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Executive Program Director

Schaumburg, IL, USA | Career Education Corporation

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Project Management
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The Executive Program Director is a member of the faculty (with rank appropriate to the educational and professional background of the individual) who also holds an administrative appointment related to managing the programs, curricula, instruction, and faculty team within a specific academic program or set of academic programs for a college/key department within Colorado Technical University (CTU). The Executive Program Director fosters a positive and innovative curriculum and instructional environment (including those related to CTU’s Instructional Framework of faculty presence, engagement, relevance, and innovation). With accountability for coaching and managing faculty, the Executive Program Director s exemplifies teaching and student support strategies, while upholding faculty performance standards and student engagement policies The Executive Program Director promotes meaningful student learning through the use of innovative instructional strategies to deliver course and programmatic learning outcomes in the curriculum, as well as the assessment and evaluation within the learning environment. The Executive Program Director champions the mission of CTU and the related college/key department mission in all interactions with the University’s students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders.

• The Executive Program Director has a normal course load each academic year to teach one course (4 to 6 quarter hours) per academic year. This allows the Executive Program Director to focus on college leadership, curriculum leadership, and administrative responsibilities.

• The course load may encompass one or more teaching modalities (online, blended, or campus-based) as appropriate to the physical/virtual location of the Executive Program Director and the needs of Colorado Technical University.

• The Executive Program Director successfully completes the professional development and training requirements as set forth by the college/department and/or University, following an appropriate plan during the academic year.

• The Executive Program Director is a remote position, but must reside within the United States. The Program Director must comply with Colorado Technical University remote academic employee expectations (including availability during core work hours).

• The Executive Program Director must carry out the duties and responsibilities of this position consistent with the mission of Colorado Technical University and the mandates set by the Colorado Technical University Board of Trustees and administration.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities as a Full-time Faculty Member 

• Performs responsibilities (as a faculty member) as outlined in this job description and in accordance with the provisions of the Faculty Handbook (including faculty expectations) and the Career Education Corporation Employee Handbook.

• Observed periodically and, in accordance with the faculty evaluation process, receives feedback on effectiveness of instruction to ensure the maintenance of a strong, student-focused educational environment that fosters the development of student competencies in compliance with Colorado Technical University policies and instructional expectations.

• Completes professional development, required University training, and the training related to the instruction of a particular course assigned as a faculty member in accordance with the provisions of the Faculty Handbook.

• In addition to the normal course load specified above, the Executive Program Director may serve as a CTU adjunct faculty member for one overload course per quarter after first notifying and obtaining approval from his/her immediate supervisor before accepting the overload course and be in accordance with the policies and provisions of the CTU Faculty Handbook, the Career Education Corporation Employee Handbook, and the Remote Employee Expectations document.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities as a Member of Faculty Management

• Performs responsibilities (as a Executive Program Director as outlined in this job description and in accordance with the provisions of the CTU Faculty Handbook and the Career Education Corporation Employee Handbook. These responsibilities may differ as applicable to the needs of the particular college or department.

• Leads the development and revision of program and course curricula (including program/course learning outcomes and course materials) consistent with the University’s accreditation and applicable programmatic accreditation criteria and standards, academic governance, professional and market relevance, applicable program and course data, and student/faculty feedback.

• Contributes to product knowledge training on college/key department programs for supporting departments, including Admissions and Advising.

• Approves and manages escalations of transfer credit, course substitution, and portfolio evaluations in conjunction with the Prior Learning Assessment team.

• Manages the team of Lead Faculty in their oversight of the instructional process, driving compliance with Colorado Technical University’s academic policies and procedures and striving to continuously improve the level of instructional expertise through data-driven initiatives and technology innovations.

• Works with University and department administration to implement academic policies, procedures, educational policies, and assessment plans that are compliant with regional and programmatic accreditation standards and state agency regulations.

• Oversees faculty hiring, onboarding and training process, as well as faculty loading and scheduling to ensure appropriate student/faculty ratios and facility utilization.

• Analyzes applicable faculty reports and dashboards, and reviews course elements in collaboration with Lead Faculty to ensure quality of instruction and faculty activities meet Colorado Technical University’s faculty expectations. Collaborates with Academic Quality Analyst team to optimize faculty and instructional quality processes.

• Coaches, manages, and inspires Lead Faculty through the instructional process, driving compliance with Colorado Technical University’s academic policies and procedures and striving to continuously improve the level of instructional expertise.

• Provides support to students and faculty in times of need by professionally and expediently answering questions, addressing issues, and resolving complaints.

• Oversees Lead Faculty follow-up with students concerning missing work and/or poor academic progress, working with the college or departmental leadership, university leadership, and/or academic operations on Colorado Technical University’s student retention and success initiatives.

• Reviews and provides feedback on faculty performance, including periodic performance reviews.

• Participates in (and leads as applicable) the initial collection and periodic updates of all documentation required to meet accreditation and regulatory requirements and in support of the thought leadership pursued by the college/key department.

• Participates in (and leads as applicable) the planning, coordination, and implementation of applicable large-scale University, departmental, and campus meetings (e.g., Faculty Summits, Doctoral Symposia, Quarterly Meetings, etc.).

• Attends required University and departmental meetings and events (as applicable) and other formal functions as appropriate (subject to resource availability).

• Participates in (and leads as applicable) committees (i.e., standing, non-standing, and/or taskforces) of the University and college/key Department.

• Provides quarterly reports to the pertinent College Dean or other University leader on appropriate curricular and instructional metrics for the students, faculty, courses, and programs. The Exutive Program Director highlights achievements, discusses areas for opportunity, and works with the pertinent college/key department leadership and university leadership to design appropriate initiatives for improvements.

• Communicates consistently and effectively with the department administration, campus administration (if applicable), students, faculty colleagues, and other Colorado Technical University staff and administration.

• Maintains membership in relevant professional and community organizations, with attendance and participation at meetings, seminars, and events as appropriate and needed to enhance the reputation of the University and enable pertinent student participation in community service projects.

• Maintains thought leadership or scholarly activities as appropriate for the college

• The Executive Program Director may be able to serve as a part-time adjunct faculty or a consultant with an outside organization. However, part-time adjunct faculty assignments and consulting activities with outside educational institutions must be carefully reviewed and balanced to ensure that these activities do not interfere with the Executive Program Director’s primary responsibilities at CTU and are in accordance with the policies and provisions of the CTU Faculty Handbook, the Career Education Corporation Employee Handbook, and the Remote Employee Expectations document. These policies and provisions include notifying and obtaining approval from his/her immediate supervisor before accepting a part-time adjunct faculty or consultant position with an outside educational institution, not being employed in any full-time capacity (e.g., faculty, administrative, or consultant) with any outside educational institution, and not being employed in any part-time capacity with any outside educational institution that is considered by CTU management to provide educational services that compete with CTU.

• Provides flexibility in scheduling, including evenings and weekends to meet student and business requirements.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Pay and Benefits

• Compensation range is between $95,000- $105,000 salary 

• 401(k) Savings Plan

• Dental insurance

• Medical insurance

• Health savings and flexible spending accounts

• Paid time-off

• Vision insurance

• Short-term and long-term disability

• Life insurance

• Employee Stock Purchase Plan

• Adoption assistance

• Tuition assistance


• A terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter hours of graduate coursework in the discipline.

• Other requirements specific to the program discipline and/or programmatic accreditation, including active, valid, and unencumbered licensure or certification.

• 5 or more years’ academic management experience in an organizational setting relevant to Colorado Technical University’s programs, with a diverse set of industry, academic, strategic, and personnel experiences preferred.

• 5 or more years’ academic curriculum development and faculty management experience at the collegiate level, with diverse online, blended, and campus-based experiences preferred.

• 3 or more years’ teaching experience at the collegiate level, with diverse online, blended, and campus-based experiences preferred.

• For doctoral programs, demonstrated record of applied, professional, and/or theoretical research publications, conference presentations, and leadership within professional organizations in the faculty member’s domains of expertise (including those with an educational and/or instructional focus).

• For doctoral programs, experience supervising doctoral student research/investigation and managing doctoral dissertation/project processes a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities; Competencies

• Willingness and demonstrated ability to support and foster student, faculty, and curricular achievement at all levels, rather than simply evaluate the completion of requirements and/or responsibilities.

• Interpersonal and relationship building skills.

• Project and program management skills with a focus on successful completion.

• Focus on data and outcome metrics to gauge success and highlight areas for improvement.

• Drive for and pursuit of innovation.

• Strong leadership and strategic planning skills.

• Strong analytical and change management skills.

• Experience with computerized learning management systems and education technology tools strongly preferred.

• Proficiency with standard office applications on personal computers.

• Ability to read, comprehend, interpret, and implement accreditation criteria, state agency regulations, and academic policies and procedures.

• Ability to effectively present information to students, faculty colleagues, and academic and campus leaders.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.

• Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and flexibly in a team environment.

• Ability to physically work in the United States while performing all responsibilities of the position for Colorado Technical University.

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