The Chief Education Officer will serve as the senior most leader of Helms College with broad responsibilities for operation of Georgia campuses in all functional areas of admissions, academic affairs, financial aid, business office, student support, and regulatory and accreditation affairs. Oversight of planning, budgeting, and continuous improvement in the College's overall operational results will be the responsibility of the Chief Education Officer.
As a member of the Executive Leadership Team of GIMG, the Chief Education Officer will:
Be aligned with and energized by Dr. Helms' faith based social enterprise model to eliminate poverty one career at a time.
Assist with building and take ownership for achieving the 2025 Strategic Plan.
Provide leadership and direction to all operational aspects of Helms College, including Admissions, Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, Business Office, Student Services Regulatory and Accreditation.
Lead and establish as needed Advisory Councils composed of senior decision making volunteer leaders for each existing or proposed new school/major program at HC.
Oversee the development of HC curricula and identify opportunities for experiential learning mission centered new program development and programmatic growth.
Provide leadership to admissions and student services to ensure enrollment quality, improved retention, compliance with rules and regulations, and ethical treatment of students.
Responsible for creation and implementation of HC annual business plan and budget.
Responsible for forecast of projected student starts and attrition rates.
Ensure optimal and profitable performance including fiscal sustainability through revenue generation and resource management.
Ensure the adoption of and strict adherence to Title IV regulation guidelines, establishing proactive measures for student enrollments, and management of bad debt, default prevention and the occurrence of late refunds.
Assure critical operating KPI's are met and a culture of KPI performance is sustained on an ongoing and consistent basis.
Operationalize federal and state Department of Education regulatory guidelines, creating a culture of compliance through policies and standards, as well as internal audits.
Recruit, support and evaluate key operational leaders for the main and branch campuses.
Work in collaboration with Vice President Career Development to expand Helms Career Education (HCE), which serves Goodwill employees, Goodwill Career Center and WFD populations plus B2B customized training and education expanded offerings. Ensure most HCE programs align with HC’s academic programs and where possible the HCE courses should “stack” into HC’s academic programs.
Required Leadership Skills and Traits
Energized team-oriented individual with magnetic attraction to Goodwill's faith based "hand up" human and economic development mission.
Fundamental respect, understanding, and sensitivity to the needs and acceptance of people with barriers to career advancement.
Inspirational leader who creates a culture of collaboration and accountability for both staff and student body.
An understanding of human dynamics and how to build high performing teams.
Public speaking skills to professionally represent Helms College to the community.
Doctorate degree with MBA preferred. Possess necessary academic credentials and work-related experience mandated by accreditation agencies, and any other regulatory agency that monitors compliance.
Professional Experience Required
Senior leadership experience in higher education, preferably career education with similar programs as offered at Helms College.
Keen understanding and continuous awareness of regulatory guidelines with the federal and state Department of Education, as well as institutional and programmatic accreditor regulation standards.
Familiarity with admissions, compliance, Title IV and GI federal funding management.
Proficiency and skill in creating department operating/capital budgets and in P&L evaluation including sales forecasting, budgeting costs, utilization and analysis.
Knowledge/ experience in student information systems development and configuration.
Experience with regional accreditation compliance and re-accreditation.