Program Assistant and Assistant to the VP, Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment (OQCA)

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a national higher education organization committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education, seeks a bright, selfmotivated, detail-oriented, and creative individual for the position of Program Assistant and Assistant to the VP for Quality, Curriculum and Assessment. The position involves serving as executive assistant to the OQCA Vice President and working on the office’s programmatic initiatives. It requires excellent oral, written, and web-based communication, project management, and research skills, and experience with budget maintenance.  Candidate must be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a fastpaced environment with diverse co-workers and constituents.

With over 1300 college and university members, AAC&U works to improve the quality of undergraduate education with special attention to student learning, curriculum design, innovative pedagogies, and inclusive institutional policies. The OQCA office has several current and planned initiatives related to assessment, general education and curriculum, ePortfolios and the quality of demonstrated student learning proficiency. The Program Assistant will have responsibilities related to several of these areas, contributing to programmatic and administrative operations, coordinating project activities, monitoring and reconciling budgets, and maintaining communication with faculty, staff, and administrators on campuses through traditional correspondence and web-based platforms for project management. The Program Assistant will also work collaboratively across AAC&U offices as projects and meetings may require.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong research and editorial skills; including visual communication, such as creating online and/or print infographics;
  • Experience in project and budget management, including event planning;
  • Experience with office management and administrative support (managing schedules, arranging travel, preparing invoices, etc.);
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Dropbox and web communications and networking, including social media and webinar technology;
  • Strong attention to detail while navigating competing priorities and an understanding of the big picture;
  • Provide organizational support and leadership for an annual Institute on General Education and Assessment, and other project meetings as required;      Available for intermittent travel.
  • Familiarity with higher education, and experience with and/or knowledge of curriculum and faculty development;

At least two years of work experience required (preferably in a higher education or nonprofit environment). A bachelor’s degree is also required, and a master’s degree is preferred. 

Salary low to mid 40’s plus exceptional benefits. Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing relevant work and educational experience to AAC&U, Box OQCA, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or to openings@aacu.org. Review of applications will begin November 3, 2017.  

AAC&U believes that a broadly diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence as a national higher education association. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.