• Career Opportunities at AASCU

    Support the organization’s mission, vision and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect, personalization, accountability, ownership, and adherence to policies and procedures.

    All positions are open until they are filled.

    AASCU Vice President of Communications

    The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) seeks a visionary individual to develop a comprehensive vision and strategy for the association’s communications program, including national branding. The Vice President will oversee a staff of communications professionals working within AASCU and others supporting AASCU’s mission through consultancies. This search comes at a time of great change in higher education during a period when public trust and support for higher education have waned. It also comes at a time of change at AASCU, with a new and energetic president, Dr. Mildred Garcia, at the helm. The AASCU team will build upon the accomplishments of the past and boldly consider the ways in which the association can advance its advocacy, leadership, and service in support of member institutions and in the cause of advancing the distinctive mission of public higher education.

    The Vice President for Communications and Public Relations reports to the President. Under the leadership of the AASCU President, the Vice President develops a comprehensive vision and strategy for the association’s communications program, including national branding. The Vice President also oversees a staff of communications professionals working within AASCU and others supporting AASCU’s mission through consultancies. The Vice President is responsible for branding AASCU—and the AASCU President—publicly within Washington, DC, nationally, and across the globe. The Vice President is also responsible for providing leadership and direction for an integrated, strategic communications vision and program that includes leveraging programs, services, and resources to enhance its presence in the higher education leadership landscape; advancing AASCU’s mission and goals while increasing the visibility of its programs across key national, regional, and local stakeholder groups; and reinforcing member engagement.


    It is expected that the next Vice President for Communications and Public Relations will have the following skills and attributes:

    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with public advocacy campaigns, preferably regarding higher education issues. Political communications experience a plus;
    • High level of success with social media campaigns across multiple platforms, and metric-based evidence of results;
    • A deep regard for the mission and role of AASCU and its constituencies;
    • Analytical approach to evaluating the effectiveness of communication programming, and the ability to demonstrate ROI to member institutions;
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
    • Evidence of creativity in communications and problem solving;
    • Effective interpersonal skills; ability to interact with a variety of work styles;
    • Strong conceptual, planning, and organizational abilities;
    • Ability to effectively lead and develop staff and team of communications professionals; and
    • Proven ability to significantly increase readership and media engagement.


    • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, public communication, or comparable field; and
    • Minimum of 10 years progressive communications experience including at the senior management level.


    • Master’s degree in public relations, marketing, public communication, or comparable field;
    • Demonstrated experience and leadership in brand development and managing a comprehensive strategic communications program to advance an organization’s or association’s mission and goals; and
    • Robust relationships within Tier 1 media and other outlets, including social media platforms

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    AASCU Executive Assistant to the President

    The Executive Assistant to the President is responsible for the overall operation and management of the President’s Office and related daily administrative functions. The essential purpose of this position is to provide executive support to the President/CEO and Chief of Staff (COS). The Executive Assistant must be able to multi-task, be mission- and results-driven, and be able to execute his or her responsibilities in a very fast-paced environment. The ideal individual should exercise good judgment, possess strong written and verbal communication, administrative, organizational and time management skills. The Executive Assistant should be able to work independently and have discretion with handling confidential information.

    The Executive Assistant provides support to the President/CEO and Chief of Staff.


    • Assists the President/CEO and COS with daily administrative duties and completes a broad variety of administrative tasks that include managing a very active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries and agendas and compiling documents for meetings.


    • Coordinates logisticsfor high-level meetings both internally and externally.
    • Consults Chief of Staff to coordinate meetings and strategic activities with the AASCU Executive Leadership Team and AASCU staff members. 
    • Maintains hard copy and electronic files.
    • Generates drafts of letters and other documents as needed.
    • Proofreads and edits documents for CEO and COS.


    • Complex scheduling and travel preparation are key responsibilities of the position.

    General Administration

    • Manages special projects, as needed, for the President/CEO and COS, some of which may have organizational impact.

    The Executive Assistant supports the President/CEO and the Chief of Staff. This position also works closely with other senior staff as appropriate.

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    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to this link.

    Fiscal Grants Manager, Frontier Set, Academic Leadership and Change

    The Academic Leadership and Change (ALC) Division provides academic leadership for AASCU member institutions on a variety of programmatic issues. As part of this work, ALC creates a variety of externally-funded initiatives and programs to support AASCU institutions in the creation of cohesive and integrated programs for students. 

    In collaboration with other members of the ALC Division, incumbent shares responsibility for ALC grant/contract management, specifically the student success grant initiatives. Incumbent reports to the Senior Director of Student Success in the Academic Leadership and Change division. The role will focus on grant compliance, reporting, invoicing and monitoring grant deliverables, and controlling budgets to ensure that funds are spent appropriately. The individual hired for this role will have at least 5 years of experience managing grants in a university setting, possess excellent accounting skills, and will have a strong understanding and interest in higher education issues. 


    The successful candidate will perform include the following:

    Funded Projects: Assists in the development, implementation, supervision of Student Success related initiatives.  Provides oversight for fiscal grants/contracts.

    Budget and Accounting Management:  Manages project budgets in coordination with AASCU’s Accounting Office. Develops and monitors budgets for funded projects. Provides regular budget oversight, ensures that spending is in conformance with project guidelines. Ensures that indirect costs are appropriately calculated, according to negotiated overhead rates and restrictions, Develops budgets for grant proposals in close collaboration with program staff, Cost-out activities by obtaining accurate estimates from program staff and vendors; manages RFQ processes when needed, Monitors and controls budgets to ensure that funds are spent according to project schedules and that staff are adhering to budget limits, Produces monthly variance reports for program staff, Creates general ledgers and invoices for each grant according to the disbursement schedule, Works with auditors to complete annual audits and resolve issues that may arise, Ensures that AASCU adheres to the highest ethical standards by maintaining accuracy, transparency, and accountability for all grants.

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    PLEASE NOTE:  This position is funded by a grant which ends on March 31, 2021.
    Therefore, unless other funding becomes available, this position ends on March 31, 2021.
    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to this link.

    Program Manager, ADP (American Democracy Project)

    The Division of Academic Leadership and Change provides academic leadership for AASCU universities. As part of this work, a variety of initiatives and programs support AASCU institutions in the creation of cohesive, integrated programs for students. Incumbent is responsible for the daily management of the American Democracy Project (ADP), reporting to the Executive Director of the American Democracy Project. 

    The Program Manager’s core functions include:

    • Providing day-to-day management for AASCU’s various civic initiatives under the umbrella of the American Democracy Project. 
    • In collaboration with other members of the Division, assisting with program development, design, and implementation of the initiatives being created
    • Developing and maintaining partnerships with national partner organizations
    • Working closely with member campuses on ADP project activities
    • Implementing communications outreach strategies for ADP programs and activities
    • Make presentations about ADP initiatives
    • Participating in other ALC functions and activities, such as staffing for AASCU search committees
    • Managing budget accounts for various ADP projects
    • Assuming other functions and responsibilities as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Executive Director of ADP


    Program Management:
    Serves as the day-to-day manager of all ADP activities, collaborating with member campuses, external partner organizations and others to maintain and support the variety of initiatives and projects that are carried out as part of the ADP programming.

    Serve as the principal point of contact for institutional members for American Democracy Project (ADP)-related matters. In collaboration with the Communications Division, design and manage communications processes and products, including managing email listservs; assisting in the creation of division-specific PowerPoint presentations, updating and managing the ADP website; developing and managing online communications for focus/interest groups; and using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Wordpress. The incumbent must also develop networks for special interest and focus groups. Duties include writing and editing the American Democracy Project blog and distributing the monthly “What’s New with ADP?” email promotional blast.

    And more..

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    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to this link.

    Program Manager, Millennium Leadership Initiative

    The Program Manager’s core responsibilities are to work with the Director of the Millennium Leadership Initiative and Assistant to the President (title, hereafter, shortened to “ MLI Director”) to help coordinate and implement the annual MLI Institute and other key aspects of the Millennium Leadership Initiative program.  Monitoring the progress of the program participants and developing a matrix for program and participant assessment are key aspects of the job.  Additionally, the staff person provides financial, event and administrative support for both MLI and the Leadership Development units when needed/requested.  No position/s report directly to the Program Manager’s position.  The position is a full-time position.

    The Program Manager assists the MLI Director with coordination and execution of both the programmatic and the logistical aspects of the annual Millennium Leadership Institute and other key aspects of the Millennium Leadership Initiative Program.
    Program manager duties include, but are not limited to:

    1. Monitors, maintains and updates:

    • MLI content on the AASCU website to ensure information is current and accurate; works with AASCU’s Communications Division to coordinate the continued enhancement of the MLI website.
    • Marketing plan for MLI to ensure marketing targets are being achieved, promotional plans are fully implemented, and creative marketing materials are produced and distributed in a timely fashion.
    • Timelines for implementation all MLI programs elements are met.
    • Contacts with MLI graduates (protégés) as well as collects data from all former MLI Institute classes to track protégés’ career advancements.
    • Annual membership dues collection for MLI is monitored weekly and calls or email follow-up is completed.

    2. Prepares:

    • Quarterly e-letters for MLI’s stakeholder groups and works with MLI Director to produce the MLI Annual Report.
    • Applicant files and tracks the programmatic assessment and coaching components to secure needed information to provide summary information and programmatic analysis to the MLI Director and appropriate MLI Executive Steering Committee subcommittees.
    • Biographic, demographic and other data on MLI Institute class members and faculty.
    • And Monitors the MLI budget with the assistance of the MLI Director.
    • MLI Institute workbooks for the MLI director, protégés, advisors and faculty.
    • Information from Meeting Evaluations and provides summary reports to the MLI Director.
    • More..

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    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to this link.

    Membership Operations Coordinator

    The Membership Operations Coordinator’s core responsibilities are to maintain accuracy and usability of the membership database, ensure the database is updated with member and constituent changes, and supports all membership operational activities The Coordinator interacts and engages with members, customers and prospects providing a high-quality experience and is knowledgeable of all products, services and technology platforms. This position creates consistent member value through coordination and superior execution of the activities related to new member on boarding, membership renewals/retention, and recruitment. No positions report directly to the Membership Operations Coordinator position.  


    • Manage integrity and accuracy of database data to ensure optimal communications with members, prospects, and other customers. This includes screening and adding new prospects and relationship records to database, updates to email bounce backs, and processing canceled member records. Proofs data input.
    • Track presidential appointments, terminations, resignations and retirements, institutional membership changes; regularly updating committee, affiliate and eligible non-member files.
    • Communicate with staff as needed regarding changes in institutional membership status, prospects and other non-member data.
    • Create, generate and update data reports, lists, queries, and handles login and password requests including managing data requests from staff.
    • Assess and monitor ongoing data reporting needs and determine how to store/organize it in such a way that is easily used by staff and the organization.
    • Monitors the support@aascu.org mailbox to address and respond in a timely manner to requests.
    • Manages AASCU’s bookstore and publication sales transactions and responds to request for fulfillment. 
    • Assists with email marketing efforts across divisions including importing lists into Real Magnet and sending custom messages.
    • And more

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    To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and references to this link.