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Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), located in Springfield, is currently accepting applications for a full-time Assistant Director for Academic Affairs.  The position provides direct support to the Deputy Director and Associate Director for Academic Affairs primarily in the areas of institution approval and program approval for independent and public colleges and universities granting degrees in Illinois.      


  • Analyze and recommend approval or disapproval of requests for new operating and degree authority from institutions of higher education, recommend periodic review of public degree programs and independent institutions and their degree programs when necessary, and develop case for revocation of Board approvals/authorizations when indicated.
  • Assist with keeping abreast of relevant federal and state laws, legislation, rules, regulations, and developments in the field of institution and degree program authorization and approval.   
  • Collaborate with counterparts at other agencies and others to advance higher education initiatives related to agency goals and state priorities.
  • Plan and execute the reporting of low-performing programs of instruction, research, and public service by state universities.  Ensure the appropriate criteria are used for determining low performance.     
  • Coordinate and perform post-approval reviews of academic programs at public and private institutions in consultation with staff. 


  • Master’s degree is required (doctorate preferred) and minimum of three years of experience in postsecondary education with academic or administrative experience at a college, university, or agency. 
  • Knowledge of academic program development processes and roles/responsibilities of regulatory and accrediting bodies in the oversight of higher education.


  • Ability to analyze and interpret multiple sources of information to determine conclusions and make recommendations grounded in evidence
  • Ability to prepare and deliver professional presentations to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to engage in and lead collaborative work groups to advance statewide initiatives related to higher education in partnership with agencies, constituents, and advocacy groups
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying levels of responsibility and backgrounds 
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills to work independently balancing multiple assignments
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite software (Word and Outlook)

For full consideration: submit a letter of application; a resume with a detailed work history, educational background, and three professional references; and a copy of college transcript(s).  All application materials should be submitted by Thursday, October 2, 2014 to:

Karen Helland, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 431 E. Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701-1404

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer




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