Executive Director, Corporate and Professional Development
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Job Title: Executive Director, Corporate and Professional Development
Job Family: Management
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full time
Compensation Grade: 10S
Pay Type: Salary
Department: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Job Summary: Furman University's Office of Corporate and Professional Development offers, coordinates, or supports workshops, seminars, short courses, post-graduate diplomas, certificates, certifications, and customized training programs that meet the needs of the business and non-profit communities and support career advancement for people at different stages of their careers. Areas of focus may include leadership and executive development, diversity and inclusion, innovation and entrepreneurship, and industry- and profession-specific leadership and management programs. The office is charged with market testing educational programs on a limited scale to determine which programs to expand.
Reports to Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Chief Innovation Officer (with dotted line to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost) the Executive Director, in collaboration with the Director of Corporate and Professional Development, is responsible for developing a portfolio of programs that generate positive net revenue for the university and meet the learning needs of the businesses, non-profit entities, and professional organizations communities.
Develops and maintains relationships in the business, non-profit, and professional organization communities, identifies their learning needs, and coordinates the development of academic programs to meet them.
Works closely with the Executive Directors of Furman's Institutes (Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities, Riley Institute, and Institute for the Advancement of Community Health), to help them identify, develop, offer, and assess academic programs for the business, non-profit, and professional organization communities, which could include seminars and workshops, short courses, post-graduate diploma programs, and certificate programs.
Works with individual business, non-profits, and professional organizations to build customized educational programs to meet their needs.
Explores different program and pricing models, which could include seminars, workshops, certificate programs, certifications, and subscription learning services.
Communicates with academic department chairs and administrators to assess their capacity and desire to contribute to educational programs for the business, non-profit, and professional organization communities.
Determines, in collaboration with the Director of Internships, Director of the Malone Center for Career Engagement, and Institute Executive Directors, which technical or professional certifications will enhance career prospects for Furman's undergraduate students as well professionals in the community, and develops programs to meet these needs.
Determines what skill sets are needed to develop and deliver curricula for short, medium, and longer programs, both customized and general, to meet the learning needs of the business, non-profit, and professional organization communities, and identifies excellent instructors, both at Furman and elsewhere, to meet these needs.
Identifies and oversees the offering of workshops and seminars in order to test the market to determine which programs might be scalable to post graduate diplomas, certificates, or for-credit graduate programs.
Oversees the assessment of corporate and professional development programs in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information, including maintaining up to date information about the unit and university.
Completes performance review process with supervisor/employees to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and university goals.
Frequent contact with Institute Executive Directors, Malone Center for Career Engagement, Internship Office, Academic Department Chairs, and Executive Director for Strategic Relationships to identify viable academic programs and assist with pricing and expanding the market for such programs.
Frequent contact with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to determine strategic priorities for the unit.
Frequent contact with members of the business and non-profit communities to determine market potential for corporate and professional programs.
Occasional contact with the Alumni Office to determine which programs might be attractive to our Alumni.
Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Direct supervision of 2 - 3 employees.
Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.
Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.
Reports To: Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Chief Innovation Officer (with dotted line to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost)
Bachelors Degree with 5 - 7 years of experience in related field.
Excellent communication and organizational skills required.
Marketing and public relations experience preferred.
Must have ability to handle confidential data.
Work is performed under usual office conditions requiring basic safety precautions.
Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of law, policy, rule, complex procedure or request for exception is required.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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