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Employment Opportunities at ACM

Under new ACM presidential leadership, the organization is in the midst of strategic planning to build on its success and create the next generation of programs. We're hiring for positions integral to daily operation of the ACM with opportunity to be involved in the development of new programs, partnerships, and initiatives.

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is an equal employment opportunity employer. ACM does not discriminate in the operation of its educational programs, activities, or employment with regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

ACM member colleges: Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Colorado College, Cornell College, Grinnell College, Knox College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, Luther College, Macalester College, Monmouth College, Ripon College, and St. Olaf College.

ACM is a consortium of 14 private liberal arts colleges in five states. The member colleges launched ACM in 1958 with three main purposes to support the members through joint action:

  • To advance the interests and to contribute to the educational effectiveness of the member colleges of the organization;
  • To develop and assist the member colleges in improving the efficiency of their operations both administrative and cultural; and
  • To assist the member colleges in developing additional sources of revenue.

Through ACM, faculty, staff, and students at member colleges participate in collaborative programs and activities focused on academic excellence and professional development. ACM aims to strengthen its member colleges as leaders and exemplars in liberal arts education through significant, innovative, and sustainable collaborations.


Opportunities in the ACM office

Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial, and ambitious Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Based in the ACM’s downtown Chicago office.

Under new presidential leadership, the ACM is in the midst of strategic planning to build on its success and create the next generation of programs. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives will be integral to the ongoing implementation of the diversity-related grant that funds the position. In addition, the new Director help lead the planning and implementation of new diversity-related programs, partnerships, and initiatives.

Overall Purposes (Goals) of this Position

The successful candidate will focus their work in two primary areas:

  1. Grant Management: At the direction of the Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, implement the $8.1 million Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, which aims to foster greater diversity in the faculties of small, residential liberal arts colleges as a means to enhance the education of students and strengthen the colleges as socially-relevant institutions. 
  2. Program Development and Administration: At the direction of the President, direct the ACM’s broader strategy targeted at ensuring that the design and execution of all ACM programs, across faculty professional development, student learning, and administrative professional development, are informed by best practices related to diversity and inclusion broadly conceived. Looking forward, the ACM’s new strategic plan will position “diversity and inclusive communities of practice” as a guiding principle for all ACM programs, creating an opportunity for candidates who are passionate about these concerns and entrepreneurial about the potential for ACM programming to thrive.

Across these two primary areas of responsibility, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • coordinate the ACM’s efforts to provide programmatic support for undergraduates, especially from under-represented backgrounds, to prepare them for graduate studies in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and the arts.
  • manage other aspects of the Fellows Program, including the execution of the Faculty Fellows program and a series of annual meetings to help colleges and academic departments achieve a more diverse faculty.
  • work closely with campus-based colleagues and other consortial office staff to facilitate peer-to-peer learning across departments and campuses through workshops, web-based tools, and other activities.
  • work with campus colleagues to track needs, resources, and challenges related to the Fellows Program and share resources and insights gained in conversations and planning at other campuses.
  • visit ACM campuses regularly throughout the year to meet with campus-based faculty and staff charged with leading the diversity efforts and the Fellows Program.
  • work closely with staff at the Big Ten Academic Alliance, ACM’s partner in the Fellows Program, to plan and execute the programmatic aspects that require collaboration across the two consortia.
  • work with campus colleagues to track needs, resources, and challenges related to diversity and inclusion and share resources and insights gained in conversations and planning at other campuses.
  • pursue grant funding and other revenue generating initiatives, leveraging the success of the current grant to identify new sources of funding.   

Responsibilities

The Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives will:

  • Implement the Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, with primary responsibility for the planning and execution of all activities related to the Undergraduate Fellows component, including:
    • the Graduate School Exploration Fellows (GSEF) program by coordinating with colleagues on the ACM campuses and at the Big Ten Academic Alliance to recruit ACM students and ensure successful matches for their summer research experiences on Big Ten Academic Alliance campuses;
    • the Graduate School Exploration Program (GRADx), a new initiative designed to expand the reach of the GSEF program to a broader cohort of ACM undergraduates.
    • two Annual Summits that bring together GSEF fellows, GRADx fellows, and faculty/administrators from the ACM and Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to present their research, explore graduate school admission processes and the challenges and rewards of graduate study, and build a network of similarly situated and supportive colleagues.
    • annual Hiring and Diversity Workshops, the purpose of which will be to explore the complex barriers to diversity that exist in the hiring process and help college officials take steps to create environments on the ACM campuses in which diversity can flourish.
  • Plan and execute other broad-based strategies related to diversity and inclusion to ensure that all ACM programs are designed to be accessible across diverse constituencies and to achieve other diversity related outcomes.
    • monitor and participate in national conversations related to diversity and inclusion in higher education and other industries.
    • coordinate with and advise consortial and campus-based colleagues about how existing and new programs can be enhanced through the incorporation of strategies and practices designed to enhance diversity related outcomes.
    • track and measure progress toward achieving diversity related outcomes across all aspects of ACM programming and share results with consortial colleagues and campus-based leaders.

Required Competencies

Adaptability: changes behavioral style or method of approach when necessary to achieve a goal; adjusts style as appropriate to the needs of the situation; responds to change with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new ways to accomplish work activities and objectives

Attention to Detail: thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small; monitors and checks work or information and plans and organizes time and resources efficiently

Collaboration: develops cooperation and teamwork while participating in a group, working toward solutions which generally benefit all involved parties

Communication: excellent writing, presentation, and inter-personal communication skills

Drive for Results: demonstrates concern for achieving or surpassing results against an internal or external standard of excellence; shows a passion for improving the delivery of services with a commitment to continuous improvement

Problem Solving: builds a logical approach to address problems or opportunities or manages the situation at hand by drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base, and calling on other references and resources as necessary

Reliability: demonstrates a high level of dependability in all aspects of the job

Service: demonstrates strong commitment to meeting the needs of co-workers, managers, external constituencies, striving to ensure their full satisfaction

Required Qualifications

  • An advanced degree with significant and/or progressively responsible project-management work experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • An understanding of the teaching, learning, and collaboration that occur in residential liberal arts colleges and ability to communicate and collaborate well with faculty and other educational leaders across institutions in pursuit of program objectives.
  • Strong organizational/project management skills and extreme attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Exceptional communication skills addressing different audiences; the ability to write quickly and concisely and to work effectively on web projects.
  • The ability to “manage up” to work with a team of colleagues on projects and the capacity to engage voluntary collaboration from project participants on ACM member campuses.
  • Financial analysis, budget management, and project implementation skills.
  • Grant management experience preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and SharePoint platforms, social media, and video conferencing.
  • Ability to travel to off-site meetings in Chicago and on ACM campuses, as needed.
  • Ability to work after hours as necessary.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Additional Information

This is a full-time, exempt position based in Chicago, IL. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.

  • Start date: March 11, 2019
  • Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning February 11 on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:

  • a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
  • a professional resume;
  • salary requirements;
  • available start date; and
  • a list of at least three professional references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission).  

Please submit materials electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to acm@acm.edu using the subject “Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.”

Accounting Manager

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium in downtown Chicago seeks an Accounting Manager. The Accounting Manager reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

The Accounting Manager will be responsible for most finance, accounting, and reporting activities. The Accounting Manager will lead the day-to-day finance operations including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and employee benefits. The Accounting Manager will work closely with all levels of staff, not only to teach and reinforce finance and accounting procedures, but to explore how the finance department can support their operations.

In addition, the Accounting Manager will partner with the CFO and senior leadership to better integrate the finance and HR functions.

General Responsibilities

  • Ensure that accounts payable, accounts receivable, invoice/billing, credit card, and collections transactions are completed in a timely manner.

  • Safeguard assets and assure accurate and timely recording of all transactions.

  • Interface with outside audit firm, vendors, schools, and credit card companies.

  • Manage commercial bank relationships both in the US and internationally.

  • Process all wire transfers between banks, vendors, schools and universities both domestic and foreign.

  • Produce all account reconciliations and accompanying transactions.

  • Coordinate housing payment arrangement for program visiting faculty and students.

  • Assist in preparing government Internal Revenue forms 990, 5500 and TD F 90 22.1 annually.

  • Prepare 1099’s to vendors and service providers at yearend.

  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, cost and program budgets and actual expenditures.

  • Process employee bi-weekly payroll and benefit plan payments monthly.

  • Assist in coordinating the development and approval of budgets.

  • Provide leadership in strengthening internal communication with staff at all levels throughout the organization. Create a positive and supportive work environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or business administration or equivalent business experience and 5+ years of progressively responsible experience. Or advanced degree in accounting with 3+ years of progressively responsible experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in all accounting and finance functions, including AP/AR, payroll, cash management, budgeting, financial reporting, expense and transaction reporting, account reconciliation, tax and compliance reporting, vendor management, etc.
  • High degree of computer literacy in ERP systems like MIP/SAGE.
  • High level of accuracy and consistent use of good judgement and best practices in financial management.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including creation and presentation of financial reports.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft office products, especially Excel and Word.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment in an efficient, professional way.
  • Ability to collaborate productively with colleagues in a small office and participate in internal and external meetings.
  • Ability to work after hours as necessary and travel as needed.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Additional Information

This is a full-time, exempt position in Chicago, IL. Salary dependent on experience. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.

  • Start date: February 4, 2019, or sooner
  • Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed beginning January 16, 2019 on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:

  • Letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
  • Professional resume; 
  • Available start date; 
  • Salary requirements; and
  • List of at least three references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission).

Please submit materials electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to acm@acm.edu using the subject “Accounting Manager.”


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