Skip to main content

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

Associate Director or Director Of Strategic Partnerships

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium, seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial, and ambitious Associate Director or Director of Strategic Partnerships based in downtown Chicago.

Under new ACM presidential leadership, the consortium is in the midst of strategic planning to build on its success and create the next generation of programs prioritizing initiatives that leverage the Midwest through equitable civic partnerships, encourage the exploration of career and education pathways, and promote diversity through leadership development. The Associate Director or Director of Strategic Partnerships will identify and solicit new foundation and corporate gift and grant opportunities that advance the ACM’s strategic priorities, and work in collaboration with consortial staff and campus partners to design, implement, expand, and promote programs and initiatives for faculty, students, and staff across the member colleges and with external partners.


The ACM is a consortium of 14 residential liberal arts colleges located in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, founded in 1958. The ACM enriches residential liberal arts education and strengthens members through collaborative initiatives and programs for faculty, students, and staff. The ACM is governed by the presidents of the 14 member colleges and an advisory board of deans. The colleges enroll about 24,000 students, almost 60% from Midwest states, and have 2,700 faculty. In the past five years, the ACM has received more than $11 million in foundation support for its programs and initiatives.

Key responsibilities

1) Strategic Partnerships and External Relations (50%)

  • Work with ACM leadership, faculty, and staff to communicate and engage with corporations and foundations around ACM’s strategic priorities and initiatives of greatest intersection with companies and foundations;
  • Diversify revenue sources for the ACM with a range of foundations and corporations;
  • Write high quality proposal narratives, progress reports, grant applications, and other documents for new programmatic initiatives;
  • Develop program budgets that align with proposal narratives, in collaboration with the Chief Financial Officer and consortium leaders;
  • Manage calendar of deadlines, submissions, reports, and other relevant communications with all foundation and corporate partners;
  • Track and grow relationships vital to the success of strategic initiatives; and,
  • Devise and implement effective internal and external messaging and promotion of the ACM’s programmatic initiatives with external partners.

2) Program Development (40%)

  • Cultivate relationships with civic, corporate, and foundation leadership in Chicago, regionally, and nationally to catalyze new programmatic opportunities;
  • Engage faculty, students, and staff at member campuses to build a foundation for effective collaboration and program design through focus groups, surveys, and other methods;
  • Conduct detailed research to support program design and development with strategic partners and consortium leaders;
  • Draft proposals for new programmatic initiatives in collaboration with ACM staff and external partners, including program architecture, financials, and evaluation;
  • Monitor the external environment for topics, issues, and developments that would impact existing or potential ACM programs; and,
  • Review existing ACM programs based on an evaluation of their past success and areas for improvement.

3) Other duties (10%)

  • Support the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs by providing leadership, guidance, and involvement on a variety of projects and initiatives as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in program development and corporate and foundation relations, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • A strong working knowledge of the foundation landscape, particularly within the Midwest.
  • Demonstrated ability to build productive external partnerships and create networks, coalitions, and projects with multiple constituencies. Ability to win the trust of stakeholders and partners.
  • A high level of motivation, drive, and energy. An entrepreneurial, “go-getter” mind-set.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships.
  • A collegial, consultative style with the ability to be decisive when needed.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to lead projects from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated skill at directing multiple complex, concurrent initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the role of small, residential liberal arts colleges in the US higher education landscape is preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive a motor vehicle.

This position will require travel to 14 ACM member campuses as well as travel to other locations as needed. Estimated travel of the position is 10 percent. May require some evening and weekend work and travel.

Additional Information

The Associate Director or Director reports to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs and will work closely with the President, CFO, Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, and other ACM staff members. This is a full-time, exempt position in Chicago, IL; salary and benefits commensurate with experience. The ACM offers an excellent benefits package and a flexible, stimulating environment.

Start date: By May 1. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 26, 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 skills resume;
  • salary requirements;
  • available start date; and
  • a list of at least three references (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 “Associate Director/Director of Strategic Partnerships.”

Back to top

 

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.

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.”

 

Back to top

 


Opportunities for Faculty at ACM Colleges

Program Directors and Visiting Faculty


Other Opportunities

Faculty and staff positions available at ACM colleges

Positions available at ACM partner organizations

 

Back to top