Position Announcement: President




The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a private, nonprofit, national association based in Washington, DC, seeks candidates for the position of President. CHEA is a national and international voice for U.S. accreditation and quality assurance, providing coordination of accreditation and quality assurance throughout the United States as well as focusing on quality assurance internationally. It is an institutional membership organization of degree-granting colleges and universities and, on behalf of its members, reviews and recognizes U.S. institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA also serves as an advocate for accreditation and quality assurance to the federal government, as well as the public. CHEA is a thought leader in accreditation and quality assurance through its research and policy analysis and a partner and convener on accreditation and quality assurance issues, working with accrediting organizations, Washington-based higher education associations and international quality assurance organizations.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the CHEA Board of Directors, the President is a national and international spokesperson for U.S. accreditation and quality assurance and provides strategic and effective leadership for the organization. The President is responsible for organization and oversight of the CHEA office, including ten full-time and a number of part-time staff and an annual budget of $3.4 million. CHEA’s major functions include government affairs, recognition, membership services (research and policy analysis, conferences and meetings) and international quality assurance.

Preferred Qualifications: The Board of Directors is seeking applicants who have at least ten years of senior executive experience in higher education administration or senior executive experience in accreditation at the institutional level. Experience with federal policy and the U.S. Department of Education is highly desirable, as well as work with national higher education associations. An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred. An in-depth understanding of higher education and accreditation is desirable, as well as demonstrated effectiveness as a writer and speaker.

Applications: Review of applicant materials will begin March 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Information about CHEA is available on the home page of the CHEA Website at www.chea.org. Salary is commensurate with background and experience. The position is to be filled as soon as a successful candidate is available. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a resume not to exceed two double-spaced pages, and the names of five references who can speak to your leadership and administrative attributes, as well as your knowledge and experience in higher education. All submissions are confidential and are to be submitted in a single pdf file in the order listed above to:

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INQUIRIES: JoAnn Canales, Presidential Search Coordinator, [email protected] or 202-372-9266