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.

Available Positions:​​​​


Vice President for Academic Programs

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks a full-time Vice President for Academic Programs to develop and oversee the annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Workshops for Department and Division Chairs as well as a variety of other programs for academic administrators and faculty members.

CIC is the major national service organization for small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States. Currently, as a result of consistent membership growth over several decades, 682 colleges and universities and 76 organizations are members. CIC has a tripartite mission: supporting and developing campus leaders, providing resources to advance the excellence of member institutions—including faculty development programs in key disciplines and professional development for leaders such as department chairs—and enhancing public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. CIC’s 25-person staff, based in Washington, DC, develops and manages, in collaboration with partner organizations and subject experts, a dynamic set of conferences, externally funded projects and programs, research and advocacy initiatives, and other activities to serve members in all three mission areas.

In July, CIC welcomed new president Marjorie Hass. At this moment, which she has described as an “inflection point” for higher education, the importance of CIC’s programs and services for independent colleges and universities has never been greater. The Vice President for Academic Programs will play a central role in implementing President Hass’s vision for the organization, developing and delivering programs designed to strengthen and advance the distinctive educational values of CIC’s member institutions.

Responsibilities

The Vice President for Academic Programs is the principal planner of two annual programs central to CIC’s mission to advance educational excellence and academic leadership: the annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers (to which other senior campus officers are invited on a rotating basis) and a series of Workshops for Department and Division Chairs. This Vice President also oversees several multi-year programs for campus teams including faculty members in specific fields and disciplines. The position calls for close collaboration with task forces composed of representatives from member campuses, external subject matter experts, and CIC staff colleagues. As a senior leader at CIC, the Vice President for Academic Programs also carries out a range of administrative and other organizational responsibilities and represents CIC in meetings of national organizations concerned with higher education programs and policy. The position reports to the President, and is located in Washington, DC.

Qualifications

Candidates should be deeply knowledgeable about the full spectrum of current issues important to leaders of independent colleges and universities, and should be demonstrably committed to advancing and promoting the distinctive characteristics, values, and contributions of member institutions. Demonstrated success in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is expected. Experience with foundation fundraising and evidence of effective innovation is strongly preferred, as is experience with collaborative or cross-institutional initiatives. The ideal candidate will have held a series of increasingly responsible leadership positions in academic affairs at one or more independent colleges and universities, including serving as the chief academic officer or in a position with equivalent responsibilities. A terminal degree in a discipline commonly taught at CIC member institutions is preferred.

Requirements

All CIC staff members are expected to excel at written and oral communication; demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; handle competing priorities independently and effectively; organize and manage a wide range of activities with excellent control of detail; exercise creativity and initiative in developing ideas and solving problems; be familiar with office applications, virtual content delivery platforms, and other commonly-used applications and tools; and be inclined to thrive in a diverse, fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment.

This position requires occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. Performing the duties of this position regularly requires the ability to talk and hear, sit 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. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and generous benefits.



Projects Coordinator 

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks an energetic and well-organized self-starter to manage collaborative projects in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will serve as full-time Projects Coordinator, supporting programs and membership. This position provides an opportunity to build skills in program management and membership recruitment and engagement, while participating in conversations about significant issues in higher education. The ideal candidate will be equal parts detail-oriented and relationshipfocused, with a knack for leveraging technology to solve problems.


RESPONSIBILITIES

The Projects Coordinator is a new staff position based in the CIC office in Washington, DC, reporting to the Senior Director of Programs. The Coordinator will work in three key areas of CIC’s activity.

  • Collaborating closely with the Vice President for Academic Programs, the Director of Projects, and other members of the programs team, the Coordinator will support a docket of programs which will likely include the New Currents in Teaching Philosophy program, Humanities Research for the Public Good program, and CIC/UPS Bright Futures Internship project. Typical responsibilities will include organizing nomination and selection processes, processing agreements and invoices, tracking participants in CIC’s membership database, and coordinating program outcome assessments.
  • Collaborating closely with the Senior Director of Membership, the Coordinator will provide administrative support for the Tuition Exchange Program (TEP) and annual membership renewal cycle. Responsibilities will include processing invoices and tracking renewals in CIC’s association management system; and responding to inquiries from TEP liaisons and college and university presidents’ offices.
  • Collaborating closely with the Senior Vice President overseeing communications, the Coordinator will support membership engagement activities. Typical responsibilities will include building custom contact lists from CIC’s membership database, drafting and sending personalized correspondence, monitoring dashboards of key metrics, coordinating assessment activities, and providing technical support for webinars and other digital engagements. Some involvement in membership-engagement focused social media may also be assigned to the Coordinator.


Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating and managing projects and programs. Experience working with databases and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe applications are essential. A high degree of familiarity with standard collaboration tools such as Zoom, Slack, Google Docs, and project management applications is desired. A bachelor’s degree is required (preferably from a CIC member college) and some full-time work experience is preferred. Recent college graduates are welcome to apply. Experience working in or with higher education or in a membership association is a plus.
 


Requirements

All CIC staff members are expected to excel at written and oral communication; demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; handle competing priorities independently and effectively; organize and manage a wide range of activities with excellent control of detail; exercise creativity and initiative in developing ideas and solving problems; be familiar with office applications, virtual content delivery platforms, and other commonly-used applications and tools; and be inclined to thrive in a diverse, fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment.

This position requires occasional overnight and out-of-area travel. Performing the duties of this position regularly requires the ability to talk and hear, sit 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. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


About CIC

CIC is the major national service organization for small and mid-sized independent liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. with 679 colleges and universities and 76 organizations currently as members. CIC has a threefold mission: Supporting and developing campus leaders, providing resources to advance the excellence of member institutions, and enhancing public understanding of the contributions independent higher education makes to society. CIC’s 25-person staff, based at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, develops and manages a dynamic set of conferences, externally funded projects and programs, research and advocacy initiatives, and other activities to serve members in all three mission areas.

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CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and generous benefits. 


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