The Senior Program Specialist is a 24-month appointment within ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE). This full-time position is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Associate Director for Internationalization and Global Engagement.
The senior program specialist will contribute to ACE’s expanding programming to engage the global higher education community, coordinated through (CIGE). Responsibilities focus on program development and execution, meeting logistics, grant reporting, budget tracking, and communications. In addition to program management, the position requires high-level understanding of concepts related to international and comparative higher education, and the ability to synthesize and analyze research on these topics. The position requires frequent collaboration with other units within ACE, as well as outreach to higher education systems and institutions worldwide. CIGE is a small team of dedicated international higher education professionals who value teamwork, collegiality, initiative, and diverse perspectives. More information on its activities can be found on these web pages.
Essential Job Duties or Tasks:
Project management. Serves as primary project coordinator for ACE initiative to engage higher education systems and institutions worldwide, including the United States. Involves detailed planning, adherence to deadlines, outreach to project participants and other audiences, monitoring budget, contributing to project deliverables and reports to funding agency, and dissemination.
Meeting logistics. Assists with the planning and execution of one or more convenings of international higher education leaders. Responsible for all program logistics, including liaison with meeting facilities, technology, budgeting, registration, meeting materials, evaluation, and communication with program participants and speakers. Also responsible for organizing occasional virtual meetings.
Advisory committee. Coordinates communication with a project advisory committee, including membership, scheduling of meetings (in-person and virtual), developing meeting agenda, and logistics.
Communication. Assists with preparation and dissemination of meeting materials (including background papers by commissioned authors and ACE staff) and outcomes/reports through print and online media, and through conferences and other live meetings; serves as liaison with authors and evaluators; creates and updates website content; manages social media presence.
Other new and existing program areas as assigned.
In addition, perform tasks that support other CIGE activities and programs, such as:
Developing marketing plans for CIGE global engagement programs;
Developing and updating CIGE website content related to global engagement and individual projects;
Supporting CIGE’s global engagement research activities, including the contribution of content to publications and web sites, updates to presentations on U.S. higher education to international delegations, and collection of data for CIGE reports and funding proposals;
Other activities that support CIGE and its internationalization or global engagement programs.
Education/Experience/Specialized Knowledge and Competency Requirements:
Approximately 5-8 years related professional experience;
Master’s degree in a related field (e.g. international education, higher education administration, international relations, area studies);
Exceptional attention to detail, and organizational and meeting planning skills;
Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including editing and public speaking;
In-depth knowledge of U.S. higher education and an understanding of CIGE programs and goals;
Experience working with program budgets;
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple tasks and responsibilities under time pressure;
Ability to communicate with an array of senior higher education and policy leaders from the U.S. and other countries with confidence and diplomacy;
Strong general office skills, with high proficiency level in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint;
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently;
International experience and foreign language fluency strongly preferred.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume. Finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample and professional references.
The American Council on Education is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
ACE is the nation’s most visible and influential higher education association. We represent the presidents of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions, which include two- and four-year colleges, private and public universities, and nonprofit and for-profit entities. Our strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of more than 1,800 member institutions, 75 percent of which have been with ACE f...or over 10 years. That loyalty stands as a testament to the value derived from membership. We convene representatives from all sectors to collectively tackle the toughest higher education challenges, with a focus on improving access and preparing every student to succeed.