Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
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The UW Graduate School has an outstanding opportunity for a Director for Academic Program Review.
The Director of Academic Program Review is responsible for a portfolio of duties encompassing all aspects of academic program review across the three University of Washington (UW) campuses. Academic program review is the regular review of all degree-offering academic units and programs at UW, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Sponsored by the Graduate School, Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA), and the Provost’s Office, academic program review has a broad and deep impact on academic operations at the University. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, this position has a close working relationship with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who oversees program review and leads the program review meetings. The director prepares the Associate Dean for each review and briefs the Associate Dean on a variety of issues so that they can effectively engage in the review process.
The director provides strategic leadership and manages day-to-day operations for the successful conclusion of 15 program reviews per year, with each review process spanning 2-3 years. Due to this long timeline, building and managing relationships with review participants, university leadership and other stakeholders is a critical function of the role. The director also has significant responsibility for exercising judgment and discretion in advising on policy, practices and curricular issues affecting academic units. The director provides regular guidance and leadership for deans, department chairs, and directors of programs undergoing Academic Program Review, frequently representing the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Graduate School to academic units. In addition, the director provides advice and counsel to university administrators including the Dean and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Deans and Associate/Divisional Deans of the various schools and colleges, and the Chancellors and Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell and Tacoma campuses.
This position works within the Graduate School and with leaders across the institution to develop effective policies and practices related to program review for implementation across the three campuses. The director is responsible for a comprehensive range of process and policy leadership duties that focus on increasing the university's capacity for meeting next generation challenges in graduate education and for leveraging opportunities to create innovations in graduate education. These efforts include consistent engagement with the Graduate Council of elected faculty and leadership of faculty committees and working groups within the Council.
The director supports and develops processes that advance equity, inclusion and justice in graduate education and the program review process. In partnership with other units in the Graduate School the Director addresses issues pertaining to race, equity, and advances the priority of ameliorating disparities in graduate education, working to create and promote a more mutual, respectful, inclusive and diverse place of learning and excellence. In the execution of this work, the director is expected to possess the skills to design, develop, implement, and assess innovative practices to support institution-wide priorities and to drive organizational change within the Graduate School.
About the Graduate School
At the University of Washington Graduate School, we work to support the production of knowledge and innovation, to develop the next generation of researchers and leaders, and to advance the public good. We believe in the power of graduate education to address today’s pressing challenges and to foster a more prosperous, informed, and equity-minded future.
In partnership with faculty, staff and other advocates throughout the University, the Graduate School champions innovation and excellence in graduate education. Graduate students strengthen the UW’s state and global reputation and impact, and the Graduate School promotes the academic, research, teaching and professional success of every one of them.
The Graduate School leads the University’s efforts to recruit and retain the most promising graduate students of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and we collaborate with partners on all three campuses to provide our graduate students with professional development opportunities and the services to manage their academic progress from application through commencement and beyond into a vibrant alumni community.
Leadership of Academic Program Review: (50%)
• Direct the Academic Program Review process for all undergraduate and graduate programs across the three UW campuses
• Plan and develop strategies, processes and resources to help academic units prepare for and enact the final recommendations from Academic Program Review
• Provide counsel to the Deans, Department Chairs, and Directors of programs whose academic units are undergoing Academic Program Review.
• Advise faculty, staff, and students about the review process. This includes acting as a representative of the Graduate School and Graduate School Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
• Provide counsel to the faculty Review Committee evaluating each academic unit, including UW faculty and faculty from other institutions.
Strategic Initiatives for Graduate Education and the Office of Academic Affairs (20%)
• Represent the Graduate School to central administrative units and act as a liaison for the Graduate School to institution-wide committees and working groups, as directed by the Dean, Associate Dean(s), and Assistant Dean.
• Create and oversee reports that inform key University decision makers and stakeholders on trends in Academic Program Review outcomes.
• Participate in the development and implementation of processes, strategic initiatives and resources that support the Graduate School's strategic plan, by providing counsel to the Dean and Associate Deans.
•Identify needs, cultivate opportunities and provide leadership to create efficiencies and implement evidence-based initiatives in the program review process and/or broader processes in OAA.
Planning and Logistics (15%)
• Supervise the coordination of planning and logistics for Academic Program Review. This includes overseeing high-level functions, such as convening the Review Committee and approving the site visit agenda, and supervising detail-oriented duties, such as plotting review site dates for the coming academic year.
• Oversee management of systems and tracking for Academic Program Review, Interim Reports, and new graduate programs • Oversee travel, stipend and reimbursement activity for Academic Program Review external Review Committee members, duties that are handled by the Academic Program Review Specialist.
Supervisory Responsibilities: (15%)
• The Director supervises the Academic Program Review Specialist charged with coordinating the day-to-day logistics of Academic Program Review, including the scheduling of site visits, tracking reviews across years, resource and document distribution, and site visit management.
• Perform other duties as required to support the ongoing mission and strategic plans of the School.
• Masters degree in education, public administration, or a related field.
• At least four years of experience in an academic policy or leadership role, or equivalent experience
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Possess professional integrity and a high degree of discretion and diplomacy
• Service-oriented approach across all areas of responsibility
• Effective report writing skills for broad audiences.
• Understanding of institutional structures and policies in higher education
• Proven management skills in organizing and overseeing staff and processes to support and redesign effective procedures
• Demonstrated success in project management and building productive relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
• Ability to negotiate complex institutional systems with ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both oral and written
• Must be adept at using institutional data to drive business decisions.
• Must be adept at Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook calendar, MS Word and MS Excel.
• Demonstrated experience working in a multi-campus university system or experience in a variety of higher education institutions (e.g., R1, regional, master’s).
• Prior experience in the field of graduate education and/or with university accreditation and review practices.
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