Director of Compliance [Remote, FT]

Compliance · Osage, Iowa
Department Compliance
Employment Type FTE
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.

Director of Compliance | The Profession | 

The Director of Compliance provides strategic direction and leadership to support the rapid growth of a cutting-edge art education university. This position develops, trains, and monitors a comprehensive compliance program throughout the university. Compliance is their advocate, not their barrier.

The Director of Compliance ensures that all employees have access to the knowledge, support, and guidance to conduct their work in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards, while also being empowered to ask new questions and push ideas forward. 

This position promotes ethical behavior and an awareness and understanding of positive ethical principles and compliance with all regulatory bodies, federal and state law. The Director of Compliance requires a multi-talented professional who is knowledgeable in the critical areas of the national scope of accreditation (regional and national), NC-SARA, and the individualized teacher advancement regulations in all 50 states. Therefore, this role requires attention to detail, consistent awareness of external legislation, and awareness of ongoing updates in state-by-state teacher licensure regulations.

The director serves as a resource to the university on regional, federal, state, municipal, and specialized regulatory and accreditation matters for the institution as a whole. This position also works to ensure compliance with Iowa College Aid standards, the Distance Education Accreditation Commission(DEAC), Policies, Federal Requirements, and Assumed Practices, the Iowa College Aid requirements, and the standards of all external, specialized accreditation, licensing, and certifying agencies governing the universities programs. Additionally, the director conducts research on regulatory and accreditation program issues as requested. Experience with the six national accreditation bodies is desirable to round out a knowledgeable and scalable approach to all policy and practice decisions.

The Director of Compliance provides consultation, expertise, and support related to accreditation and focused site-visit matters, and works with the university leadership, faculty, and staff in preparing for comprehensive evaluations of the institution’s accreditation status. The director is responsible for the review of required institutional updates and specialized accreditation reports for submission to external bodies. The position also works with faculty and administrators to obtain and maintain accreditation for specific academic and professional development programs and supports self-assessments through institutional effectiveness monitoring to determine compliance with accreditation standards and regulations.

This role requires confidence and the ability to work productively with regulators and can communicate clearly and persuasively.

This position works collaboratively both vertically and horizontally within the university to ensure best practices are conducted and upheld and advises the team on a range of regulatory matters, such as launching new products and strategically positioning current products. 

Compliance | What We Believe | 

We maintain accreditation, state authorization, and approved provider status so that art teachers have access to the education and resources they deserve. By asking the right questions, we empower art teachers to advocate for themselves, and research and create support when they can’t.”


  • We believe that you must ask the right questions to find the right answers. 
  • We believe that ongoing learning and research are essential to staying ahead in compliance. 
  • We believe that rules are only doors closed if you aren’t creative. 
  • We believe that providing teachers with accurate information is essential in supporting their goals. 
  • We believe that words matter. Providing clear and helpful information to teachers is our priority. 
  • We believe that compliance and creative thinking belong together. 

The Art of Education University | Who We Are | 

Our mission is simple, driven, and inspiring:  “We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging professional development at every stage of their career.

AOEU is an innovative and fast-growing institution of higher education serving art teachers around the world.  In 2019, we became the first homegrown graduate university in the state of Iowa in 50 years, and the world’s first “University For Life,” serving art educators throughout an entire lifetime of learning.

The Art of Education University serves tens of thousands of students, readers, and customers around the U.S. and in over 40 countries.  Our magazine is read more than 800,000 times each month, our events are attended by over 4,000 art educators annually, and we serve over 2,000 graduate students each year. 


Our culture is at the heart of our success as an institution.  We believe in a drama-free environment that upholds the ideals of Radical Candor©.  We believe that your success is our success.  You will always know where you stand, and you will be challenged to grow and stretch yourself in ways you never imagined.


The Details |Director of Compliance

Accreditation Management

  • Demonstrated success as a values-based leader who can build and maintain a culture of empowerment, ownership, and accountability.
  • Ensure appropriate regulatory policies, procedures and systems are established, maintained and well documented, to support internal and external partnerships. 
  • Own all ongoing compliance review processes and requirements, including annual reviews and meetings, drafting policies and procedures, and operations. 
  • Manage the accreditation process to determine and safeguard compliance with departmental goals and objectives, pertinent laws, rules, and regulations. Use program-specific management tools to track files and coordinate outstanding document requests.
  • Support the writing process and review department policies, procedures, and operations manuals to ensure compliance with applicable laws, changing legislation, current agency practice, and accreditation standards.
  • Understands institutional and departmental level goals and brings knowledge and systems to ensure compliance.
  • Represent AOEU during their accreditation assessment on-site visits to provide comments about their accomplishments in meeting accreditation standard requirements.
  • Completes accreditation annual reporting requirements.
  • Serves as accreditation liaison. Determines when substantive change requests are needed and write recommendations. Determines needs for data analysis and produces results. Determines the need and crafts the message for all other DEAC correspondence, including annual reporting. Facilitates the writing of the SER. Coordinates reporting requirements and logistics for accreditation visits.
  • Compliance Monitoring: Attends accreditation educational events to monitor standards’ changes and interpretations to communicate them to relevant constituents. Monitors compliance with all accreditation standards and requirements through process analysis, policy and procedure review, and systemic interviewing. Proactively communicates the need for changes in processes and products and offers possible solutions. Monitors timelines and provides oversight for program-specific accreditation reporting—Consults on data needs and process improvements.
  • Work with academics to identify substantive and non-substantive changes and complete the needed paperwork to allow them to move forward with their goals as they pertain to partnerships and accreditation requirements. 
  • Support Climb Credit and/or other funding options to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Ensure that the graduate catalog, enrollment agreement, and website are compliant.
  • Supports and reviews processes and policies throughout the institution and ensures that all are compliant.
  • Develop and implement auditing process for student records, policies, communication, and documents to ensure compliance with all federal and state laws.
  • Facilities collaborative group processes as well as the documentation of systems and processes for compliance-related departmental and institutional projects. 
  • Every 4 years, manage the writing of Self Evaluation Report (self-study) for accreditation renewal.
    • Organize, train, and manage details for the corresponding site visit.
  • Graduate Catalog, manage the process, edits, and all updates throughout the website. 
  • Support Academics and manage program updates and additions by creating systems and processes to ensure all documentation and accreditation standards are met. 
  • Reaches and advises on other accreditation options as needed. 

State Liaison

  • Monitors and completes all state-specific reporting requirements related to accreditation and state authorization.
    • Iowa College Aid
    • NC-SARA
    • California authorization to operate 
  • Keep the state map up-to-date, and all needed team members informed and trained. Support marketing in related campaigns as appropriate.
  • Design and implement systems to ensure all state-level reporting and documentation requirements are met.


  • Maintain and update Terms of Service. Work with the legal team as needed. 
  • Track Copyright and trademark information and support future needs. 
  • Oversee that the team signs and understands the DEAC Code of Ethics, FERPA, and GDPR annually. 
  • Exercise discretion in communications to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and external audiences to safeguard confidential information. Protect information related to admission, recruitment, student/alumni records and files, personnel situations, performance evaluations, grade reports, merit, promotion decisions, and other confidential materials.

Cross-Departmental Collaboration

  • Maintain a strong and open working relationship with department heads, senior leadership, and faculty to ensure continued adherence to compliance standards.
  • Work strategically with Marketing and Communication to ensure accurate and timely communication about teacher licensure and state standards. 
  • Work with the Dean of Admissions and Student Services to create team training and documents to help students understand accreditation and advocate for their needs. 
  • Stay informed about ADA compliance and support technology and web development departments as needed. 

Administrative Leadership

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and coordinate training for AOEU department heads and teams, making sure they understand how to remain compliant and translate policy and accreditation standards into language that students and administrators understand and value. 
  • Ensure compliance in programming and communication, both internal and external. 
  • Responsible for regulatory standards as defined by the DEAC. 
  • Ensure that the team is trained and adhering to FERPA, GDPR, DEAC Code of Conduct, Iowa College Aid Code of Conduct, DEAC Standards. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong systems thinker with an ability to communicate ideas, processes, and procedures.
  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of regional and national accreditation standards.
  • Passion for art education and helping art teachers reach their goals for higher education.
  • Strong sense of ethics and code of conduct.
  • Highly effective verbal and written communication.
  • Easily adaptable, reflective of the fast pace and growth of the institution.
  • Challenge-driven and strong desire to support others reach their goals and metrics.
  • Well-versed in a wide breadth of topics in art education.
  • Highly organized with the ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously and with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong professional collaboration skills.
  • Believes in creating a service-oriented culture that thrives on a disciplined approach to identifying objectives, prioritization, and accomplishing them with efficiency and timeliness.
  • Possess a savvy understanding of education and can anticipate how trends and other influences such as national and state education policies may impact the delivery of education within an academic setting.
  • Possess solid analytical skills and be comfortable tactfully challenging the status quo. Will be transparent regarding the rationale for decisions and communicate openly and effectively across the organization.

Work Environment

The duties of this position are typical of those performed in a home office setting with normal ranges of temperature.  The majority of tasks will be performed while sitting at a desk.


  • Position requires considerable concentration and focus throughout the day.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift items such as laptops, monitors, and the like.
  • When traveling: 
    • The ability to lift or push your suitcase.
  • Ability to carry/lift up to 25-50 lbs of presentation materials for customers or for conference presentations, etc.
  • May be required to present to a group.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to view computer screens for significant periods of time.  The Art of Education University is an online university.  Therefore 95-98% of one’s time will be on or using technology.
  • Ability to use a laptop keyboard with accuracy.
  • Ability to hear at normal levels and through electronic devices such as laptops, earbuds, phones, and the like.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Position Requirements


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree
  • Master’s degree preferred.


  • Minimum five years' high-level experience preferred in a successful college or university compliance office. 
  • Must be able to translate complex ideas into easy-to-understand communication.  
  • Strong understanding of policy and education regulations. Higher Education experience is also highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated managerial excellence in an academic and/or corporate setting.
  • Experience working with prospective students, current students, advising, marketing, statistics, data analysis, academic policy, report writing, web applications, data input, word processing, and spreadsheets.
  • Experience with and commitment to standards and expectations for professional behavior.
  • Comfort with ambiguity, capable of solving complex problems independently in a fast-paced environment and adapting along the way.
  • Ability to initiate and drive projects to completion with minimal guidance.
  • Strong organization, prioritization and time management skills.


  • Secure and reliable access to the internet with the capability to support audio and video calls required.

Compensation & Benefits


Structured as a full-time, exempt, and salaried position, this individual will report directly to the Chief Academic Officer, Cheryl Hayek. Flexible schedule as some daytime, evening, and weekend hours may be required. Some travel may be required and will be reimbursed through AOEU’s Travel Policy. Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.  Payroll is issued on a semi-monthly basis paid on the 15th and last day of each month.  


  • Health, dental, and vision plan with 100% premium coverage for individual employees. And up to 70% contribution for other coverage options, with no waiting period (1st month after hire).  
  • 401K plan with 4% match, no waiting or vesting period.
  • Unlimited self-managed PTO plus 10 paid holidays
  • Coworking space or home office equipment stipend
  • Fully remote, flexible schedule
  • 8-weeks paid parental leave
  • Lifelong Learning Fund for professional development and educational reimbursement 
  • Personalized leadership coaching with a certified trainer 

  • For additional information surrounding our offered benefits, visit our website. 



Persons interested in applying should complete the application form linked below.  Applicants are required to submit a short 1-3 minute video explaining why they would like to be considered for the position and why they are uniquely qualified.  Failure to submit a video will automatically eliminate you from the application process.

Candidates who make it to Round 2 of the application process will be required to complete a packet for review, prior to their scheduled interview time.  

Finalists will have one final culture interview with a member of the Sr. Leadership Team.

All applicants and candidates will be notified of the status of their applications.


  • Interested applicants should complete the application and upload a current resume as soon as possible.
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be notified as applications are submitted.
  • The anticipated position start date will depend on candidate availability.

How to Apply | This Is Me | 


The Art of Education University is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. The Art of Education University will not discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of actual or perceived age, race, color, national origin/ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related conditions), physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Art of Education University is a participant of E-Verify.

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    Osage, Iowa
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    Compensation is commensurate with education and experience.