Employment Opportunities

Position Announcement 

Position Title: Vice President for Institutional Field Relations 

Department/Unit: Accreditation Relations 

Reports to (Title): Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations 

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is seeking a Vice President for Institutional Field Relations dedicated to advancing the quality of higher education. 

MSCHE, located in Philadelphia, PA, is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. As an institutional accreditor, MSCHE conducts accreditation and pre-accreditation activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in the international environment, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.   MSCHE is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 

The Vice President reports to the Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, serves as staff liaison to MSCHE member institutions, and supports the peer evaluation processes and accreditation activities of the Commission.  Interfacing with key constituencies at member institutions, the Vice President develops working relationships focused on accreditation.  The Vice President supports the Commission and its committees by participating actively in accreditation decision-making processes.  This position also provides conceptual leadership and guidance in the development of policies, procedures, and trainingThe position requires significant travel within and outside of the Mid-Atlantic region. MSCHE does not provide work visa sponsorship. This position is ineligible for remote teleworking. 

Major Responsibilities include: 

  • Serve as staff liaison to a portfolio of institutions representative of the membership and support institutions through accreditation review and monitoring  
  • Establish and maintain knowledge of and effective working relationships with institutions through a variety of contacts including communicating about accreditation-related matters and strategies for institutional improvement related to the Commission’s standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, policies, procedures, guidelines and accreditation-relevant federal regulations 
  • Interpret MSCHE policies regarding specific situations at member institutions, monitor institutional developments and emerging issues, and develop appropriate MSCHE responses 
  • Guide institutions through all accreditation activities by conducting institutional visits, providing training, resources, and collegial advice, reviewing and analyzing institutional reports and materials, and providing other support as appropriate
  • Support the Commission and its committees by participating actively in accreditation decision-making processes 
  • Consult with MSCHE committee members, Commissioners, and MSCHE staff, prepare oral and written reports to MSCHE committees and Commissioners, and propose appropriate accreditation action language   
  • Support peer evaluators and other volunteers through accreditation processes   
  • Guide the creation of on-site evaluation teams and the selection of team chairs and provide support to peer evaluators and other volunteers before, during, and after on-site evaluation visits 
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of the MSCHE strategic plan, policies, and processes
  • Contribute to developing and delivering training for MSCHE institutions, volunteers, and Commissioners 
  • Regularly participate in MSCHE events

Qualifications and desired attributes include: 

  • Significant work experience in higher education in a position of major responsibility, preferably at both faculty and administrative levels
  • Broad familiarity with higher education in the United States
  • Credentials and capacity to represent MSCHE with credibility
  • Capacity for holistic, complex judgments, analysis, problem solving, and translation of policy into practice
  • The ability to work independently, consultatively, and collaboratively, and to adapt to changing environments and responsibilities
  • Ability to handle a significant portfolio of institutions, to manage the detail of multiple simultaneous activities, and to work in a team framework for carrying out the various processes and programs of MSCHE
  • Excellent written and oral communication and the understanding of and ability to use technology
  • Terminal degree required 

To Apply or Nominate:
Nominations and applications may be submitted to employment@msche.org. For full consideration please submit a complete application consisting of a letter of interest, curriculum vita, and five professional references to employment@msche.org by January 17, 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Anticipated start date for the position is July 2020. 

MSCHE provides competitive compensation and a generous benefits package (including medical, dental, vision, 403B).   

Equal Employment Opportunity: 

For information please visit, https://www.msche.org/about-us/equal-employment-opportunity.