Director of Professional Programs

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Director of Professional Programs
Department Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18134
Open Date 10/05/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Normal business hours. Occasional evening and weekend work. Occasional domestic travel.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Director of Professional Programs position is responsible for developing and implementing programs that enhance the purposes of both the University and Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (GSCS). This position provides leadership including strategic planning, directing the creation of new courses or enhancement of existing courses related to professional programs. This position takes the leading role in development of ideas and concepts that further support educational outreach programs.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Advanced degree.

Experience Required 8 years
Type of Experience

- Program development and management experience in higher education or experience in corporate training and development.
- Some experience supervising or leading others.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Program management related experience in an institution of higher learning.

License/Certification Required

Not applicable.

License/Certification Preferred

Not applicable.

Skills Required

- Knowledge and experience with online learning – development and implementation of online courses.
- Understanding of best practices in online learning.
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills, both written and verbal.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, good judgment, maturity, and ability to work on multiple tasks and a variety of projects simultaneously.
- Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping skills.
- Ability to set priorities; follow through on multiple tasks, and meet strict deadlines with minimum supervision.
- Ability to be a team player and ability to work independently.
- Experience using database, spreadsheet and word processing software programs.
- Knowledge of program evaluation and assessment.
- Experience with adult education.
- Ability to develop, manage and analyze budgets.
- Strong writing skills.
- Management skills to hire, supervise, and evaluate the performance of academic directors, instructors and administrative support staff including the Program’s Assistant Director.
- Ability to identify and evaluate promising new programs, sourcing published curricula when available or developing programs when needed.
- Ability to network, recruit and evaluate new instructors.
- Ability to create and communicate program polices as needed for administrative and continuing education purposes.
- Administrative skills to coordinate details related to professional programs.
- Public relations skills in order to interface with corporations, professional associations, and instructors.
- Ability to identify, capture and evaluate data on various programs to provide guidance for future budgeting purposes.
- Excellent judgment and a sound sense of professional ethics.
-Monitors that students honor policies and that attendance requirements are strictly enforced to meet certificate requirements for the Paralegal and Certified Financial Planner programs.
- Responsible for ensuring that programs have up-to-date CPE sponsor accreditation, and for renewing the CFP program for certification through the Texas Dept. of Insurance.
- Confident presenting to groups, including orientations, information sessions, association events, and chapter meetings.
- Flexibility to adapt as the program grows and the ability to thrive in a changing and undefined work environment.

Skills Preferred

- Experience working with virtual classrooms or teaching online.
- Experience with Blackboard Collaborate or similar web conferencing software.
- Experience with Canvas or similar learning management system.
- Knowledge of university curriculum, culture, regulations, and resources.
- Public speaking experience.
- Understanding of computer networking, hardware, and software.
- Familiarity with Continuing Education entities, standards, requirements, and deadlines.
- Familiarity with Certified Financial Planner Education and with professional recertification credits.

Internal / External Contacts

Within the University:
Contact with some faculty and administrators.

Outside the University:
Contact with potential instructors, corporate representatives, prospective and current students, and professional organizations.

Physical Demands

- Ability to lift or maneuver 30- to 40-pound boxes of materials.

Working Conditions

- Non-smoking environment.
- Occasional evening and weekend work required.
- Occasional travel required.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/11963

Job Duties

Job Duty Name PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
Description of Job Duty

Direct and manage current programming and develop new programs for significant, well established, and well regarded Professional Programs department in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Perform the following duties in the course directing programs:
- Conceive, develop, and implement professional development programs, many of which are offered in conjunction with national professional organizations. These programs include the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) Certification Education programs, exam preparation programs for the Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Society for Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Facilities Manager (CFM), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Professional (FP&A), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Paralegal, and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) exams and several communications and career development courses.
- Manage Academic Director(s) for the classroom and web-delivered CFP® programs, which are each over 220-hours in length. These are intensive courses of study with multiple quizzes, exams, and other factors used to determine the grades for each individual.
- Develop strong relationships with local chapters of the professional associations connected with the various professional development programs by attending meetings and providing leadership in sustaining contacts.
- Research and evaluate new programming options for professional development programs on an ongoing basis. Develop and implement new education programs not supported by a published curriculum.
- Develop, manage, and analyze annual budgets.
- Maintain quality assurance through robust program evaluation.
- Manage the Program’s Assistant Director and Program Coordinator as needed to administer on-going programs and newly developed/launched programs.

Percentage of Time 90
Job Duty Name MARKETING STRATEGY AND EXECUTION
Description of Job Duty

- Establish and manage the marketing strategy of the programs, contacting organizations and individuals who will lend support and determining what other methods of promotion will be most effective.
- Work closely with GSCS marketing team to manage and track marketing efforts/campaigns.
- Lead recruitment efforts through appropriate conference exhibiting.
- Develop course descriptions for catalogue and website.

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Writing Sample

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have eight or more years of program development and management experience in higher education or experience in corporate training and development?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have supervisory experience managing either a small or large team? Please briefly detail this experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have an understanding of learning management systems?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)