Works with program faculty, both full-time and part time, to develop the curriculum
Stays current in the developments in the discipline and guide the program accordingly
Enhances the program and student satisfaction by monitoring and improving applicant quality, time to degree, retention, graduation rates and overall student satisfaction
Fosters a sense of community among the graduate students in his/her program(s)
Develops and leads professional development opportunities
Provide support to online students Recruitment
Actively leads/participates in recruitment of qualified students through in-person recruiting or open house events, social media, and other forms of engagement
Insures all promotional materials and catalog are current
Works with the admissions staff to nurture prospects via email, telephone, text, and/or campus visits
Works with the admissions staff to cultivate an inclusive and diverse graduate student body
Participates in orientation for new students Faculty
Recruits faculty and working professionals to develop curriculum and teach courses in the programs
Hires and trains practicing professional adjunct faculty to teach and to develop new courses and course materials
Mentors new part-time faculty on best practices in teaching, policies and practices of the College and School
Coordinates with Human Resources and others as appropriate on the hiring of new part-time faculty Administrative
Teaches one course per academic term/semester
Manages all administrative aspects of the leadership and nonprofit graduate programs
Develops a schedule of classes that reflects the needs of the student population
Assists the dean in strategic planning to expand graduate programs
Coordinates with the Alumni Office for appropriate alumni outreach and engagement
Conducts various research and data collection assignments in support of the dean
Oversees the constitution of appropriate advisory boards for the academic programs.
Prepares reports as required on placement of graduates, current status of students in the program, plans for program development, and other information as requested.
Master's degree in leadership, higher education administration, or nonprofit management required; Ph.D. or equivalent degree preferred.
Previous academic administrative position highly desirable; teaching experience of at least five years, some of which is at the graduate level; understanding of the adult student; experience in online or blended teaching; expertise and community connections in leadership/nonprofit management.
Under the supervision of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, the Graduate Program Director will be responsible for providing academic and administrative leadership for programs in the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and is thus critical to the success of the graduate programs. The graduate program director serves as an important liaison among the graduate student body, the faculty teaching in graduate programs, staff who support these students, and Graduate School administrators. The work of the Graduate Program Director includes leadership, recruitment and admission, mentoring, administration, and planning. The Graduate Program Director is an administrative staff position with faculty status.
North Central College, founded in 1861, is a selective, comprehensive liberal arts institution of 3000 students located 28 miles west of Chicago in Naperville, within walking distance of the Naperville Metra station. For information about the College, please visit the website at https://www.northcentralcollege.edu.