The Alabama Commission on Higher Education Executive Director

Position Title: Executive Director

Organization: The Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Reports to: State-appointed Board of Commissioners

Date: December 2016

General Summary:

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), the state agency responsible for the planning and coordination of higher education in the State of Alabama, seeks a visionary and experienced Executive Director. Complete information is in the Search Profile at

The Executive Director represents Alabama as the state’s higher education executive officer (SHEEO) and is responsible for all higher education data reporting activities to state, federal, and other educational entities. In this role, the Executive Director plans, develops, and recommends policies, statutes, regulations, objectives, projects, and programs for the Commission in accordance with enabling legislation and directives from the Commission or other authorizations.

Scope of Work

  • Coordinates Commission activities on long-range planning
  • Supervises the review of proposals for new academic programs, existing and proposed off-campus courses, and existing academic programs at postsecondary educational institutions according to Commission guidelines and enabling legislation
  • Supervises the programmatic review of private institutions operating as foreign corporations in Alabama in accord with the regulatory authority assigned to the Commission by statute 
  • Coordinates the participation of the State of Alabama in any national or regional reciprocity agreements
  • Supervises the review of budget requests from all postsecondary governing boards and the development of a consolidated appropriations recommendation for all postsecondary education
  • Reviews long- and short-range financial analyses, e.g., budget recommendations and appropriations bills to determine progress and status in obtaining objectives and revises objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions
  • Supervises the establishment and maintenance of the state college and university student data information system
  • Supervises the administration of the various student assistance programs
  • Presents briefings, reports, and recommendations to the Commission
  • Responsible for all communications with the Alabama Legislature, the Office of the Governor, institutional representatives and governing boards, business, media, civic, and other public entities on matters affecting higher education
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with state, regional, and national organizations, institutions, agencies of higher education, advisory councils, government agencies, and professional organizations to maintain effective working relationships and presents the role/position of the Commission in areas pertinent to its responsibilities
  • Conducts all administrative functions associated with the management and supervision of staff, including the review and update of position descriptions and the conduct of personnel evaluations to document the performance of employees and to discuss strengths and areas of needed improvement

Education and Experience Requirements

  • A doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a higher education administrative leadership role within a college, university, or state system.
  • Exhibit the required level of knowledge and/or skills to perform the responsibilities of the position, including the use of established procedures and techniques
  • Meet acceptable standards of accuracy, neatness, efficiency, effectiveness, and thoroughness as established by the agency
  • Perform work in a productive and timely manner in order to meet work schedules and any other designated deadlines as determined by the Commission
  • Display a positive, cooperative attitude toward work assignments and requirements, including compliance with established work rules and organizational policies as outlined in the Commission’s Personnel Procedures Manual 
  • Express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing; listen well; and respond appropriately
  • Monitor projects and exercise follow-through, adhere to established time frames
  • Adjust to any change in duties, procedures or work environment, including being receptive to new ideas and approaches to work and responding appropriately to constructive criticism and to suggestions for work improvement
  • Exercise good judgment by effectively analyzing problems logically, determining and presenting appropriate options for solutions, and by taking timely and decisive action within established parameters set by the Commission
  • Ability to understand and function within a highly charged political environment
  • Demonstrate effective supervisory abilities by gaining respect and cooperation from subordinates, motivating subordinates, and directing work groups toward meeting goals                    
  • Demonstrate the ability to direct others in accomplishing work, effectively engage staff for assignments, clearly define assignments, and effectively oversee the work of subordinates
  • Effectively plan and organize work for subordinates, including anticipating future needs  
  • Successfully perform day-to-day administrative tasks, manage time, administer policies and implement procedures, maintain appropriate contact with the Commission, and effectively utilize staff and equipment
  • Provide guidance and opportunities to their staff for their development and advancement within budgetary constraints, resolve work-related employee problems, and assist subordinates in accomplishing their work-related objectives
  • Communicate with subordinates in a clear, concise, accurate, and timely manner and make useful suggestions
  • Maintain residence within 50 miles of the city limits of the City of Montgomery

Application Process
Application packets must include:

  1. A letter of interest;
  2. Current curriculum vitae or resume;
  3. At least five references with full contact information (References will not be contacted without consent from applicants.)
  4. Answers to the questions at

Submit applications to

For best consideration, application materials should be received by January 16, 2017.

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