Deputy Director - College Excellence Program
The Aspen Institute - Washington, DC

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Position Title: Deputy Director
Program/Dept: College Excellence Program
Position Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt

The Aspen Institute Mission

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen College Excellence Program (CEP) aims to identify and replicate practices and policies that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, CEP works to improve colleges’ and policy makers’ understanding of how to improve student success, especially for the growing population of low-income and minority students on U.S. campuses.

The College Excellence Program has an immediate opening for a Deputy Director. The selected candidate will join a small, pioneering staff embedded within the vibrant larger environment of the Aspen Institute in its Washington, DC, headquarters. This position presents an opportunity to serve as a leader, thought partner, and manger of a broad range of projects designed to improve education in five areas of CEP’s focus: improving labor market outcomes for college graduates; increasing completion rates; delivering equitable outcomes for underserved populations; strengthening learning; and preparing exceptional college leaders. We are seeking a multi-talented action-oriented staff member who thinks critically, writes expertly, and is committed to exploring and implementing evidence-based ideas and practicesthat substantially improve the way institutions—particularly community colleges—deliver education.

Basic Function

The major expectations of the individual in the Deputy Director role will be to lead program implementation efforts; to collaborate in the development of programmatic and policy strategies; to develop strong, clear written products for a variety of audiences; and to organize and help facilitate convenings of leaders, practitioners, and policy makers. This individual must also be flexible and team-oriented, willing to fulfill a wide range of responsibilities as a member of a small, high-energy staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and manage programs for and partnerships with community college presidents, policymakers, higher education associations, foundations, and members of the press.

Write and edit reports, articles, op-eds, and other publications to synthesize and communicate Learning with a broad range of audiences.

Participate in the planning and implementation of policy forums, and other CEP events.

Represent the College Excellence Program at briefings, conferences, industry meetings, and other events.

Secure funding by identifying grant opportunities and preparing applications, and complete foundation reports in accordance with donor requirements.

Prepare and track program budgets, maintaining systems needed to ensure that programs are within budget and on schedule.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:
Job requirements:
Strong management skills and initiative: Candidates should be detailed-oriented and resolute about following through, with the ability both to lead projects and work collaboratively.

Excellent writing skills: Candidates must have a demonstrated talent for clear, effective, and persuasive writing; an ability to communicate data and complex ideas simply and effectively; and an ability to tailor writing style and voice to target different audiences.

Moderate travel required.

Job qualifications:
7-10 years of professional experience in higher education or a related field, including experience in educational practice, institutional leadership, or policy research and analysis.

Advanced degree in higher education, public policy, or related field (or equivalent experience).

Familiarity with higher education policy and practice.

Excellent skills in research, writing, and analysis.

Comfort working under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.

Demonstrated ability to implement highly effective projects.

To Apply:
All interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume in the Apply Section below. If you are having difficulties with the uploading portion of the application process please try using the escape key to exit the screen. Your document should safely upload.

For technical difficulties during the application process please contact the Applicant Support Team at 1866-927-2472.

No phone calls or emails please.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws

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