Employment Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Council of Independent Colleges, located in Washington DC, is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

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ASSISTANT TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS


The Council of Independent Colleges seeks a full-time Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Programs. This is a new position. The position will support the work of the Senior Vice President for Academic Programs and provide additional capacity for a variety of programs at CIC. The assistant to the SVPAP will work collaboratively with CIC staff and directors of academic programs and leadership programs.

About CIC

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), located in Washington DC, is the major national membership organization for small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities in the United States. Membership includes more than 700 colleges, universities, and higher-education organizations. CIC pursues a threefold mission: supporting and developing campus leaders, advancing the excellence of member institutions, and enhancing public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. A 30-person staff, based in an office at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, develops and manages a dynamic set of conferences, networks, projects, and programs; member services, research, and public information initiatives; and a range of other activities to advance all three mission areas. CIC’s full-time staff is augmented with senior advisors, higher education experts who contribute to specific projects and programs.

Working at CIC

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefits. Full-time CIC staff are based in the DC office, with the option to work remotely on two designated days per week. Work hours are flexible around designated “core hours” (10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

CIC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance. CIC also offers a retirement plan with an employer contribution match; a flexible spending account; short- and long-term disability insurance; and life insurance. Employees and their dependents may be eligible to participate in CIC’s Tuition-Exchange Program. CIC recognizes 11 paid holidays per year and offers 20 days of annual leave.

About the Position

The Assistant reports to and supports the work of the Senior Vice President for Academic Programs (SVPAP) who oversees a suite of programs, including CIC’s Chief Academic Officers Institute, Workshops for Department and Division Chairs, and Academic Seminars, the Executive Leadership Academy, the Senior Leadership Academy, and the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program. The Senior VPAP also supervises Advancement. This position will coordinate with and support “senior advisors,” – external, part-time consultants on CIC programs.

Key duties and responsibilities include:
  • Working closely with and supporting the work of the Senior VP for Academic Programs.
  • On behalf of the SVPAP and independently, drafting email and physical correspondence.
  • Drafting, editing, and managing meeting materials.
  • Maintaining and updating membership database relevant to program contacts.
  • Collaborating with program leadership teams to prepare and manage detailed project schedules and budgets.
  • Supporting new academic and leadership programs that come online.
  • Coordinating with a range of colleagues across the organization including the conferences, communications, member engagement, and development teams, among others.
  • Coordinating CIC’s relationship with and supporting the work of part-time senior advisors.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Competencies, and Requirements

The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area and have experience working independently to complete projects. Experience working in an educational or non-profit setting is preferred. Experience, even as a volunteer or student, will be considered. The best candidate would have some database experience and some facility with budgets. The person hired would be organized and have an ability to coordinate with a lot of people. Excellent communication skills, including social media skills and a professional demeanor are essential. The ideal candidate will bring a talent for listening and building relationships. The ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse, fast-paced organization is essential.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding writing skills. Effective interpersonal communication and a highly collaborative work style are required, as are flexibility and the ability to adjust quickly in response to changing needs and circumstances. Experience working with hybrid teams is desirable, as is experience working in highly collaborative teams. Strong familiarity with commonly used office productivity and collaboration tools is required. Attention to detail and the ability to organize and track complex processes is essential.

Like all CIC staff members, the Assistant to Senior Vice President for Academic Programs Assistant will demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; handle competing priorities independently and effectively; exercise creativity, initiative, and good judgment in solving problems; and be inclined to thrive in a diverse and collegial small office.

Performing the responsibilities of this position requires the ability to see, hear, and speak; work in a normal seated position for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds; manually operate standard office equipment such as keyboards and printers; and move throughout an office or conference space CIC requires that employees be optimally protected against COVID-19 by receiving all recommended vaccinations.

TO APPLY: The position is available immediately and will remain open until the successful candidate is appointed. To apply, submit a c.v. and a letter of interest to CICJobs@cic.edu with the subject line “Assistant to Senior Vice President of Academic Programs”. For priority consideration, apply by Friday, July 8, 2022.

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a broad and diverse pool of applicants.

Editorial Content Specialist


The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is looking for an enthusiastic, talented, and organized Editorial Content Specialist. This role is a key part of the content development team, creating engaging written content for various channels. This is a new position created to aid in developing a digital-first communications strategy. The ideal candidate will have experience producing and editing content and the ability to collaborate with team members to align all messaging, social media, and other communication strategies across the CIC brand.

About CIC

The Council of Independent Colleges is the major national membership organization for small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities in the United States. Membership is institutional and includes more than 700 colleges, universities, and higher-education organizations. CIC pursues a threefold mission: supporting and developing campus leaders, advancing the excellence of member institutions, and enhancing public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. A 30-person staff, based at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, develops and manages a dynamic set of member networks, conferences, projects, and programs; member services, research, and public information initiatives; and a range of other activities to advance all three mission areas. CIC’s full-time staff is augmented with senior advisors, industry experts who contribute to specific projects and programs.

Working at CIC

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefits. Full-time CIC staff have the option to work remotely on two designated days per week. Work hours are flexible around designated “core hours.”
 
CIC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance; a strong retirement savings matching program; short- and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; and generous annual and sick leave allotments. Employees and their dependents may be eligible to participate in CIC's Tuition-Exchange Program. CIC recognizes 11 paid holidays per year.

About the Position

The Editorial Content Specialist will:

General
  • Document and implement the CIC style guide, brand voice, messaging guidelines and other brand conventions.
  • Manage communications projects from concept through development, edit, review, and proof.
  • Report to the Assistant Vice President for Communications and collaborate with the Director of Digital Communications, and the Design and Visual Media Specialist.
  • Like all CIC staff members, perform assigned duties with regard to major programs such as annual Institutes.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Social and Digital Media
  • Create and manage email messaging campaigns in CIC’s CRM (ClickDimensions)
  • Create and manage social media posts (primarily on Twitter and LinkedIn).
  • Collaborate across the member engagement team to review response and engagement data with regard to messaging and make data-informed adjustments.
Event Marketing
  • Plan and produce creative, high-quality content (e.g., newsletters, stories, print and digital marketing collateral, social media posts, and event scripts) to drive participation and engagement in programs and events.
  • Create, review and edit materials promoting CIC programs and services.
Editorial Content
  • Collaborate with program specialists to develop messages, stories, materials, and other communications for various formats and channels.
  • Write original content or rewrite existing copy, edit content created by others, and proofread content to ensure appropriate tone and style.
  • Adapt, or help colleagues adapt, content to multiple formats or channels: for example, to email, social media posts, and event scripts.

Qualifications, Competencies, and Requirements


Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, marketing or related field; at least 2 years full-time work experience in a related field
  • Experience with championing and implementing an organizational style guide
  • Experience producing social media posts that align with brand voice and identity
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and focus on quality control
  • Excellent writing, organizational, project management and time management skills • Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Understanding of SEO-driven content creation to employ best practices on the CIC website under the guidance of the Director of Digital Communications.
  • Experience in nonprofit higher education or in a nonprofit association or organization in the arts, education, and culture sector.
Like all CIC staff members, the successful candidate will have a continuous improvement attitude, be proactive, flexible, and creative in identifying and solving problems, demonstrate a positive and member-focused disposition, handle competing priorities independently and effectively, and be inclined to thrive in a small, diverse and collegial staff team within a matrixed organization.

This position requires occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. Performing the responsibilities of this position requires the ability to see, hear, and speak; work in a normal seated position for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds; manually operate standard office equipment such as keyboards and printers; and move throughout an office or conference space. CIC requires that employees be optimally protected against COVID-19 by receiving all recommended vaccinations.

TO APPLY: The position is available immediately and will remain open until the successful candidate is appointed. To apply, email a CV and a letter of interest to CICJobs@cic.edu with the subject line “EDITORIAL CONTENT SPECIALIST;” for priority consideration, apply by Friday, August 12.

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a broad and diverse pool of applicants.

Vice President for Networks and Strategic Partnerships


The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks a full-time Vice President for Networks and Strategic Partnerships. This is a new position with significant responsibility for implementing key aspects of CIC’s strategic focus areas. The Vice President will oversee CIC’s current member networks and develop new networks and partnerships that serve CIC members and advance its mission and financial health.

About CIC

The Council of Independent Colleges is the major national membership organization for small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities in the United States. Membership includes more than 700 colleges, universities, and higher-education organizations. CIC pursues a threefold mission: supporting and developing campus leaders, advancing the excellence of member institutions, and enhancing public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. A 30-person staff, based at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, develops and manages a dynamic set of member networks, conferences, projects, and programs; member services, research, and public information initiatives; and a range of other activities to advance all three mission areas. CIC’s full-time staff is augmented with senior advisors, industry experts who contribute to specific projects and programs.

Working at CIC

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefits. Full-time CIC staff have the option to work remotely on two designated days per week. Work hours are flexible around designated “core hours.”

CIC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance; a strong retirement savings matching program; short- and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; and generous annual and sick leave allotments. Employees and their dependents may be eligible to participate in CIC's Tuition-Exchange Program. CIC recognizes 11 paid holidays per year.

About the Position

The Vice President for Networks and Strategic Partnerships will serve as the primary strategist for CIC’s member networks and strategic partnerships. In addition to supporting and strengthening current networks (OCSC, TEP, State Councils, NetVUE), the Vice President will be responsible for developing and launching new networks and partnerships that address urgent CIC member needs and generate revenue. Reporting to the Vice President will be the Director of State Councils and Networks Support and the Director of NetVUE. The position reports to the President and works closely with other members of CIC’s leadership team.

Key duties and responsibilities include:
  • Developing new revenue by expanding current networks and creating new ones;
  • Serving as a primary strategist and implementation driver for the success and development of OCSC and TEP;
  • Working closely with and supervising the Director for State Councils and Networks Support to develop and implement innovative programs and services for CIC’s State Councils members; and
  • Working closely with and supervising the Director of NetVUE to develop and implement innovative programs and services for NetVUE members.

Qualifications, Competencies, and Requirements

The ideal candidate will hold a master’s degree in a relevant area and have significant experience working with leaders and institutions in the independent higher education sector. They will be a creative thinker with an ability to design realistic business models and build buy-in and engagement. They will have a demonstrated record of developing successful, collaborative, and fiscally viable networks, partnerships, and business strategies. This includes demonstrated success in creating scalable and revenue-producing business models. The ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse, fast-paced, and team-oriented organization is essential.

The successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding writing skills. Effective interpersonal communication and a highly collaborative work style are required, as are flexibility and the ability to adjust quickly in response to member needs and circumstances. Experience working within hybrid teams is desirable, as is experience working in a highly collaborative work style. Strong familiarity with commonly used office productivity and collaboration tools is required. Attention to detail, the ability to organize and track complex processes, and sound financial projection skills are essential. The successful candidate will be proactive and confident, able to set and meet their own goals, and able to work and lead with limited day-to-day supervision.

Like all CIC staff members, the Vice President for Networks and Strategic Partnerships will demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; handle competing priorities independently and effectively; exercise creativity, initiative, and good judgment in solving problems; and be inclined to thrive in a diverse and collegial staff team.

This position requires occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. Performing the responsibilities of this position requires the ability to see, hear, and speak; work in a normal seated position for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds; manually operate standard office equipment such as keyboards and printers; and move throughout an office or conference space. CIC requires that employees be optimally protected against COVID-19 by receiving all recommended vaccinations.

TO APPLY: The position is available immediately and will remain open until the successful candidate is appointed. To apply, email a CV and a letter of interest to CICJobs@cic.edu with the subject line “VP NETWORKS”; for priority consideration, apply by Friday, July 15.

CIC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a broad and diverse pool of applicants.