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NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders considering a career in the field. Founded in 1919, NASPA includes more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Guided by the principles of Integrity, Innovation, Inclusion, and Inquiry, we are dedicated to empowering our members to realize their full potential and to cultivating student success in collaboration with our institutional members, who represent every sector of higher education. NASPA centers justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; read more about our commitment here.

OUR VALUES

When you join the NASPA team, you become part of an extraordinary group who work together across functional areas to best serve our members and the student affairs profession. In addition to NASPA’s four Guiding Principles, we have set an aspirational vision for how we embody these values, called The Way We Work, which includes Accountability, Celebration, Ethics, Experiences, Learning, People, Presence, and Solutions. Our culture is one that puts people first, with policies and practices developed to meet the needs of each team member.

NASPA provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; national origin; religion; sex; age; gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; veteran status; disability; marital status; personal appearance; family responsibilities; genetic information; educational status; political affiliation; unemployment status; place of residence or business; source of income; caste; matriculation; credit information; status as a survivor or family member of a survivor of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking; reproductive health decision making; or any other basis protected by law in any of its policies, employment practices, or in any context in the workplace. When necessary, NASPA also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.
 

OUR BENEFITS

NASPA staff benefits include nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.

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Vice President for Research and Policy

 

Vice President for Research and Policy
 

About NASPA                                 

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders considering a career in the field. Founded in 1919, NASPA includes more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Guided by the principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry, we are dedicated to empowering our members to realize their full potential and to cultivating student success in collaboration with our institutional members, who represent every sector of higher education. NASPA centers justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; read more about our commitment here.

 

About the Position 

The Vice President is responsible for the operational, strategic, and relational aspects of NASPA’s research and policy functions in support of the association’s mission and vision. The Vice President for Research and Policy is also a member of the NASPA Executive Team, which supports the NASPA President in making decisions to ensure activities are aligned with the strategic plan.

 

The Vice President leads a team of 11 staff and provides oversight of a broad portfolio of projects, publications, and relationships within NASPA and in partnership with several higher education organizations which include associations, philanthropic organizations, state systems, and institutions. Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively on various projects and initiatives with NASPA’s Board of Directors, Public Policy Division, Faculty Council, James E. Scott Advisory Board, and the NASPA Foundation. 

 

Essential Responsibilities

 

Executive Leadership and Strategy

  • Partner with the NASPA executive team to develop and execute a holistic strategy for addressing the intersections of policy, advocacy, diversity, equity, inclusion, health, and wellness;

  • Contribute to discussions of emerging topics in higher education by developing and maintaining external relationships with research, policy, and advocacy organizations; 

  • Ensure that the NASPA President is informed and prepared to serve as NASPA’s voice on key policy issues, advocacy opportunities, and research findings; 

  • Support and, in some instances, lead strategic communication to NASPA staff, leadership, and members about higher education research, practice, and policy developments;

  • Work with the NASPA executive team to conduct research focused on trends in NASPA’s membership, with a goal of strengthening retention and recruitment efforts;

  • Partner with the NASPA executive team to develop educational programs related to research, policy, and advocacy for NASPA events and conferences;

  • Provide learning and leadership opportunities for research and policy staff, five of whom are direct reports; and

  • Oversee the budget for research, policy, and publications.

 

Thought Leadership

  • Develop and execute NASPA’s research agenda and policy priorities in alignment with the association’s strategic plan; 

  • Contribute to publications that address timely research and policy issues, especially those relevant to students and student affairs professionals;

  • Partner with the Senior Director of Publications and other NASPA staff to identify topics for research and scholarship through the association’s publication channels;

  • Conduct research on emerging issues that impact students and the student affairs profession;

  • Present at campus, regional, and national conferences; and

  • Coordinate and communicate research and policy priorities with NASPA members, including facilitating their contribution to NASPA’s policy direction and research agenda.

 

 External Relations

  • Represent NASPA in engagements with higher education systems, governing bodies, and funders;

  • Represent NASPA in partnerships with higher education associations and research, policy, and advocacy organizations;

  • Respond to press inquiries regarding NASPA publications and research and emerging trends in student affairs;

  • Work with the NASPA President to develop strategies for securing funding to support research, policy, and advocacy activities, including the pursuit of grants from philanthropic organizations and corporate funders; and

  • Manage current portfolio of grants, including budget oversight, reporting requirements, and participation in funder-sponsored convenings.

 

 Additional Responsibilities

  • Support the development and execution of sessions focused on research, policy, and advocacy featured sessions at NASPA conferences and events

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Reports To: NASPA President

 

Supervises: Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Partnerships, Senior Director of Data Analytics, Senior Director of Publications, Senior Director of Research, Policy, and Civic Engagement, Director of Research and Strategy

 

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Fifteen years of full-time work experience in higher education or a related field, with at least five in senior-level roles;

  • Ed.D or Ph.D. in higher education, student affairs, or related social science field;

  • Experience working for or engaging with a national membership association;

  • Ability to supervise and develop a diverse staff, with proven effectiveness at group and team leadership;

  • Knowledge of state and national higher education policy and advocacy issues that pertain to students and the student affairs profession;

  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with, research design, research methodologies, and national and institution-level data sources;

  • Substantial project management experience, including responsibility for making budget decisions and allocating resources;

  • Strong research skills with a record of producing high quality publications and policy analyses;

  • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on creative idea generation and verbal and written communications in a variety of mediums;

  • Demonstrated advancement of social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through research and policy leadership;

  • Proven track record of interaction within postsecondary policy and research communities, both within and outside of D.C.;

  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to establish priorities, manage competing priorities, and meet deadlines;

  • Ability to take initiative, use sound judgment, resolve problems diplomatically and discreetly, and work effectively, independently, and cooperatively with all levels of staff and constituents;

  • Superior customer service skills and the capacity to build relationships inside and outside the organization with association members and colleagues; and

  • Proficiency in the use of hardware and application software in a networked environment and the ability to learn and utilize new technology tools as they emerge.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Executive-level experience in a membership association, research organization, policy and advocacy organization or other higher education organization focused on college student success;

  • Experience leading a team of senior-level colleagues;

  • Published scholarship on current and emerging topics related to higher education, student affairs, and/or college students;   

  • Knowledge of student development theories and practice, and trends impacting the student affairs profession;

  • Experience delivering keynote speeches, live briefings, and virtual presentations;

  • Skilled in engaging with members of the press; and

  • Experience securing and managing philanthropic investments to support research and scholarship.

 

Employment Status

Full-time Exempt: Exempt employees by definition are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and are required to work as the job demands on a no time limit basis. 

 

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $210,000 to $220,000.

 

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.

 

Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements 

 

Office Location

This position may be based anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. 

 

It is the employee’s responsibility to provide reliable internet capabilities for any work location outside of the Washington, D.C. office.

 

Please note, the NASPA Washington, D.C. Office is in mostly-open status at this time. The status of the office is subject to change at any time.

 

Travel 

Regular overnight travel to represent NASPA at events, on college and university campuses, and in-person meetings is an essential function of this position. Locations vary and can include sites outside of taxi service from major airports. As a result, the position is required to have the ability to travel independently, including air travel, navigating ground transportation, and occasionally driving a rental car. 

 

Physical Requirements

  • This position is primarily office-based with primary work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing.

  • Responsibilities occasionally may require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines and support events and programs. 

 

Additional COVID-19 Information

Vaccination is not a requirement for employment. However, all employees are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC guidance on vaccination, including becoming fully-vaccinated and staying up-to-date as eligible. All employees may flex their schedules for time taken to receive and recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

In certain circumstances, NASPA may require testing for all staff regardless of vaccination status. 

 

Masks must be worn per local, state, tribal, and federal guidance, including the CDC, with the most stringent level of guidance followed. Regardless of guidance, all employees must have masks available should masking be requested by other employees, members, or external constituents. In certain settings, NASPA may require or strongly recommend that employees wear masks. 

 

Commitment to Non-Discrimination Statement 

NASPA provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race; color, national origin; religion; sex; age; gender identity or expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status; personal appearance; family responsibilities; genetic information; educational status; political affiliation; unemployment status; place of residence or business; source of income; caste; matriculation; credit information; status as a survivor or family member of a survivor of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking; reproductive health decision making; or any other basis protected by law in any of its policies, employment practices, or in any context in the workplace. When necessary, NASPA also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. 

 

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Three References

 

A complete set of materials should be submitted through this Asana form. Materials received by May 24, 2024 will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled. 

 

Professional Development Manager

 

Professional Development Manager

 

About NASPA

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders considering a career in the field. Founded in 1919, NASPA includes more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Guided by the principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry, we are dedicated to empowering our members to realize their full potential and to cultivating student success in collaboration with our institutional members, who represent every sector of higher education. NASPA centers justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; read more about our commitment here.

 

This position is situated in the Professional Development Team, which is responsible for the planning and execution of a suite of professional development offerings to NASPA members. NASPA provides conferences, workshops, and symposia that educate and empower student affairs professionals to advance student success in higher education. 

 

About the Position 

The Professional Development Manager (PDM) works collaboratively with all NASPA staff, supporting the coordination of events and meetings. This entry-level professional is one of three in this role and serves as a key coordinator in the planning and execution of all program operations by supporting NASPA’s place-based and online programmatic efforts, conferences, and events. 

 

Essential Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with NASPA staff to plan and execute many NASPA conferences and workshops. Collaborate with lead programmers on logistical components of planning and executing events.

  • Create and maintain event websites, calls for programs, mobile applications, and event registrations in a variety of web-based platforms.

  • Work with lead programmers to identify shipping needs for events and prepare shipments to arrive in advance of programs and events.

  • Assist with the management of program-specific materials. This may include: recruiting and assigning program reviewers, actively maintaining reviewer or applicant lists, assessing participant or reviewer eligibility, and assisting with the program selection process.

  • Execute logistical components of conferences including, but not limited to: speaker coordination, reimbursements, communication with participants and presenters, oversight of video pre- and post-production, and place-based logistics

  • Design and edit program materials (e.g., invitations, images, templates, lists, name badges, slide decks, and program books).

  • Assist with management of shared email and voicemail boxes.

  • Other activities, duties, and responsibilities as assigned to support the Association.



Reports To

Director of Meetings & Events

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, high school diploma/GED required

  • 1-2 years of full-time work experience preferred

  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite and G Suite

  • Experience with managing multiple projects, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced working environment

  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment

  • Superior writing, communication, and project management skills

  • Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail 

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships inside and outside the organization Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds

 

Employment Status

Full-time Exempt: Exempt employees by definition are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and are required to work as the job demands on a no time limit basis. 

 

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $45,000-$50,000.

 

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.

 

Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements 

 

Office Location

This position must be located within 50 miles of the Washington, D.C. metro area. The position will primarily work remotely, but will be expected to work onsite in the NASPA Washington D.C. office a few days each month.  

 

It is the employee’s responsibility to provide reliable internet capabilities for any work location outside of the Washington, D.C. office.

 

Please note, the NASPA Washington, D.C. Office is in mostly-open status at this time. The status of the office is subject to change at any time.

 

Travel 

Moderate overnight travel (approximately 2-3 nights per month) to represent NASPA at events and in-person meetings (including the NASPA Annual Conference, which will require 7 consecutive days of travel), is an essential function of this position. Locations vary and can include sites outside of taxi service from major airports. As a result, the position is required to have the ability to travel independently, including air travel, navigating ground transportation, and occasionally driving a rental car. 

 

Physical Requirements

  • This position is primarily office-based with primary work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing.

  • Responsibilities occasionally may require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines and support events and programs. 

  • This position will be required to routinely pack and unpack program materials for shipment, which will require pulling, pushing, lifting, and moving boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. 

  • This position will be required to coordinate on-site event execution, which may include standing for long periods of time, moving furniture and other items, navigating event spaces, and communicating verbally with venue staff. 

 

Additional COVID-19 Information

Vaccination is not a requirement for employment. However, all employees are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC guidance on vaccination, including becoming fully-vaccinated and staying up-to-date as eligible. All employees may flex their schedules for time taken to receive and recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

In certain circumstances, NASPA may require testing for all staff regardless of vaccination status. 

 

Masks must be worn per local, state, tribal, and federal guidance, including the CDC, with the most stringent level of guidance followed. Regardless of guidance, all employees must have masks available should masking be requested by other employees, members, or external constituents. In certain settings, NASPA may require or strongly recommend that employees wear masks. 

 

Commitment to Non-Discrimination Statement 

NASPA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; national origin; religion; sex; age; gender identity or expression; affectional or sexual orientation; veteran status; disability; marital status; personal appearance; family responsibilities; genetic information; educational status; political affiliation; unemployment status; place of residence or business; source of income; caste; matriculation; credit information; status as a survivor or family member of a survivor of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking; reproductive health decision making; or any other basis protected by law in any of its policies, employment practices, or in any context in the workplace. When necessary, NASPA also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. 

 

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Three references

 

A complete set of materials should be submitted through this Asana form. Materials received by Sunday, June 2, 2024 pm ET will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled. 

 

 

Assistant Director of Learning & Event Engagement

 

Assistant Director of Learning & Event Engagement

 

About NASPA

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve the diverse needs of our community, from vice presidents of student affairs to undergraduate student leaders considering a career in the field. Founded in 1919, NASPA includes more than 15,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories. Guided by the principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry, we are dedicated to empowering our members to realize their full potential and to cultivating student success in collaboration with our institutional members, who represent every sector of higher education. NASPA centers justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our work; read more about our commitment here.

 

This position is situated in the Professional Development Team, which is responsible for the planning and execution of a suite of professional development offerings to NASPA members. NASPA provides exceptional place-based and virtual conferences, workshops, and symposia that educate and empower student affairs professionals to advance student success in higher education. Team members collaborate with colleagues across the Association to ensure NASPA’s initiatives have the greatest impact on our members and the student affairs profession.

 

About the Position

The Assistant Director of Learning and Event Engagement (AD LEE) plays a pivotal role in leading, managing, and supporting the production and execution of multiple educational conferences and events within a select portfolio at NASPA. This position works closely with volunteer members to develop and implement professional development events, ensuring alignment with NASPA's mission, vision, and strategic goals.

The AD LEE collaborates with cross-departmental teams (e.g., meeting planners, marketing coordinators, sponsorship team members) to drive project outcomes and overall team success. 



Essential Responsibilities

 

Learning and Event Engagement

  • Serve as the lead NASPA coordinator in the planning, implementation, and development of multiple place-based and virtual conferences, workshops, and symposia

  • Initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of the Association

  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor event goals and outcomes and determine needs for improvement

  • Write and edit all aspects of conference collateral to include event websites, digital and print marketing, and social media/blog postings in collaboration with the central NASPA marketing and communications team

  • Develop, monitor and reconcile program budgets 

  • Ensure program operations and activities adhere to internal policies and processes

  • Guide cross-functional teams responsible for marketing, customer service, logistical support, and sponsorship solicitation

  • Assist in maintaining and communicating an Association-wide calendar of in-person events, ensuring accurate scheduling and resource allocation.

  • Work with the membership team to foster engagement and volunteerism at all professional development events.

  • Support the NASPA Annual Conference through means such as, but not limited to: oversee a conference subcommittee, contribute to program review and selection, and execute onsite duties as assigned

 

Volunteer Management

  • Serve as staff liaison for assigned NASPA constituent groups

  • Facilitate leadership training and volunteer management for teams of volunteers to generate content and engagement opportunities

  • Oversee volunteer conference planning committees to develop enriching content for conference portfolio

  • Serve as a primary resource for member inquiries related to portfolio of conferences

 

Reports To:

Assistant Vice President for Learning and Event Engagement

 

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in student development, higher education administration, or leadership development is preferred.

  • 3 - 5 years of experience in higher education or association management, particularly in event planning and program management required.

  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively across departments and regions.

  • Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills.

  • Knowledge of learning and development principles and practices is a plus.

  • Ability to travel as required for regional conferences and events.

  • Significant knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google suite products and the ability to learn computer and database functionality quickly is required. The Association utilizes the Asana project management tool, knowledge is preferred but we will train individuals on these applications 

  • Ability to take initiative, use sound judgment, and work effectively and cooperatively with all levels of staff and constituents

  • Ability to work effectively both as part of a multi-functional team and independently.

 

Employment Status

 

Full-time Exempt: Exempt employees by definition are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and are required to work as the job demands on a no time limit basis. 

 

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000.

 

NASPA offers nationwide comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with automatic employer contribution, flexible work schedule, and paid time-off including accrued PTO, family leave, community service leave, and holidays.

 

Office Location/Working Conditions/Physical Requirements 

 

Office Location

This position may be based anywhere in the contiguous 48 states. 

 

It is the employee’s responsibility to provide reliable internet capabilities for any work location outside of the Washington, D.C. office.

 

Please note, the NASPA Washington, D.C. Office is in mostly-open status at this time. The status of the office is subject to change at any time.

 

Travel 

Moderate overnight travel (2-3 nights per month on average) to NASPA events, programs, meetings and workshops is an essential function of this position. The NASPA Annual Conference will require 10 consecutive days of traveling. Locations vary and can include sites outside of taxi service from major airports. As a result, the position is required to have the ability to travel independently, including air travel, navigating ground transportation, and occasionally driving a rental car. 



Physical Requirements

  • This position is primarily office-based with primary work on a computer, including phone, email, and video conferencing.

  • Responsibilities frequently may require an adjusted work schedule, overtime, and evening/weekend hours in order to meet deadlines and support events and programs. 

  • At times, this position will be required to pack and unpack program materials for shipment, which will require pulling, pushing, lifting, and moving boxes weighing up to 50 pounds. 

  • The position may be expected to complete set-up at events, programs, meetings, or workshops and stand for longer periods of time than usual.

  • This position will be required to coordinate on-site event execution, which may include moving furniture and other items, navigating event spaces, and communicating verbally with venue staff. 

 

Additional COVID-19 Information

Vaccination is not a requirement for employment. However, all employees are strongly encouraged to follow the CDC guidance on vaccination, including becoming fully-vaccinated and staying up-to-date as eligible. All employees may flex their schedules for time taken to receive and recover from COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

In certain circumstances, NASPA may require testing for all staff regardless of vaccination status. 

 

Masks must be worn per local, state, tribal, and federal guidance, including the CDC, with the most stringent level of guidance followed. Regardless of guidance, all employees must have masks available should masking be requested by other employees, members, or external constituents. In certain settings, NASPA may require or strongly recommend that employees wear masks. 

 

Commitment to Non-Discrimination Statement 

It is NASPA’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. NASPA does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, educational status, political affiliation, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making, or any other basis protected by state or federal laws in its hiring decisions and practices. When necessary, NASPA also makes reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. 

 

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following for consideration: 

  • Letter of Interest/Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Three References

 

A complete set of materials should be submitted through this Asana form. Materials received by Friday, June 9, 2024 pm ET will receive priority consideration, but review will continue until the position is filled.