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Director of Graduate Programs: School of Graduate and Professional Studies

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Position Information

Posting Number S000277
Position Title Director of Graduate Programs: School of Graduate and Professional Studies
Department School of Graduate and Continuing Education
Division Academic Affairs
Supervisor Title Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
Status Full Time Regular
Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Director of Graduate Programs will be responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and is thus critical to the success of the graduate programs.

The director will lead and manage the graduate program in nonprofit management and leadership and the graduate program in leadership. The program director will also assist the dean in the oversight of other graduate programs.

The Director of Graduate Programs serves as an important liaison among the graduate student body, the faculty teaching in graduate programs, staff who support these students, and Graduate School administrators.

The work of the Director of Graduate Programs includes leadership, recruitment and admission, mentoring, administration, and planning.

The Director of Graduate Programs is a staff position with faculty status.

Description of Key Responsibilities

Program Curriculum

• Initiates ideas for the program development and renewal to maintain high quality
• Works with program faculty, both full-time and adjunct, to develop the curriculum and courses
• Stays current in the developments in the discipline and guide the program accordingly
• Enhances the program and student satisfaction by monitoring and improving applicant quality, time to degree, retention, graduation rates and overall student satisfaction
• Remains consistent with College and School objectives
• Creates a supportive environment for graduate students
• Fosters a sense of community among the graduate students in his/her program(s)
• Actively participates in recruitment of qualified students through in-person, social media, and other forms of engagement
• Insures all promotional materials and catalog are current
• Works with the admissions staff to nurtures prospects via email, telephone, text, and/or campus visits
• Works with the admissions staff to cultivate an inclusive and diverse graduate student body
• Attends open house and recruiting events as requested from the admissions staff
• Participates in orientation for new students
• Recruits School faculty and working professionals to develop curriculum and teach courses
• Mentors new part-time faculty on best practices in teaching, policies and practices of the College and School
• Coordinates with Human Resources and others as appropriate on the hiring of new adjunct faculty
• Develops a schedule of classes that reflects the needs of the student population
• Keeps program information current on all publications and the website
• Coordinates with the Alumni Office for appropriate alumni outreach and engagement
• Oversees the constitution of appropriate advisory boards for the academic programs.
• Prepares reports as required on placement of graduates, current status of students in the program, plans for program development, and other information as requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Ability to consistently demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills in dealing with persons both internal and external to the College, on the phone, via email, or in person.. Ability to work effectively as a member of a small staff where teamwork and cooperation are the rule.
2. Ability to stay current in graduate education, including recognizing new opportunities for growth and enhancement of the degree programs, recognizing the importance of new means of program delivery, understanding the needs of the changing demographics of the graduate student, and positioning the programs for future growth and success.
3. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a small team. Flexibility and teamwork are essential skills for success.
4. Skills in organization, time management, prioritization of multiple demands, and maintaining good humor while dealing with ambiguity.
5. Ability to communicate professionally in the English language, both orally and in writing,
6. Ability to build relationships with faculty, students and staff across the College
7. Apply computational and analytical skills for compiling, summarizing and analyzing data and to prepare reports which are accurate, thorough yet concise, and professionally formatted.
8. Ability to use common business-oriented computer-based systems.
Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities described below or be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities. Physical requirements of the job can be found on the last page of this document.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The responsibilities of the Graduate Program Director will include providing the academic and administrative leadership for several master’s level programs. The director will recruit both students and faculty for the program, provide updated communication about the program for inclusion in publications, work with offices across campus to ensure students receive adequate support, provide leadership for the assessment of student learning in the programs, and support the mission of the College, the School, and the programs. The Graduate Program Director will be professional and calm in all dealings with students, the community, faculty, and staff.


Master’s required, Ph.D. preferred, in leadership, nonprofit management, liberal studies, interdisciplinary studies, or the humanities/social sciences required.


Previous academic leadership position; teaching experience of at least five years, some of which is at the graduate level; understanding of the adult student; experience in online or blended teaching;

Licenses or Certifications
Is This a Temporary Position? No
Employment Conditions

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of the College’s background screening process.

Number of Vacancies 1

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EEO Statement

North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. NCC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Open Until Filled Yes
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Interest
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