Cornell University's School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) dates back to 1876 and is dedicated to fulfilling Ezra Cornell's vision of an institution ‘where any person can find instruction in any study.’ By identifying programmatic needs and employing Cornell's resources and expertise, SCE provides high-quality learning opportunities to more than 6,200 traditional and non-traditional students from around the world each year, from college undergraduates to high school students, alumni, professionals, retirees, and children. Study options include Cornell's acclaimed Summer and Winter Sessions, Summer College for High School Students, Cornell in Washington, Cornell's Adult University, Part-Time Study, and Professional Studies. SCE typically offers more than 700 credit and non-credit classes annually (on campus, off campus, and online), taught by more than 750 renowned Cornell faculty members, industry leaders, government officials, professionals, and distinguished scholars from other institutions.
The Director of Special Programs and Professional Studies provides leadership in the delivery of online, hybrid, travel, and other unique on- and off-campus credit, non-credit, and professional studies programs during Summer Session, Winter Session, and year round; the programs and workshops generate more than $3.5 million in gross revenue annually. The director maintains a pulse on emerging educational trends and online and professional studies landscape, conducts needs analysis, and evaluates program results to recommend new or changes in programmatic goals and offerings. The director also oversees program development in collaboration with the SCE associate dean and cultivates relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff to shape educational offerings. The selected candidate will work to increase the number of online and other niche graduate and undergraduate courses and professional programs and certificates.
The director is responsible for designing, directing, and leading the operations of the Special Programs and Professional Studies department including developing complex budgets, policies, procedures, and systems to ensure a fiscally sound operating plan and effectively manage risks within a compliant framework. This position liaises with the Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence and faculty to integrate innovative instructional technologies into their teaching in either fully online or hybrid courses and ensures compliance with federal and state regulations related to online learning, accessibility, copyright, and licensing. The director develops a comprehensive marketing plan and communication materials to promote program offerings and recruit students and participants and cross-markets and develops inter-department programming to attract diverse learners. The position also works closely with university partners, including Risk Management, Campus Life, eCornell, colleges, and units to deliver effective programs. Alongside the deans and SCE's strategic development and recruitment director, the director works to increase financial engagement of individuals, companies, and foundations with SCE. The director maintains positive relationships with SCE affiliates and foundations through outstanding relationship management, drafts targeted strategic proposals and messages for potential development prospects, and provides necessary stewardship reports as needed. The director supervises department staff members and workgroup to provide high-quality programming and customer service.
Master's degree and 3 to 5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in related fields. Experience in the development, implementation, and management of continuing education and professional development programs, knowledge of higher education academic programs and requirements, and an excellent grasp of the online learning and professional education landscape nationally and globally is required. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so. Strong conceptual experience and the ability to make effective intellectual arguments to multiple constituencies. Proven managerial, budgetary, and supervisory experience. Strong work ethic, commitment to collaboration, and excellent customer service skills. Individual will exhibit excellent communication skills including oral/written presentation skills. Demonstrated experience in utilizing spreadsheets and databases (e.g., Excel, Access, FileMaker), as well as complex data applications (e.g., budget, financial, student, human resources) and delivery systems (e.g., data warehouse or data query tools) is necessary. Ability to anticipate needs, independently plan, organize, and prioritize responsibilities to meet competing deadlines while working under pressure in a fast-paced, changing environment is essential. Experience in using analysis, reasoning skills, and sound judgment in the identification and investigation of complex issues, trends, and variances. Demonstrated commitment to professional development for self and employees supervised.
Experience in curriculum development, successful online teaching, and best practices in creating and assessing online materials. Knowledge of current and emerging technologies and support systems to enhance online and professional education is desirable. An understanding of corporate and foundation philanthropy helpful.
The ideal candidate should have experience and expertise in intercultural communications and strong interest in program development. Candidates should also have a high level of comfort in engaging with students from diverse backgrounds and serving in the mentoring/leading role in the context of student life.
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