Department: School of Professional Studies Salary/Grade: EXS/9
The School of Professional Studies seeks a dynamic Director of Summer Session and Special Programs committed to creating outstanding learning experiences for our Northwestern and visiting students in the summer term. The Director will ensure that our summer session programs remain some of the finest in the nation by developing innovative new programs and building on the excellent collaborative relationships Summer Session enjoys with other academic and service areas on campus. We are looking for a Director who is dedicated to leading experienced staff and contributing to their professional development and who has excellent project management experience in designing and delivering high quality higher education programs. The ideal candidate has a depth of experience in managing collaborative relationships on a university campus and a strategic vision for how Summer Session can benefit a wide range of students.
The Director of Summer Session and Special Programs has primary responsibility for overall leadership of the Northwestern Summer Session and Pre-college and Special programs. The Director creates and implements a vision and strategy for Summer Session and is responsible for the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of all Summer Session initiatives. The Director of Summer Session prioritizes the smooth and successful delivery of high-quality academic programming for a wide variety of audiences, including NU and visiting undergraduate and pre-college students.
Promotes growth of NU Summer Session through strategic development, implementation, and expansion of existing programs, and the creation of new programs based on careful market analysis and sound business principles:
Supervises the evaluation and improvement of existing programs, the creative and effective design of new programs in strategic growth areas which serve new audiences, such as Pre-college programs, international partnerships and Online education;
Cultivates partnerships and identifies opportunities for programmatic collaboration with centers and units of the university by consulting, providing oversight, and coordinating new and existing programs and events during the summer term;
Manages the overall planning and administration of the NU Summer Session on an annual basis:
Engages regularly with deans, department chairs, and administrators to plan and evaluate course offerings, recruit faculty, negotiate budgets, set policy, provide instructional support, and sustain high-quality instruction.
Collaborates with schools and departments to identify new modes of instruction, such as online, and to recruit faculty for existing and new NU Summer Session courses.
Manages Summer Session budget planning and enrollment strategies and analysis to ensure that each of the Summer Session areas meets enrollment, service, strategic and financial objectives:
Works with Associate Dean of Academics and Assistant Dean of Finance to formulate and oversee existing and new program budgets, assist in revenue and expense forecasting, and to ensure reconciliation and compliance with budget performance goals;
Oversees collection, management, analysis, and communication of enrollment, evaluation, and other data for reporting Summer Session performance to SPS, to central university administration, and to other university stakeholders;
Supervises administrative staff, leading individuals to collaborate and achieve key organizational goals:
Directs Academic Coordinators, Program Assistant and CPP Resident Director in all aspects of planning, coordination and administration of NU Summer Session, College Preparation and College Bridge programs, EducationUSA Academcy and the Non-Degree Special Students Program so that operations are well-organized and efficient.
Creates a culture of excellence by requiring all program staff to engage in the continual review, improvement, and advancement of Summer Session programs and initiatives.
Organizes individual and team efforts across units to promote a positive, professional environment for all constituents of Summer Session.
Engages in a regular reviews of staff responsibilities to ensure that duties remain appropriate and contribute to the organization’s efficiency.
Benchmarks Northwestern Summer Session against peer institutions to ensure that programs are competitive on a national and international scale.
Researches and advises SPCS Dean and senior management of trends and opportunities in summer sessions and in continuing higher education.
Engages actively with external organizations, associations, and peer institutions to enhance visibility and reputation of Northwestern Summer Session nationally and internationally, and to compare appropriate metrics data of success and exchange best practices.
Performs related duties as assigned
A bachelor’s degree plus additional formal training in higher education administration.
6 years administrative experience (of which 3 years should be management) in higher education, with progressively larger responsibilities, or equivalent of education and experience.
Experience leading, implementing, and evaluating innovative and profitable continuing/adult education, graduate, and/or summer programs.
Demonstrated experience leading staff at multiple levels, from professional to clerical, as well as faculty, residential staff, and student counselors.
Experience or strong interest in the business of continuing higher education, pedagogy, and research, as well as use of emerging educational delivery models (online, hybrid, and low-residency instruction).
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong administrative, budget /fiscal management, and marketing skills.
Excellent written, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated experience in successful collaboration with varied constituencies.
Proven success managing staff and leading teams, and a commitment to mentoring talent and cultivating excellent performance from staff.
Demonstrated customer service skills and ability to clearly articulate processes and policy.
Commitment to the highest standards of academic quality and integrity.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and diplomacy in complex situations and/or under pressure.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
A master’s degree or PhD in education-related field, or the equivalent combination of education training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired.
A substantive record of success leading, implementing, and evaluating innovative and profitable continuing/adult education and/or summer programs.
Extensive experience in higher education administration, documented experience crafting policies to guide program development, marketing and enrollment strategies, student affairs, compliance and risk management, and program assessment.
Experience integrating technology into program design.
Experience teaching at high school and/or college level.
Proven success cultivating and developing international program opportunities and partnerships.
Experience in designing educational opportunities for and with diverse student populations.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Demonstrated ability to function in high-paced work environments.
Proven competence managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
Ability to function effectively in a decentralized, research intensive University environment.
Collaborative and diplomatic working style.
Experience with and appreciation of working collaboratively with individuals from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37094
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.