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Program Coordinator: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a national higher education organization committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education, seeks a self-motivated, detail-oriented, and creative individual for the position of Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Student Success (DESS).

AAC&U is the leading national association dedicated to advancing the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations of excellence in undergraduate education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U comprises over 1,400 member institutions—including public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

The DESS Program Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative and programmatic support for specific grant-funded projects and AAC&U Institutes. These include the Institutes on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) and High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The grant-funded projects seek to advance AAC&U’s efforts to make excellence inclusive by ensuring equitable access to a high-quality liberal education for all students. 

These tasks include, but are not limited to:

1. AAC&U Institutes

  • Coordinate and implement the summer HIPs and TRHT Institute
  • Oversight of location selection, contract negotiation, and all communication with onsite conference services
  • Maintain and upload programming and attendance tracking and data entry
  • Manage communications with institute faculty and teams
  • Provide administrative support for the application and selection process
  • Manage inventory and distribution of all programming materials within budget guidelines
  • Update AAC&U website as needed.

2. Dedicating a specified percentage of effort to provide programmatic support for sponsored projects, including meeting planning, budget reconciliation, communication with campus participants and project partners, grant reporting, publications, project website, etc.

3. Contributing to the efficient functioning of DESS through active participation in team meetings, information sharing, reporting, and attendance at professional conferences and functions related to the work of the office.

4. Other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication, and editing skills
  • Strong project management, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office suite, Office365 Mail & SharePoint, Skye for Business, and webpage design programs 
  • Database management skills including familiarity with Access and Excel
  • Outstanding attention to detail, with understanding of larger contexts
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Dependability, flexibility, and strict confidentiality
  • Experience maintaining and monitoring budgets
  • An understanding of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work both collaboratively, as a member of a team, and independently to accomplish goals
  • Effective time management skills; ability to balance and set priorities among many tasks and meet deadlines
  • Interest in higher education issues, particularly related to diversity, equity, and student success
  • Self-directed ability to thrive in a fast-paced advocacy organization at the center of higher education reform

At least 2-3 years of work experience in higher education and/or meeting planning required. A bachelor’s degree is also required, and a master’s degree is plus.
Salary commensurate with experience; plus exceptional benefits. Please submit a résumé and a cover letter describing relevant work to AAC&U, Box DESS, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or to recruit@aacu.org. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018.

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.