INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Education Commission of the States - Denver, CO

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The Education Commission of the States (ECS), a national, nonprofit, education policy organization seeks a qualified candidate for a leadership position. This position is responsible for leading the program, policy, and product development for the ECS Postsecondary Division. Starting salary will commensurate with education and experience.

ECS was established in 1965, by state leaders for state leaders. For more than 45 years, ECS has been helping policymakers improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas across states. A nonprofit interstate compact with 350 commissioners from its member states, ECS is the leading nonpartisan source of information, ideas and leadership on education policy. It tracks trends, translates research, provides advice and creates opportunities for state leaders to learn from one another.

ECS is located in Denver, Colorado and provides a competitive compensation package that includes:

- Paid Holidays
- Vacation Leave & Sick Leave
- Health Insurance, Dental Plans & Vision Care
- Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
- Flexible Spending/Dependent Care Expense Accounts
- Travel/Accident Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Long-Term Disability
- Transportation — ECS provides all benefit eligible Denver employees with a yearly ECO Pass for bus transportation. As a savings for individuals driving to work on a regular basis, the cost of parking (contracted through ECS)
- Educational assistance

Position Purpose:
The Institute Director leads ECS’ program and development work related to postsecondary education and workforce issues. The director will develop a strategic direction for the institute, manage institute projects, and maintain ECS’ high national visibility. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in project management, state policy, and grant development.

Essential Duties:
1. Creates a strategic vision and business plan for the institute that guides institute goals and that provides fiscal stability to the work of the institute and its staff.
2. Develops and implements an organizational structure that engages ECS constituents (e.g., governors, legislators, SHEEOs) in substantive policy work.
3. Develops proposals to national and regional foundations to implement major institute activities. Cultivates and maintains relationships with funders and prepares interim and final reports for foundation-funded projects. Ensures grant and contract compliance.
4. Creates, manages, and monitors the institute and project budgets.
5. Oversees staff of policy analysts. Supports staff professional development. Ensures quality of work and alignment of products with institute and broader ECS priorities.
6. Provides state and federal policy leadership in institute priority areas, including but not limited to: remedial and developmental education, postsecondary governance, degree completion, and workforce alignment.
7. Undertakes or directs a wide range of research, writing, and presentations related to emerging issues at the state and national levels. Requires commitment, sensitivity to political neutrality and high degree of responsiveness to constituents.
8. Plans and manages ECS events, including policy summits, conferences, workshops, and, most importantly, the ECS National Forum on Education Policy.
9. Writes articles and editorials for national media, ECS publications, and other outlets. Represents ECS at national and regional meetings, conferences, and other associations. Makes presentations as needed.
10. Performs other ECS duties as required.

Financial Authority:
The Institute Director manages the division budget and oversees management of multiple individual project budgets, including preparation and monitoring.

Communication:
The Institute Director communicates daily with ECS constituents, including state policymakers and education leaders, foundation program officers, and division staff.

Supervision:
The Institute Director supervises division staff, including hiring, supervision, professional development, and performance evaluations; and manages and coordinates the work of independent consultants.

Job Specifications:
Required
• Master’s Degree in a related field, including public policy, public administration, political science, education, or economics
• At least 8 years of experience in policy research and analysis
• Extensive knowledge of issues related to postsecondary education and workforce development.
• Extensive expertise in grant development, staff supervision, and strategic planning
Preferred
• Doctoral Degree in an applicable field
• Demonstrated success in managing multiple grant-funded projects
• Significant national profile in the higher education community
• Substantial knowledge, technical expertise in the areas of developmental education, higher education finance, governance issues, and workforce alignment
Profile:
This position requires extensive knowledge of state education policy and policymaking, close familiarity with the role of organizations like ECS and a high degree of comfort in working with state policy leaders.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirement the contact listed below.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, February 8, 2013

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The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact created by the states, territories and the U.S. Congress that helps...