The primary role of the VP for Academic Initiatives is to be the point person for all college and university partners as it relates to academic planning and Consortium matters. In addition, this role will help oversee strategic planning, and collaborate with leaders across all college and university partners to ensure the strategic direction of Semester Online is being successfully implemented. In addition, the VP will act as advocate for Semester Online among faculty and administrators and as an advocate for overall program quality.
We are looking for someone who has a unique blend of experience, someone with a proven ability to work effectively in an academic setting and the clear potential to integrate into a fast-growing private company. Success in this position depends above all else on outstanding communication skills and on effective teamwork. Comfort working with academic subject matter and a passion for excellence in education are absolute musts.
Many different individuals and departments within Semester Online interact directly with university faculty, administration and staff. It is the VP, Academic Initiatives, however, who has the most persistent contact. The VP of Academic Initiatives will act as the key communication bridge between the Consortium and 2U.
In this capacity, the VP for Academic Initiatives is responsible for:
Fostering collaborative partnerships with college and university constituencies;
Assisting the GM in understanding the governance processes of each partner institution and developing a strategic plan for working within those processes;
Identifying problems and opportunities at other key points of contact between Semester Online and partner institutions;
Establishing and managing working groups with key administrators to ensure the success of the program;
Onboarding new Consortium school administrators and familiarize them with the operational processes of Semester Online;
Assisting Semester Online marketing, admissions and post-enrollment services departments in the development of recruiting materials and communications;
Things That Should Be in Your Background
Energetic and self-motivated
5-7 years experience in higher education
Expertise, educational background, experience, and knowledge of current practices and trends in undergraduate education
Excellent communication skills
Experience managing the academic programming of a degree, certificate or other credential
Proven ability to meet strict deadlines and deliverables
Demonstrated success working in an interdisciplinary, academic institution
Founded in 2008 by a unique team of education veterans with unparalleled experience, 2U, Inc., formerly known as 2tor, Inc., partners with preeminent institutions of higher education to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs online to students globally.
2U supplies universities with the tools, expertise, capital, and global recruiting needed to build and support programs of quality and scale.
Technology: 2U develops state-of-the-art technology platforms that give universities the ability to deliver traditional offline curricula in a unique online learning environment.
Instructional Design: Our instructional designers work closely with faculty to translate classroom courses into a compelling combination of synchronous and asynchronous online and real-world experiences, using the best educational and social technologies available. We work side-by-side with professors to evolve those courses. We make improvements as usage and learning patterns emerge and new technologies become available.
Infrastructure: 2U provides the support infrastructure and the logistical components of our partners’ online programs. This includes comprehensive student support services from enrollment through graduation and beyond, as well as practical learning experiences in communities around the world.
Resources: 2U makes an upfront investment of over $10 million in each of our partner programs. By supplying capital and global marketing capabilities, we enable universities to give high-performing students around the world a transformational educational experience.
Since our founding, 2U has partnered with some of the most prestigious research universities to deliver groundbreaking online degree programs. You can read about our partners here ( www.2U.com/partners ).
And if you’re ready to help our team ( www.2U.com/team ) build the next great movement in higher education, consider joining us ( www.2U.com/careers ).
Why It’s Great to Join Our Team
There are plenty of reasons, but here are a few:
Benefits – at 2U we offer a great benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability and 401k. We also offer paid time off and company holidays. That’s not all! Employees receive a 100% paid tuition benefit for themselves, their spouse and their legal dependants.
Our Culture – We are a highly energetic, innovative start-up company with room to grow. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and strive to maintain a casual, professional and highly productive work environment for our team. 2U employees enjoy many perks, including the ability to wear jeans to work every day.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time-to-time, as needed.
2U is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against applicants or employees and ensures equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship, military or veterans' status, or any other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 2U’s equal opportunity policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, job benefits, pay, and dismissal.