Assistant Director, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Association of Public And Land-grant Universities
Washington, DC
$80,000-$85,000 per year with generous benefits
Sep 12, 2018
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The Assistant Director will provide programmatic, administrative and communication support for work that aims to advance student success, university transformation and deep urban engagement. The ideal candidate will be proficient in a broad array of tasks, including: planning and facilitating events for university leaders; communicating and engaging with on-campus stakeholders; writing and editing reports, memos, briefings and a range of digital content such as blogs, websites and social media; developing digital strategies to aggressively and regularly share and diffuse content, and managing contracts with vendors and consultants. Assistant Director will report to the Vice President for the Office of Urban Initiatives. 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. 


Program Management

  • Convene and manage groups of university leaders to achieve common goals.
  • Create collaborative activities for campus stakeholders that will address campus needs and goals.
  • Develop agendas and programming for meetings of campus teams, and facilitate meetings as needed.
  • Promote project events and recruit participants. Assist with event logistics and travel reimbursement as needed.
  • Develop mechanisms for ensuring satisfactory progress toward project milestones and goals.
  • Manage project documents, including schedules/timelines, stakeholder lists, and budgets.
  • Draft project updates and formal written reports to funders.
  • Assist Public Affairs with communications content development to promote the projects.
  • Assist with grant management and budgeting processes, in close collaboration with the Grants Manager and CFO.
  • Schedule meetings among APLU staff and non-staff collaborators as needed.
  • Take clear and detailed minutes during meetings and conference calls. Synthesize key decisions and distribute summaries and next steps to participants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Communicate regularly with campus teams by email and phone; facilitate virtual meetings using Zoom.
  • Travel as needed to meet with campus teams and to participate in APLU convenings.
  • Regularly collect and synthesize feedback from campuses about their experiences.

Knowledge Development and Digital Dissemination Strategies

  • Work with campuses, and other research to inform the body of knowledge on institutional transformation. 
  • Conduct literature reviews and basic qualitative research (e.g., focus groups and surveys) as needed to answer critical questions related to student success.
  • Regularly collect and synthesize new knowledge and feedback from campuses and share widely through social media channels and other venues
  • Prepare reports, learning briefs, and other substantive documents on topics related to student success in postsecondary education.
  • Develop digital and analog methods for communicating best practices and lessons learned with the higher education community, including webinars, newsletters, blogs, and other communications channels, and do so on an established routine.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 8-10 years of professional experience preferred.
  • Excellent understanding of university operations. Substantial experience at a higher education-related organization or non-profit may be substituted if applicable.
  • Experience planning events and collaborative activities.
  • Strong project management skills to meet goals and objectives on time, on scope, and on budget.
  • 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 USU.
  • 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 [email protected] with the subject line: “Assistant Director - USU” 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.

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