Find a rewarding career helping people get the education they need to be successful. Here you will find job postings for positions at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and other organizations that care about adult learners.

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CAEL Opportunities

Research Associate

This is a full-time position with work related to research, collecting and analyzing data, and writing on a range of issues including industry sectors, occupations, career paths, job skills, credentials, labor market information, education and training programs.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design surveys and conduct related data analysis
  • Identify and review multiple data resources 
  • Collect and analyze survey data or data from project-specific datasets
  • Participate in and document focus group conversations
  • Create and format summary charts and graphs from datasets and provide narrative interpretation
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data
  • Conduct phone and in-person interviews 
  • Write reports, policy briefs, and issue summaries as needed
  • Develop presentations
  • Research and document best practices
  • Assist with project coordination as needed
  • Other administrative tasks, research, and writing assignments as needed
Skills and Traits:
  • Strong data analysis skills – must be proficient in EXCEL, preferred experience in ACCESS 
  • Ability to gather, synthesize and interpret data from a variety of public and private data sources 
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Phone research and interviewing skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Experience extracting data from online government data sources (e.g. IPEDS, US Census, BLS, state labor market resources, job posting aggregators, etc.) preferred.
  • Flexibility, motivation and enthusiasm with a good sense of humor.
Education and Experience: 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • One year minimum experience assessing and applying quantitative and qualitative data in a research and policy context.
  • Research and writing experience.
  • Public policy, higher education, economic development or social sciences background preferred.
CAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V. 

Vice President, LearningCounts

The Vice President of LearningCounts is a member of the CAEL management team who is responsible for leading and growing so that it achieves financial sustainability in line with our five year organizational growth plan.

CAEL’s LearningCounts is a unique national service that provides online prior learning portfolio assessment to adult learners and organizations/institutions serving adult learners.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ensure financial sustainability of LearningCounts through growth of student enrollments and Featured Network Institutions.
  • Establish and implement policies, goals, objectives, and procedures, conferring with board members, organization officials, and staff members as necessary.
  • Lead LearningCounts strategic and tactical plans
  • Identify monthly and annual goals for program and team members that align with CAEL’s growth goals
  • Manage LearningCounts Operations and Sales/Marketing teams
  • Review financial statements and sales reports, and other performance data to measure productivity and goal achievement and to determine areas needing cost reduction and program improvement.
  • Direct and coordinate organization's financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments, and increase efficiency.
  • Prepare monthly budget updates for CEO and other members of Budget Team
  • Conduct outreach activities to colleges, state systems of higher education, national higher educational organizations, military, workforce agencies, business and industry and potential technology and other partners
  • Coordinate outreach activities with other CAEL sales staff to avoid duplication of effort and ensure CAEL credibility
  • Build relationships with partners in the field of prior learning and adult learning and explore areas for collaboration
  • Oversee reports and proposals to funders as well as all written materials and program related documents for LearningCounts
  • Perform additional duties, projects, and assignments as required
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Advanced Degree preferred.
  • Education is considered to include the formal/traditional as well as learning from life and work experience
  • At least ten years of experience leading companies or teams
  • Evidence of successfully leading entrepreneurial ventures
  • Extensive experience in sales and fundraising
  • Experience scaling new intiatives
Skills and Competencies:
  • Ability to lead complex projects involving new technology development
  • Deep knowledge of the challenges facing higher education and ability to articulate the value proposition of PLA in addressing those challenges
  • Strong reputation and relationships among influencers in higher education, especially among private, 4-year institutions
  • Commitment to the dual-bottom-line of a social enterprise, managing performance against both financial and impact objectives
  • Ability to motivate team and drive organizational performance toward ambitious goals
  • Experience in business management, ideally with responsibility for business unit or firm-wide profitability
  • Entrepreneurial drive to prove and perfect the business model
  • Experience and professionalism in engaging with and managing financial investors
  • Strong sense of accountability and responsibility for all elements of business performance
  • Prior educational technology (EdTech) experience preferred, but not required
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in financial management, public presentations, and media relations
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Frequent travel is required.

CAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V.
To apply, please submit a resume/CV and letter of interest to Note in the subject line the position title in which you are interested.

Manager of Veterans Initiatives and Special Projects

CAEL is seeking an accomplished professional to manage its growing line of work related to improving higher education and career opportunities for veterans, in addition to special projects.  This is a full-time position requiring a proven track record in project management, services coordination, meeting planning and facilitation, external relations, and writing.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and facilitate regional and statewide veterans education affinity groups.
  • Manage regional veterans career pathway initiative.
  • Facilitate interactive meetings of diverse stakeholders to disseminate best practices and move project goals forward.
  • Keep self and others on track for high-quality, timely, and cost-effective deliverables.
  • Plan meetings and events including agenda, logistics and documentation.
  • Establish strong relationships and partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders to promote CAEL and achieve project goals.
  • Represent CAEL in meetings and other interactions with constituents including funders, higher education and workforce development leaders, government officials, and community-based groups, and other stakeholders
  • Write grant proposals and reports.
  • Assist with financial tracking of projects.
  • Document project activities and lessons learned.
  • Develop expertise on several major issues including higher education policy, prior learning assessments, and student veterans. Research and document best practices.
  • Develop and deliver engaging presentations on CAEL’s work and various issues related to adult learning.
  • Lead or participate in designing of webinars, workshops and toolkits.
  • Assist in development of new initiatives and models.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • At least three years of project management experience, including one year in a non-profit or higher education setting.
  • Military-related experience strongly preferred
  • Experience working on veterans issues a plus.
  • Strong writing experience.
  • Public speaking, training and facilitation experience.

Skills and Traits:

  • Strong speaking, writing and editing skills a must.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to build partners and allies among diverse constituencies.
  • Public-speaking, training and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Strong team player.
  • Familiarity with higher education policy as it relates to adult learners and veterans.
  • Knowledge of legislative and administrative policy-making processes.
  • Ability to engage in strategic thinking and constructive problem solving.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Strong sense of ownership and accountability for areas of responsibility
  • Detail oriented with solid organizational skills.
  • A deep commitment to promoting lifelong learning and serving adult learners including veterans
  • Flexibility, motivation and enthusiasm with a good sense of humor.
  • While most work is currently located in the Chicago area, willingness to travel nationally as needed.

Interested candidates and internal referrals for this position should email a cover letter detailing how they meet the above qualifications, a resume and a writing sample to by Friday, July 24th. Please indicate Manager of Veterans Initiative and Special Projects in the subject line.

Chicago area candidates only.  No relocation offered. 

CAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V. Veterans highly encouraged to apply.

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant provides administrative support to the President's Office, with primary responsibility supporting the President & CEO and COO. The Assistant is responsible for the President's daily calendar—tracking all appointments, preparing materials for all meetings, booking all travel and preparing travel itineraries. The Assistant is also responsible for tracking and invoicing all Presidential expense reports, maintaining the Office of the President's database, and preparing for bi-annual board meetings, board committee meetings and conference calls.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans President's daily schedule, including all meetings and phone correspondence, follow-up letters and e-mails.
  • Coordinates President's travel plans, including meeting scheduling and itinerary, and material preparation.
  • Prepares and processes President's invoices and travel reimbursement expense reports.
  • Handles all Board of Trustees correspondence; coordinates committee conference calls and determines logistics for bi-annual board meetings, including Board Book preparation and new Board Member Orientation books.
  • Processes Board Members' invoices from board meetings.
  • Drafts letters of correspondence for President's Office and handles all office mailings.
  • Sorts and distributes President's Office mail.
  • Maintains and updates the filing system and database for the President's Office.
  • Provides general administrative support for the President's Office.
  • Performs additional duties, projects and assignments as required.

Education and Experience:

  • College degree preferred; a degree with an emphasis on business administration also preferred. Education is considered to include both formal/traditional as well as learning from life and work experience.
  • 2-4 years of relevant work-related experience within an office environment required.
  • Experience with travel/scheduling preferred.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task and use foresight when planning or scheduling meetings and follow-up.
  • Ability to prioritize, solve problems and meet tight deadlines.
  • Attention to detail in writing and editing draft letters.
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, high-volume atmosphere.
  • Mature, professional manner and uncompromising commitment to confidentiality.
  • Sense of humor and flexibility.

CAEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to with the position indicated in the subject line.

Student Services Advisor,

CAEL’s provides prior learning assessment (PLA) services to individuals (students and prospective students) and organizations serving current and prospective adult learners.

LearningCounts is a fast-paced, customer service environment that requires a great deal of interaction with people in a virtual environment. The Student Services Advisor is responsible for ongoing support of all LearningCounts students.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Advise at-risk students to ensure participation in online course and follow-up with students to ensure that they meet course requirements within the appropriate timeframe.
  • Coordinate with course instructors to create and maintain weekly student participation reports.
  • Act as conduit between students, LC Administration and Faculty contacts. Facilitate communication between groups as needed.
  • Manage course withdrawals and manage attendance issues.
  • Create and submit grade reports for completed courses and portfolios to Featured Networks and submit course information to the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).
  • Provide student and course completion information to Parchment, LC’s transcript provider service.
  • Support students who encounter challenges accessing and uploading documents to the LearningCounts portal.
  • Facilitate online Student Orientation sessions for new students.
  • Send Portfolio deadline reminders, review submitted portfolios for completeness, and answer general portfolio-related questions for students.
  • Adhere to all LearningCounts policies and procedures while exhibiting a high-degree of integrity and ethical standards.
  • All other duties and projects as assigned.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required from a regionally accredited college/university, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • At least 2-4 years of experience in higher education advising at an institution that serves adult learners.
  • Familiarity with higher education admissions or enrollment management and/or Registrar/academic records at an institution that serves adult learners.
  • Knowledge of FERPA guidelines and record retention policies or knowledge in a similar compliance-driven role.
Skills and Competencies:
  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written. Must be able to present facts and recommendations effectively in a clear and concise manner, using proper grammar and syntax.
  • Strong project management and time management skills; must be well-organized and able to manage multiple tasks with varied complexity.
  • Must be able to demonstrate a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to think strategically, problem solve, and make decisions regarding next steps/solutions.
  • High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
  • Comfort working with technology and serving as a technology administrator of internal specialized systems.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Must exhibit a high degree of professionalism and be able to interact with senior-level administrators as needed.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands:
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule; including nights and weekends (which may include working more than 40 hours per week to meet the needs of students.)
  • Typical office environment:
    • Keyboarding required; using hands to finger, handle, or feel
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to focus
    • May sit 2-4 hours at a time with occasional movement throughout the facility
    • Extensive use of the telephone
  • No lifting over 20 lbs. Minimal reaching, bending, and stooping.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to, with “Student Services Advisor,” in the subject line.

Web Technologies Expert

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an international 501c(3) non-profit with over 40 years of experience, works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for adults to get the education and training they need to attain meaningful, secure employment. We do this by finding practical ways to link people’s education to their jobs or future careers. We also support ways to link learning from their work and life experiences to their educational goals—so they earn their degrees and credentials faster. With a membership of over 600 colleges, universities, corporations, labor unions, associations, and individuals, CAEL is headquartered in Chicago and also maintains offices in Denver and Philadelphia. More information is available at

Located in Chicago, Philadelphia, or Denver, this position supports the organization’s mission by working to improve and maintain a high-quality web presence for the organization, both internally and externally. As a result, the position is best suited for an individual with a broad knowledge of website development and management, and who is able to carry out a wide variety web-related tasks. This position will report to the Director of IT and Product Technology and work closely with the Data Database Administrator/Data Analytics Specialist and other staff as needed.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for daily function of CAEL websites and web applications including: ensuring web servers, hardware and software are operational, up to date, and quickly investigate and resolve issues that arise with the performance of websites and web applications.
  • Implement and manage internal communication and information resources including a corporate intranet.
  • Oversee inventory of web sites, manage domain name registration and DNS records.
  • Remain abreast of best practices and ensure websites and related data and files remains secure.
  • Oversee inventory of web sites, manage domain name registration and DNS records.
  • Maintain hosting platforms and monitor hosting provider performance and bandwidth, balancing quality performance and cost effectiveness.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot web-based systems and content management interfaces, providing implementable solutions.
  • Perform technical maintenance on all web platforms including CMS upgrades and disaster recovery.
  • Provide technical recommendations to optimize web architecture for navigability (browser and mobile platforms)
  • Develop and implement search engine optimization strategy.
  • Analyze website performance, user behaviors, and marketplace trends and summarize and report key insights.
  • Provide primary technical support to advise and assist staff members that administer, edit or produce content for websites. Facilitate meetings with staff and vendors to ensure web requirements are being addressed.
  • Provide training and customer assistance as needed for external product websites.
  • Engage in on-going training to keep skills current; perform on-going research and testing of new tools, software and products related to web development.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as needed or assigned.
Skills and Traits:
  • Proactive and able to work autonomously.
  • Technical working knowledge of web hosting and DNS.
  • Significant experience in SharePoint, web programming languages (HTML, PHP), and Content Management Systems (CMS) including Kentico, Drupal, Craft, and Wordpress.
  • Experience with website related databases. (MySQL, SQL Server)
  • Experience with SaaS solutions and cloud-based services.
  • Strong working knowledge of Google Analytics.
  • Web development experience across multiple browsers and platforms including mobile friendly websites.
  • Excellent trouble-shooting and problem solving skills.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment as well as respond to inquiries and requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, while also functioning productively within a team.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with ability to clearly convey technical and data issues to internal teams, and others as needed.
  • Ability to maintain flexibility, motivation, and enthusiasm.
  • Interest in working for a non-profit that focuses on education and career development.
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) with focus in Computer Science, Information Systems/Sciences, Web Development, or related field.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant professional experience in website development and management.
  • Experience with HRIS or LMS systems a plus.
  • Experience in Product Development/Management also a plus.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to, with “Web Technologies Expert” in the subject line.

Database Administrator/Data Analytics Specialist

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an international 501c(3) non-profit with over 40 years of experience, works at all levels within the higher education, public, and private sectors to make it easier for adults to get the education and training they need to attain meaningful, secure employment. We do this by finding practical ways to link people’s education to their jobs or future careers. We also support ways to link learning from their work and life experiences to their educational goals—so they earn their degrees and credentials faster. With a membership of over 600 colleges, universities, corporations, labor unions, associations, and individuals, CAEL is headquartered in Chicago and also maintains offices in Denver and Philadelphia. More information is available at

Located in Chicago, Philadelphia, or Denver, this is position supports the organization’s mission by implementing, managing, and maintaining databases and providing analysis and reports for internal administrative and externally product support. This position will report to the Director of IT and Product Technology and work closely with the Web Technologies Expert and other staff as needed.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Increase the effective use of data within the organization and automate data systems to improve efficiencies across the organization.
  • Leverage data management systems, software, and tools to collect, organize, and store relevant data. Ensure appropriate data security and integrity.
  • Analyze available data, including third-party data, to generate reports, provide analytical insights, and make recommendations.
  • Provide technical support and advise CAEL management on data needs and relevant products including CAEL’s CRM system.
  • Provide data analysis and data mining to better understand client base and customer lifecycle, improve product mix and market penetration.
  • Understand CAEL’s products and services, anticipate long-term data needs, and proactively develop and implement relevant data solutions.
  • Work with managers across all units to develop processes for collecting and reporting on organizational performance-related data. Communicate report results both verbally and in written form.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned.
Skills and Traits:
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, while also functioning productively within a team.
  • Expertise in database management, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Expertise with a variety of database platforms and moving data across multiple platforms (e.g., Excel, Access, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, FileMaker).
  • Significant experience with one or more statistical analytical tools (e.g., R, SPSS, SAS)
  • Familiarity with a website Content Management (CMS) systems (e.g. Kentico, Drupal, Craft, Wordpress).
  • Familiarity with SaaS and cloud-based services.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, with ability to clearly convey technical and data issues to internal teams, and others as needed.
  • Ability to maintain flexibility, motivation, and enthusiasm.
  • Interest in working for a non-profit that focuses on education and career development.
Required Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science, Information Systems/Sciences, or a related field, with an emphasis on database design, development, and data management.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant professional experience in database management.
  • Experience in market research, product development, and website management a plus.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to, with “Database Administrator” in the subject line.
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CAEL Remote Opportunities

Consultants: Prior Learning Assessment and Competency Based Assessment

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is seeking to expand its pool of qualified consultants to work on behalf of CAEL to support colleges and college consortia as they develop, refine, and implement Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and Competency-Based Assessment (CBA) programs and policies. CAEL is working with colleges to identify their PLA/CBA objectives and needs, and consultants with appropriate expertise will be invited by CAEL to work directly with CAEL and the colleges to address those needs. The purpose of this notice is to identify individuals to perform consulting and training on behalf of CAEL and in accordance with CAEL’s standards. CAEL will engage eligible consultants as needed, based on their specific skills and expertise, as well as availability. Inclusion in the pool does not guarantee employment as a CAEL consultant.


CAEL will accept qualifications on an ongoing basis. Consultants are encouraged to submit qualifications prior to August 15, 2013. Qualifications are to be submitted to Joel Simon at


CAEL hosted a webinar for prospective consultants on August 1, 2013, a recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

Consultants whose qualifications are appropriate for work with CAEL and partner colleges may be required to participate in a training exercise prior to delivering any consulting services on behalf of CAEL

About CAEL
For nearly 40 years, CAEL, a non-profit organization, has been dedicated to removing barriers to lifelong learning, and putting meaningful learning, credentials and work within reach of every adult. CAEL is the nation’s recognized leader in PLA policy and practice and is among the leading organizations with expertise in Competency-Based Assessment. CAEL works with colleges and universities, employers, labor organizations, foundations, and the public sector to create and implement programs that support lifelong learning and educational attainment. We also work with communities experiencing economic change and provide research, consulting, and technical assistance to the learning provider community (colleges, job training programs, career awareness efforts etc.) to develop skills among the local population to enable business attraction, retention, and success.

About the Consulting Work

As the nation goes through economic changes, communities and institutions must provide skills development and learning opportunities in order to meet the demands of the 21st century. To satisfy current and emerging skills needs, employers will not be able to rely solely upon the pipeline of young people entering education and employment. Employers and educational institutions must also engage adults who already have skills and work experience, but who may not have the necessary credentials and/or complete range of requisite knowledge and skills.

It is our challenge to help adults make a smooth transition, applying their prior learning wherever possible to improve engagement, retention, and success in higher education, and success in maintaining their employability. Although most colleges and universities have some PLA policies and some have active PLA programs, such policies and programs are typically underutilized, and most often few students take advantage of them. Other institutions recognize the need to grant credit for prior learning but have not developed or implemented relevant policies and practices.

Community colleges are well-positioned to serve adults who bring prior learning to their studies and to be flexible and responsive to employer needs. CAEL is already working with a number of community colleges to more effectively leverage best practices in PLA and CBA as ways to help individuals engage (or re-engage) in the education they need for employment in their communities and to help them move through their education in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

As these community colleges and college consortia use PLA and CBA to better serve both learners and employers, many recognize that they will need to build or adjust policies to have the greatest impact and to ensure that their policies are relevant and meaningful for specific industries, college programs/disciplines, and learner populations.

A range of methods are used for documenting and validating college-level learning, including prior learning portfolios, skills demonstrations, recognition of industry credentials and non-credit training, third-party evaluations, and standardized testing – often including competency-based assessments. . If you are interested in consulting for CAEL, you need to be familiar with the range of PLA and competency-based assessment techniques and tools, and not limited to any particular method or tool.

Assistance to the colleges and college consortia will likely include:
• Policy Development Assistance. Many colleges have some policies for assessing and crediting prior learning and providing Competency-Based Assessment but existing policy may not encourage active utilization or be relevant to target populations, target industries, or academic disciplines. CAEL Consultants may be needed to work with the institutions to examine, expand, or adjust policies to better meet the needs of the targeted learners, industries, and academic departments

• Faculty and Staff Training. Some colleges may have the policies in place necessary to recognize and award credit for prior learning but may lack the staff capacity to bring PLA and CBA programs to scale. CAEL trainers may be called upon to provide a variety of staff development activities, such as training for academic leadership on PLA standards and processes, PLA awareness and assessment training for faculty, and training for advisors and counselors on promoting PLA among target populations and supporting students as they develop education plans that incorporate their prior learning credits.

• Applying PLA and CBA to key disciplines. The Consultants’ assistance to colleges will include broad application of PLA, but will largely focus on how to use PLA as a tool for engagement and completion in particular disciplines. In general, CAEL partner colleges are focusing on specific disciplines linked to careers in targeted industries. These include Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Energy, Healthcare, and other career fields. CAEL Consultants may be asked to help institutions identify the best methods to validate learning and competency in those disciplines, creating rubrics for assessment of particular skills, and working with employers and faculty to determine feasible approaches for assessing prior learning and competencies, identifying learning gaps and developing ways to efficiently address those gaps.

• Other Consulting/Assistance. Through work with the colleges and the consortia, CAEL and CAEL Consultants may discover the need for other forms of assistance as well CAEL may call upon CAEL Consultants to help address these other needs as well.

Consultant Qualifications

Consultants working for CAEL to support PLA and CBA policy and practice at partner community colleges must be able to demonstrate the following:
• Commitment to adult learners and to CAEL’s mission
• Knowledge of and experience with Prior Learning Assessment and Competency-Based Assessment, as evidenced by some formal professional development via CAEL or other recognized bodies
• Experience within a college or university setting implementing a range of PLA processes and/or addressing PLA/CBA policies, with a preference for experience within a community college
• Adherence to all CAEL standard and policy positions with regard to best practice in PLA and CBA
• Knowledge of regional accrediting bodies related to awarding credit for prior learning and other forms of direct assessment and financial aid policies related to payment for PLA and other forms of direct assessment
• Experience working with a range of stakeholders within Higher Education institutions
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to synthesize and integrate a range of individual facts and pieces of information
• Understanding of and respect for the role of community colleges, including both for-credit and non-credit areas
• Ability to represent CAEL and the field of adult learning with integrity and positively
• Willingness to travel to partner locations, if needed
• Expertise in one or more areas of PLA assistance (approaches, policy, staff and/or faculty professional development, portfolio assessment, industry-specific application, preferably in one or more targeted disciplines)

In order to be considered as a CAEL PLA and/or CBA consultant please submit the following to Joel Simon, CAEL Vice President ( Consultants are encouraged to submit their qualifications by August 15, 2013, but will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Consultant statements of qualifications should include the following:
• A cover letter indicating the area(s) of expertise as indicated above (policy, training, discipline-specific application of PLA methods), as well as proposed consulting rates (hourly and daily)
• A brief biography or resume
• Description of experience, training related to the particular area(s) of expertise (no more than one page per area of expertise please)
• Consultants seeking assignments in the Policy area must submit sample policies and description of the policy consulting project(s) that resulted in a particular policy
• Consultants seeking assignments in the Training area must submit descriptions of PLA or CBA -related trainings delivered, as well as sample training materials and evaluations
• Consultants seeking assignments in the Key Career and Technical Disciplines area must submit a description of how you have worked to define and assess discipline-specific learning outcomes, including any relevant analyses or work product(s). Although the initiatives that CAEL is supporting each focus on specific industries and related academic disciplines, the work product and experience does not necessarily need to be within the identified disciplines/industries. However, you must describe the overall approaches used and demonstrate that you can apply useful approaches within other career and technical subject areas. Again, please keep descriptions as focused and concise as you can.
• A minimum of three (3) references, including contact information. References should be those who are able to speak to your qualifications in the specific area(s) of expertise (Policy, Training and Key Disciplines) for which you are applying for qualification.

Selected consultants may be required to attend an orientation and training session prior to being assigned a consulting project or client college.

A brief Q&A can also be found here.

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American Public University System

Program Director of Alternative Learning (1376-175)

Synopsis of Role:

The Program Director of Alternative Learning manages and implements American Public University System’s (APUS) vision and strategy for creating and sustaining innovative approaches to learning in accordance with the established goals, mission and strategic plan of the University. This key position is responsible for ensuring rigorous programs geared towards academic excellence, and continuous innovation and improvement. This position demands a sustained focus on cutting-edge pedagogy as well as a commitment to establishing APUS as a recognized leader in online alternative approaches to higher education. The Director manages and leads the current Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA) as well as other potential alternative learning initiatives such as competency-based learning, experiential learning, stackable credentials, and is key to expanding it consistent with the emerging vision of APUS and PLA best practices in higher education.

• Oversees PLA program.
• Promotes the PLA program and ensures program expansion maintains the highest standards of academic rigor.
• Ensures accuracy of all data related to PLA program.
• Works across programs and agencies to implement retention initiatives.
• Works with the Assistant Provost to advance innovative learning opportunities.
• Plans, coordinates, and monitors experiential learning initiatives.
• Collaborates with APUS faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure successful delivery of alternative learning programs.
• Works with the CTL to coordinate faculty training initiatives.
• Other duties as assigned to support the department, student body and organization.

Essential Functions:
• Implements APUS vision for innovative learning strategies.
• Implements best practices in curriculum improvement as determined by our accrediting bodies and related organizations.
• Maintain related metrics and conduct data analysis.
• Participates in regular meetings and school program review meetings.
• Teaches 150 students per year.

Required Skills:
• Detailed working knowledge of the inner workings of an online university system and electronic classroom platforms.
• Expertise and/or experience in prior learning assessment, experiential based learning, and especially conducting these programs online.
• Ability to collaborate with faculty and directors and to establish a collegial environment
• Experience with ePortfolios and related technology essential to successful prior learning assessment.
• Ability to create a professional network including, commercial vendors, and various government officials.
• Exceptional problem-solving and decision-making abilities with a strong commitment to customer service.
• Flexibility in dealing with organizational change.
• Strong proficiency with business models and strategic planning is required.
• Ability to meet critical and short notice delivery deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment and on various committees.
• Ability to lead through influence vs. direct line management.

Required Experience:
• Terminal degree required, with significant experience and recognized expertise in innovative learning strategies.
• Prior Learning Assessment experience preferred.
• At least five years’ experience actively working as a professor at the University level with an emphasis on alterative learning strategies and programs, research, and publications.
• Three or more years experience in e-learning and multimedia technologies.
• Experience with innovative learning initiatives.
• Entrepreneurial spirit and strong organizational development skills.
• A proven track record of research, scholarship, and publications.
• Strong oral, written, organizational, and presentation skills and a proven record of effective team building and relationship building.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
• Remote / Online
• Requires attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or DC
• Commuting between APUS and other national offices may be required
• Sitting, extensive use of keyboard

*Please note: Full-time faculty members and directors are considered salaried employees of APUS and as such are expected to consider APUS their primary employer. Full-time salaried faculty and directors may not be full-time employees of any university, school, college, or institution of higher education outside of APUS; this includes administrative, staff, and teaching positions.

*Please note: Applicants selected to proceed in the hiring process with conferred degrees from foreign institution(s) will require a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency. All charges associated with official transcripts and foreign transcript evaluations are the responsibility of the applicant and are not reimbursed by APUS.

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Apollo Education Group

Job Title: Assistant Program Dean – College of Humanities and Sciences
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Company Overview
Apollo Education Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed -- and events proved him right -- that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.

Today, Apollo Education Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, College for Financial Planning, and Institute for Professional Development, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult. Apollo Education Group is the largest education service provider in North America and has the world’s largest educational social network. Apollo is building state of art learning platforms in creating a virtual and highly engaging learning experience. The learning platforms which are built as a cloud based (Education-as-a-Service) bring a more scientific and social approach to the learning experience. We are changing the way people learn and interact via advanced, scalable learning solutions.

Department Overview
The Deans Office provides a variety of support and infrastructure services for faculty and Academic Affairs staff within the College. These responsibilities include program development, programmatic success, policy development and oversight, faculty governance, and training opportunities to help our faculty members and academic staff to be engaged and successful.

Position Summary

Under minimal supervision, plans, directs, and coordinates activities of designated projects to ensure that all goals and objectives of the project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters. Responsible for managing and leading direct reports through the design, development, and presentation of instructor-led materials while coaching and developing direct reports.

• Directs and coordinates activities of project personnel to ensure project progresses on scale and within prescribed budget. This may also include managing the project-related workflow and maintaining consistent communication with department staff regarding project timelines and progression of projects.
• Develops or assists in the development of curriculum, program and/or other related University literature as needed or requested.
• Prepares various project reports for management or external parties by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
• Represents the organization as appropriate in its relationship with the educational and government communities by participating in targeted events, conferences, and workshops.
• Maintains a professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
• Assess and assign instructional development and editing requests.
• Evaluate staff workloads and make staffing proposals, as appropriate.
• Calculate and project task timeframes.
• Manage instructional development and editing processes, and make adjustments as needed.
• Manage department style guidelines.
• Manage and/or conduct quality assurance activities such as service observances, peer reviews, and peer evaluations.
• Coach and develop instructional developers and editors.
• Participate in professional development by attending conferences and workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and/or participating in professional societies.
• Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
• Must be able to demonstrate a high level of analytical and strategic thinking to plan and direct designated projects to ensure that all goals and objectives of the project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters as described above.
• Must possess excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to instruct and direct others as their functions relate to respective projects.
• Proven collaborative work habits.
• Ability to cope with conflicting points of view and demonstrate discretion, integrity, fair-mindedness, persuasiveness, and interpersonal savvy.
• Ability to proactively approach problem-solving.
• Ability to think strategically.
• Ability to participate in several projects simultaneously and produce results.
• Understanding of instructional design principles.
• Ability to effectively communicate and present projects to management and other external parties, as described above.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Adult Education, Education, or related field preferred.
• A minimum of 5 years of experience in a progressively responsible capacity in an education environment performing in a project management role.
• A minimum of 1 years of experience developing competency based learning models.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience working with adaptive or personalized learning programs within a Higher Education environment.

Additional Qualifications:
• Doctorate degree preferred.
• Demonstrated excellence in communication and diplomacy with all levels of staff and leadership.
• Experience working with Personalized Learning Education (PLA) as it pertains to assessment and articulation.
• Must have a high level of proficiency in personal software applications dealing with project management such as spreadsheets, budgeting, document management, and related tools.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit your resume/CV via the Apollo Education Group Careers website

Equal Employment Opportunity

Apollo Education Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity.
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Bay Path College

Chief Enrollment Officer
Online and On-Campus, Adult Women's Program


If the idea of creating something from the ground up appeals to you, and if you like being surrounded by goal-oriented, passionate, mission-driven professionals, then Bay Path College will be the right place for your talents. We are committed to delivering superior service within an innovative, collaborative, high-tech, high touch and nimble environment. Our top priority is insuring that all women, especially first-generation college students, have access to a quality education that will provide excellent career opportunities, ultimately impacting the lives of their families/children, their workplace, and their communities.

This newly created position will oversee the recruitment efforts for online programs as well as our three on-campus locations located in Longmeadow, Sturbridge, and Burlington, Massachusetts. Executing proven techniques for recruiting online students is critical with a specific mandate to develop unique strategies for adult women.

Key functions include the development of a strong, data-driven, student-centered recruitment plan resulting in an easy, seamless process from student prospect to matriculant designed specifically for adult women. The candidate will set clear, ethical expectations and train and mentor the recruitment team to insure success in achieving enrollment goals. A proven track record of success is essential, especially in online recruitment, as well as the ability to develop positive working relationships with all other departments including academic affairs, marketing, financial aid, the registrar, student billing, and career resources. Ultimately, this candidate will be an important ambassador for Bay Path and our adult women students.

This position will be located in our newly acquired and designed suite of offices in Springfield, MA.

Bay Path is a private, non-profit college of 2400 students. We take pride in offering exceptional educational opportunities through our undergraduate program for women, our unique Saturday Program for women, graduate programs for women and men, and Bay Path Online. We are currently developing a 57,000 sq. ft. graduate health sciences building in an adjacent town to add to our main campus in Longmeadow and our other locations in Sturbridge and Burlington, Massachusetts. We are the recipient of several grants including a Title III Grant, HRSA Grant, Walmart Foundation Grant for first generation students and an NSF grant. In a recent Council of Independent Colleges financial survey, Bay Path’s financial health is one of the strongest in the country for colleges of our size.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess a proven track record as a senior manager and supervisor; a successful record in recruiting and retaining online students; a deep understanding of the best practices in this complex, competitive landscape; significant experience with strategic planning, data analysis, record keeping, reporting, trends and research in online education; demonstrated results leveraging contemporary CRM solutions to drive electronic communications and automating admissions workflow; proven track record of improving lead generation through a strategic combination of traditional and marketing digital initiatives; positive attitude with a fearless, creative, goal-oriented mentality; a Master’s degree.

Application: Please submit a resume and letter of interest describing why you are the best candidate and creative solutions you would implement for an adult women-only online candidate pool. Applications and three references with contact information should be sent electronically in MS Word format to Resumes will be reviewed immediately by Dr. Carol Leary, President, and will continue until the successful candidate is hired. Compensation and benefits are very competitive. Anticipated start date is February 15 or shortly thereafter.

An equal opportunity employer, Bay Path College is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

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Lincoln College – Normal Campus

Executive Director of the Center for Adult Learning

Lincoln College-Normal (LCN) invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the Center for Adult Learning. Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Executive Director is responsible for effectively leading, managing, and planning all facets of the College’s Center for Adult Learning (CAL), including the Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) delivery modality for the College’s degree programs. Located in Normal, Illinois, LCN is a private, bachelor-degree granting college and is a branch campus of Lincoln College originally chartered Lincoln University in 1865 in Lincoln, Illinois. The Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) has additional site locations in Ogelsby, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois.

General Position Description:
The Executive Director of the Center for Adult Learning is responsible for:
• Identifying, developing, and implementing new programs and partnerships for adult learning through outreach efforts with local businesses and other external organizations.
• Identifying and implementing partnership agreements with area community colleges for expansion of the Accelerated Bridge to Education to additional site locations.
• Providing strategic direction and planning for the Center aligning such planning with the mission, vision, and values of Lincoln College.
• Establishing and achieving enrollment goals for the ABE delivery modality working with the ABE office of admissions.
• Working collaboratively with other divisions of Lincoln College to ensure consistency and alignment of academic policies where appropriate.
• Effectively managing the CAL budget to ensure expenditures are aligned with appropriate fiscal stewardship.
• Supervising and leading a staff of eight (8) professional staff members including two (2) ABE admissions professionals, a Director of ABE Faculty Development, a Non-Traditional Student Services Coordinator, an Academic Advisor, two (2) additional location Site Coordinators, and an administrative assistant.
• Overseeing all departments of the Center for Adult Learning including ABE Admissions, ABE academic support services, ABE faculty through the Director of ABE Faculty Development, and the additional site locations in Ogelsby, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois.
• Enforcing ABE academic and enrollment policies.
• Actively engaging in programmatic assessment of CAL initiatives and programs to maintain the College’s Adult-Learning Focused Institution (ALFI) designation.

The successful candidate will exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical principles and will be committed to the tenets of Lincoln College’s mission, vision, and values and to the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) principles and ‘best practices’ in adult learning.


Qualifications: Master's degree required, doctoral degree preferred. Three years experience in a higher education setting required working with adult degree completion programs and accelerated classes.

Experience: Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work independently, set priorities, and complete assignments in a timely manner. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills with the ability to interact with a wide variety of constituencies, both in person (one-on-one and in groups), on the phone, and via email. Strong analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Demonstrated success in leading a department (preferably adult degree completion and/or adult/continuing education centers). Experience with strategic planning and leadership preferred. Experience working with curriculum, assessment, and faculty members preferred.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the expected qualifications and experience for the position, a curriculum vitae, an essay regarding their philosophy of adult education, and name, title, and phone number for three professional references via email to Dean Kratz,

Detailed information about the College is available at:

Lincoln College is an equal opportunity employer.
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National Louis University

Position: Student Success Coach (Science)

The Student Success Coach (Science) is a part-time federally funded grant position. This individual will work with the Chicago Teacher Pipeline Partnership (CTPP) teacher candidates to ensure student success. Additionally, this individual will be responsible for developing a comprehensive academic support program for students in the Chicago Teacher Pipeline Partnership (CTPP) program as they take general education and concentration science courses. Will be responsible for working with students at the freshman through upper class level, working closely with faculty ensuring that tutoring plans meet class goals.

Specific responsibilities will include: Provide or arrange science tutoring for individual students and groups of students and academic coaching for students; Work with faculty to develop science support for all science courses as part of the CTPP program; Meet individually with cohort candidates to discuss academic progress; Establish a communication system with faculty to monitor student progress and detect needs for intervention; Assist the Undergraduate Initiatives staff in program planning and implementation.

Bachelor degree in Science required. Master’s degree preferred. Minimum 2 years experience working with traditional and non-traditional students from culturally diverse backgrounds in tutoring and/or classroom teaching. Experience and understanding of on-line portals for coursework and portfolios is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to speak Spanish strongly preferred. This is a part-time 20-hour week position.

Please send your cover letter and resume to with Job ID “CHSSC” in the subject line. No phone calls please. You will be contacted if additional information is required or an interview is requested.
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Medaille College

Director of Center for Community-Based Learning

Medaille College is seeking a Director for its new Center for Community-Based Learning. The Director will serve as a liaison among faculty, students, staff, and community agencies to promote and facilitate various forms of experiential, community-based learning. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting faculty with incorporating community-based learning into new and existing courses; building, maintaining, and sustaining relationships with community partners; and coordinating logistical needs of community-based learning. Other duties will include assisting with assessment and maintaining an archive of initiatives and projects.

The candidate must have a Master’s degree or higher and understanding of theories and best practices of experiential, community-based learning. The candidate also must have a minimum of 3 years experience in directing either community-based learning in a college/university setting or leading a community organization or agency, as well as experience with assessment and planning. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to working with diverse constituencies are essential to the position.

Medaille is a growing, private, four-year, liberal arts-based college in Buffalo, New York, serving the educational needs of traditional and non-traditional students in Western New York and Southern Ontario through a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs (

Please submit resume with cover letter and three contact references to: Barbara Bilotta, Director of Human Resources, Medaille College, 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, NY 14214. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. No phone calls please.