Director - Accreditation and Institutional Liaison
The Director of Accreditation and Institutional Liaison provides oversight of institutional processes related to accreditation requirements, periodic reaffirmation, and degree program registrations. The Director is the primary institutional point of contact with the college’s regional accrediting body (Middle States), for whom this position is designated as the Institutional Liaison Officer (ILO). The Director is also responsible for overseeing engagement with state education departments and licensing agencies. The Director facilitates institutional self-studies, develops new program proposals, updates relevant agencies about program changes, and updates the college community about new accreditation-relevant developments. The Director may also contribute to other related academic affairs initiatives.
Leads the college’s accreditation process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and acts as the college’s designated Accreditation Liaison Officer. With the assistance of the Provost and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, directs all efforts to coordinate preparation for accreditation self-study processes and any interim reports and submissions. Assists in structuring teams for the self-study process. Organizes, coordinates, and implements activities related to gathering information, writing and submitting accreditation reports. Provides direction to each committee for self-study process as the subject matter expert. Remains ultimately accountable for completion of the process per accreditation guidelines. Leads the Education Division process, along with the relevant school dean, to prepare applications and/or substantive change requests to accreditors and states for approval of new degrees, major programs of study and concentrations. Directs the process with the Education Division and other relevant groups to develop and update accreditation policies, procedures, and guidelines as required to ensure compliance. Monitors college-wide implementation of accreditation relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines. Drafts new policies, procedures and guidelines as necessary. Reports all issues of non-compliance directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, along with recommended remedies. Monitors developments in accreditation-relevant rules and regulations from the US Department of Education, New York State Education Department, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Workforce Commission, Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (CA), CSAAVE, SARA, and all other agencies that impact accreditation, and disseminates the information to the college community through the Provost and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Provides in depth analysis and recommendations for compliance where appropriate. Ensures college-wide compliance with all federal and state rules and regulations regarding accreditation and program registration. Ensures that compliance is incorporated into the institution’s procedures, planning, and overall assessment on an ongoing basis. Maintains all historical accreditation and program registration records for reference as necessary. Establishes and maintains systems to capture institutional reports that serve accreditation mandates. Ensures that all documentation and reports are professionally prepared and submitted in a timely manner to the Office of the President for signature as required. Collaborates with the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research to ensure the college meets the educational requirements in each degree program, including both disciplinary coverage and general education. Contributes to or takes a leading role on related academic affairs initiatives as needed and as workflow permits, which may include such areas as cultivating Fulbright Program engagement, overseeing a grant within the Education Division, or developing faculty analytics. Develops briefings and draft reports for the Cabinet as assigned. Assumes any and all other duties as assigned.
Education: Master’s degree in an academic or administratively related field.
Experience: Minimum of five years professional level work in academic administration, planning, analysis and management in higher education is required. Knowledge of the organizational environment of higher education and specifically accreditation processes.
Teaching experience at a postsecondary institution preferred.
Demonstrated distinguished written and oral language skills; Ability to collect and interpret qualitative and quantitative research data; Ability to collect and interpret rules and regulations from federal and state agencies and accreditors; In-depth knowledge of higher education accreditation practices and policy trends, In-depth knowledge of teaching methods, assessment methods, and student learning; Demonstrated knowledge of current issues of academic standards and student learning assessment; Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy, trust, and confidentiality; Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplined work teams to respond to business needs; Sensitivity and open-mindedness regarding the differences among and needs of various groups including faculty, staff and administration; Flexibility in the choice of methods to reach a common end and understanding that the process may take longer for one group to embrace and execute than another; Strong analytical, problem-solving and conceptual skills; Technical, analytical and social science research skills as necessary for success in this position. Skilled in research methods to be able to find answers to assessment and accreditation questions. Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to be adaptable, dependable and handle multiple priorities simultaneously; Strong computer experience, which must include ability to work effectively with MS Office suite products, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint. WORKING CONDITIONS Ability to work nights and weekends, and to occasionally travel to other campus locations, as required by business needs.