North Short Community College Coordinator of Alternative Studies (Prior Learning Assessment) in Danvers, Massachusetts

Coordinator of Alternative Studies (Prior Learning Assessment)


Department:Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing

Locations:Danvers, MA

Posted:May 16, '17


Ref. No.:FY'17-FT49


About North Shore Community College:

NSCC is one of 15 Massachusetts community colleges. The college serves 26 cities and towns along the coastal region from north metropolitan Boston to Cape Ann. Since its founding in 1965, NSCC has grown from a single building to three campuses, and from five to nearly 90 academic programs of study. The college has an urban campus in downtown Lynn, a suburban campus in Danvers and a cosmetology and culinary center in Middleton. Nearly 35,000 students have graduated from NSCC. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Job Description:

Coordinator of Alternative Studies: Prior Learning Assessment Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing (CAS)

Primary campus- Danvers Campus; 37.5 hours per week

Monday, Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Tuesday 11:00am-7:00pm

MCCC Unit Professional position, Grade 6

The Coordinator of Alternative Studies manages and advances the college's Prior Learning Assessment program, policy and processes while supervising related daily activities. The Coordinator is charged with reviewing, researching, expanding and implementing prior learning program and alternative credentialing options for students while enriching the institution's appreciation for learning that takes place outside of the college classroom. Working closely with faculty, staff and students, the Coordinator promotes the exploration of innovative credit options and supports efforts to accelerate and streamline degree completion. The Coordinator also manages NSCC's Short Term Faculty Led Study Abroad programming.


The Coordinator oversees all aspects of Credit for Prior Learning and alternative credit programming, supports all CAS departmental activity, and maintains the standards and procedures of the department and the college.

  • Manages prior learning assessment policy, programs and activities.

  • Facilitates the daily implementation of credit for prior learning program options.

  • Facilitates the development of additional credit for prior learning programs and policies.

  • Facilitates the continuous review and update of credit for prior learning programs and policies.

  • Organizes and facilitates program and staff development regarding credit for prior learning.

  • Coordinates processes, refines policy and collaborates with faculty and staff on the delivery of Independent Study course options.

  • Provides advisement and counseling to students in relation to CAS credit options and services.

  • Coordinates processes and collaborates with faculty, staff, students, internal departments, and external vendors to facilitate the delivery of study abroad programming.

  • Collaborates with other staff on the provision of student testing services and assistance with all aspects of overall department activity.

  • Interacts with various faculty, departments, agencies, and individuals.

  • Maintains professional knowledge.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling or closely related field with five (5) years' experience in post-secondary prior learning programs, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience required.

  • Demonstrated understanding of prior learning assessment trends and practices is required. Familiarity with CAEL standards preferred.

  • Community college experience is preferred.

  • Ability to use technology in an academic context (databases, i.e. BANNER; Cognos, Microsoft Office Suite; internet) is required.

  • Demonstrated ability to innovate, take initiative and provide leadership.

  • Ability to prioritize projects within a fast-paced and multifunctional office environment.

  • Ability to work evenings as part of the regular work schedule; work regularly on alternate campus, and work on weekends on occasion.

  • Successful experience interacting with culturally diverse populations.

  • Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI background check as a condition of employment.

Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated starting salary range $59,939.00-$63,000.00 per year for 12 months. Actual salary will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with the MCCC/MTA collective bargaining agreement.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Director of the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing

North Shore Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:

Submit cover letter and resumeno later than Monday, June 19, 2017. Applicants selected for an interview will need to provide copies of all academic transcripts and names, address, email and telephone number of at least three current professional references.

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