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State Authorization & Licensure Specialist

Apply now Job no: 9300
Work type: Full Time
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Categories: Staff/Administration, Academic Administration, Calendar Year (12-Month), Telecommuting



Manages the administrative, operational and compliance processes for state authorization programs and professional licensure and certification requirements at the state, national and international levels


Diversity & Inclusion 

Embracing diversity for a richly inclusive community is a Guiding Principle at JWU. Our students, faculty and staff have varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives that unite us as one community and contribute to our success. We are committed to enhancing the diversity of our workforce teams and we encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. 

Johnson & Wales University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law.


Essential Job Functions

  • Facilitates the state authorization process through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) by preparing and submitting applications and other reports to state regulators and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with state higher education personnel, university partners and internal stakeholders; communicates with multiple state jurisdictions
  • Maintains knowledge of federal and state regulations and laws affecting higher education and maintains university compliance with applicable regulations and accreditation standards ; communicates regulatory updates accordingly
  • Researches, maintains and shares information on the international requirements for online education
  • Researches and reports on professional licensure and certification requirements for university programs across the US for employment in licensed fields
  • Supports college administration and faculty in making determinations regarding the ability of academic programs to meet licensure and certification requirements
  • Maintains records of determinations and required disclosures for professional licensures and certifications; coordinates with other university departments to communicate requirements to current students and applicants
  • Drafts and reviews state authorization applications, reports and responses
  • Provides reports to various university areas as needed
  • Manages and executes multiple projects and initiatives related to state authorization and professional licensure
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree
  • Moderate amount of experience working in higher education, public policy, legal or other related experience


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or greater in business, legal studies, communications or a related field of study 
  • Prior experience with state authorization and/or licensing compliance for higher education


Please note: Qualified candidates must live or relocate within a daily commuting distance of the Providence Campus location upon hire.

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