Brandeis University is accepting applications for a Director of Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) Online Programs provides leadership for curriculum and program portfolio of the MS degree programs in the Graduate Professional Studies division. Reporting to the Dean of the Rabb School, this role has overall responsibility for the assessment of and updates to existing programs to ensure program curricula and learning outcomes remain current, relevant, and engaging. Leadership of periodic program reviews including data gathering; analysis and recommendations for changes is a primary responsibility for this position.
The Director of Online Programs collaborates closely with the Dean, Program chairs and Advisory Boards to envision new offerings related to the programs’ current industry areas. Responsibilities include the daily management of the Rabb course development, refresh and redesign provided by the Hub for Online Learning (located in the Library.) The Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the Hub is managed and supervised by the Director. Maintenance and renewal of the SLA is the responsibility of the Director for Online Programs. This individual serves as the primary point person for curriculum and program assessment for all GPS online programs.
Program Review and Assessment (30%)
Provide curriculum guidance and support to program chairs in the program review process
Direct program assessment and related reporting, gathering data from external market sources as well as from Advisory Board members, program chairs, the enrollment management team, the instructional design team, the student services team and other staff as needed. Elements for program review include enrollment data, competitive analysis, market analysis, program requirements, course prerequisites, program outcomes analysis, student work portfolios, course assessment reviews, graduate/alumni interviews, faculty recommendations, and input from industry leaders through the Advisory Boards.
Develop program change proposals stemming from program reviews, reflective of program chair and advisory board member recommendations. Lead the proposals through the approval processes of the Rabb School Council
Manage online course currency and quality (10%)
Collaborate with the Director of Student Services and the Director of Faculty Operations in regular reviews of course quality. Mediate student complaints. Schedule courses for development/revision or elimination with the Hub for Online Learning.
Serve as a liaison to the Learning Design team in the Hub for Online Learning to ensure that the GPS course development/revision and refresh activities are scheduled and progressing to meet deadlines.
Program & Curriculum Development (20%)
Lead the exploration and development of new program offerings that fit within the GPS mission Analyze industry trends, competitive landscapes, current program/course offerings, corporate needs assessment, and resource assessment in order to make recommendations on which areas to pursue. Product offerings may include for-credit special topic courses, certificates, non-credit modules of courses offered to meet corporate training needs, digital badges, and other forms of alternative credentials and content delivery.
Drive innovation and change, developing proposals for new offerings and directing the subsequent processes leading to their implementation
Coordinate activities of program development with chairs, faculty, learning designers, marketing and recruitment/admissions teams from approval through launch.
Program Management and Analysis (20%)
Lead approved program and course review/refresh activities from proposal through implementation, collaborating with instructors, program chairs, and staff, including those from the instructional design and marketing/recruiting functional areas.
Use curriculum-mapping techniques to ensure curriculum aligns to standards, program outcomes, accreditation needs, assessment strategies, and course-level outcomes.
Provide coaching to program chairs on academic and administrative functions such as program outcomes mapping, admissions, and program review.
Collaborate closely with the Dean in supporting search for new program chairs when needed. Administer the search process; make hire recommendations, and onboard new chairs.
Manage the GPS Catalog (all program and course offerings), coordinating all changes from request to approval and eventual implementation in the Bulletin, Workday and other media.
Collaborate with student services to investigate and resolve faculty-student issues as needed, and provide a first-tier response on grade-related and faculty-related complaints, evaluating data and communications and determining appropriate actions.
Engage with the recruitment and student services teams to address prospect and student questions and provide product knowledge, particularly regarding prerequisite waivers, course substitutions, transfers of credit, and admissions criteria evaluations.
Contribute to other divisional-level tasks and events (including Commencement) as needed
Education & Work Experience:
Masters required and terminal degree preferred either an EdD for a curricula and online learning specialist OR a PhD in a content area that is closely aligned to the Rabb program portfolio
10-15 years experience with online curriculum design and development and
Management: 3-5 years of oversight and collaboration with faculty delivering online programs
Demonstrated leadership skills leading an academic team
Sets the schedule and priority of course development and refresh to be delivered by the Hub for Online Learning
Manages the relationship and service delivery from the Hub
Leads the program review process in close collaboration with the program chair.
Excellent communication (oral and written) skills required.
Regularly communicates with faculty/program chairs and learning designers
Serves on University committees that requires interaction with colleagues from across the University
Professional quality presentation skills required to present program review data and lead discussions with Advisory Board members.
In-depth knowledge of online learning curriculum design, development and delivery
Understanding of instructional technology
Deep familiarity with online learning tools and techniques
Understanding of industry training and development needs
Frequent collaboration with colleagues in the Hub for Online Learning and others across the university
Serves as program review liaison for program chair and Advisory Board members.
Decisions directly impact the quality of the Rabb online MS programs
Decisions about program sustainability that emerge from program reviews directly impact the Rabb GPS revenue stream
About Brandeis University
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.