Mount Holyoke College — Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education

Mount Holyoke College seeks a new Executive Director of Professional and Graduate Education (PaGE) to expand and enhance its coeducational graduate and professional studies, summer and international programs, and consultancies with educational institutions and organizations dedicated to academic and professional excellence. Founded in 1837, the College has long been known as a highly selective, nondenominational, residential, research liberal arts college for women. This tradition continues even as the College expands its reach and academic offerings to a diverse, coeducational, global student population through its PaGE academic offerings. PaGE utilizes exceptional faculty, world-class facilities, cutting-edge technology, and award-winning instructional strategies to deliver traditional, online, and hybrid coursework serving the needs of undergraduate and graduate degree candidates, as well as non-degree pre-college and adult learners. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in the vibrant Pioneer Valley and a member of the Five College Consortium, the College is recognized worldwide for its rigorous and innovative academic program, its global community, its legacy of women leaders, and its commitment to connecting the work of the academy to the concerns of the world.

The Executive Director provides vision and leadership for the coeducational Mount Holyoke PaGE Program, which is now in its sixth year. The mission of PaGE is to extend the reach and brand of the College, bringing educational opportunity and value to diverse communities of learners. The Executive Director oversees the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation/assessment of continuing education, professional development, and graduate and summer programs that are responsive to market-driven educational needs, meet institutional strategic priorities, and achieve financial objectives. Creating and expanding high-quality, sustainable, growth-oriented programs that build on the academic excellence and strengths of the College while complementing existing undergraduate programs are key responsibilities. Forging a collaborative working relationship with senior officers, faculty, and key administrative functional leaders from across campus (e.g., Office of Communications and Marketing, Conference Services, Enrollment, Facilities Management, Financial Services, and Residential Life) is essential for success. The Executive Director is responsible for an expense budget of approximately $1.8 million and currently oversees a team including three administrative staff, five program directors, and adjunct faculty who administer, facilitate, and teach in the Master of Arts programs in Teaching, Mathematics Teaching, and Teacher Leadership; Postbaccalaureate Pre-Medical Program; international programs and consultancy projects; TESOL and Special Education certification programs; iDesign workshops for pre-college learners; as well as winter term and summer course offerings. Considerable opportunity exists for expanding current PaGE initiatives and advancing new programs and modalities of instruction based on careful market analysis and sound business principles. The Executive Director will oversee continuous improvement, risk management, compliance with College policies and applicable regulations, marketing, communications, enrollment, and achievement of strategic priorities and financial objectives. The Executive Director reports to the President and is an active member of the President’s executive council.

The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree and a substantive track record demonstrating success in leading, implementing, and evaluating innovative, sustainable continuing/adult education, graduate, and/or summer programs. Additional requirements include: documented experience developing, marketing, and building enrollment for new programs and proven ability to manage staff—leading individuals to collaborate and achieve key organizational goals. Familiarity with residential academic institutions and traditional pedagogy, as well as use of emerging educational delivery models (online, hybrid, and low-residency instruction) are essential for success. Demonstrated knowledge of, and interest in, instructional fields represented by current PaGE offerings, as well as trending interests to girls and women worldwide such as STEM fields that include iDesign/Makerspace exploration, coding, and big data analytics is preferred. Strong administrative, fiscal management, and marketing skills; imaginative and creative thinking; impeccable reputation for honesty and integrity; effective communication skills and ability to be both consultative and collaborative with varied constituencies; and capacity to set goals, develop/implement actionable plans, inspire others, and make decisions in a collegial educational environment will also be important considerations in the selection of the Executive Director of PaGE.

Review of applications will begin September 14, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Mount Holyoke College – Executive Director of PaGE
Valerie B. Szymkowicz, Senior Associate

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Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff, and student body.