Working in Higher Education in New England
As part of its mission to tie higher education to the economic well being of New England, NEBHE has partnered with the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE HERC) to provide access to recruitment and employment resources to address faculty and staff hiring needs. The mission of the NE HERC, which was founded in 2006, is to advance the efforts of member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual-career couples. Moreover, together with NEBHE, NE HERC seeks to raise the profile of the higher education industry in New England as an employer of choice for diverse and highly qualified professionals across all disciplines and functions.
With nearly 18,000 registered job-seekers, 3,000 faculty and staff jobs, and 2.5 million unique website visits per year, NE HERC provides the largest higher education job board in New England, as well as a community of 62 member institutions sharing best practices and participating in strategic networking events and an assortment of targeted professional development opportunities every year.
Working at NEBHE
Positions at NEBHE are available! See below.
Senior Director of Policy Research and Analysis, under the direction of the NEBHE President & CEO, is responsible for administering and directing all activities within the Policy and Research unit. Oversees the development and implementation of the organization’s policy and research activities, including; guiding the organization’s policy agenda and priorities; producing reports and analysis of salient policy issues, trends and developments affecting higher education and the economy in New England; engaging with key stakeholders and policy makers in the region to provide analysis, data resources, policy expertise and technical assistance.
Essential Job Functions:*
Management and Coordination
- Develops and provides strategic leadership to NEBHE’s Policy and Research unit. Works to expand the unit’s identity and capacity, while building a portfolio of projects, programs and relationships that support the growth and progress of the organization.
- Manages, and coordinates the work of staff across multiple projects, activities, and functions within the unit.
- Establishes unit plans and priorities, develops unit budget, allocates resources, and assigns staff to carry out unit activities. Establishes and defines standards of quality in unit activities and products and ensures that all standards, deadlines, and contract specifications are met.
- Interviews, screens, selects and recommends applicants for vacant positions within the unit and evaluates employee performance and makes recommendations for promotions, performance increases, or disciplinary action to senior management.
- Advises the president and other senior staff on policy, program and administrative matters.
- Organizes, allocates, and manages financial resources of the unit and recommends and oversees consultant subcontracts and other internal and external commitments of the organization's resources.
Research, Writing and Information Dissemination
- Anticipates emerging issues and interprets unusual policy developments, assesses their importance to the states, institutions and legislatures, and initiates research, technical assistance or other appropriate unit efforts in response.
- Develops policy resources, data and information, and best practice tools for institution leaders, state policy makers and the public.
- Reviews, edits, and critiques the substance and quality of research and writing assignments of subordinate staff.
- Manages, delegates or personally handles a wide range of research and writing tasks often involving sophisticated analysis, in-depth evaluation, and interpretation of political nuances.
Meetings, Consulting, and Technical Assistance
- Directs and oversees primary NEBHE engagements with state stakeholders, including state higher education executive officers and other state higher education commissions and policy-making entities and their staff members.
- Manages, delegates, or directs key meetings and seminars and coordinates the work of subordinate professional staff.
- Plans, assigns, reviews, and coordinates complex, large-scale, multistate projects and technical assistance efforts, often requiring complex political judgments, a high degree of responsiveness to constituents, and a mature sense of organization priorities and concerns.
- Works to serve in a consulting and technical assistance role to stakeholders, decision makers and policy makers in the region.
- Master’s or professional degree plus seven to ten years of relevant and progressive work experience are desired. The following work experience or some equivalent combination is preferred: four years of state policy or legislative experience, two years of professional policy experience in the assigned subject area, two years of project or research supervisory experience, and one year of management experience directing and allocating personnel and budgets in multiple projects or activities. A doctoral degree is strongly preferred.
- Experience in developing unit initiatives, project ideas and new services, funding opportunities, and new resources.
- Strong personnel supervision skills (i.e. planning, assigning, reviewing, and evaluating work) and budget and project management.
- Substantial knowledge and technical expertise in higher education and mastery of major policy fields, as well as substantial knowledge of state legislatures and intergovernmental policy processes.
- Strong knowledge of higher education finance and budgeting in states and higher education institutions.
- Exceptional writing, speaking, research, analytic, and organizational skills.
- Experience in working with state higher education executive officers and/or other state higher education commissions and policy-making entities.
- Experience in working effectively with state legislators and legislative staff and dealing with politically sensitive constituencies.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.
Interested applicants should submit:
- Letter of introduction
- Current resume or CV
- List of five references
Questions or submissions should be sent via email (with documents in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Phyllis Maguire, Office Manager, at pmaguire [at] nebhe [dot] org.
Communications Assistant (Part-time) will support communications and research for online journal and other web content. Subject matter generally includes a variety of higher education topics such as college access and affordability, leadership, enrollment, campus developments and education trends.
- Strong writing, communication and research skills.
- Current college student, preferably majoring in English, communications, journalism, public relations or marketing.
- Computer skills, especially Microsoft Word, Excel and WordPress, and familiarity with social technologies such at Twitter and Facebook.
- Familiarity with Google Analytics and Constant Contact desired.
- Write and edit weekly web newsletter noting recent content posted to http://www.nebhe.org.
- Research and write content for NEBHE web site, including several short pieces on news and events.
- Assist with inviting and editing commentary and analysis by staff and outside contributors.
- Lay out finished articles with graphic elements for web.
- Create and edit video clips.
- Assist with social networking and email communications.
Compensation: Compensation may include a combination of college Work Study funds and academic credit. Number of hours weekly is negotiable, but generally 8 to 21 hours on average.
To Apply: Send resume, cover letter and writing sample(s) via email to John O. Harney, Executive Editor, at nejhe [at] nebhe [dot] org.
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