Program Director, Masters of Science in Financial Planning,Assistant Professor of Financial Planning
The American College of Financial Services
Location: Remote ,
Required Education: Doctorate/Professional
Higher Education Institution
The Program Director is primarily responsible for developing and managing the content in the Masters of Science in Financial Planning (MSFP) graduate degree program and overseeing the course delivery process. This position will require continuing development of academic content, programs, and ensuring delivery of the highest quality professional and advanced education programs and services to the Colleges students. The Director serves as a subject matter expert in the area of developing online content related to sophisticated planning techniques in financial services with a general mastery of investments, tax planning, education funding, behavioral finance, risk management, retirement planning, estate planning, professional ethics and insurance. Additionally, the Director serves as the primary academic expert on the programmatic content and maintain network of programmatic connections through personal network, professional associations, research, thought leadership, public speaking, and board service.
This position has overall responsibility for creating, managing and marketing the Master of Science in Financial Planning (MSFP) program, and the multiple concentrations in the program.
The position will require continuing development of academic programs, teaching and staffing courses with part-time faculty program courses, and ensuring delivery of the highest quality professional and advanced education programs and services to the Colleges students. The MSFP Program Director serves as a point of contact for graduate students enrolled in the program; communicates relevant matters to the program faculty or its committees as needed; informs the faculty of graduate education-related policies, deadlines, and programs as appropriate; and forwards recommendations, nominations, and other information from the faculty to the appropriate collegiate and Graduate School administrations. The MSFP Program Director should serve as the leader to the program faculty and Instructional Design teams in developing advanced and sophisticated online delivery of program content. The American College is a leader in financial planning education and the applicant will have a strong interest in maintaining the quality and relevance of our remotely-delivered courses.
This position will require some travel to industry and college events, in-person review instruction, and occasional course instruction through webinars. College faculty are encouraged to engage with the profession through applied research and presentations that support the educational mission of the institution.
MSFP enrollments are primarily the result of the quality of the courses, referrals, word of mouth, and visibility of the courses created by the professional speaking of this position. The faculty members will be evaluated on the quality of their instruction, content development, student experience, and program enrollments.
STRATEGIC AND ANNUAL PROGRAM PLANNING (40%)
This role will have full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of the Masters of Science in Financial Planning to include the management of the curriculum.
Design the program structure in accordance with modern and sophisticated techniques for e-learning and remote delivery.
Evaluate the quality of online, remote, and traditionally delivered coursework, maintain course content, and improve student learning outcomes.
Serve as the champion for the MSFP degree program. Monitor the education needs of the nonprofit gift planners and professional advisors related to sophisticated financial planning techniques related to MSFP and collaboration across the disciplines.
Actively seek out feedback from client companies, industry experts, and internal college stakeholders.
Identify ways to market the program to a broad advisory audience and oversee execution of the program marketing plan, collaborating as necessary with the Marketing team.
Maintain a visible profile in the relevant professional associations.
Enforce regulations of the University, the relevant collegiate unit(s) and the degree program
Provide periodic reports on the program and data to the Associate Provost and Provost.
Serve as the program's representative on collegiate governance committees, as appropriate.
Provides oversight for the program budget including teaching and course development funding, in collaboration with the approval of the Associate Provost.
2. DIRECTOR, MSFP PROGRAM (50%)
Maintain the quality in curriculum on an ongoing basis, working in conjunction with the AVP of Curriculum Quality
Provide input into developing and executing the marketing strategy for the MSFP program and remain in close contact with Business Development to ensure the program generates revenue consistently
Align research, professional speaking, and thought leadership efforts to the MSFP
Recruit and manage subject matter experts (SMEs) to assist with course revisions
Research subject matter for course(s)
Develop instructional material and update previously prepared material to reflect and incorporate best practices financial professionals apply to marketing, communication skills, financial planning, financial products, practice management and technology
Provide subject matter expertise in other programs as needed
Oversee the delivery of the courses in the program
Vet and train moderators to facilitate in-person and online classes
Cultivate relationships with moderators
Respond to faculty and student questions and concerns
Actively participate in continuing education seminars and programs in related subject areas
3. SUPPORT SERVICES FOR STUDENTS/COLLEGE GOVERNANCE (10%)
Participate in College development and governance activities; program development, Committee service, etc.
Terminal degree in business with graduate level work in accounting, economics, finance, financial planning, investments or related field with 7 to 10 years progressive experience in developing professional and graduate level educational programs; or combination of relevant education and experience.
In-depth knowledge of the professional education industries, including graduate level and continuing education programming trends; understanding of the professional level, distance learner and adult education industry and the needs and interests of all students served by the College.
Essential Qualifications & Competencies:
General and business knowledge equivalent to a Masters degree in Education, Business (MS Finance/MS Financial Planning/MBA/PhD preferred) with six - eight years of progressive experiences in student facing functions.
Ability to be a visionary and industry leader with advanced analytical, planning and organizational skills; to think critically; address complex problems; and to use modern technologies and information resources so that students are prepared to become leading citizens of an increasingly global society. Strong communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with peers, corporate clients, and prospects.
Must be able to work effectively as a member of The Colleges senior leadership team, and the faculty; and to represent The College to the industry, the public and accreditation agency representatives.
Ability to maintain and grow network of professionals and utilize that network to enhance programmatic offerings
Project management skills and demonstrated experience
Strong organizational, planning and leadership skills
The American College of Financial Services is committed to applying financial education through teaching, research, and innovation in program delivery and design. As a nonprofit, accredited education institution, our courses are researched and written by a faculty of the nation's top thought leaders in personal finance. To learn more, visit The American College.
In policy and practice, we encourage diversity and provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job. We are committed to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment.
The American College of Financial Services is committed to applying financial education through teaching, research, and innovation in program delivery and design. As a nonprofit, accredited education institution, our courses are researched and written by a faculty of the nation's top thought leaders in personal finance.
Organization Type: Higher Education Institution