The Institute for Retired Professionals at The New School was the first peer learning retirement program in the United States. Established in 1962, it offers a broad and challenging academic curriculum designed and implemented by the volunteer membership in close collaboration with the Open Campus team. The IRP promotes community outreach programs and a variety of enrichment and social opportunities.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Open Campus, the Director provides leadership in fostering community, recruiting and retaining a diverse membership, ensures a robust curriculum, engages in fundraising, marketing, and networking with other retirement programs, and manages daily operations. The Director will work closely with team members at Open Campus, the IRP's member-elected advisory board, and the IRP's executive committee, as well as members who are in leadership positions throughout the organization, in order to maintain high academic standards and to ensure active engagement with the program. The Director will ensure that all programs operate within standard University academic planning, student affairs, and operations policies at The New School.
This position offers a unique opportunity for an individual who is familiar with the culture of an academic institution, can manage an organization of highly accomplished volunteers who have retired from careers in a wide variety of fields, and who has the vision to develop new programs and activities for the 50+ population in collaboration with the IRP membership and Open Campus.
The position will have the following responsibilities:
● Guide curriculum and extracurricular activities, budget and expenditures, and manage scheduling, facility, and equipment needs. ● Direct all events planning. ● Provide management and oversight of First Desk volunteer staff including directing new volunteer orientation. ● Direct communications, web presence and social media in collaboration with Open Campus marketing staff. ● Oversee online course registration. ● Provide training and ongoing support for members and volunteer staff. ● Collaborate with the IRP Advisory Board and meet regularly with students members to ensure active participation, tracking the service portion of active membership. ● Play an active role in the design and implementation of new offerings for retirees and post career groups in collaboration with Open Campus, The New School's hub for noncredit continuing education programs. ● Serve as public spokesperson for the IRP and issues regarding lifelong learning, appearing in various venues and using traditional and social media to increase visibility both within the University and among external communities, working closely with the Open Campus marketing team. ● Develop a strategy to increase the diversity of participants, including implementing new approaches to recruitment, marketing, and curriculum development. ● Work directly with related staff in Open Campus with regard to marketing, registration, schedule building, develop and maintain effective management and administrative systems, following best practices in education and technology. ● In consultation with the Director, Finance of Open Campus, work with office of Development, overseeing annual fundraising and developing strategies to seek new funding sources. ● Facilitate active collaboration and integration across the various populations within The New School. ● Foster and promote a collaborative, collegial climate throughout the IRP.
● Bachelor’s degree. ● Three to five years' experience developing or overseeing seniors' education offerings. ● Two-three years' administrative experience. ● High level of professionalism. ● Strong analytical abilities and technical skills; able to analyze and evaluate data, develop reports, and make recommendations based on analysis. ● Experience in conceptualizing goals; ability to direct and prioritize projects based on an understanding of department, college and university policies, and procedures. ● High level of computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative and Google Docs. ● Ability to work effectively with faculty, members, administrators, alumni, and the University community. ● Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ability to multitask. ● Strong written and oral communication skills. ● Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, problem solve; can work well both independently and in team-based settings. ● Capacity to work collaboratively across the University, and with external community partners, toward the development of shared projects and initiatives. ● Ability and willingness to work at off-campus locations during specific hours at sites where classes are regularly scheduled. ● Knowledge of MicroSoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications, and scheduling systems.
● Master's degree. ● Demonstrated effectiveness in leading education, government, business, or nonprofit organizations. ● Background or familiarity with fundraising and membership diversification. ● Experience engaging membership of a volunteer organization and/or a complex collaborative environment.
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About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.