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Director - Academic Policy

Title of Position:  Director, Academic Policy
Type of Position:  Full-time
Starting Date:  Negotiable
Location:  Frankfort, KY; may require some limited travel
Compensation:  Competitive salary and state benefits

The Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) seeks an experienced leader to lead innovations in policy development and implementation.  The successful candidate will not only have a thorough understanding of academic policy but will know how to engage institutional representatives to challenge traditional assumptions and bring creativity to policy development. 


The CPE coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky’s postsecondary education system as directed by the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 and through the implementation of its 2016-2021 Strategic Agenda:  Stronger by Degrees.  Dr. Aaron Thompson became the fourth president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on November 1, 2018. His career is a testament to the transformative power of higher education. Under his leadership, CPE will reimagine and disrupt Kentucky’s public higher education system to better serve our students, workforce and economy.

CPE’s Academic Affairs unit is charged with applying that lens of reimagining and disruption to its areas responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

The Director will be responsible for the implementation of the CPE’s academic policies and will provide guidance as to their creation and revision (the list is illustrative and not exhaustive):

The Director of Academic Policy reports to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Success.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree, preferably in higher education, public administration, or public policy and 10 years of experience in higher education or public policy. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in national, regional, or state-level policy organization.

Required Skills and Knowledge

Other Information

Individuals are encouraged to submit materials for full consideration. The start date is negotiable. The position is based in Frankfort and may require some occasional limited travel for training purposes. Participation in TIAA in lieu of the Kentucky State retirement system(s) is acceptable.

Contact Information

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information (phone and email) for a least three references to:

Travis Powell, Vice President and General Counsel
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601

The Council on Postsecondary Education is an equal opportunity employer.

Last Updated 5/31/2019