Established in 1955 by six visionary New England governors, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is a regional compact that works across New England to help leaders assess, develop and implement education practices and policies of regional significance; promote regional cooperation that encourages efficient sharing of education resources; and strengthen the relationship between higher education and the regional economy. Based in downtown Boston, NEBHE is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization.
The Coordinator of State Policy Engagement is a full-time position at NEBHE and will be an integral member of the NEBHE’s Policy & Research team. The Policy & Research team is a diverse and intellectually curious group that produces original policy and data analyses, creates innovative multistate projects and convenes state policymakers, higher education leaders and employers to address pressing challenges in the realms of postsecondary education and talent development. This position reports to the Directors of Policy Research & State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).
The ideal candidate will:
Demonstrate an ability and interest in working across NEBHE’s several policy priorities and multistate projects aimed at increasing quality, cost savings and student access and success.
Understand the dynamics of higher education and workforce development policies, programs and practices within the New England context.
Have a background and vision for creating high-impact convenings and communication strategies that will effectively engage NEBHE’s existing stakeholders and new audiences.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
The Coordinator of State Policy Engagement will have three primary roles:
Coordinating NEBHE’s functions related to state authorization for distance learning.
Support the Policy & Research team in achieving the Board’s strategic priorities.
Expand NEBHE’s visibility and stakeholder relationships through effective convenings and communications.
To these ends, the Coordinator’s role will include:
Provide support to states regarding policies and requirements for SARA membership
Assist in managing key processes related to state and institutional participation multi-state policy initiatives, responding to questions, requests for information or resolving issues, concerns or problems when needed
Track developments in state- and national-level policies, legislation and regulations (including distance learning, state authorization, higher education governance, program approval, accreditation, workforce development, access and attainment) and monitor key issues and media coverage.
Assist in planning and executing convenings (advisory committee meetings, conferences and other events), including invitations, logistics, promotion, creation of materials and follow-ups.
Gather and manage data and provide trend analyses and reports relative to stakeholder engagement with NEBHE, its convenings and digital content.
Assist in developing communications strategies related to web content, social media and email campaigns to support NEBHE’s policy work and objectives.
Build Policy & Research’s online presence via compelling web content, social media and email marketing strategies, leveraging news, trends and progress on key initiatives.
Support Policy & Research and other NEBHE staff, as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
2+ years of experience in communications and event planning or related fields.
Knowledge of distance education delivery systems, modalities and programs, preferred.
General knowledge of institutional accreditation, program approval and/or professional licensure processes, preferred.
In-depth knowledge of communications technologies, web design and development tools and principles (for example, Constant Contact, WordPress, Tableau, Canva).
Strong computer and technology skills, including working knowledge of G Suite, Microsoft Office and Salesforce.
The ability to manage multiple projects and to meet deadlines.
Detail-oriented and able to work both independently and collaboratively.
Strong writing, editing and interpersonal skills.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
May spend extended periods at a computer or on a telephone.
Valid driver’s license required.
May require travel to meetings across New England and conferences across the country.
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.
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.