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  • Employer-paid group life, long-term disability and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
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  • 403(b) savings/retirement plan benefit, with a fully-vested employer matching contribution of up to 5% in the first year. After two years of participation, matching grows by 1% per year, to a limit of 10% employer match. 
  • $1,500 professional development allowance per fiscal year
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Director of Compliance & State Authorization

Job Title
Director of Compliance & State Authorization
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Chicago,  IL 60602
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Founded in 1952, the Adler School of Professional Psychology is the oldest independent school of psychology in North America.  Today, the Adler School offers 20+ graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,200 students at campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Based upon its Adlerian roots and as part of its commitment to continue the work of the first community psychologist, Alfred Adler, a particular commitment of the School is training psychologists to work with marginalized and underserved populations and who are committed to social justice.  The Adler School is a fast growing and exciting institution.  It is a wonderful place to be a student and an employee.  For more detail see

The Director of Compliance & State Authorization will work closely with Adler School faculty, staff, and administration and will report to the Vice President of Administration. 
The Director of Compliance & State Authorization supports the Adler School in establishing and maintaining state authorization compliance for all online programs offered outside of the state of Illinois. This position is charged with taking all steps necessary to obtain and maintain authorization to operate in all states where Adler has determined it will provide online instruction.  This function represents the focus of the role for at least the first year.
Once the state application process is largely addressed and a comprehensive system for managing and maintaining these efforts is established, the Director is principally responsible for establishing the appropriate level of knowledge around compliance-related policies and procedures throughout the institution, more broadly. Duties include the development and delivery of training and communication in collaboration with the appropriate members of the administration, faculty, and staff.  The Director will develop an institutional compliance plan, identify policy and training needs, and ensure accurate data and timelines are met related to state and federal laws and regulations.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Secure and maintain state authorization for all states in which Adler decides to offer online education;
  • Develop, initiate, and maintain all state authorization applications, reporting, and continued compliance;
  • Compile information across divisions/departments to prepare submissions of new and renewal state applications with attention to detail and accuracy and within strict deadlines;
  • Create, monitor, and update timelines for regulatory activities;
  • Maintain a current working knowledge of distance higher education regulatory rules and procedures;
  • Manage the application and reporting processes for operating and degree-granting authority from state boards of higher education, including distance education requirements;
  • Maintain a current working knowledge of the state of Illinois education requirements;
  • Maintain current knowledge of shifting regulatory compliance at the state and federal levels and provides reports on a regular basis;
  • Identify pending compliance changes and conduct proactive and in time training to ensure policy/procedure compliance through planning cycles;
  • Work in concert with faculty to ensure that academic programs leading to professional certification or licensure maintain the standards required of such programs, and to ensure that reporting responsibilities are fulfilled;
  • Collaborate with the faculty and administration in the development of new programs or service areas, as guided by the expansion strategies presented in the institution’s Strategic Plan;
  • Monitor the School’s publications, website, and policy documents to ensure uniformity and compliance with regulatory bodies;
  • Act as an advisor to School units, such as the Admissions Office, the Office of Registration and Records, and other operational units, regarding their compliance with regulatory agency rules; and to ensure through audit procedures that files are properly maintained;
  • Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk and develop/implement corrective action plans for resolution;
  • Create and maintain tools for tracking and reporting on state and federal regulatory changes and keep accurate and updated records to reflect changes in authorization status;
  • Routinely research state and federal laws, rules, and regulations, including professional licensure regulations; implement communication and appropriate strategies to assure compliance;
  • Develop and periodically review and update best practices to ensure continuing currency and relevance in providing information to administration, faculty and staff.

 Why consider the opportunity?
  • Newly-created position.  You will have the opportunity to build and direct Adler’s compliance function and play a pivotal role in expanding the School’s on-line educational programming.
  • A mission-based institution.  As the oldest independent psychology school in North America, Adler School continues the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice.
  • A thriving, growing school.  Adler School has grown over the past decade from an enrollment of 185 in fall 2003 to serving more than 1,200 today, with concurrent gains in the quality of its students.  The School plans to seek University status in 2015.
Required Skills
•Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
•Compliance experience in state authorizations for online education required; broad understanding of compliance in the higher education sector preferred.
•Strong detail-orientation with the ability to read, interpret and analyze state regulations, preferably with experience managing state authorizations for on-line education.
•Strong organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication, and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
•The ability to independently work on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to produce accurate work within established deadlines.

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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