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.

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

Vice President of Policy and Programs

The Vice President of Policy and Programs is charged with increasing ACTA’s impact as an organization by developing and overseeing ACTA’s publications and public presentations while maintaining the utmost quality and accuracy; maximizing the effectiveness of ACTA’s materials by working closely with trustees, alumni, and policymakers on behalf of higher education reform; expanding ACTA’s exposure through written and broadcast media; and assisting with fundraising. The Vice President of Policy and Programs works with the President to develop and implement strategies for the advancement of ACTA’s mission.

The Vice President of Policy and Programs oversees the content of all programmatic materials, including its series of reports, guides, reports, podcasts, and videos. He or she also has oversight responsibility for ensuring appropriate follow-up with and assistance to ACTA constituents. The goal of these efforts is to turn ACTA’s existing and future assets and policy proposals into concrete higher education reform.

In keeping with these responsibilities, the Vice President of Policy and Programs shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Approving and overseeing on the President’s behalf content of all programmatic initiatives, including, but not limited to, reports and guides, correspondence with universities and policymakers, media materials, conferences, and, in collaboration with the Vice President for Curricular Improvement and Academic Outreach, WhatWillTheyLearn.com;
  • Contributing to the research and writing of key papers and overseeing staff and consultant products;
  • Responding, in collaboration with the Vice President for Trustee and Legislative Affairs, to inquiries from higher education decision-makers, especially trustees;
  • Reaching out to promising policymakers—including state legislators and governors—proactively on behalf of ACTA;
  • Working closely with the Communications Department and representing ACTA in the media and at conferences and other events;
  • Writing and editing op-eds;
  • Oversight and mentoring of program staff;
  • Providing input to the President and Director of Development on ACTA’s development activities and strategic partnerships, and making occasional donor calls and visits, as appropriate; and
  • Advising the President on strategic initiatives such as the Fund for Academic Renewal and accreditation reform.

It is anticipated that the Vice President of Policy should spend most of his or her time overseeing ACTA’s policy output and significant time working directly with constituents by telephone and in person, as well as assisting with fundraising. He or she will report to the President (who has overall responsibility for the organization), working closely with the Sr. Vice President (who is the chief financial and operations officer of the organization and oversees the production of publications), the Vice President of Trustee and Legislative Affairs, the Vice President of Curricular Improvement and Academic Outreach, and the Director of Development (who oversees fundraising efforts and donor relations).

In accomplishing all tasks, the Vice President of Policy and Programs should take care to foster and develop the confidence of donors and colleagues. He or she must also approach his or her duties as an entrepreneurial enterprise requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s future program plans. He or she is expected to be collegial, dynamic, well-organized, highly motivated, and principled.

This is a senior-level appointment. Candidates for the position should have extensive experience in higher education policy and administration and a record of significant achievement. An advanced academic degree is highly desirable for this position.

ACTA would like to fill the position at the earliest opportunity; those interested in being considered should send a resume and a cover letter with a full description of background, experience, and achievements, as well as a salary history over the last five years to info@goacta.org.

Executive Administrative Assistant

The Executive Administrative Assistant advances ACTA’s mission of empowering alumni and trustees on behalf of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability in higher education by helping ACTA constituents, assisting the Administrative Director with general office operations, and providing support to the Senior Vice President and President.

Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Serving as liaison with ACTA’s Board of Directors and Council of Scholars, including preparation and organization of board meetings.
  • Providing logistical support to the Senior Vice President for operational needs regarding accounting and yearly audit.
  • Performing bookkeeping tasks.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President with state and federal regulatory compliance.
  • Providing support for special projects and events for ACTA constituents.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President and Administrative Director with planning ACTA’s annual conference event.
  • Updating specific sections of ACTA’s website and managing online presence for ACTA events through Eventbrite.
  • Assisting the Senior Vice President and Administrative Director in training and prepping new employees, in coordination with the department heads.
  • Maintaining calendars and arranging meetings and appointments for President and Senior Vice President.
  • Making travel arrangements for President and Senior Vice President.
  • Undertaking general office upkeep such as cleanliness, organization, filing, supplies, etc.

The Executive Administrative Assistant should have exemplary time management and planning skills, an excellent understanding of MS Office, the ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload, and superior verbal and written communication skills. Some bookkeeping experience is a plus.

The Executive Administrative Assistant receives day-to-day supervision from the Senior Vice President. He/she must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. He or she is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, and principled, as well as to exhibit the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

A four-year degree is required. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Lauri Kempson at info@goacta.org.

Program Officer, Trustee Affairs

The Program Officer for Trustee Affairs advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs in maintaining ACTA’s national network of trustees and improving ACTA’s communications with those trustees.

Specifically, the Program Officer performs the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with communications and outreach to trustees, governors, policymakers, and related constituent groups, including responding to resource requests and research questions.
  • Cultivating ACTA’s existing relationships with trustees, elected officials, and other higher education stakeholders; at times serving as primary point of contact for ACTA’s constituents.
  • Ensuring quality control of ACTA’s database of college and university trustees; overseeing database work of trustee affairs program associate, interns, and outside contractors.
  • Writing and research related to issues regarding trustees and higher education policy.
  • Providing editing and research support for trustee publications, as well as assisting in the coordination of resources for publications.
  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Legislative Affairs with the organization and production of trustee events.
  • Contributing to other writing and research projects as appropriate.

The Program Officer must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise, requiring an understanding of and proactive approach to ACTA’s program activities. The Program Officer 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.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Nick Barden: info@goacta.org.

Program Associate, Development

The Program Associate for Development will advance ACTA’s mission of promoting academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by supporting ACTA’s relationships with a broad range of individual and foundation donors. The Program Associate must approach these tasks as an entrepreneurial enterprise. An ability to prioritize tasks, respond to requests on short notice, and keep track of multiple projects is essential. The Program Associate for Development reports to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities include:

Taking primary responsibility for the prompt and accurate recording and acknowledgment of contributions and donor correspondence.

  • Supporting the Director of Development in the drafting, editing, and distribution of development proposals and foundation grant applications, as well as reporting to foundations on ACTA’s use of funds and project or program progress.
  • Researching current and prospective individual and foundation donors.
  • Conducting trend analyses and year-over-year comparisons of ACTA’s donations to determine the success of development mailings, donor retention rate, and real growth.
  • Assisting with fundraising letters and targeted informational mailings to donors.
  • Assisting with preparations for donor events and meetings, including ACTA’s annual conference and gala.
  • Interacting with donors and other ACTA constituents over the phone and in person.
  • Executing other research assignments and tasks on short notice in a fast-paced setting.

The Program Associate is expected to be personable, dynamic, well organized, highly motivated, detail oriented, and principled. The highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty is expected.

Salary based on experience and qualifications

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Nick Barden: info@goacta.org.

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