A good, mission driven university
Program Manager (Current Employee) – Santa Barbara, CA – September 1, 2017
Fielding Graduate University is a non-profit, distributed graduate school. They are a mission driven institution with compelling values including advancing social justice and a learner centered education. As with many non-profits and private/small institutions of higher education, Fielding runs with a lean staff. Staff employees will often wear many hats and will be placed in a position to develop skill beyond what the job description might entail. This can be a positive for professional development, but can also pose a busy and stressful work environment. I think overall Fielding has a positive work culture and provides a pretty generous benefits package. This compensates for wages that will skew to the lower side of market value. There are opportunities for professional development, though people with initiative will benefit most for the offerings. Leadership is competent, though not all are wired for developing their direct reports of developing strong relationships. Individuals that need a more proactive approach from their supervisor might be left wanting.
Santa Barbara itself is a very expensive place to live.
Good benefits package (for full-time employees), Good organizational mission & values
Wages are on the low side, workloads can be challenging at times