ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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Program Associate for Trustee Affairs


The Program Associate for Trustee Affairs advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom and accountability by assisting the Director of Trustee Programs in maintaining ACTA’s national network of trustees and improving ACTA’s communications with those trustees.

Specifically, the Program Associate performs the following tasks:

• Maintaining and expanding ACTA’s database of college and university trustees.
• Providing support to the Director of Trustee Programs, including organizing and responding to trustee communications and assisting with regular trustee mailings.
• Writing and research related to issues regarding trustees and higher education policy.
• Providing editing, research, and production support for trustee publications.
• Assisting the Director of Trustee Programs with the organization and production of trustee events.
• Assisting the Director of Trustee Programs with trustee communications and outreach.
• Contributing to other writing and research projects as appropriate.

The Program Associate must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. The Program Associate is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, and to act with the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

Qualifications

Candidate should have excellent writing skills, a good work ethic, the ability to work independently, and be a self-starter. Most importantly, the candidate must have an eye for detail and strive for perfection when executing job functions. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to demonstrate:

• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
• Exceptional research skills, including the ability to locate and interpret data
• An ability to exercise sound judgment
• Organizational, planning, and time management skills
• An ability to manage challenging and fast-paced situations
• Strong copyediting skills
• Superior computer proficiency including the ability to use Microsoft Office and Salesforce

Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree. Graduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Also, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of ACTA’s mission and a passion for that mission. Previous work experience is preferred. But, full and complete consideration will be given to all exceptional applicants.


Salary and Compensation
ACTA offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure. The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, Metro reimbursement, and a generous paid-time-off plan. Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. ACTA conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work.


Applications
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Erica Mason, Administrative Director. Applications can be emailed to emason@goacta.org (preferred) or mailed to Erica Mason, Administrative Director, ACTA, 1726 M Street NW, Suite 802, Washington, DC 20036.

The start date for this position is negotiable; February 2015 would be ideal.

 

Program Associate, Communications

ACTA’s Communications Department is responsible for all digital communications at ACTA as well as several sections of the ACTA website, ACTA’s quarterly newsletter, ACTA’s Annual Report, and a variety of research projects. The Department is charged with presenting ACTA’s message to the outside world in an informed, articulate, and accurate manner. The Department strives to maintain ACTA’s distinctive tone and style in all its work, from 140 character tweets to long-form articles and op-eds.

The Program Associate, Communications assists in the coordination of ACTA’s communications efforts under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, Communications.  Responsibilities include:

• Assisting in drafting of eBlasts and monthly eNewsletters.
• Contributing to ACTA’s annual reports, newsletter, and blog (The Forum).
• Updating The Forum’s daily roundup of higher education news.
• Tracking the blog and news roundup analytics.
• Providing content for ACTA’s facebook and Twitter accounts under the supervision of the Senior Program Officer, Communications.
• Assisting the Senior Program Officer with the maintenance and promotion of the Minding the Campus blog.
• Contributing to articles and blogs published on non-ACTA platforms on behalf of ACTA
• Assisting Senior Program Officer in developing and expanding ACTA’s new media program.
• Providing a weekly report to the staff detailing ACTA’s social media presence.
• Supporting the Senior Program Officer in updating the Oases of Excellence online directory and other sections of ACTA’s website.
• Producing sound research on matters concerning higher education policy and reform
• Assisting other staff members as needed with the execution of programmatic work.

The Program Associate, Communications must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities.  He/She is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, and to act with the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree. Graduate certificates or degrees are not required, but will be viewed favorably. Also, candidates must demonstrate knowledge of ACTA’s mission and a passion for that mission. Previous work experience is preferred. But, full and complete consideration will be given to all exceptional applicants.


Salary and Compensation
ACTA offers a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary structure. The benefits package includes comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, Metro reimbursement, and a generous paid-time-off plan. Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. ACTA conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work.


Applications
Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Erica Mason, Administrative Director. Applications can be emailed to emason@goacta.org (preferred) or mailed to Erica Mason, Administrative Director, ACTA, 1726 M Street NW, Suite 802, Washington, DC 20036.

The start date for this position is negotiable; February 2015 would be ideal.

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