: Exempt




The Transformation Team Leader is responsible for improving the financial position of the College by transforming administrative functions and updating the College's academic strategy. Their contributions should establish Paine College as an institution of choice both regionally and nationally. Primary accountabilities include raising funds for Paine College and executing the tactics of the Transformation Plan, which includes growing net new enrollment and retaining enrolled students with a student-centric approach. While the initial vision of the Transformation Plan is being formulated, this person will have the autonomy and latitude to shape the plan to best support the College and its students for decades to come.


This role will collaborate closely with the Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs (VPA&FA) and Transformation Committee of the Board to manage the fiscal performance of the institution.  

The position will require an individual with exceptional skills in facilitating organizational change and change management in close collaboration with leaders at the College and various external constituents.  


  1. Possess a demonstrated background in higher education leadership or a set of experiences that demonstrably translates to the essential duties and responsibilities of the role.
  2. Able to live within commuting distance of Paine College.



  1. Advanced degree
  2. Awareness and appreciation of the heritage, goals, objectives, vision, and mission of Paine College.
  3. Strong management skills, including a strong financial background; demonstrated experience providing strategic oversight and accountability and/or controlling a budget and producing financial reports.
  4. Track record in raising funds and generating revenue.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals (including students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, the Board, and external constituents).
  6. Demonstrated cultural competency, including successful experience working with diverse individuals, ranging from under-resourced to ultra-wealthy.  
  7. Significant experience and exceptional skills in facilitating organizational change and change management, including the ability to manage and adapt to change, make difficult decisions, encourage conflict resolution, and assure employee and department accountability.



  1. 1. Execute the strategy and tactics of the Transformation Plan under the direction of the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Michael Thurmond, and a specially formulated Transformation Committee consisting of Chair-elect Bishop Brown, Trustee Dr. Tyrone Davis, and President Cheryl Evans Jones.  On a day-to-day basis, the position will collaborate with President Jones and the rest of the College's leadership team. 

  2. 2. Define and shape the College's student centric approach to fiscal vitality through technology and best practice implementation around retention and enrolment. This includes creating a unique value proposition for Paine as a safe, caring, environment that supports underrepresented students of color and other historically underserved populations to graduate from college into upwardly mobile careers.  

  3. 3. Improve and enhance the total operations of the College. Priorities include fundraising, financial management, recruitment, enrollment, and retention, student affairs and academic affairs.  Form and lead teams to enhance and execute the change strategies.

  4. 4. Establish a data management system and decision-making process to evaluate recommendations and to make decisions.

  5. 5. Present quarterly progress against goals of the Transformation Plan, such as enrolled FTE and funds raised.  

  6. 6. Assume full responsibility for the fundraising efforts of the College, which may include restructuring the operations of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

  7. 7. Build off the College's established and growing community partnerships to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and foundations through visits and other forms of direct personal contact.

  8. 8. Develop new external partnerships that will support and benefit the mission of the College; in collaboration with other representatives of Paine College, upon request of the President, represent the College/President at business and community meetings.

  9. 9. Work closely with the Vice President of Administrative and Fiscal Affairs (VPA&FA) to strengthen financial position of the College; along with the Transformation Committee, assist the Chairman of the Board of Trustees in identifying places to cut costs and improve performance, policies, and programs. 

  10. 10. Lead the development of strategic initiatives and teams to transform Paine College's academic programs and operations.
  11. Provide input into the College's Strategic Plan developed by the President. 


EVALUATION:  Evaluation will be through a plan of work and key performance objectives established at the beginning of each year and evaluated quarterly by the Transformation Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Chairman of the Board, and the primary funder(s) of this role.    



Please be aware that Paine College is partnering with EAB's Talent team on this key leadership hire. If you wish to apply please email: a cover letter by 11:59PM Eastern time on or before Friday, October 6, 2023 (or until the position is filled).  Please include a link to your LinkedIn profile.  

  • Your cover letter is your opportunity to share your ideas with the Selection Committee.  Please use the opportunity to discuss one or more of the following:


  • How will you improve the public perception of the brand of Paine College in the community to drive success outcomes (primarily improved enrollment and fiscal sustainability) for the institution. 
  • What experiences do you have in working across multiple stakeholders in a partnership to achieve specific objectives?
  • What will make you a successful fundraiser for Paine College?


  • With your cover letter, you may include any relevant enclosures, such as your CV or letters of reference; however, they are not deemed necessary. 
  • The email address is a specially created email account for the hiring team and will be reviewed every 48 hours (business days); please avoid personal correspondence.  
  • Upon review of the cover letter, if your candidacy aligns with the needs of the role and stage of process – and you are one of the most competitive applicants – you will be invited to participate in a formal interview process.



Selected candidates should expect to participate in a recorded Zoom interview facilitated by EAB and observed by the Selection Committee assembled by Paine College and its Board of Trustees. Anticipated interview questions will be shared with selected candidates in advance of the formal interview process to enable preparation. Interviews will be recorded for later review and evaluation by the Selection Committee and for the minutes of the Board of Trustees. Recordings will not be shared with anyone beyond the Hiring Team and Board of Trustees.


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Finalists will be invited to provide the names of 2 references.


With an offer, the selected candidate will be asked to submit a formal application to the College, furnish transcripts, and undergo a background check. 


Once hired, the successful candidate will be asked to sign a Certification Statement indicating that they have read, understand, and will respect the Faith Statement and the Christian Philosophy of Education Statement of Paine College.  These statements may be found at



Paine College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Educational Opportunity Institution.


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