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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office for Access & Success
Office of Access and Success
District Of Columbia
Posted: 04/19/2017
Associate Director, OAS
Salary: $75,000 - $80,000

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is seeking applicants for the position of Associate Director, Office for Access and Success (OAS). The position is full-time with benefits.

About APLU
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
With a membership of 235 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. The association’s work is furthered by an active and effective advocacy arm that works with Congress and the administration as well as the media to advance federal policies that strengthen public universities and benefit the students they serve.

APLU seeks a creative and entrepreneurial individual who is dedicated to equity, access, and educational excellence for all to serve as Associate Director in the Office of Access and Success. The Office of Access and Success has primary responsibility for supporting the APLU Council of 1890 Universities and the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence.

The Council of 1890 Universities, comprised of presidents and chancellors of APLU-member historically Black land-grant universities, primarily addresses matters pertaining to strengthening teaching, research, and extension programs at these historic institutions.
The Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence, seeks to develop a comprehensive agenda to broaden access and opportunity, improve the quality of the undergraduate experience, and enhance diversity within student and faculty populations at public universities. The Commission is comprised of representatives from a cross-section of APLU member institutions including presidents and chancellors, vice presidents, deans, and other campus leaders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Implement the strategic directions for the Office of Access and Success
  • Works collaboratively with VP and APLU staff across the organization to conceptualize and implement program strategy in service of constituent groups.
  • Provides thought-leadership in the creation of innovative student and faculty development programming that incorporates issues of student access and success.
  • Member Engagement - APLU Leadership Councils and Committees
  • Assist with special projects of the Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence (CADE) and the Council of 1890 Universities
  • Monitors emerging policy topics of interest to constituent groups and disseminate information as needed.

Operations and Program Management

  • Plans and coordinates meetings, forums, and workshops sponsored by the Office of Access and Success, for members and external stakeholder’s student success issues.
  • Provide consultation and subject matter expertise in higher education policy for a range of funded efforts.
  • Assists the Vice President in writing annual reports for programs and activities as required for publication and documentation.
  • Development
  • Prepare grant applications for new and existing projects focused on improving student success, campus climate, and leadership development of students, faculty, and administrators.

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree or higher is required.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience serving in a role for a higher education institution or policy association.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a part of a team as well as to effectively develop and maintain excellent working relationships with diverse partners and constituencies.
  • An understanding of and commitment to advancing the mission of Historically Black Public Institutions and Hispanic Serving Institutions.
  • An understanding of issues and research related to college access, academic achievement, and educational policy.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical, planning, project management, and organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously to produce high quality results quickly and on time.
  • Ability to define problems, analyze data, establish facts, and draw sound conclusions.

To Apply
Please send a letter of interest and resume along with two writing samples to APLU’s Human Resources Department: with the subject line: OAS, Associate Director.

Salary is commensurate with experience. APLU provides a generous benefits package. For more information on APLU, please visit Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.