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.

Program Officer for Trustee & Government Affairs

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

Specifically, the Program Officer performs the following tasks:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs with communications and outreach to trustees, governors, policymakers, and related constituent groups, including responding to research questions and coordinating with other departmental staff on outreach projects.
  • Writing, research, and analysis related to issues regarding trustees and higher education policy, including institutional governance, core curriculum, academic freedom, accreditation, higher education finance, etc.
  • Briefing the Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs on trends, issues, policy areas, and/or recent events of interest in higher education.
  • Drafting correspondence and/or policy statements directed to higher education stakeholders including boards of trustees and government bodies.
  • Providing analytical and project management support for departmental initiatives, including trustee publications, events, and ACTA’s board services.
  • Contributing logistical and operational support to other departmental projects on an as-needed basis.

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 send cover letter and resume to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org.

Program Associate for Trustee & Government Affairs

The Program Associate for Trustee & Government 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 elected officials and improving ACTA’s communications with those audiences.

Specifically, the Program Associate performs the following tasks:

  • Ensuring quality control of ACTA’s database of college and university trustees, assisting with database administration on an as-needed basis; overseeing database work of interns and outside contractors.
  • Managing the department’s direct mail campaigns, including serving as the department’s primary point of contact with ACTA’s mailhouse vendor, facilitating department mass mailings, and responding to resource requests from constituents.
  • Monitoring constituent developments and communications, and advising the Program Officer for Trustee & Government Outreach of opportunities to expand trustee and other stakeholder relationships.
  • Overseeing the infrastructure for the organization of departmental institutional knowledge, and preparing reports based on such information for the Vice President of Trustee & Government Affairs.
  • Providing research, logistical, and operational support to departmental initiatives including targeted mailings, trustee publications, events, and ACTA’s board services.
  • Serving as departmental liaison to external parties, e.g., vendors, publishers, etc., on an as-needed basis.

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.

The ideal candidate should have a bachelor’s degree plus 0-2 years’ experience in higher education policy or related areas. Experience with Salesforce or other relational databases preferred, proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Acrobat required.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org.

Executive Assistant

The Executive 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 basic 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.
  • 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 receives day-to-day supervision from the Senior Vice President. He or 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, highly motivated, and principled, as well as to exhibit the highest degree of personal responsibility, accountability, and honesty.

The Executive Assistant should be highly organized and possess exemplary time management and planning skills, an excellent understanding of MS Office (including Excel), the ability to multitask and prioritize daily workload, and superior verbal and written communication skills. Experience with Sage (or other accounting software) and Salesforce (or other relational databases) is preferred, as well as any prior human resources or bookkeeping experience. Ideal candidates should have at least 1-2 years of work experience.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Nick Barden at info@goacta.org.

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