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Assistant Director of Curriculum

Company: Northwestern University
Location: Evanston
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Job Description:

Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science is redefining engineering education and research through its pioneering "Whole-Brain Engineering" philosophy, integrating the elements of left-brain thinking - analysis, logic, synthesis, and math - with the kind of high-level right-brain thinking that fosters intuition, metaphorical thought, and creative problem solving. Augmenting the analytical core of engineering with substantial initiatives in design, entrepreneurship, leadership and personal development, and unusual collaborations that span disciplines, Northwestern Engineering students and faculty are prepared to take the world in a whole new direction. Northwestern Engineering comprises more than 1,800 undergraduate students, 2,000 graduate students, 190 faculty members across nine academic departments and varied programs, centers, and institutes. Northwestern Engineering staff members support innovative academic programs, an intellectual footprint that deepens the frontiers of knowledge, partnerships that catalyze education and research, and a diverse culture that embraces different viewpoints and ideas. Job Summary: The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCEI) is one of the major centers/institutes of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Through our courses, entrepreneurship minor, student groups and businesses, advising services and events we also serve the entire NU Community including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Assistant Director acts as the Farley Center's primary non-faculty academic advisor for 100+ minor students and main point of contact for 800+ students enrolled in Entrepreneurial courses. Works with students to ensure the completion of degree requirements and answer questions about classes and other NU resources related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Works to implement curriculum improvements and recruitment efforts to support the growth of the center. Manages the Farley Center minor program(s), including evaluation core and electives courses, proposing changes and updates, as necessary, and representing the Farley Center in any necessary curriculum committee meetings. Specific Responsibilities : Administration

  • Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately managed, efficient and effective.
  • Develops, maintains & reports on quantitative and qualitative performance measures.
  • Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner organizations, ensuring that agreements are completed, appropriately reviewed, approved, and adhered to by all parties. Evaluation
    • Manages development and maintenance of evaluation processes including associated metrics and key performance indicators.
    • Reviews & analyzes outcome measurements and recommends changes & enhancements to improve program/project.
    • Collaborates with internal/external partners to implement changes designed to improve/increase program/project goals/objectives. Faculty Support
      • Assists Farley Director with recruitment of faculty.
      • Manages all aspects of faculty administrative tasks (colloquium, seminar, travel, faculty COI survey, annual report,) ensuring optimal faculty support.
      • Solicit syllabi & key course information from faculty prior to registration period.
      • Participate in planning and facilitating annual faculty meeting, supporting Associate Director of Curriculum. Program Development
        • Supervises creation of components, including curriculum development, lectures, conferences, seminars, support groups, etc.
        • Oversee development and implementation of new program/project initiatives.
        • Continually assesses and innovates program/project to achieve educational goals.
        • Develops strategy for program/project growth and expansion. Student Support
          • Manages recruitment, application evaluation, interview, selection and notification of students or participants.
          • Implements admissions criteria in accordance with associated NU policy.
          • Supervises student matters, such as academic probation and other issues escalated from staff.
            • Track student academic progress
            • Oversee non-faculty advising system to support for all students, including working directly with prospective and enrolled students on issues ranging from qualifications for enrollment, course and placement planning, as well as career planning.
            • Implements a department strategy for structure, process, & staff support of students.
            • Prepares academic year course schedule; monitors course registration & enrollments. Supervision
              • Performs other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:
                • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
                • 2 years program/project administration or other relevant experience. Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
                  • Project management experience and demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously on tight deadlines
                  • Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills.
                  • Must be self-directed and able to work in a team-based, collaborative environment.
                  • Outstanding communication skills and dedication to great customer service.
                  • Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly Preferred Qualifications:
                    • 4-years related work experience.
                    • Experience working in a university setting.
                    • Experience working with entrepreneurs/startups.
                    • Project management certification or training. Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
                      • Familiarity with university academic information systems (Peoplesoft)
                        Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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