Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Communication and Information Technology
Alma College (Alma, Michigan) seeks an individual with vision, a passion for cultivating relationships, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the founding director for our new low-residency Master’s of Science in Communication and Information Technology. Key responsibilities of this position include: graduate student recruiting, internal and external communication and marketing, career and professional development, and graduate program event planning. Candidates for the position should have significant professional experience working both in the technology industry and in higher education. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative administrator who values collaboration and embraces the challenge of bringing a vision to life.
The founding director will hold an administrative appointment. The director, working in coordination with an interdisciplinary advisory group of faculty and reporting to the Provost, will oversee all elements of the new Communication & Information Technology program. Ongoing responsibilities include:
- Providing academic leadership in
- recruiting, training, and mentoring program faculty;
- developing and overseeing the program curriculum;
- planning residency experiences;
- assessing the program, its faculty, and its learning outcomes; and
- providing periodic program reports to the Alma College campus
- Developing and implementing marketing, recruiting, and admissions plans
- Working with students and colleagues to build a dynamic and durable academic community
- Ensuring that students have opportunities to build professional networks with respected industry leaders
- Promoting ongoing outreach to alumni, the Alma campus, and the external community
- Managing the program budget
During implementation, the director will work with a faculty advisory group to ensure that the program is developed in accordance with Alma College’s standards and accrediting body requirements. Specific tasks include refining and revising the proposed curriculum, establishing a regular rotation of residencies, creating ongoing links to the Alma campus and the professional community, and completing all necessary program approvals. Once implementation has been completed the director, depending on interests and qualifications, may assume duties in teaching.
Candidates should have a deep knowledge of communication and information technology, strong professional connections, and proven administrative skills, preferably in higher education. The director must be an individual who is collaborative and decisive, and adept at balancing vision with the pragmatics of implementation. A terminal degree in a related discipline is desirable but not required; a relevant graduate degree and experience in marketing and student recruitment is essential.