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    Assistant Director, Research and Public Policy

    If intellectual curiosity led you to a research-focused career, you will want to consider this unique opportunity! The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is a professional membership association seeking a hands-on Assistant Director of Research and Public Policy. This role plays a vital part in supporting the initiatives of this globally recognized leader in professional development and educational programs that support hiring the college educated.

    What We Offer You

    NACE employees receive a competitive salary and enjoy a work environment that values collaboration, innovation and excellence. Additionally, we have an extremely robust benefits package for our employees, including:

    • Generous paid time off and vacation time
    • Flexible work schedule for those who have earned it
    • 401(k) with company match
    • Generous medical, dental and vision plan (no premium for employee-only coverage and extremely reasonable rates for family coverage)
    • Company provided short-term and long-term disability
    • Company provided life insurance equal to two times annual salary

    In this highly visible role, you will assist in developing NACE’s strategic plan for the Research Department, the annual research agenda and research budget, prioritize research efforts, and conduct or obtain research that will further knowledge and insight about the employment of the college educated. Additionally, a major focus of this role will be to manage the relationship between NACE Research and external partners in producing content for both NACE and the NACE Center for Talent Acquisition and Career Development.

    Core functions include:

    • Assist the Director of Research, Public Policy, and Legislative Affairs in developing strategic initiatives within the research area and the development and implementation of an annual research plan.  Additionally, this role will support other key management functions of the Research and Public Policy department, including staffing and budgeting.
    • Manage relationships with external research partners.
    • Coordinate NACE Research activities with other internal departments, including Marketing, IT, and Professional Development.
    • Plan and implement research projects, including customized research, and act as a consultant to support NACE clients with special research needs.  This will include identifying the areas where NACE research can serve specific member needs, designing, conducting, and analyzing custom research projects, and overseeing the research staff providing customized research reports.
    • Collect key research conducted by individuals and organizations relevant to NACE’s mission and strategy.  Analyze data derived from NACE surveys and external data sources and author reports about findings.
    • Present NACE research to the public and both internal and external customers through writing reports, articles, and presentations at meetings, conferences, or webinars; through interviews with media outlets; and through written or oral public testimony before governmental legislative or regulatory hearings.
    • Provide subject matter expertise and guidance to NACE staff by monitoring and editing research.
    • Assist in the review and recommendation of technological tools, both hardware and software, to be used in keeping the NACE research department current.


    Education and Work Experience:  A Master’s degree in a social science or public policy related discipline is required, with 3-5 years of professional experience in career services or institutional research.

    Technology: Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook) and SPSS or another statistical software is required.

    Communication Skills: Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to develop and deliver effective presentations. Ability to communicate clearly and courteously with NACE constituencies, staff, media, public, and work cooperatively and expeditiously with staff, volunteers, and membersGood grammatical and proofreading skills.

    Research Methodology:  Expertise in research, analysis of trends, development of forecasts and scenarios and professional experience collecting data through all research approaches, such as focus groups, surveys, online, etc. Qualified candidates must have the ability to integrate knowledge and insights from many different sources and weigh the cost of research against the potential returns.

    About NACE

    The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the foremost provider of professional development and educational programs related to the career development and hiring of the college educated.

    NACE is the leading voice on emerging issues and trends; a vital professional network for learning and benchmarking; and a trusted source for knowledge, standards, competencies for professional practice, and advocacy pertinent to workforce policy issues. NACE serves more than 8,100 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide; more than 3,100 university relations and recruiting professionals; and the business affiliates that serve this community. Visit to learn more.

    The association is based in Bethlehem, PA, with proximity to Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan areas in PA and NJ.

    How to Apply

    PLEASE NOTE - To be considered, all applicants MUST include:

    • An updated resume
    • A brief cover letter describing why you meet the qualifications for our position is required to be considered
    • A sample of a report that you have written based on data that you have analyzed
    • Salary history and/or requirement


    NACE’s hiring management partner is myHR Partner. myHR Partner is not a staffing service or recruiter. All resumes/applications will be reviewed for this position and only for NACE. Applicants who meet the initial qualifications will be contacted for a phone interview.

    All applicants can check the status of their application by logging on to the myHR Partner web portal at and logging on to your personal profile in the Job Postings area.
    If you are selected to receive an offer of employment with our company, your employment may be contingent upon the successful completion of work references and other background checks.

    We realize that it takes time and effort to go through our application process and we thank you for considering applying for this position. We kindly ask for no emails or phone calls to further your application process. These efforts will not enhance your opportunity for consideration and we are not equipped to respond to these requests. Thank you in advance for your adherence to this request.

    EOE, M/F/D/V.