Program Director, Education Programs

Program Director, Education Programs

Reports to: Dean, School of Leadership Studies

Position: Regular, Full-Time
Wage Range: DOE
FLSA Status: Exempt


Applications will not be considered complete unless both a resume and cover letter are uploaded.

The Position

The Program Director, Education Programs, will lead, grow, and manage Fielding’s distinctive doctoral and masters programs. The EdD degree (in Leadership for Change)  is a broad scholar-practitioner degree that spans the fields of adult learning and development,  human resources management, cultural influences in education and organizations, motivation, public policy, nonprofit and institutional systems effectiveness,  leadership and change models,  structural inequality and diversity, among others.  This multidisciplinary approach supports the development of integrative scholar-practitioners.


The EdD in Leadership for Change is a multidisciplinary degree for scholar‐practitioners who want to expand their capacities to bring about positive change in today’s educational institutions, organizations and communities. This degree is focused on topics such as leadership, complex systems change, community and societal well-being, and the people within them. It promotes positive development and growth of individuals, institutions, organizations, systems, and communities.


The MA in Digital Teaching and Learning provides the skills and theoretical knowledge to prepare competent and confident learning facilitators. Students study theories and models in order to develop complex learning systems.


The Program Director (PD) will be a creative, innovative, and practical administrator who can provide the collaborative and strong leadership needed to move the Education Programs forward in all areas. The Program Director is expected to support the mission, vision, and values of Fielding and to help create a positive and diverse community culture. 

This Program Director is an academic leader with primarily administrative duties and some teaching responsibilities and will report to the Dean, School of Leadership Studies.


Principal Responsibilities:

The Program Director provides overall Education programs leadership, under the direction of the Dean of the School of Leadership Studies, and includes the following responsibilities:

•  Manage Education Programs including enrollment management, budgeting, and marketing.

•  Engage in open communication with the leadership, faculty, students, alumni, and staff.

•  Collaborate with key internal departments to drive marketing, enrollment, and retention of students.

•  Hire, supervise, and evaluate faculty in the annual evaluations.

•  Oversee updates to curricula, program design, and program governance.

•  Manage overall program assessment and improvements.

•  Ensure student satisfaction, engagement, retention, and success.

•  Maintain required documents in compliance with accrediting and regulatory agencies.

•  Engage with EdD alumni.


Program Management: 

•  Assumes accountability, at the program level, for achieving Fielding’s strategic goals related to the academic enterprise, in collaboration with faculty.

•  Develops and oversees the delivery of high‐quality, innovative academic programs that help to differentiate Fielding in a competitive higher education market.

•  Coordinates program curriculum offerings in consultation with faculty, and assesses student learning outcomes for continuous program improvement.

•  Oversees a regular program review process, in collaboration with faculty, to ensure continuing academic quality, and implements strategies to address issues or recommendations emerging from such reviews and from the accreditation process.

•  Partners with the Dean, School of Leadership Studies to develop annual program budget.

•  Manage program costs; assumes accountability for achieving net income targets, growing revenue, suggesting new business opportunities, and ensuring cost‐effectiveness of program delivery.


Student Recruitment and Admissions:

•  Engages faculty in program marketing, student recruitment, screening, and admission efforts. This includes faculty participating in reviewing applications, interviewing potential students, and participating in informational sessions and recruitment events.

•  Represents the program and university at regional and national conferences to create awareness of and share materials about the Education Programs.

•  Identifies potential institutions and organizations and develops relationships with said institutions that can serve as pipelines for new student enrollment.

•  Collaborates with Recruitment, Marketing, and Enrollment Operations departments to develop program collateral, generate leads, convert leads, and cultivate new students.

•  Attends to Fielding’s mission to recruit and enroll from diverse and underrepresented populations.


Faculty Selection, Development, Engagement, and Evaluation:

•  Recruits and retains a high‐quality, diverse faculty with appropriate credentials, ensuring that: faculty content expertise aligns with academic offerings; faculty expertise and instructional skills positively contribute to Fielding’s distinctive position in the market; faculty members have the capacity to help Fielding achieve its vision, goals, and strategies.

•  Manage faculty workload norms, in order to support faculty in optimizing their productivity and responsiveness, achieving workload balance and coverage of curriculum, providing opportunities for faculty time off and professional development, and ensuring adherence to institutional and program policies.

•  Oversee annual faculty reviews and 3-year evaluations, ensuring that they are timely, equitably administered, and result in opportunities to enhance faculty development and engagement.


Scholarship and Teaching:

•  Attends national and regional in‐person sessions for the assigned programs, as needed.

•  May teach up to one course per year, as needed.

•  May serve a limited number of students as a mentor, course assessor and/or doctoral committee member, as appropriate. 

•  Continues their own scholarship, including publications, conference presentations, and the development of extramural grant proposals, as well as participation in professional associations.




•  Earned doctorate in a related field from an accredited institution.

•  A minimum of three years of academic administrative experience and two years of teaching experience in doctoral education.

•  Experience with online and blended teaching and learning methodologies.

•  Actively involved with the profession through research, professional associations, and service.

•  Relational‐based orientation and a collaborative leadership style.

•  Experience teaching graduate students of diverse backgrounds.



•  Evidence of successful academic supervisory and management experiences in previous roles.

•  Student recruitment experience.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Characteristics:

•  Works well in a distributed environment.

•  Comfortable and effective in a collaborative environment.

•  Familiar with and committed to interdisciplinary scholarship.

•  Ability to develop innovative partnerships with outside organizations.

•  Demonstrated ability for scholarly research, writing, and professional presentations with a scholar‐practitioner orientation.

•  Responsive leader on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

•  Proactive communicator with superb verbal, written, and online communication skills.

•  Skilled at effective management of budgets and program development.

•  Ability to effectively guide change processes, navigating the tension between structure (standardization, policies, guidelines, consistency) and freedom (autonomy, variation, choice).

•  Ability to work collaboratively with other academic leaders and staff.

•  Demonstrated understanding of student‐centered adult learning.


To Apply

Confidential review of application materials will begin July 20, 2021, and those candidates who have completed their application by that date will be given first consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this date and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please submit a resume and a letter of interest upon application. Between your resume and your letter, please address those qualifications noted above as “required” so that the details of your related experience are clear. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.


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