The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, Program Director for Professional Education to direct its professional master’s program in strategic communication. Responsibilities will include recruitment, instruction, program design as well as program expansion into other professional need areas such as health communication and executive education. The position will report to the Director of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and be a thought-leader for the school in the area of strategic communication.
This position combines course instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level with leadership of the Professional M.A. in strategic communication. The leadership of the Professional M.A. program includes curriculum development and execution, scholarship administration, program marketing, student and faculty recruitment, alumni, donor and industry relations. This position is responsible for the successful management of the professional M.A. in Strategic Communication program offered within the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The program focusses on advanced professional study of communication strategy, planning, evaluation and creative content management. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and service to the school and the university.
Classroom instruction and curriculum supervision and the undergraduate and graduate level.
Teach up to two courses per semester plus the Professional M.A. Program Capstone courses in May and summer terms.
Contribute to the ongoing development, assessment and delivery of a rapidly evolving curriculum in strategic communication
Student Advising, both at the undergraduate level, including formal supervision of internship for credit programs (JOUR 3996), informal career advising at the undergraduate and graduate level. Program planning at the undergraduate level, and Capstone paper advising for the Professional M.A. Program.
Professional M.A. Program Administration, including scholarship allocation, curriculum evolution, faulty advising and recruitment, planning and executing biannual Forums and budget management.
Review/recommend curriculum content in coordination with faculty and the HSJMC Director
Monitor developments and trends in the professional communication field through reading, participation in professional organizations, publications, public speaking and network development within the community
Help with the selection and hiring of adjunct instructors as warranted to deliver select courses
Responsible for the intellectual leadership and administration of the Strategic communications M.A. Program.
Manage development of appropriate budget, curriculum, faculty and applicants.
Identify advisory board members and lead meetings to ensure currency and responsiveness of curriculum to industry needs
develop an annual report detailing the program's accomplishments and challenges.
Act as the central communications point for all matters relating to the program.
Respond to administrative related questions; eg with graduate school issues
Recruit potential students and advise prospective students on features of the program.
Help identify possible career placement opportunities for graduating students
oversee process and tracking applications
Work with DGS Assistant on admission decision letters and responding to queries from prospective students, university employees and the general public.
Liaison to the professional communications community
Seek promotion opportunities with the news media, professional associations, area corporations, agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Oversee the development of marketing materials such as brochures, web site, press releases and presentation/speeches in coordination with the HSJMC Communications manager.
Professional M.A. program marketing and Key audience relations including establishing key marketing strategies, planning and executing prospective student enrollment marketing and recruiting activities, meeting with donors and potential donors. Industry professional outreach.
Master’s degree in a relevant field and at least 8 or more years of directly related professional experience.
Demonstrated expertise teaching professional master’s students in strategic communication
Knowledge and direct service experience in educational and human service development and/or delivery
Executive leadership and/or managerial experience in the Twin Cities professional strategic communication community and experience in emerging areas of health care strategy, medical device marketing communication, brand content management, and crisis communication are preferred.
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