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.

Research Associate / Editor

The Research Associate / Editor advances ACTA’s core values of academic excellence, academic freedom, and accountability by ensuring the integrity of its research products and of other communications with external constituents. This individual will also serve as the primary editor of ACTA’s quarterly newsletter, Inside Academe, and a researcher and writer for other ACTA projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the quality-control process for ACTA publications and other externally-focused content, including editing, proofreading, and fact-checking.
  • Ensuring consistency in style for all ACTA content, using both the ACTA Style Guide and The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Managing the production of content for ACTA’s Inside Academe newsletter.
  • Contributing to studies, reports, guides, and policy papers through sound research and writing.
  • Working with ACTA’s communications team to monitor key issues in the news, and tracking the development and status of editorial products.
  • Contributing to other projects as needed.

Key qualities for this role include a strong research and writing background, preferably in the fields of higher education, public policy, or public affairs; the ability to manage independently multiple projects of varying timelines; meticulous attention to detail; knowledge of ACTA’s past publications; and an understanding of ACTA’s ongoing program activities.

The Research Associate / Editor 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, resume, and writing sample to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org.

Program Officer, Curricular Improvement

The Program Officer, Curricular Improvement advances ACTA’s mission of higher education reform by producing sound research that is consistent with ACTA’s mission, strategy, beliefs, and tone. The Program Officer focuses primarily, but not exclusively, on educating parents and students through ACTA’s college-guide website, WhatWillTheyLearn.com.

The Program Officer, Curricular Improvement will be responsible for:

  • Managing What Will They Learn™ project research, as well as reviewing data entered by interns and others.
  • Formulating, in collaboration with senior management, a strategic plan and direction for the What Will They Learn™ project, and supervising its execution by fellow staff, interns, and/or Fellows.
  • Ensuring, at all times, the accuracy of What Will They Learn™ data, and providing regular reports to senior management, Communications, and Development, as appropriate.
  • Coordinating the continued expansion of What Will They Learn™ as a key asset for parents and students, among others, including updating the website and accompanying printed materials, and working on outreach with Communications officers.
  • Planning and implementing the training for What Will They Learn™ project interns.
  • Managing intern productivity during the What Will They Learn™ project.
  • Working with Vice President of Curricular Improvement & Academic Outreach to ensure timely response to all questions and/or concerns relating to curricular evaluations in What Will They Learn™, including drafting correspondence and personal outreach.
  • Contributing to other writing and research projects as appropriate. The Program Officer receives day-to-day supervision and periodic performance reviews from the Vice President of Curricular Improvement & Academic Outreach. He or she also cooperates heavily, especially on What Will They Learn™, with the Vice President of Operations.
  • Assisting with other ACTA research projects as needed
  • Communicating ACTA’s mission of higher education reform through op-eds, blogs, and articles.

The Program Officer 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.

Candidates must possess a four-year undergraduate degree and 0–3 years of work experience; a passion for higher education reform and the role of liberal arts education in a free society; strong attention to detail; clear and grammatical writing; and proficiency with MS Word and Excel.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume in one PDF file to Eric Bledsoe: ebledsoe@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.

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