This is a non-merit position with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.
The Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. This position's role is to guide the work of the Commission to ensure it effectively fulfills its governance responsibilities. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Iowa. The mission of Iowa College Aid is to advocate and support Iowans as they explore, finance and complete educational opportunities beyond high school to increase family and community success. Description of Work: Under the direction and guidance of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission, the Executive Director leads, sets the vision, organizes, staffs, motivates, directs, and manages a state agency committed to helping all Iowans advance and succeed in education beyond high school.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
Develop, communicate and implement a clear vision and strategies for achieving the organization's mission.
Oversee the development, refinement, implementation, transparency and monitoring of strategic and operational plans, management goals and objectives, and internal policies and procedures.
Oversee agency accountability for the administrative functions of the Commission, including state code requirements, through a defined administrative structure.
Lead the administrative team with clear direction, appropriate support, development and supervision for team members to accomplish their assigned duties and responsibilities, and ensure continuous improvement.
Implement robust collaborative working relationships with external and internal stakeholders and other state agencies to aid in solutions for complex policy issues.
Monitor and provide recommendations related to emerging issues or developments at the federal and state government level that impact agency programs and/or services.
Improve current processes and coordinate organizational procedures for optimized efficiency and productivity for the benefit of the agency, customers and stakeholders.
Provide information and guidance on policy in an inclusive manner through effective communication with diverse groups, stakeholders and policy makers.
Responsible for regular communication with Commissioners, including code required reports, convening of public meetings, and working closely with the Chair to address the needs of the Commission and its members.
Ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the agency and its diverse funding streams through fiscal oversight of an annual operational budget of over $6 million, and a diverse financial portfolio of over $89 million in flow-through funds annually.
Prepare, report and propose legislation to the Governor and the General Assembly, advocating for student aid, code mandated programs, and postsecondary access and success.
Serve as a public representative for the agency and its constituents, public and private organizations, and industry groups at both the local and national level.
Oversee all agency programs and services dedicated to increasing Iowa's educational attainment and completion goals through:
Administration of over 14 state grants, scholarships and loan repayment programs with state appropriations funding of approximately $80 million.
Administration of federal grants supporting college access and success, including Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Programs ($22M) and AmeriCorps.
Advance the statewide Course to College campaign and the College Access and Success Corps, in support of Future Ready Iowa and, in partnership with all state public high schools and numerous institutions of higher education.
Support communities across the state in collective impact work to increase educational attainment through cross-sector collaboration, public common agendas supported through technical assistance and community grants for Local College Access Networks (LCANs).
Ensure capacity development for professionals, counselors, and administrators on the state of college and career readiness in Iowa, including support for H.F. 2392 and Iowa Administrative Rules Code 281-49 (279) for District Plan and Individual Career and Academic
Planning (ICAP) requirements, through the administration of the Iowa College and Career Readiness Academy.
Regulate postsecondary institutions and other instructional schools under Iowa Code Chapter 261B and sections of Iowa Code Chapter 714.
Uphold the public trust through the dissemination of research and evaluation, analytical projects and reports, and publicly available data, in collaboration with other agencies, institutions, and organizations, on higher education in Iowa.
Please complete the applicant fields and upload your cover letter, resume, transcripts and references.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Master's Degree required; Ph.D, Ed.D, or JD degree preferred.
Management and/or experience equal to 5 years of work in the field of education; particularly in the higher education sector.
Desired Competencies Successful record of achievement in acting as an agency spokesperson.
Extensive experience and a high-level of professionalism in public speaking, written communication, and utilization of a variety of media, and interactive listening.
Understands and experience in executing Federal regulations, State code, and financial procedures.
Experience with fundraising, with an extensive network of stakeholders related to the field.
Experience managing a diverse funding portfolio, with student aid and grant knowledge a plus.
Board management experience, or related work with committee or other decision-making or governing bodies, including regular communication with board.
Strategic planning leadership, with the development and implementation of a plan within the agency as well as accountability for outcomes.
Diplomatic skill, with experience negotiating strategic partnerships for the benefit of all Iowa students and families.