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Executive Director/Executive Officer

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

This is a Contract position in Juneau, AK posted July 3, 2020.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and the Alaska Student Loan Corporation (ASLC) are seeking an Executive Director/Executive Officer to lead and be responsible for the overall culture, mission, health and success of the two organizations. The Executive Director/Officer works closely with the 14-member Commission and 5-member Corporation Board and is principally responsible for developing and presenting recommendations to both bodies regarding the efficient and effective execution of the agencies’ statutory charges.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Carries out Commission and Corporation Board direction by

Establishing policies, goals and objectives, risk preferences, human resource and asset allocation

Communicating with the Governor, Legislature, public, education and investment communities

Directing and managing the administrative and financial functions of the Commission and Corporation Board

Being accountable for the successful management of the loan portfolio, accounting and control and administrative support activities, and serving as the principal spokesperson for the

Commission and Corporation Board

Administering Alaska state education loan, scholarship and grant programs, statewide outreach and early awareness programs, activities related to ACPE’s role in regulating postsecondary education institutions operating in the state, and activities supporting and coordinating higher education in Alaska

Serving jointly with the President of the University of Alaska as the Alaska State Higher Education Executive Officer (SHEEO).

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of:

Practical and policy issues and opportunities of greatest importance to ACPE’s and ASLC’s mission in Alaska

Laws, regulations, policies, practices and procedures of the Alaska state financial aid programs

Federal and state laws, loan documents related to student financial aid, education loans and consumer lending programs, and data privacy

Management theories, principles and techniques

Board and policy-level governance and organization

State of Alaska government, institutions and public policy issues

Personnel management and supervision theories and practices

Computer operations, systems software, data management systems, loan servicing systems, information storage and retrieval techniques and methods

Skills in:

Organizational culture development and maintenance

Leadership, including working in a public sector environment

Engaging a wide variety of external constituencies in partnership with and constituencies of ACPE and ASLC

Strategic planning and goal setting

Evaluating agency performance and effectiveness

Reviewing and analyzing financial and loan portfolio information

Writing business correspondence and reports

Public speaking and presentations

Developing, interpreting and implementing state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures

Developing, implementing, and monitoring compliance with operational policies and procedures

Ability to:

Think creatively

Communicate clearly, effectively and candidly in writing and in public presentations, and to tailor these efforts to various audiences but particularly to lay people and policy makers

Apply management theory and practices

Negotiate and problem solve

Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with staff, board members, legislators, the general public, etc.

Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the Commission and Corporation Board

Travel regularly both within and outside of the state

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