Within UC Davis, the Division of Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is a $40M self-supporting academic division reporting to the Provost. The CPE team includes 210 academic and professional staff who collectively serve 60,000 learners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries each year. As the lifelong learning arm of the campus, CPE has one of the university's most extensive educational portfolios, offering academic and non-credit professional certificates, on-campus programs for international students, contract programs for government and corporate clients, conferences and boot camps in a wide array of topical areas. CPE plays a critical role in advancing the university's outreach mission in service of non-traditional adult learners, and serves as an innovation hub to pioneer new models that may be scaled across the campus.
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION: The Director of Business Programs is an academic appointee based in our Center for Professional Studies, with responsibility for overseeing a $3M portfolio of professional education programs in a variety of business, operations and industry-specific domains. As an academic leader in a self-supporting division, a continuing educator is first and foremost an academic entrepreneur who identifies new program opportunities, and develops high quality educational experiences that deliver value to learners and achieve financial sustainability. Under general oversight of the chair, the director is responsible for setting the overall direction of the portfolio, and developing an academic strategic plan and budget that is aligned with Divisional goals for mission expansion and financial growth. The director oversees academic quality, relevance and fiscal sustainability of public-facing open enrollment programs, and a contract training portfolio that serves organizational workforce development needs. The director identifies and leads new programmatic initiatives from concept to execution, grounded in knowledge of the subject domain and trends in the continuing education field. The director innovates curricula, delivery models, business models, and credentialing. The director engages broadly in the regional business community (public/private sector) to represent the division, keep the pulse on future needs, create partnerships and develop new business opportunities. The director is supported by and has fiscal responsibility for the work of senior program staff operating existing programs. As one of several portfolio leaders in the Center for Professional Studies, they director actively contributes to and leads cross-functional initiatives that contribute to the success of the Center as a whole.
Minimum Qualifications: (must be attained at time of application) Master's degree in management, business, marketing, organizational leadership, education, or a related topic. Minimum 5 years of professional experience in a higher education institution, education services or education technology company, or in a training organization. Prior experience supervising and managing people. Prior experience developing and/or managing educational programs.
Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated skills in outreach, new business development, and/or partnership development. Experience with budgeting and financial forecasting. Experience using quantitative and qualitative data to assess new opportunities. Knowledge of adult learning principles, and experience applying those principles to the design of engaging learning experiences.
Preferred Qualifications: Track record of program leadership in an entrepreneurial educational context. Track record of educational program or educational product launch success. Knowledge of trends in continuing education. Experience working in highly collaborative work environments. Capability to chart a vision and strategy for a portfolio.
Appointment/Compensation: This is a full-time academic term appointment with an initial 1-year appointment, eligible for continued reappointment. Salary commensurate with experience. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is unable to sponsor a work visa (H-1B) to fill this position. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.
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