Director, Medill Programs

Northwestern University   •  

Washington, DC

Industry: Education.


11 - 15 years

Posted 369 days ago


Job Summary:

The Medill Washington Director will lead the strategy, non-curricular programs, activities, partnerships and operations of this site for the world’s best journalism, media and integrated marketing school. The Medill Washington program has a storied history, providing a real-life learning laboratory since 1966 in the nation’s capital and producing some of America’s top journalistic, communications and government talent. Medill’s Washington program provides an extraordinary opportunity for students to be exposed to one of the nation’s most vibrant news and strategic communications environments, and to learn best practices in the nation’s epicenter of government and politics. The Director will be a public face of Medill Washington, raising the visibility of the school with potential corporate and foundation partners, prospective students and the academic community. The Director must be an entrepreneur and a strategist, working with Medill leadership and faculty in conceiving and helping execute new educational programs both for students and working professionals in journalism and integrated marketing. The Director must work collaborativelywith Washington faculty and staff, and with Medill’s leadership, faculty and staff on the main Evanston campus and otherlocations in Chicago, San Francisco and Doha. The Director will forge partnerships with media and technology companies that will provide opportunities for our students and help shape our teaching and programs. The Director will create and manage a series of regular events at our Washington campus site, such as a speaker series and professional workshops that will expose students and faculty to leaders in the field, newsmakers and subject experts. The Director will work across Medill’s sites and withotherNorthwestern schools on new educational and program initiatives. The Director will conceive and organize events in our Washington location, ranging from alumni gatherings to a public speaker series to interviews with newsmakers. The Director will advise the academic deans and faculty to shape, inform and implement the curriculum in Washington. The Director also may be called upon to assist the Medill development director in fundraising initiatives. While this is not a faculty position, the director may teach in the program as deemed appropriate by the academic deans.

Working Conditions: Job requires occasional evening and weekend work, as well as occasional domestic travel.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Working with school leadership and faculty, the Director will take the lead in crafting an ambitious strategy for Medill Washington, one that takes advantage of the opportunities created by our expected move to a new location in 2019. That strategy also will reflect the rapidly changing media landscape and the transformational shift to digital platforms. This strategy also may include educational initiatives for Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program. The Director will be responsible for conceiving strategic new educational programs, community events and alumni gatherings, working in collaboration with Medill leadership, faculty and directors of other satellite campuses.


  • Forming partnerships with media and technology companies in Washington is a critical aspect of the position. These external partnerships could involve internships and/or practicums for our students, sponsored research for our faculty and public events that benefit the school and the Washington community.
  • We also expect the director to partner internally withotherNorthwestern schools, such as the McCormick School of Engineering, the Kellogg School of Business and the Pritzker School of Law to develop new, inter-disciplinary opportunities for students. The Director also must work with the leaders of Medill’s other satellite campuses in Chicago, San Francisco and Doha on new initiatives


  • The Director will oversee all of Medill’s operations, assets and discretionary budgets in Washington. This includes creating and overseeing the events and activities at the campus. The Director will facilitate the teaching and learning environment at the site, including helping with the recruitment of faculty in Washington. The Director will assist withevents and activities of otherNorthwestern schools, and those of some industry-related organizations. The Directorwill work with NUIT to ensure that the technology of the site meets the needs of students and faculty. The Director will manage the Washington discretionary budget, including expense approvals, and other D.C. staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, communications, technology, business or related field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience.
  • Experience leading and managing employees and projects.

Minimum Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and the willingness to make public and broadcast appearances.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and independently and to build effective relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Proficient in Google Analytics, Chartbeat and otherdigital metric tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master's degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience for which comparable skills can be acquired.
  • Successful record of managing relationships withinternal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Competencies:

  • Confident, professional, positive attitude with a team-oriented approach to challenges, a drive to meet and exceed expectations, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to adapt to different people and situations, and incorporate honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions.