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Accreditation Specialist

Date Posted:  Oct 14, 2021
Requisition ID:  272821

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD):   

Our mission is to develop a premier workforce that will allow Indiana employers to flourish and entice businesses from outside our state to relocate to Indiana. Everyone at DWD will be required to think outside-the-box; to determine metrics that will allow for measurement and improvement and efficiencies to be made along the way. Cutting edge technologies will be utilized to help assess Indiana’s employment future. If managed properly, Indiana’s workforce will be second to none and completely prepared for the next phase of the state and country’s economic growth. 



Salary for this role may be commensurate with education and/or experience. 


About the Job:

As the Accreditation Specialist, you will work with DWD's Office for Career and Technical Schools (OCTS).  You will be responsible for providing high quality customer service, program expertise, and administration involving the accreditaiton of non-degree granting, non-credit bearing postsecondary proprietary educational institutions operating in Indiana.  You will demonstrate a commitment to continous program improvement, and developing and achieving program goals and performance measures related to educating, training, and developing Indiana's workforce. Your work will involve applying a broad knowledge of state regulations and policies, broad knowledge of DWD and regional programs and administrative operations, specialized knowledge of accreditation requirements, effective interpersonal and communication skills, research and analysis skills, report compilation and presentation skills, and advanced computer literacy to conduct compliance reviews, analyze results and formulate recommendations to leadership as necessary, work cooperatively with various workforce development partners to resolve issues of noncompliance, and maintain OCTS informational databases.  You will serve in a highly responsible administrative and advisory capacity, providing subject matter expertise and being a consultative resource to both agency and workforce development partner executive leadership.  Your work will be broad in scope and involve all phases of executing the state-mandated regulatory accreditation requirements on behalf of the agency.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:


  • Develop, perform, revise, and streamline various division functions, as well as serve in a unique capactity to provide insight, perspective, and feedback to coworkers, various program directors, and management in a wide range of situations.  Grasp new and changing concepts and guidelines, and ensure knowledge is up-to-date on relevant changes in policy and law, and take measures to advance job knowledge.  Use all of the data, information, and resources available to assess and analyze situations, and conduct additional research to make well-founded recommendations, decisions, and determinations of accreditation issuance.
  • Manage and maintain accurate records and files for the Post-Secondary Training division, and serve as a central hub for data warehousing and information tracking and coordination.  Expedite the timely creation and distribution of reports and the exchange of information.
  • Conduct timely fiscal and administrative desktop and on-site accreditation reviews as required by state regulations, and serve as liaison and subject matter expert for internal and external workforce development partners on related administrative matters.
  • Respond to requests for guidance from institutions, conferring with or referring to appropriate resources as needed.
  • Provide ongoing review of OCTS practices and procedures to ensure continued compliance with agency, state, and federal standards.  Keep abreast of new and developing trends, philosophies, and available materials relating to monitoring and resolution, and actively participate in training opportunities.  Design or revise detailed processes and procedures for monitoring and resolution job functions.


The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Five (5) years full-time work experience in institutional accreditation management or closely related field or appropriate educational background.
  • Working knowledge in program subject matter obtained through experience and/or education.  
  • Specialized knowledge of program area including pertinent rules and regulations. 
  • Basic knowledge of all source materials and references including federal and state laws governing the programs. 
  • Ability to implement new principles and policies and discern any far-reaching implications 
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing. 
  • The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders. 
  • Working knowledge of accounting and budget principles.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently, effectively organize the work and prioritize a variety of projects and functions, and coordinate with others to complete tasks timely and efficiently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel statewide and stay overnight, as needed, to conduct business.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may serve as a team lead for an assigned work group.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 
  • DWD GOAL (Go Out and Learn) Tuition Assistance Program - Eligible employees have access to up to $5,000 in tuition assistance per fiscal year 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.


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