Employment Opportunities

​The Council of Independent Colleges, located in Washington DC, is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the United States.

 Available Position(s):

Vice President for Communications
(Posted August 2, 2016)
The Vice President leads CIC’s comprehensive communications activities to serve all of its members and affiliates and to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the role independent nonprofit colleges and universities play in educating tomorrow’s leaders and securing America’s future. The Vice President reports to the Senior Vice President, leads a staff of four, and works closely with other members of the CIC staff. Major duties and responsibilities include:
  • Direct public relations activities to enhance public understanding and recognition of CIC’s members and its programs and initiatives;
  • Position CIC, its president, and others as thought leaders in higher education and as valuable resources on higher education issues;
  • Guide editorial content development and design of all CIC publications;
  • Develop print and digital marketing and agenda materials for all CIC conferences, programs, and projects as well as regular publications (such as annual reports and the Independent newsletter), special research reports, and press releases;
  • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual College Media Conference;
  • Work with the President to develop and place opinion essays and speeches;
  • Provide writing and editorial support for the President and staff members on such projects as mass e-mails, policy statements, Board minutes, and other communications;
  • Develop and implement special projects, such as CIC’s award-winning Securing America’s Future campaign in support of member institutions and the liberal arts;
  • Provide public relations counsel and support to the President, staff members, the Board of Directors, and members;
  • Oversee CIC’s social media activities;
  • Oversee CIC’s website design and content and contribute to the design and conceptualization of additional websites aimed at external audiences;
  • Manage the communications budget and control communications expenses allocated in foundation-supported program and project budgets; and
  • Serve as a member of CIC’s executive team and play a key role in the development of new programs, projects, and member services. Also serve as staff liaison to the Public Information Committee of the CIC Board of Directors.

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience and have held at least one senior communications position at an independent college or university (preferably a CIC member institution), higher education association, or as a higher education journalist. Candidates must be intimately familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by independent colleges and universities and must be committed to promoting the distinctive characteristics, values, and contributions of these institutions. Desirable qualities include vision, creativity, energy, adaptability, high standards for quality, and sensitivity to external constituencies. Demonstrable technical expertise in print and digital publications is essential, as is an understanding of broader trends in print and digital communications strategies. A bachelor’s degree is required; more advanced study of the liberal arts or journalism is desirable.

General qualifications include the ability to:
  • Write clear and compelling expository prose;
  • Edit effectively to achieve a unified voice across all CIC communications channels;
  • Organize and manage a wide range of activities with attention to detail, precision, and timeliness;
  • Translate organizational ideas and plans into effective communications products;
  • Manage staff and cooperate with colleagues productively;
  • Demonstrate a proactive, positive, and goal-focused disposition;
  • Manage multiple and shifting priorities, and act quickly when needed; and
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and highly team-oriented work environment.