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Subject Matter Expert: Public & Nonprofit Leadership
American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana
Date Posted 05/13/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Subject Matter Expert/Author Contractor provides course content for curriculum development and production in public and nonprofit leadership within the Business Professions field. The SME/A creates original material, including the course blueprint, lecture and presentation scripts, discussion board questions, assignments, and other components of a master’s-level course in an engaging and motivating manner for a Business Professions program. Primary responsibilities include: 1) know the content of public and nonprofit leadership from an expert perspective (with special interest in leading these types of organizations, fundraising/resource management, or board/volunteer development) 2) create and proofread initial drafts/peer reviews, 3) align academic and program outcomes with appropriate course objectives, 4) design engaging activities and assignments, with an emphasis on case studies and simulations, and 5) write content.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Represents, promotes, and supports knowledge acquisition within public and nonprofit leadership, especially in relation to leading these types of organizations, fundraising/resource management, or board/volunteer development.
  • Responds in a timely manner to meet deadlines.
  • Researches, drafts, and writes course blueprints and content materials suitable for an online/virtual delivery approach.
  • Encourages, motivates, and inspires others through written expression.
  • Maintains a professional and technical knowledge of selected fields
  • Prerequisite Training: may be face to face or remote.

Best Practices:

  • Demonstrates self-reliance by meeting/exceeding workflow needs.
  • Follows established processes as outlined by leadership.
  • Completes assigned duties based on college needs and individual skill set.
  • Consistently produces a high volume of quality work.
  • Capable, and adapts as needed, to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.

Core Competencies:

  • Expert with depth of knowledge in public and nonprofit leadership.
  • Understands major themes, tenets, and principles within business.
  • Strong passion for writing with excellent communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision and, as needed, within a collaborative environment.
  • Must be "self-motivated" as well as creative and efficient in proposing solutions to complex, time-critical problems associated with course development.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a high attention to detail.
  • Holistic thinker, who understands how to visualize ways to engage learners.
  • Knows how to create application exercises and use strategies which create relevance in performance.
  • Process information quickly and accurately.
  • Synthesizes information while also identifying essential and/or missing components.
  • Knows how to utilize higher level thinking skills by functioning outside the box.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver content.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Earned doctorate from an accredited institution in public and nonprofit leadership or an earned terminal degree (doctorate) in a related field with 18 graduate credit hours in the specific discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing and communication effectively.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of study.
  • Evidence of research skills, knowledge of how to use online databases.
  • Current in the field of study.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and write using a range of documents.
  • Ability to travel as required.
  • Skill in using Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Ability to use or learn how to use appropriate technology, including conferencing and learning management systems.
  • Experience developing curricula in public and nonprofit leadership for online delivery


At American College of Education, we believe that the best learning environment for students and staff is one in which we encounter viewpoints and experiences that are different, yet complementary to ours. This environment is fostered by the presence of persons with diverse backgrounds. While a necessary precondition, diversity is in and of itself, insufficient. To create and maintain a truly inclusive learning community, we must strive to make all feel equally valued. We may celebrate diversity, but we “live” inclusion.


The physical demand described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform work consistent with an online, virtual environment.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

American College of Education seeks to attract and retain a diverse staff consistent with its diverse student body and surrounding communities.

ACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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