The Associate Director of Curriculum, in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Office of Undergraduate Education (UGE), is a strategic and operational leader in the areas of curriculum management, planning, and compliance. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Curriculum, the Associate Director of Curriculum is responsible for providing analysis and consultation and making decisions on a variety of administrative and curriculum related matters to ensure the curriculum supports the educational goals of our students. The Associate Director of Curriculum also oversees the administrative work of curriculum and academic department staff, as well as workgroups and ad hoc committees formed by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, or other governing bodies of the college. Responsibilities also include a variety of assigned projects, including research and fact-finding, related to the intersection of enrollment, budget and curricular offerings. The Associate Director of Curriculum ensures the success of the UGE mission by helping to align curriculum with the college’s goals for undergraduate education.
Curriculum planning, management, and administration 55%
- Lead curriculum mapping activities and examine enrollment trends and predictions for more than 130 majors and minors, and nearly 14,000 undergraduate students in CLA. - Work with leadership in the university’s Office of Undergraduate Education for strategic initiatives in curriculum and assessment. - Collaborate with other administrative and student-serving departments for all matters in the college related to curriculum services, including advising, student support, fiscal, faculty affairs, and career services. - Provide consultation for curriculum development to faculty at the program and individual course levels. - Maintain a robust knowledge of the collegiate curriculum, from the highest levels of collegiate-wide goals to the smallest details of individual courses and majors/minors. - Ensure programmatic information is updated and available to stakeholders. - Initiates and completes curricular reviews of all undergraduate academic programs in the College of Liberal Arts including new academic programs, biennial updates to all academic programs, new courses, and 500+ updates to existing courses annually. - Stay abreast of syllabi content requirements, policies, procedures and language changes. Communicate all changes to the appropriate stakeholders in the college to ensure student understanding. - Conduct analyses to identify opportunities for operational improvements and best practices. - Facilitate and coordinate implementation of initiatives at the department and college levels to advance college goals for undergraduate education.
Leadership and supervision of curriculum-related staff 25%
- Provide leadership and oversight to the curriculum-related work of staff in each of the CLA academic departments. - Supervise CLA Curriculum Administrator and their portfolio of data entry, policies, and documentation; curriculum support; and training and communication. - Develop best practices, processes, and procedures for curriculum support work. - Independently problem solve issues when identified. - Develops and initiates program operations and business plans to support unit/program strategic plans and goals related to the curriculum and enrollment management. - Develops effective communication strategies and coordinates efforts and priorities across multiple functions at the department, college and University levels. - Develop and maintain partnership with collegiate departments both with CLA and in the larger University community.
Management of collegiate-level committees and initiatives 10%
- Represent UGE at collegiate administrator meetings, collegiate committees, and task forces, University wide committees and to external partners. - Plan and lead the execution of special projects and project teams for the unit and college. - Manage the Freshman Seminar initiative (approximately 60 seminars per year), collaborating with tenured faculty, departmental staff and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s office to ensure timely submission of required proposals and the ensuing University requirements. Develop and facilitate the enhancement funds process, including budget management and oversee funds dispersal and retrieval of unused funding. - Manage the work of the CLA Course Review Committee including preparation, communication, and implementation of decisions.
Curriculum analysis and evaluation 10%
- Prepare and analyze complex data and develop standard and custom reports. Advises unit and college on data interpretation and implications. - Make financial and budgetary recommendations through in-depth analysis of complex financial data including enrollment management and projections for curricular demand. - Develop integrative solutions to complex problems that combine technologies, processes, resources and personnel for sustained productivity.
- BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience. -Experience should be progressively more responsible. -Demonstrated strong organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skills, good judgement, accuracy, confidentiality, ability to anticipate leadership’s needs, and attention to detail. -Demonstrated previous experience processing financial documents, monitoring program expenses and reviewing account balances. -Demonstrated previous experience handling and maintaining confidential information -Demonstrated previous experience in curriculum development, program development, curricular oversight and/or educational technology. -Demonstrated experience in higher education.
-Familiarity with University of Minnesota systems includsing PCAS, ECAS, and CCS.
Internal Number: 340121
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