The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) seeks a well-organized self-starter to provide operational support to collaborative projects in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment. The successful candidate will serve as full-time Projects Coordinator, supporting networks and programs that contribute to inclusive excellence on independent college and university campuses around the country. This position provides an opportunity to deploy and build skills in program management, member engagement, and communities of practice while contributing to addressing significant issues in higher education. The ideal candidate will be equal parts detail-oriented and relationship-focused, both supported by an inclination to leverage technology platforms and data sets to solve problems.
The Projects Coordinator is a staff position based in the CIC office in Washington, DC, reporting to the Vice President of Networks and Strategic Partnerships with additional support from, and responsibility to, the Senior Vice President for Academic Programs. In close collaboration with these and other CIC staff, the Projects Coordinator will primarily support networks, projects, and programs within CIC’s strategic priority area to improve inclusive excellence at college and universities.
Examples of such projects include:
Belong: An Inclusive Learning Community—CIC is partnering with the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) on Belong, a new nationwide learning community that provides credentials to college and university faculty members and staff with the goal of increasing student belonging on campus.
A yet to be announced program serving students that historically do not have broad access to internship opportunities during their undergraduate experience.
An annual faculty leadership academy that has a goal of developing inclusive campus leaders.
Responsibilities include organizing competitive nomination and selection processes, creating meeting materials, processing invoices and tracking renewals in CIC’s association management system, responding to inquiries from and providing support to campus liaisons, supporting efforts to expand the reach of programs and network such as webinars and other digital engagements, and coordinating program outcome assessments. Candidates should enjoy facilitating multiple details of complex projects, demonstrate administrative acumen, and have the knowledge and skill to meaningfully contribute to the design and implementation of projects aimed at enhancing equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence.
A bachelor’s degree is required (preferably from a CIC member college) and some full-time work experience is preferred. Recent college graduates are welcome to apply. Experience working in or with higher education or in a membership association is a plus as is demonstrated knowledge of, or personal engagement with, initiatives related to access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating and managing projects and programs. Experience working with databases and strong familiarity with Microsoft Office and Adobe applications are essential. A high degree of familiarity with standard communications and collaboration tools such as Outlook, Zoom, Slack, and project management applications is desired.
All CIC staff members are expected to excel at written and oral communication; demonstrate a proactive, positive, and member-focused disposition; handle competing priorities independently and effectively; organize and manage a wide range of activities with excellent control of detail; exercise creativity and initiative in developing ideas and solving problems; be familiar with office applications, virtual content delivery platforms, and other commonly-used applications and tools; and be inclined to thrive in a diverse, fast-paced, highly collaborative work environment.
This position requires occasional overnight, weekend, and out-of-area travel several times a year. Performing the responsibilities of this position requires the ability to see, hear, and speak; work in a normal seated position for extended periods of time; use hands to finger, handle, or feel, and be able to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds; manually operate standard office equipment such as keyboards and printers; and move throughout an office or conference space. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. CIC requires that employees be optimally protected against COVID-19 by receiving all recommended vaccinations.
WORKING AT CIC
CIC is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive compensation and benefits. Full-time CIC staff are based in the Washington, DC office, with the option to work remotely on two designated days per week. Work hours are flexible around designated “core hours” (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
CIC offers a generous benefits package that includes health, vision, and dental insurance. CIC also offers a retirement plan with an employer contribution match; a flexible spending account; short- and long-term disability insurance; and life insurance. Employees are also eligible to participate in CIC’s Tuition Exchange Program. CIC recognizes 11 paid holidays per year and offers 20 days of annual leave.
The position is available immediately and will remain open until the successful candidate is appointed. To apply, email a detailed letter of interest and a résumé to CICJobs@cic.edu?with the subject line “PROJECTS.” CIC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a broad and diverse pool of applicants.
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of nonprofit independent colleges and universities that has worked since 1956 to support college and university leadership; advance institutional excellence; and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society.
CIC is the major national organization that focuses on providing services to leaders of independent colleges and universities as well as conferences, seminars, and other programs that help institutions to improve the quality of education, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility. CIC also provides support to state fundraising associations that organize programs and generate contributions for private colleges and universities.
Eligibility for CIC membership is open to all small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S., as well as those located outside the U.S. Two-year independent institutions and nonprofit organizations that support the purposes of independent higher education are also eligible to be members of CIC.