Director of Academic Programs

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Job Title:    Director of Academic Programs

Status:        full-time, salaried, 12-months; exempt

Supervisor:  Executive Director of Five Colleges, Incorporated

 General Description: The Five College Consortium supports innovative collaborations across its member institutions in the vibrant intellectual community of Western Massachusetts, and serves as a model for higher education consortia nationwide.  The new Director of Academic Programs will join the Consortium early in the development of a new strategic plan, and is expected to play a key role in shaping the next chapter of the Consortium’s history.  The Director of Academic Programs serves as a member of the senior leadership team of Five Colleges, Inc. (FCI) and is responsible for a portfolio focused on oversight and management of the academic partnerships and programs that operate through the Consortium, working in collaboration with the Executive Director of FCI and the Five College Deans.   The main Consortium offices are located in Amherst, MA.

Importance of Diversity to our Educational Mission: Five Colleges, Incorporated and its five associated institutions (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst) are committed to supporting and sustaining a diversity of people, backgrounds, experiences, ideas and points of view for the essential contribution this diversity makes to educational missions of our organizations.  In support of this commitment Five Colleges requires all of its employees to work cooperatively and effectively with the diversity of people at the colleges (students, faculty members, other employees) and within the organization itself.

Specific Duties: The Director of Academic Programs provides leadership, consultation, and inspiration in developing, facilitating, and assessing the current and future portfolio of academic collaborations of the Consortium, which includes:  academic programs (Five College departments, majors, and certificates); other curricular collaborations (such as the Consortium’s signature cross-registration system); sponsored academic events (such as Five College Seminars funded through FCI); Five College sharing of faculty and faculty development activities; and related academic activities and initiatives.

The Director of Academic Programs serves as a member of the senior leadership team of FCI, working closely with the Executive Director to accomplish the goals of the Consortium, under the guidance of the Board of Directors and other governance groups.  The Director collaborates with the Executive Director to envision strategic directions in academic programming to present to the campuses for consideration.  In addition, the Director develops strategies for data collection and presentation on current and proposed academic programs and activities, and advises the Executive Director and Five College Deans on this data.

 In providing this leadership, the director must also ensure the smooth functioning of the Academic Programs unit, which requires:

  • Producing (or contributing to the production of) reports and proposals related to Five College activities and initiatives, for the Executive Director, the Five College Deans, funding agencies, and others.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Treasurer, overseeing and managing the Five College budgets (from assessments, endowments, grants, etc.) that support academic programs, faculty appointments, and related activities.
  • Meeting regularly with:
  • the Five College Deans Council (the chief academic officers of the five campuses) regarding the FCI Academic Programs portfolio;
  • the Five College Registrars, particularly regarding the interchange of students across the campuses and related issues;
  • Five College academic councils and committees as designated by the FCI Executive Director.
    • Supervising professional and student staff members who support the academic programs.
    • Ensuring that the activities of Five College committees, councils, and administrative groups assigned to Academic Programs are accurately documented and properly archived, and contributing to ensuring that Five College policies and procedures are appropriately followed.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D., Ed.D, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated record of bringing scholars together across difference to work toward common purpose
  • Ability to both lead existing programming and inspire innovation
  • Experience in higher education, including experience in teaching and/or academic administration
  • Experience in curriculum development and/or assessment
  • Experience in budget management
  • Experience in strategic planning
  • Demonstrated skills in supervision and team facilitation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty members, and campus administrators, and to foster collaboration in others
  • Strong cultural competency skills
  • Ability to operate in a rapidly evolving environment while maintaining good humor
  • Experience in implementation and/or use of academic technology preferred
  • Experience in grant writing and/or grant management preferred

To be considered for this position, apply on line (Smith College jobs website)

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