Director, Professional Development and Academic Programs

Director, Professional Development and Academic Programs

  • Full Time
  • Boston

Website Colleges of the Fenway

Job Summary:  Working with Human Resources and Academic leadership of the five member institutions, the Director of Professional Development and Academic Programs develops and manages shared programs and initiatives that enhance the professional development of employees of the member institutions, serves as the key point of contact for faculty leading joint academic programs and works with the registrars to oversee cross-registration. As a member of the COF team engages in strategic planning in support of the mission of COF and the member institutions and facilitates committees and communities of practice as they pursue initiatives that reflect these priorities.

Professional Development and Training (60%)

-Work with the member institution’s Human Resources professionals and other leaders in the development and management of shared professional development and training programs and employee engagement events, including the Leadership Management Program, annual COF MLK celebration, and Faculty and Staff of Color networking events.
-Work with the Chief Academic Officers of the member institutions in the development and management of faculty-focused professional development programs and events such as the annual teaching and learning conference, new faculty socials, etc.

Academic Programs (25%)

Work with the Registrars and Chief Academic Officers; oversee and continue the development of cross-registration as an opportunity to enhance students’ academic opportunities
Supervise the faculty director of the Center of Sustainability and the Environment, a shared academic program across the five COF institutions.
Oversee and facilitate the development of joint academic programs

Joint Contracts and Administrative Tasks (15%)

-Work collaboratively with other COF staff to facilitate joint contracts and services within the functional areas represented by the committees identified above.
-Prepare reports, minutes, and other written and verbal communications to the appropriate Colleges of the Fenway committees, including the Board.
-As a member of the COF staff, works to support COF programs and initiatives  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

-Strong meeting facilitation, project management, organizational, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated ability to build consensus and work with diverse campus constituencies.
-Ability to foster trust and build interpersonal relationships, be energetic, and have a high tolerance for ambiguity and nuance.
-Experience working with faculty
-Excellent attention to detail.
-Sense of humor.
-Excellent diplomatic, analytical, written, and oral communication skills.
-Demonstrated commitment to a strong collaborative style and ability to work
collaboratively and effectively with diverse populations of students, staff, and faculty. Proficient at formulating policies and protocols to guide and support the work. 
-Deep understanding of the principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to work with communities of students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. 
Strong communication, writing skills, and proficiency in computer skills. 
-Knowledge of strategic planning, project development, and organizational change management. 
Grant writing is a plus

Master’s degree in education, business management, planning, or a related field.  The candidate should have 5 – 10 years of experience working with or in college or university administration, preferably in training and development or academic affairs.  The director must be familiar with the administration of academic institutions and have strong project management and communications experience.

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