The Associate Director provides academic program management and strategy, student services, marketing, admissions, advising, financial planning, event planning, and other support to the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program, a McCormick School of Engineering professional master’s degree program housed in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Manage comprehensive recruitment campaign to generate new prospective students and applicants for program including developing and executing marketing initiatives (advertising and media exposure; direct mail; corporate visibility; alumni and student referrals); communicating with prospective students via e-mail, telephone, and mail; planning and hosting open houses, other recruiting functions, etc.
Manage admissions process for approximately 80 part-time and full-time applicants each year, including maintaining contact with, interviewing and evaluating applicants, participating in admissions decisions, and orienting incoming students.
Design and implement evaluation tools to help ensure program quality, relevance to the market, and competitive advantage.
Create and maintain student-focused environment and services that allow students to concentrate on school, enjoy the experience, and solve problems quickly including acting as a liaison to other university offices, relaying concerns to the MSIT board and instructors, having a strong presence on class days, communicating important issues to students and planning activities and functions that help students feel connected to the program.
Communicate with MSIT faculty about their courses, schedules, evaluation, and student issues.
Manage and plan the program’s operating budget each year, including setting tuition costs, salary increases, and monitoring spending across all budget areas, looking for improvements and making adjustments as necessary.
Oversee and provide quality control for day-to-day program administration, including registration, business operations (purchasing, NUFinancials approvals, etc), student services, records, data collection and databases, and online student and alumni services.
Manage program’s alumni association activities and events, in conjunction with program facilitator.
Ensure that alumni stay involved with the program by helping them to plan events, getting them involved in the recruitment process for new students, keeping them connected to the program via e-mails and newsletters.
Participate as voting member of MSIT Board of Directors, assisting with curriculum development and faculty recruitment, and other board matters.
Collaborate with other McCormick Master's Programs and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Performs related duties as required or assigned.
A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired
4 -10 years of management or program development and administration experience with progressively- responsible duties and expectations
Experience in marketing and sales
Initiative and self-directed
Marketing planning and execution
Demonstrated superior written and oral communication skills
Strategic thinking and planning skills
Big picture focus with attention to detail
Ability to multi-task and juggle many projects at the same time
Budgeting and finance
Microsoft Office proficiency
A master's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired
Experience working in a university/academic setting
Experience with web-based applications
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
Date Posted: 4/23/2012
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