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Regulatory Specialist
Date Posted 06/10/2021
Hiring Status Accepting Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is seeking a Regulatory Specialist to support the Office of Accreditation and Compliance on our Twin Cities Campus. The Regulatory Specialist uses research, project management, collaboration, and regulatory compliance skills and experience to meet higher education regulations, laws, and accreditation standards. This position will support professional licensure disclosure compliance, state regulatory and Higher Learning Commission reporting, and all other Accreditation Office functions.

  • Research, interpret, and monitor state laws and regulations for licenses and certifications in all U.S. jurisdictions to inform student advising needs and licensure disclosure messaging, working with external consultants as needed. 
  • Provide consultation and support to students, faculty, and staff for licensure pathway programs across all campuses and delivery modalities, including but not limited to education, nursing, social work, psychology, and K-12 education, for all jurisdictions.
  • Work with the Director of Accreditation & Compliance to build and manage a centralized and sustainable licensure education, support, compliance, and audit infrastructure, including maintenance of licensing database, training for recruitment and admission staff (including online program partners), and development of licensure education tools (FAQs, marketing materials, web pages, advising missions tools, etc.).
  • Project manage, coordinate, or otherwise support all external regulatory reporting needs, including Higher Learning Commission, MN Office of Higher Education, WI Educational Approval Program, NC-SARA, IL Board of Higher Education, MN DEED, and others.
  • Support programmatic accreditation and state licensing agency compliance as needed.
  • Provide administrative support for the Office of Accreditation & Compliance as needed. 
  • Other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills and Abilities

The selected candidate will have the following skills and experience: 

  • Exceptional research skills – ability to read and interpret federal and state regulations while quickly getting up to speed on higher education regulations and requirements. 
  • Demonstrated ability to take work direction, while also able to work under limited supervision and exercise independent judgment and initiative. 
  • Solutions-oriented and collaborative problem solver: recognizes and anticipates operational or process problems, and takes a proactive and collaborative approach towards improving processes and systems.
  • Excellent relationship-building and customer service skills:  have the ability to establish credibility with faculty, program directors, staff, students, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, investigation and listening skills. 
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and successfully prioritize multiple tasks with good judgment. 
  • Attention to detail, initiative and follow-through. 
  • Effective planning and organizing:  prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, and develops realistic action plans. Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands, and manage frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Comfortable with ambiguity and incomplete information. 
  • Proficient in Google applications, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and ability to learn other key technologies as needed. 
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree or J.D. preferred. Combination of education and relevant experience may be considered.
  • Knowledge of higher education regulatory landscape, including but not limited to NC-SARA, Higher Education Act, and state higher education regulatory bodies. 
  • 3+ years’ combined experience in a regulatory or legislative environment (higher education, professional licensure, or accreditation compliance preferred) and student / faculty support in academic settings.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references
Application Review Date
Starting Date
Contact Robin Hemenway, Ph.D.
Contact Email rhemenwa@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
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