Director for Regulatory Affairs
Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Reports to (Title):
Vice President for Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Reporting to the Vice President for Policy and Regulatory
Affairs, the Director for Regulatory Affairs is responsible for
ensuring consistent implementation of all requirements of federal,
state, and other accreditation requirements by developing a
comprehensive monitoring and implementation process which includes
the planning, drafting, and evidence-compiling for all reports and
public comments submitted on behalf of the Commission. The
incumbent is required to track evidence and prepare the petition
submission and any monitoring reports required by the United States
Department of Education. The incumbent will monitor the
regulatory environment of the international higher education
ministries where MSCHE has current or future locations. The
Director for Regulatory Affairs will prepare training and
institutional guidance for the Commission, MSCHE staff,
institutions, and peer evaluators on new and revised regulations.
The Director will monitor federal regulations for changes in
requirements and expectations for institutions with regard to
changes to the verification of compliance process; and work
collaboratively with the Compliance Officer in preparing and
delivering compliance training. The Director for
Regulatory Affairs is charged with working collaboratively with
Commission staff and other stakeholders to mitigate risk exposure
through carefully considered accreditation policies, procedures,
and guidelines that are aligned with federal regulation. The
incumbent is responsible for ensuring that the organization is
meeting current regulations and understands any emerging federal
requirements. This position also oversees the systematic and
regular monitoring and review of the Commissions Standards for
Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. The incumbent would
serve as the appeals administrator in the event of an appeal.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, remote
teleworking position but does require onsite
presence in Philadelphia, PA, Wilmington, DE, and other
locations when necessary to fulfill the work of the
This position requires energetic and positive interactions with
staff, Commissioners, member institutions, peer evaluators, and all
constituents through exceptional customer service and communication
The Director for Regulatory Affairs is expected to travel to and
attend conferences, workshops, and/or meetings sponsored by the
United States Department of Education (USDE), the National Advisory
Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and other
regulatory organizations, funds permitting.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
% of Total
40 % Regulatory Affairs
- Ensure the Commission consistently implements federal
regulations and other external requirements in all accreditation
- Serve as the primary advisor on all regulatory matters in
jurisdictions where the Commission, its member institutions, or
applicants institutions operate.
- Serve as a primary resource to the Commission in monitoring all
relevant regulatory processes, including but not limited to the
federal negotiated rule-making process and the rulemaking process
for other agencies as appropriate to inform policy changes for the
- Proactively identify and produce timelines and plans for
reviewing and vetting calls for comments that are appropriate for
the Commission’s advocacy efforts, including responses to relevant
federal notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and state regulatory
proposals. Ensure the timely submission of comments on behalf of
- Provide support in government or regulatory agency
investigations, working with the Senior Vice President for Legal
Affairs and General Counsel and Records Officer to coordinate
responses to regulatory agency investigations.
- Identify emerging, new, or changing federal regulatory
requirements and develop guidance and resources for Commission
representatives and institutional members. Update and maintain
portions of the MSCHE website that relate to regulatory
- Serve as a primary resource for MSCHE policy development to
ensure the Commission’s standards, policies, and procedures meet
regulatory requirements. Provide feedback during the drafting phase
to ensure policy is crafted in a manner that is in concert with
existing or anticipated federal requirements and other external
- Ensure that the interpretation and application of Commission
accreditation policies and procedures are done in a manner that is
in concert with external regulatory requirements.
- Contribute to peer and institutional training to ensure
regulatory expectations are being addressed.
35% Commission Recognition through
- Prepare application to the USDE for recognition including the
written narrative, collection and tracking of documentation and
evidence, and timely submission of all required materials.
- Manage any required follow-up reporting and correspondence with
the USDE or other federal or state agencies regarding complaints,
institutional matters, FOIA requests and changes to scope.
- Produce timelines and plans for the Commission’s scheduled
recognition activities, including but not limited to evidence
gathering, drafting the organization response regarding the staff
analysts report, drafting, and producing presentation materials in
preparation for the Commissions appearance before NACIQI.
- Proactively track evidence for reporting to the USDE through
participation in meetings.
- Represent the Commission in its recognition-related
relationship with the federal government, serving as primary
liaison throughout the review and recognition process.
- Update and maintain portions of the MSCHE website pages that
relate to the USDE.
15% Review of Accreditation Standards
- Ensure and lead the review of the Commission’s Standards for
Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation through a continuous
cycle of assessment and improvement.
- Produce timelines and plans to ensure a well-organized process
that aligns with Commission policy and ensures constituency
engagement and feedback.
- Revise, develop, and implement accreditation standards and
requirements of affiliation.
- Ensure the consideration of technological shifts that are
required to support any changes.
10% Appeals for Adverse Actions:
- Serve as the MSCHE Appeals Administrator and coordinate with
others, including the Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and
General Counsel, to manage the appeals proceeding.
- Manage the Appeal Panel pool including the preparation of and
execution of training for the panel.
- Conduct appeals in accordance with the established policy and
procedures including creating, maintaining, and properly retaining
the complete record.
- Revise, develop, and implement the Appeals Procedures through
collaboration with the Vice President for Policy and Regulatory
- Ensure appropriate maintenance and retention of related
Note: Percentages may vary. Other duties as
Scope of Responsibility
- Supervision Exercised
Education and Experience Required
- This position requires a minimum of a master's degree in legal
studies, higher education administration, public policy and
administration, or similar field from an institution with
accreditation recognized by the United States Department of
- Minimum of three years’ experience in higher education,
government relations, or a related industry, with considerable
experience in the areas of accreditation, federal or state
regulation and/or educational policy.
- At least one year of experience coordinating research
particularly in state, federal, or international regulations/codes
and guidance documentation.
- Experience working with a broad range of constituents in a
fast-paced and changing environment.
- Ability to represent the Commission to a broad range of
constituents in a professional manner.
- The position requires an individual with:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills;
- Strong and developed organization and project management
- The ability and willingness to learn and maintain knowledge of
federal, state and other accreditation requirements as they pertain
to the organization;
- The ability to work both independently and in a collaborative
- The ability to exercise independent judgement and discretion,
and balance competing demands;
- The proven ability to manage confidential information with
- Ability to professionally represent the Commission to a broad
range of constituents
- Superior customer service focus with attention to detail and
strong interpersonal skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office products.
Preferred: The following reflects preferred education and /or
experience for this position.
- Experience with the development and delivery of training.
MSCHE offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits and
work environment. This is a full-time, non-exempt, remote
teleworking position but does require onsite
presence in Philadelphia, PA, and other locations when
necessary to fulfill the work of the Commission.
MSCHE does not provide work visa sponsorships.
How to Apply:
Application materials may be sent to: email@example.com.
Application materials should include:
1) a detailed letter of interest;
2) a current resume; and
3) a list of three professional references with contact
* Please note that references will not be contacted without
explicit permission from the candidate.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For
best consideration, please submit your complete
application materials by May 30, 2022.
MSCHE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and
complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair
employment practices laws. MSCHE strictly prohibits and does not
tolerate unlawful discrimination against employees, applicants, or
any other covered persons on the basis of protected class
membership. For information please visit, https://www.msche.org/about-us/equal-employment-opportunity