Higher Education.

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Higher education in the United States refers to a variety of both public and private institutions of post-secondary education. Most of these institutions operate on a non-profit basis, but a small and growing number of private institutions operate as for-profit entities.

Institutions of higher education provide an intellectually stimulating environment as they strive to support the growth and development of their students both in and outside the classroom. In addition to a stable workplace, colleges and universities often offer such benefits as access to facilities and events, health insurance, and retirement programs. For the most part, jobs in higher education require extensive work with students on the part of faculty and staff. Generally positions fall into one of three sectors on campus: Administration, positions such as dean of faculty, treasurer, director of development; Faculty; and Student Affairs, departments such as Financial Aid, Counseling, Career Planning.

Salary Info

Salaries for jobs within institutions of higher education vary widely depending upon experience, position, job function, geographical location and institutional category. Entry-level administrative positions might range anywhere from $20,000-$45,000 on average. There is also a broad range of salaries for first year college/university-level teachers depending on whether the position is part-time, full-time, adjunct or a teaching fellow or assistant.

Professional Organizations


Job Search Web Sites

  • Academic 360: Links to college and university human resources websites in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and sorted alphabetically and by geographic location.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education: The Chronicle’s Career Network is the world’s largest job marketplace for people with advanced degrees — in print and online. Advertisers include colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations in the United States and around the world.
  • HigherEd Jobs On-line: HigherEdJobs.com has one of the largest job databases focused exclusively on college and university positions.
  • Student Affairs.com: A comprehensive index of Internet resources for college student affairs professionals, offering information on and links to over 600 listservs and websites. Additionally, StudentAffairs.com maintains Position Listings, an Online Exhibit Hall, a Conference Center, Online Courses and an Online e-Journal.
  • Nemnet (diversity recruiting)
  • The Placement Exchange Online: The place to be for student affairs job placement.
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U): AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantage of a liberal education to all students, regardless of their academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915 by college presidents, AAC&U now represents the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities-large and small, public and private, two-year and four-year. AAC&U comprises more than 1,150 accredited colleges and universities that collectively educate more than seven million students every year.
  • The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges: The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the only national association that serves the interests and needs of academic governing boards, boards of institutionally related foundations, and campus CEOs and other senior-level campus administrators on issues related to higher education governance and leadership.
  • The Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE): A large job placement exchange held annually at The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Traditionally focused on entry-level jobs in housing and residence life, but more and more related fields also interview there. Commonly referred to as simply “Oshkosh.”
  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU): The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation, and government regulation. Today, through new communication technologies, an improved governance structure, and increased member participation, NAICU has become an even more effective and respected participant in the political process.
  • The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA): NASPA also lists job openings in the field of college and university student affairs.
  • US Department of Education: The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of our mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education. OPE includes two major components: Policy, Planning, and Innovation (PPI), Higher Education Programs (HEP).
  • NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program (NUFP): An internship and mentoring program to increase the number of persons of ethnic-minority and/or persons with disabilities in student affairs and higher education.

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