Institutional Accreditation and Compliance Coordinator
As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 387 Colleges-2022 Edition, "Best Northeastern" and Best Business Schools-2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.
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Institutionally-accredited institutions are required to meet accreditation standards and to comply with state, federal and other regulations and procedures including, among others, those related to distance education authorization (NC-SARA), and professional licensure and certification disclosures. The purpose of this position is to support and coordinate the University's multifaceted efforts to ensure that it meets accreditation standards and is in compliance with regulations, documentation of procedures, and adoption of best practices.
Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Academic Operations, this position supports and coordinates Sacred Heart University efforts to ensure that it meets accreditation standards and is in compliance with the state, federal and other regulations and procedures, including, among others, state authorization (NC-SARA) and professional licensure and certification disclosures.
- Maintains knowledge of accreditation and NC-SARA standards, policies, and processes including related state, federal and other regulations (e.g., disclosure requirements for professional licensure and certification for all relevant University programs).
- Manages data, documentation, and communication required for institutional accreditation and NC-SARA compliance.
- Develops and maintains databases, website and documents as required to maintain compliance.
- Works with appropriate units across the University to gather necessary information. Provides regular updates and reports as directed.
- Engages in professional development to maintain currency on compliance issues related to institutional accreditation, NC-SARA and other agencies as relevant.
- Develops (with assistance from IT Services) and manages a database to house all pertinent data related to accreditation and NC-SARA compliance requirements.
- Maintains currency with compliance for online programs and professional licensure requirements, as required for institutional accreditation, NC-SARA and federal law.
- Advises the Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Provost, and other academic leaders of changes in compliance policies and suggests corrective action to maintain compliance/licensure in all states.
- Acts as liaison between SHU and state regulation offices concerning NC-SARA and professional licensure disclosures.
- Conducts necessary research to ensure accuracy of program licensure disclosures.
- Participates in professional development trainings related to accreditation and compliance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion
Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed. Participate in developmental activities to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole. Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Diversity & Inclusion's Mission and Vision statements.
Knowledge and Skills Needed:
- A minimum of three to five years working in an educational institution in compliance, legal counsel, educational policy, academic administration, or related field.
- Experience with federal, state or local regulatory authorities, knowledge of federal and state laws affecting online programs, and experience developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with university administrative personnel and federal, state and local regulators.
- A bachelor's degree is required; master's degree in higher education, law, public policy, or related field is preferred.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, in addition to an outstanding ability to problem solve and manage multiple competing priorities are needed. The individual must be able to work independently, set priorities, meet and exceed goals, and adjust as needed. The ability to track and manage complex information and convey it using clear, simple language is a must.
- Qualitative and quantitative research skills.
- Experience with database management and other technological tools.
- The ability to successfully manage a healthy work/life balance, including a sense of humor.
- The ability to lead both small and large group meetings.
Travel to professional conferences.
Please apply online, faxes and emails will not be accepted. A cover letter is appreciated.
Sacred Heart University is a space that respects and embraces differences, recognizes the unique contributions that individuals can make, and creates a community that maximizes the potential of all faculty and staff. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the wider world in which we live.