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Employment (Updated 03/18/15)

Position Description: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ACADEMIC POLICY (Print version)

Opens: 03/18/2015

Closing date: 04/03/2015. Review will begin upon receipt of applications.

The Council of Presidents (COP) is a voluntary association of Washington’s six public baccalaureate college and universities located in Olympia, Washington. COP strives to be a common voice for the public baccalaureate sector and the most respected and trusted resource for decision makers on issues affecting public higher education. It serves in a coordinating role for a number of initiatives and activities common to the public baccalaureate institutions.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Associate Director is a key partner with the Executive Director, other COP team members, and member institution colleagues. The primary role of the Associate Director is to support the Executive Director in academic policy areas that serve the Council of Presidents’ mission, and to represent the sector among a number of external constituencies. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND COMPETENCIES:

The Associate Director is required to maintain a high degree of confidentiality, and must be able to work independently and exercise sound professional judgment consistent with the core values of the Council of Presidents’ organization. The ability to lead and work constructively with all colleagues and constituencies is essential to the success of the position.
Managing diverse viewpoints, critical thinking and problem solving skills are essential, as is the willingness to learn new topics, and to identify emerging issues and trends. Strong listening, writing and oral communication skills are critical. This position requires the ability to succinctly compile, analyze, synthesize, and coherently display information. Attention to detail and competence in Microsoft Office Suite are crucial.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

The Associate Director is a key partner with the Executive Director, other COP team members, and member institution colleagues. The primary role of the Associate Director is to support the Executive Director in academic policy areas that serve the Council of Presidents’ mission, and to represent the sector among a number of external constituencies. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.
  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Services
  • Academic Program Planning
  • Enrollment Management
  • Library Administration
  • Education
  • Transfer & Articulation
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Institutional Research
  • Budget & Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Technology

Liaison to External Constituencies:

The Associate Director serves on a variety of external task forces and workgroups. The Associate Director is often called upon to take a leadership role, and may be asked to research academic policy issues, compile sector information, or participate in the preparation of reports. Several key groups include:
  • Joint Transfer Council (JTC)
  • WSAC Academic Affairs
  • Washington Council on High School-College Relations (WCHSCR)
  • Smarter Balanced Work Groups
  • Inter-College Relations Commission (ICRC)
  • K-12 to Higher Ed Transitions

Other Duties as Assigned:

Council of Presidents’ staff is a mutually supportive, interdependent team. It is therefore important that each employee be willing to work on behalf of the entire organization and fill in as necessary to provide support in successfully accomplishing our work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:  Graduate or professional degree.
Experience:  

5 years of related experience in a public higher education college or university, preferably in Washington.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities: 
  • Strong listening, critical thinking, written and oral communication skills
  • Proven analytic and research abilities
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to examine and appreciate multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view
  • Collaborative and cooperative nature

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

This position is a permanent full-time, state funded position. The annual salary range for this position begins at $90,000, depending on qualifications and experience. Benefits include: comprehensive health and dental insurance, federal Social Security, TIAA-CREF retirement program, vacation, and sick leave.
The Council of Presidents values diversity in all respects.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, resume,a list of three references, and a professional writing sample to: copmail@cop.wsu.edu.

PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS

Review will begin upon receipt of applications.

Closing date for applications: April 3, 2015.

Preferable start date will be on or about June 1, 2015.

 

 

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