Assistant Director of Curriculum
Company: Northwestern University
Posted on: February 17, 2021
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
- Oversees & ensures that day-to-day operations are appropriately
managed, efficient and effective.
- Develops, maintains & reports on quantitative and qualitative
- Oversees documentation of agreements between NU and partner
organizations, ensuring that agreements are completed,
appropriately reviewed, approved, and adhered to by all parties.
- 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
- Participate in planning and facilitating annual faculty
meeting, supporting Associate Director of Curriculum. Program
- Supervises creation of components, including curriculum
development, lectures, conferences, seminars, support groups,
- Oversee development and implementation of new program/project
- Continually assesses and innovates program/project to achieve
- Develops strategy for program/project growth and expansion.
- Manages recruitment, application evaluation, interview,
selection and notification of students or participants.
- Implements admissions criteria in accordance with associated NU
- 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
- 2 years program/project administration or other relevant
experience. Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and
- Project management experience and demonstrated ability to
manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously on tight
- Excellent writing, editing and presentation skills.
- Must be self-directed and able to work in a team-based,
- Outstanding communication skills and dedication to great
- Effectively performs duties and responsibilities; displays
attention to detail; supports organizational policies; anticipates
demands/pressures of assignments and adjusts accordingly Preferred
- 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
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
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