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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Center for Public University Transformation
District Of Columbia
Posted: 09/7/2018
Assistant Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT)
Salary: $80,000 - $85,000

Title: Assistant Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT)
Supervisor: Executive Director, Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT)
Status: Full-Time; Exempt
Location: Washington, DC
Salary Range: $80,000 - $85,000

The Assistant Director for the Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) will build and manage a network of technical assistance providers, facilitating engagement of subject matter experts, organizations, and vendors who will provide technical assistance and support to universities to improve student success and degree completion. This individual would evaluate university needs, identify experts and organizations who can meet those needs, and coordinate provision of services (whether voluntary or for hire). The Assistant Director may also manage one cluster of 6-12 universities as part of the CPUT team. As an integral part of the APLU team, however, s/he will routinely collaborate with other APLU offices and staff and will contribute to overall association goals. The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director of CPUT. The ideal candidate for this role would have significant on-campus work experience, an excellent understanding of university operations and processes, and be a “natural networker” with superb and persuasive communication and interpersonal skills. S/he will also have substantial university and project management experience, as well as be energetic, a dependable self-starter, a team-player, and a quick learner. This full-time position will be based in Washington, DC. and is contingent upon official confirmation of funding from the donor. For more information, consult

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.2 million faculty and staff, and conduct $43.9 billion in university-based research.

The APLU Center for Public University Transformation (CPUT) is a cross-cutting entity within the association that coordinates and scales APLU’s work on student success and degree completion. The primary work of the Center over the next few years is to convene 125 universities in small groups (“transformation clusters”) around areas of shared priority. These clusters will be supported by a network of technical assistance providers that will target products and services to meet university needs.

Network Management

  • Identify and recruit on-campus experts to advise other universities in specific areas related to student success and university transformation. These may include: researchers, subject matter experts, and practitioners or implementers of programs and interventions to support student degree completion.
  • Manage the network of experts and develop protocols for regular engagement and connection with appropriate on-campus stakeholders.
  • Continuously identify and engage external providers (e.g., vendors, consultants) who can provide targeted services to meet university needs.
  • Critically and objectively evaluate proposals for services, with an eye toward value and cost-savings.
  • Negotiate support agreements with external providers, in collaboration with our funder(s) and Chief Financial Officer.
  • Build strong partnerships with other higher education organizations working toward common goals.
  • Develop products and methods for delivery of technical assistance (e.g., workshops, meetings, webinars, videos, courseware).
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Meeting Facilitation

  • Communicate regularly with campus teams by email and phone; facilitate virtual meetings using Zoom.
  • Co-design innovative meeting formats with other Center staff to engage campuses and drive toward project goals.
  • Facilitate small group discussions or working groups to ensure campus participation and learning.
  • Foster an environment of inclusion, equity, and respect for diverse viewpoints.
  • Synthesize meeting outcomes and deliver summaries and other products to attendees.
  • Travel as needed to meet with campus teams and to participate in APLU convenings.

Knowledge Management and Dissemination

  • Collect, document, and curate information about a wide variety of potential assistance providers in our Knowledge Management Platform.
  • Identify and mobilize internal resources to provide in-house technical assistance.
  • Develop mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating network health, as well as satisfactory delivery of products and services to universities.
  • Collect and synthesize feedback from campuses about their experiences working with assistance providers and regularly monitor campus satisfaction.
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative data needed to answer key research questions related to the effectiveness of support provided.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 8-10 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Professional experience on a college campus or within a university system.
  • Subject-matter expertise in higher education, including one or more of the following: advising, teaching and pedagogy, instructional technology, institutional research, or other area(s) related to student success.
  • Experience developing partnerships and engaging diverse audiences, including senior leaders.
  • A business-minded approach to assessing the value of potential vendors and support providers, carefully evaluating proposals and negotiating cost savings on behalf of the association.
  • Presentation and meeting facilitation experience; design thinking experience and/or certificate a plus.
  • Excellent strategic planning, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Keen attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, establish priorities and exercise sound judgment in response to complex and sensitive situations.
  • A self-starter and an innovative and creative thinker.
  • Excellent presentation and written communication skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills as well as experience with knowledge management platforms.
  • Passion to support the missions of APLU and CPUT.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

To Apply
Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and writing sample (maximum of five pages) to APLU’s Human Resources Department at with the subject line: “Assistant Director, CPUT” no later than Friday, September 21st, 2018. You should be the sole author of the writing sample or, if there are multiple authors, clearly indicate which portion was written by you.

This is a full-time position with an annual starting salary in the range of $80,000-85,000. APLU provides a generous benefits package. For more information on APLU, please visit

APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.