Employment Opportunities

  1. Vice President
  2. Data Management Specialist

Vice President


The Middle States Commission on 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.  It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.  MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (Candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.

MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

Position Summary:

MSCHE is seeking a contributor with Higher Education experience for the role of Vice President.  Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Accreditation Relations, the Vice President serves as staff liaison to MSCHE member institutions and supports the peer evaluation processes and accreditation activities of the Commission.  Interfacing with key stakeholders at member institutions, the Vice President develops working relationships focused on accreditation.  This role supports the Commission and its committees by participating actively in accreditation decision-making processes.  The Vice President also provides conceptual leadership and guidance in the development of policies, procedures, and training and requires substantial travel, both domestic and international.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as staff liaison to a group of institutions representative of the membership and support institutions through accreditation.
  • Establish and maintain knowledge of and effective working relationships with member institutions through a variety of contacts including communicating about accreditation-related matters and strategies for institutional improvement related to the Commission’s accreditation standards.
  • Interpret MSCHE policies regarding specific situations at member institutions, monitor the institutional developments and emerging issues, and develop appropriate MSCHE responses.
  • Guide institutions through the application, candidacy, self-study, evaluation visit, midpoint peer review report, substantive change, and follow-up processes by conducting institutional visits, providing training, resources, and consultation, 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.
  • Develop and provide information and background information to inform accreditation decisions, review institutional reports and materials, consult with MSCHE committee members, Commissioners, and MSCHE staff, and prepare oral and written reports to MSCHE committees and Commissioners.
  • Support peer reviewers and other volunteers through accreditation processes.
  • Guide the creation of peer review visiting teams and the selection of team chairs and provide support to peer reviewers and other volunteers before, during, and after institutional 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.

Requirements:

  • This position is equivalent to an upper-level academic administrator.  Successful candidates will offer significant teaching/administrative background, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently, consultatively, and collaboratively, and an adaptability to changing environments and responsibilities.  A broad perspective on higher education and the ability to work with all types of institutions are essential.  This position requires significant travel within and outside of the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • A doctorate or other terminal degree is required. Prior experience with accreditation or other peer review processes is strongly preferred.
  • This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and work environment and is based in Philadelphia, PA.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to the following job link: MSCHE Vice President

Green Card or Citizenship required for application.  Visa sponsorship or H1-B transfer not currently available.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at jobs@cessnasearch.com.

Contact (202) 232-1765.


Data Management Specialist


Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is seeking a strong Data Management Specialist to manage the Annual Institutional Update, develop, conduct, analyze, and report results of surveys, and assist with report and dashboard development and maintenance.  Additionally, the position is responsible for assisting with data manipulation and quality assurance of MSCHE data.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Research, the Data Management Specialist works closely with internal staff and MSCHE membership, requiring strong communication and customer service skills.

Major Responsibilities include

  • Research, gather, and summarize data findings.
  • Analyze results of surveys including combining results from multiple instruments for annual reporting.
  • Program processes to extract data, run comparisons, and work to insure data integrity.
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of dashboards and other data displays generated using R.
  • Create and conduct ad hoc surveys as needed, including regular surveys using Qualtrics.
  • Extract and incorporate data into survey logic.
  • Analyze data obtained and produce audience-tailored reports of results.
  • Improve and maintain the AIU process, engaging in continuous improvement of AIU dictionaries and FAQ.
  • Extract data from IPEDS and other sources to use in the AIU.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact during the AIU open period.
  • Provide superior service to internal and external “customers.”
  • Aid stakeholders in accessing and understanding data and reports.
  • Engage in a process of continuously improving stakeholders’ appropriate access to data.

Qualified candidates will offer a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, sociology, computer science, economics, or other applicable area of study, plus a minimum of one year of relevant experience.  MSCHE is seeking candidates with experience creating and conducting complex surveys (Qualtrics experience preferred), as well as experience programming in R and other languages.  Some experience with data cleansing, matching, finding corrupt and redundant information, and familiarity with ETL processes to create automated data pipelines is required.  Ideal candidates will have impeccable attention to detail, excellent organizational and time management skills, evidence of a strong customer service mindset, and the ability to work well with others.

This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and work environment and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to the following job link: MSCHE Data Management Specialist

Green Card or Citizenship required for application.  Visa sponsorship or H1-B transfer not currently available.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Additional inquiries and questions can be emailed to Beth Cessna at jobs@cessnasearch.com.

Contact (202) 232-1765.

Equal Employment Opportunity
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. MSCHE does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.