Center for College Affordability and Productivity
The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a small market-oriented research center focusing on financing and related issues in higher education, is seeking an Associate Director. If the Associate Director performs in an exemplary fashion, he/she likely will be named CCAP Director within two years.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for market-based solutions and higher education. We are open to a mid or senior level candidate who is personable, charismatic, and articulate.
The Associate Director will assist the Director particularly in three areas: identifying and executing research studies on issues in higher education, expanding fundraising efforts to permit CCAP expansion, and assisting in improving ways to communicate the results of CCAP research to the broader public.
CCAP, founded in 2006, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with most operations, however, conducted in Athens, Ohio. The work site of the Associate Director is negotiable. We will consider an Associate Director in Athens, OH; Washington, DC; or in a virtual office.
The ideal candidate for the Associate Director role will possess the following attributes:
Significant first hand knowledge or involvement in higher education
Ph.D. in economics is preferred; individuals with law degrees or master’s degrees in economics will also be considered
Experience writing and researching about higher education issues/policy strongly preferred
An outgoing, friendly personality
Ability to build strong personal relationships
Experience in fundraising a plus
Strong program management skills
Solid communications skills
Salary will vary with experience and qualifications. The Founding Director of CCAP desires to retire from a full-time administrative role by mid-2016 if not earlier.
More About CCAP
CCAP’s mission is to offer market-based solutions to rising college costs, stagnant higher education productivity, and related issues. CCAP has engaged in a multitude of topics related to higher education, including: the dysfunctional nature of the federal student financial aid system; the excessive non-instructional bureaucracies of universities; the mismatch between the number of college graduates and number of jobs available traditionally reserved for college graduates; the “academic arms race” involving massive building construction; the role of for-profit education; the reform of accreditation; new lower cost ways of certifying student competency for the work place; and the use of market processes to improve academic incentives and performance. Additionally, CCAP annually constructs the Forbes rankings of Best Colleges and Universities. CCAP’s work has been featured in major newspapers and magazines(e.g., Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, National Review), major television networks (e.g, Fox News, PBS, NBC), and in frequent blog posts (e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg View, MindingtheCampus.com), etc.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF:
Cover letter detailing your philosophical interest in this unique opportunity and your salary requirements
Materials should be emailed to Claire Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org
While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.