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Graduate Program Director: Leadership and Nonprofit Management

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Position Information

Posting Number S000311
Position Title Graduate Program Director: Leadership and Nonprofit Management
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 Graduate Program Director will be responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for programs in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and is thus critical to the success of the graduate programs. The graduate program director 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 Graduate Program Director includes leadership, recruitment and admission, mentoring, administration, and planning. The Graduate Program Director is an administrative staff position with faculty status.

Description of Key Responsibilities

Program Curriculum
• Works with program faculty, both full-time and part time, to develop the curriculum
• 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
• Fosters a sense of community among the graduate students in his/her program(s)
• Develops and leads professional development opportunities
• Provide support to online students
• Actively leads/participates in recruitment of qualified students through in-person recruiting or open house events, social media, and other forms of engagement
• Insures all promotional materials and catalog are current
• Works with the admissions staff to nurture prospects via email, telephone, text, and/or campus visits
• Works with the admissions staff to cultivate an inclusive and diverse graduate student body
• Participates in orientation for new students
• Recruits faculty and working professionals to develop curriculum and teach courses in the programs
• Hires and trains practicing professional adjunct faculty to teach and to develop new courses and course materials
• 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 part-time faculty
• Teaches one course per academic term/semester
• Manages all administrative aspects of the leadership and nonprofit graduate programs
• Develops a schedule of classes that reflects the needs of the student population
• Assists the dean in strategic planning to expand graduate programs
• Coordinates with the Alumni Office for appropriate alumni outreach and engagement
• Conducts various research and data collection assignments in support of the dean
• 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. Ability to apply computational and analytical skills for compiling, summarizing and analyzing data and to prepare reports which are accurate, thorough yet concise, and professionally formatted.
Candidates highly networked in the Chicagoland professional leadership or nonprofit community strongly preferred.
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.

An individual in this position must possess the proficiency, wherewithal and knowledge of principles and processes for providing high-quality service to both internal and external constituents of the College.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The initial responsibilities of the Graduate Program Director will include providing the academic and administrative leadership for Master of Leadership Studies and Master of Nonprofit Management and Leadership programs . The director will recruit both students and faculty for the programs, work with the marketing director to provide updated information about the programs, 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 degree in leadership, higher education administration, or nonprofit management required; Ph.D. or equivalent degree preferred.


Previous academic administrative position highly desirable; 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; expertise and community connections in leadership/nonprofit management.

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
  3. Names and contact information of three professional references
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