GENERAL SUMMARY: This position leads the implementation, management, and oversight of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) in the NEBHE region.
SARA provides a platform for states within the NEBHE Compact to—upon application and demonstration of certain criteria—enter into reciprocity for the purpose of authorizing individual colleges and universities to provide postsecondary education courses and programs through the Internet or via other distance modalities to students living in other states. This individual directs NEBHE’s engagement with the four regional SARAs—functioning within the other regional interstate contacts—to facilitate reciprocity among willing states within their respective regions. The four regional SARAs are connected through an inter-regional agreement to create a nationwide reciprocity framework, governed by a national coordinating board, NC-SARA.
This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position located at the NEBHE offices in Boston.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Management, Outreach and Oversight (30%)
Plan and convene forums to inform institutions of SARA opportunities, membership, and participation requirements
Provide technical assistance to states to meet requirements for SARA membership, including any necessary legislative, regulatory, or structural changes that may be needed
Inform staff of the lead state authorizing agency in each state, and their companion state agencies, of the timeline and specific requirements for renewal of state membership and for institutional participation
Communicate regularly with directors of other regional compacts to insure consistency of messaging and practice and to explore potential avenues for collaboration
Communicate regularly with the national NC-SARA leadership and staff and participate in meetings of the SARA directors group
Representation at regional conferences and semi-annual national board meetings, annual State Portal Entity meeting, compact counterpart convenings
Work with institutional, state, regional and national partners to identify and address important issues, questions, concerns or other matters of interest
Develop, implement, and oversee annual SARA operations, including work plans and budgets
Participate in NEBHE Board and committee meetings, as required, to report on SARA-related matters or other pertinent activities
Communications and Data Management (40%)
Work with the national SARA staff and consultants and/or Regional Compact President to review and implement processes for collecting, tracking, and reporting data on: 1) state SARA membership*; 2) institutional SARA participation; 3) reviewing invoicing and payment of institutions’ annual fees*; 4) the status of scheduled reviews of state membership
Ad hoc institution and state support surrounding policy and best practices
Design, collect, track data (including, but not limit to student complaints, membership benefits and quality assurance) identified as a regional priority
Support national council in annual data collection enrollment reporting (*Annually, May-June)
Develop semi-annual status reports on the SARA implementation process for NEBHE board
In conjunction with Regional Compact President, report on matters of SARA operations and governance as needed or as requested by relevant governing or policymaking authorities in the region
Oversight of regional SARA content on NEBHE website and regional membership communications (both institution and state level) including webinars and other communications
Regional Steering Committee (10-15%)
Assist the NEBHE president in appointing individuals to the regional SARA governing entity and any other relevant advisory groups
Plan and convene the Regional Steering Committee semi-annually (at a minimum) for national updates and recommendations of state renewal applications.
Report on matters of SARA operations and governance as needed or requested
Initiate research or data collection based on priorities or requests defined by the SARA State Portal Entities and/or Regional Steering Committee in conjunction with NEBHE President
Other NEBHE Responsibilities (15-20%)
Assessment, planning and support of outreach, marketing and/or communications organization wide
Support exploration or implementation of related regional technology access initiatives
Assist in development, adoption and assessment to ensure continued progress of board priorities and/or related events
ssist with NEBHE Board engagement, support and effectiveness strategie
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Promotes and maintains positive relations for NEBHE and SARA
Performs other related duties as required.
Familiarity with higher education governance and the regulatory environment at the national, state, and local levels, or nonprofit sector; institutional or state-level experience with higher education policymaking or policy analysis in areas related to governance, accreditation, program review, licensure, quality assurance, consumer protection, or other programs advancing student success and access
Ability to navigate the political landscape and intersections of higher education institutions, state-level governing or coordinating entities, and state legislatures
Knowledge of state authorization, institutional accreditation, program approval, and/or professional licensure processes
Understanding of online and distance education delivery systems, modalities, and programs
Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to craft messaging to reach a diverse range of constituents to describe the benefits of reciprocity and NEBHE
Proven ability to work independently and to develop programs or initiatives from the ground up
Ability to develop strong working relationships and networks among policymakers and practitioners in multiple states
Strong commitment to the organization’s goals and mission, familiarity with higher education, financial aid and college counseling resources
Strong organizational and planning skills
Ability to assist with the development of relevant and realistic plans, programs, and goals
Ability to recognize organizational priorities and work cooperatively to support their accomplishment.
Good problem-solving skills and a proactive approach in recommending solutions.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to form strong coalitions with internal and external constituencies and interact effectively with variety of people.
Detail-oriented and strong computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office
Familiarity with modern office procedures, practices, and equipment.
Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks.
Ability to travel to meetings and events throughout New England and the U.S.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Education Requirements: Master’s Degree in Education, Government, Public Policy, Business, or related field preferred
Number of Years’ Experience: three to five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Type of Experience: Higher education, state government, or nonprofit sector; institutional or state-level experience with higher education policymaking or policy analysis in areas related to governance, accreditation, program review, licensure, quality assurance, consumer protection, or other programs advancing student success and access.
Hire, supervise, and evaluate the performance of SARA staff and consultants, as needed
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
Regularly uses computer keyboard, requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
More than half of time spent in normal office setting.
Carry, lift boxes of materials when traveling.
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.
About New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE)
The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) promotes greater educational opportunities and services for the residents of New England. In pursuit of this mission, we work across the six New England states to: engage and assist leaders in the assessment, development, and implementation of sound education practices and policies of regional significance; promote policies, programs, and best practices to assist the states in implementing important regional higher education policies; promote regional cooperation and programs that encourage the efficient use and sharing of educational resources; provide leadership to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being of New England.
The NEBHE office is conveniently located in Downtown Crossing near local transit. Generous fringe benefits.