Director, Regulatory Affairs
Job Description Summary
Position reports to the senior vice president of Saint Leo WorldWide. The Director of Regulatory Affairs is responsible for ensuring WW operations compliance with all relevant governing regulations at the state and federal level. The Director will have a thorough understanding of regulations in a changing higher education environment. The Director will partner with the WWAVP's, academic affairs, business affairs, and the legal department to ensure the University maintains compliance. The Director will be a strong team member who can coordinate multiple high stakes activities across diverse constituencies with success.
- Track and monitor regulations relevant to WW operations.
- Maintain compliance with all relevant regulations to ensure uninterrupted operations. This includes local business regulations, state and federal higher education regulations, and other relevant governing rules.
- Submit and maintain all initial and renewal applications, documents, and fees for all higher ed authorizations for our fully online programs as well as our geographically dispersed locations, ensuring timely submission. This includes state authorizations for online education in all 50 states as well as state DOE authorizations where such authorization is triggered by physical presence.
- Submit and maintain state registrations for charitable activities in all fifty states.
- Collect all relevant documents and data from all university partners in order to support applications and renewals as needed.
- Conduct background research and needs assessment to support new program development and launch.
- Inform leadership of all relevant regulatory requirements for new locations, programs, and initiatives.
- Ensure all necessary approvals are secured prior to program or site launch.
- Maintain regulatory database and exemplary project management with transparency to other departments.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in relevant field required.
- Five or more years of progressively responsible experience working with higher education regulations and compliance on a nationwide basis.
- Knowledge of higher education regulations governing both private non-profit and distance education, as well as local business operating requirements
- Outstanding oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to listen and collaborate with diverse audiences and acting as a team player in support of the university.
- Experience and success at complex project management.
- Skilled in establishing and maintaining the effective working relationship with internal and external constituents.
- Proficiency with database access and report writing.
- Commitment to an organizational culture marked by trust, integrity, ethics and professionalism.
- Ability to provide strong leadership while engendering trust and exhibiting excellence in transparency.
- Ability to work independently on long term projects and manage to deadline.
- Able to travel (less than 25% in normal course of business).
The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term "qualified individual with a disability" means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various type of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.
Each year from 2012 to 2016, Saint Leo University was named one of Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces by the Tampa Bay Times .
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One of the Top-Ranked Universities in Florida
One of the top-ranked universities in Florida, Saint Leo is a Catholic, liberal arts school serving learners of all faiths.
We are traditional, but we are cutting edge
Established in 1889 by the Order of Saint Benedict of Florida, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body and spirit for all members of our community. Saint Leo has grown from a peaceful campus in the rolling hills of Central Florida to an institution of international consequence-ranked one of the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report
Our Tampa-area campus remains committed as ever to student-centered liberal arts education, and is strengthened by the global reach of our regionally accredited online programs and Education Centers in seven states across the U.S., including on many military bases.
We are Catholic, but we are for everyone
Our determination to make higher education more accessible to all has made Saint Leo a world leader in redefining the 21st century university. Saint Leo now serves more than 16,000 students from 49 states and 86 countries-ranking us among the five largest Catholic higher education institutions in the United States. Saint Leo is also one of the nation's 10 leading providers of higher education to the U.S. military.
While we are proudly Catholic, we teach students not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. And our faith compels us to imagine and contribute to a more socially just society.