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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Projects Manager

2019-05-22T04:00:00Z
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks an energetic, intelligent, and organized colleague who is interested in developing and managing important CIC projects in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. This individual would serve in the full-time role of Projects Manager. Responsibilities include responsibilities in the President’s office and for activities of CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) initiative. CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. Currently, 684 colleges and universities and 82 organizations are members, and growth has occurred consistently over several decades. CIC’s 26-person staff, based in Washington, DC, serves its member institutions through conferences, externally funded projects and programs, research and advocacy, and other activities designed to assist institutions in improving leadership expertise, educational programs, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.

Responsibilities and Requirements

The Projects Manager is a new staff position that will have responsibilities in two areas of CIC’s work. Reporting to and working closely with the Assistant to the President and Liaison to the Board of Directors, the position will provide support to the President’s office, including managing schedules, travel, and correspondence; and assisting with preparations for meetings of the CIC Board of Directors. These responsibilities require absolute confidentiality, precision, excellent judgment, speedy task execution, broad understanding of CIC’s activities and goals, and the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and working closely with the Director of NetVUE and other campus-based NetVUE staff, the position also will provide operational and administrative support for communications, correspondence, and publications as well as grant administration and arrangement of meetings and events. NetVUE is a nationwide consortium of more than 250 independent colleges and universities to foster vocational exploration among undergraduate students. CIC administers all NetVUE activities, including a biennial national conference, regional gatherings in the alternate years, and several grant programs to support programming at NetVUE member institutions. These responsibilities require effective written and oral communication, attention to detail and precision, confidentiality, handling of sensitive application materials, strong interpersonal skills, and good judgment.

Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree (preferably from a NetVUE or CIC member college or university) and some work experience (preferably in higher education or for a membership organization) are required. Experience working with databases, and mature familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe applications is desirable. All CIC staff members are expected to excel at expository writing and oral communication; demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; be able to prioritize independently among competing priorities; organize and manage a wide range of activities with excellent control of detail; exercise creativity and initiative in developing ideas and solving problems; and the inclination to thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment.

Occasional overnight and out-of-state (not international) travel is expected. Performing the duties of this position regularly requires the employee to talk and hear, sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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Publications Manager/Designer

2019-05-22T04:00:00Z
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks a versatile and creative Publications Manager/Designer to create powerful messages through clear and compelling design. The position is part of a team that creates print and digital reports, data visualizations, graphics, marketing materials, and event branding. The Publication Manager/Designer’s primary responsibilities include layout and production of print publications, as well as print publication project management. The Publications Manager/Designer may, as needed, support the Director of Digital Communications and Strategy with web design and conference technology development. The position reports to the Vice President for Communications and interacts closely with the Director of Digital Communications and Strategy and the Editorial and Communications Director.

CIC is the major national service organization for small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. Currently, 684 colleges and universities and 82 organizations are members. CIC’s 26-person staff, based in Washington, DC, serves member institutions through conferences, projects and programs, research and advocacy, and other activities designed to assist member institutions. The communications team supports all these areas of activity with both print and digital publications and communications.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Carry through design projects from concept to completion (and all of the steps in between, including rounds of review and revision, cost estimation, budgeting, project delivery, and invoicing.)
  • Design and lay out reports and other publications, often including photos, illustrations, charts, or similar features.
  • Work with report authors and CIC’s research staff to create clear and effective charts, graphs, and other data visualizations from complex data.
  • Design branding for programs and events, including signage and occasionally objects such as folders, gifts, or awards.
  • Select print vendors and work with them to produce materials in a timely fashion.
  • Select and manage relationships with external designers on occasional projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in graphic design or a related major.
  • At least three years of professional design experience in an office setting.
  • A strong portfolio of design work.
  • Experience in prepress file preparation, digital and offset printing, and paper selection.
  • Experience with the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud in a PC environment, especially InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Bridge, as well as with the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Familiarity with project management systems such as Teamwork or Basecamp.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Creative, versatile, and flexible.
  • Strong teamwork and service orientation.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of and commitment to CIC’s organizational mission and goals.
  • Some overnight travel required.
  • Knowledge of 508 compliance.
  • Performing the duties of this position regularly requires the employee to talk and hear, sit in a normal seated position for extended periods of time and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Additional experience and proficiency with the following is desirable but not required:
  • Advanced data visualization skills
  • Photography/photo editing; experience with event photography.
  • Work experience in a non-profit or educational organization.
  • Experience managing image databases.
  • Experience with project budgeting and cost estimation.
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