Director of Special Academic Programs and Sessions Job Description



POSITION TITLE:       Director of Special Academic Programs and Sessions

RANK:                              Administrator VI

DEPARTMENT:         Academic Affairs

SUPERVISOR:               Provost


Reporting to the Provost, this position assists the Provost in providing administrative leadership and direction to special academic programs and sessions including intersession and summer session. This position identifies, develops, promotes and implements revenue-generating special programs throughout the year, including credit and non-credit on-line and hybrid programs, certificates, seminars, conferences, workshops, institutes, entrepreneurial programs, etc. This position is also responsible for budgeting, planning, promoting, growing and implementing the University's intersession and summer session course offerings, including assisting with the development of online and hybrid course offerings.


Working with multiple university and community constituencies, designs, implements and monitors comprehensive revenue generating program development plans.

Works in collaboration with the Provost, Associate Vice President and academic departments to develop and implement new academic initiatives.

Develops and enhances on-line, hybrid and off-campus delivery modes for the existing and future academic and other special session programs of the University.

Establishes and assists in implementing operational policies and procedures, business practices and quality standards for the Office.

Creates, plans and executes, with Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs, an expanded marketing and recruiting strategy for special programs, intersession and summer session courses and other related initiatives.

Conducts market research to analyze market demand to identify opportunities for program development.

Prepares enrollment, faculty and financial projections and analyses for review and use as planning tools for intersession and summer session courses.

Responsible for attaining budget related revenue goals; budgetary responsibility for various accounts.

Coordinates with campus units to ensure student support and remote ancillary services.

Collaborates with IT to ensure technical infrastructure for delivery of relevant programs.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those described above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.


Master's degree and at least seven years of demonstrated, progressive higher education administrative leadership and/or business/sales/entrepreneurial success with a proven track record in strengthening and expanding self-sustaining, continuing and professional education programs and/or meeting aggressive sales/revenue targets. Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.Doctorate preferred. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.