Director of Professional Programs

Rice University   •  

Houston, TX

Industry: Education.


8 - 10 years

Posted 372 days ago

Position Summary

The Director of Professional Programs position is responsible for developing and implementing programs that enhance the purposes of both the University and Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (GSCS). This position provides leadership including strategic planning, directing the creation of new courses or enhancement of existing courses related to professional programs. This position takes the leading role in development of ideas and concepts that further support educational outreach programs.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution forEducationRequirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.


Advanced degree.

ExperienceRequired8yearsType ofExperience

- Program development and management experience in higher education or experience in corporate training and development.
- Some experience supervising or leading others.

Substitution forExperienceRequirement

Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.


Program management related experience in an institution of higher learning.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


- Knowledge and experience with online learning – development and implementation of online courses.
- Understanding of best practices in online learning.
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills, both written and verbal.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills, good judgment, maturity, and ability to work on multiple tasks and a variety of projects simultaneously.
- Excellent attention to detail and record-keeping skills.
- Ability to set priorities; follow through on multiple tasks, and meet strict deadlines with minimum supervision.
- Ability to be a team player and ability to work independently.
- Experience using database, spreadsheet and word processing software programs.

- Knowledge of program evaluation and assessment.
- Experience with adult education.
- Ability to develop, manage and analyze budgets.
- Strong writing skills.
- Management skills to hire, supervise, and evaluate the performance of academic directors, instructors and administrative support staff including the Program’s Assistant Director.
- Ability to identify and evaluate promising new programs, sourcing published curricula when available or developing programs when needed.
- Ability to network, recruit and evaluate new instructors.
- Ability to create and communicate program polices as needed for administrative and continuing education purposes.
- Administrative skills to coordinate details related to professional programs.

- Public relations skills in order to interface with corporations, professional associations, and instructors.
- Ability to identify, capture and evaluate data on various programs to provide guidance for future budgeting purposes.
- Excellent judgment and a sound sense of professional ethics.
-Monitors that students honor policies and that attendance requirements are strictly enforced to meet certificate requirements for the Paralegal and Certified Financial Planner programs.
- Responsible for ensuring that programs have up-to-date CPE sponsor accreditation, and for renewing the CFP program for certification through the Texas Dept. of Insurance.
- Confident presenting to groups, including orientations, information sessions, association events, and chapter meetings.
- Flexibility to adapt as the program grows and the ability to thrive in a changing and undefined work environment.


- Experience working with virtual classrooms or teaching online.
- Experience with Blackboard Collaborate or similar web conferencing software.
- Experience with Canvas or similar learning management system.
- Knowledge of university curriculum, culture, regulations, and resources.
- Public speaking experience.
- Understanding of computer networking, hardware, and software.
- Familiarity with Continuing Education entities, standards, requirements, and deadlines.
- Familiarity with Certified Financial Planner Education and with professional recertification credits.

Internal / External Contacts

Within the University:
Contact with some faculty and administrators.

Outside the University:
Contact with potential instructors, corporate representatives, prospective and current students, and professional organizations.

Physical Demands

- Ability to lift or maneuver 30- to 40-pound boxes of materials.

Working Conditions

- Non-smoking environment.
- Occasional evening and weekend work required.
- Occasional travelrequired.