This position requires an individual with knowledge of state, federal, and international compliance associated with distance learning. It is well suited to an individual with a legal background and a deep knowledge of higher education. A preferred candidate should have experience in researching current and pending legislation and rules that related to state, federal, and international regulations for higher education and distance learning and preparing resource materials for a broad range of academic stakeholders, including students, faculty, student support personnel, administrators, and other higher education institutions.
The Extended Learning Compliance Specialist reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Extended Learning Management Team. This position works in collaboration with Legal Counsel, Registrar (both Main Campus and HSC), Admissions, Global Education Office, Financial Aid, Compliance, Office of Equal Opportunity, Export Control, IT Security, IT Academic Technologies, Branch Campus Chief Academic Officers, Associate Deans, Career Services, Accessibility Resources Center, Veteran's Resource Center, and academic units across campus who offer online programs and experiential learning placements outside of the state of New Mexico, providing compliance related resources throughout UNM's academic community. The Compliance Specialist also works with external organizations such the New Mexico Higher Education Department, other state agencies and higher education departments, ministries of education, state licensure boards, and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).
Keeps updated on current and relevant topics regarding compliance for distance education
Identifies and researches existing and proposed regulations associated with state and federal compliance for distance learning as well as international laws and export control regulations
Analyzes current compliance legislation and regulations that impact higher education as they relate to distance education and develops recommendations for various academic units, and university taskforces/committees as to how the institution can best comply to regulations.
Provides guidance and expert interpretation of practices, policy and procedures to ensure that the requirements of an effective compliance program at the university are met to minimize potential adverse impact of lawsuits and compliance complaints related to misrepresentation or other state and federal regulations associated with distance learning
Plans, develops, and implements strategies for controlling risk exposure related to compliance for the university
Researches regulations and requirements associated with pre, post, and professional licensure across the United States for all UNM online curriculum
Develops guidelines, handbooks, and other resource materials for academic and support units offering online programs for the University of New Mexico, especially for academic units with curriculum that leads to pre, post, and/or professional licensure
Participates in planning and developing strategies for controlling risk exposure related to state, federal, and international distance learning compliance for the university
Reviews, monitors, audits, and approves processes and paperwork in accordance with federal, state and local laws and guidelines.
Researches and prepares periodic and ad hoc reports on general and specific compliance issues as required by management
May collect information on compliance claims of varying degrees of difficulty, conduct investigations, negotiate corrective action settlements, and develop narrative reports
Serves on internal and external committees and other academic related organizations that support the distance learning mission of the University
See the Position Description for additional information.
Conditions of EmploymentMinimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Preferred Qualifications1. Higher education experience related to distance education/online learning
2.Demonstrated knowledge of state, federal, and international regulations as they relate to higher education
3.Legal research and policy analysis experience
4.Professional writing experience with documents such as communique's, white papers, guidelines, procedures, handbooks, or other resource materials
5.Project management experience with diverse project teams
6.Operational knowledge of collaborative digital tools, such as SharePoint, video/web conferencing, Google Docs, or other tools
7.Advanced degree preferred qualification, such masters or post-bachelors work
Albuquerque, NMDepartmentExtended University HQ (520A)Employment TypeStaffStaff TypeRegular
Full-TimeTerm End DateStatusExemptPay$3,434.31 - $5,151.47 MonthlyBenefits EligibleThis is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.ERB StatementTemporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.Background Check RequiredNoFor Best Consideration Date3/31/2019Application InstructionsPlease include Resume, Cover Letter and Professional Writing Sample
Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.
The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.
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