The College of Arts and Sciences is a faculty-led organization, and it is important that this faculty be supported with sufficient resources to meet the research and academic goals of the college.
The Director for Outreach and Programming is to provide both direct and indirect support to college and department leadership in the formulation, exploration and implementation of new programs intended to enhance the college's academic mission as well as increase its revenue. Examples include helping departments develop professional master's, certificate or executive education programs (obtaining and reviewing benchmark data for similar programs to determine costs and demands; developing staffing and budget models in support of program proposals; and working through university and state approval processes); exploring untapped grant sources, particularly in those academic disciplines where few grant proposals and awards currently exist; and exploring other academic outreach possibilities (e.g. ties to corporations and foundations with common goals and interests as A&S research, and ties to Cornell Tech campus with joint courses, on-line courses, and executive education and mid-career seminars in various subject areas). The position will require significant initiative in searching out untapped or underused resources and activities both on and off campus. This initiative must be combined with sufficient understanding of academic goals and abilities as well as imagination to find viable programmatic activities for departments to explore. The Director is expected to coordinate routinely with department chairs, the Office of Sponsored Programs, other academic units on campus, eCornell and development personnel as needed.
Responsibilities include: 1) Finding and presenting potential programmatic and grant opportunities to be considered by the deans, department chairs, program directors and individual faculty members. Such opportunities must be in concert with the academic goals of the college and have the potential to generate new revenue. 2) Assisting departments and programs in formulating proposals for new academic programs and helping to implement new programs in terms of facilitating applicable approval processes. This should include a variety of "short-course" options like certificate, mid-career and executive education classes or arts and culture courses aimed at expanding knowledge or appreciation of specific topics. 3) Assisting individual PIs in developing proposals for new grant opportunities to include coordination with college and departmental finance personnel and OSP. 4) Providing general information to educate departments, programs and individual faculty members on potential new programs or funding sources in an effort to create and expand a culture of individual initiative in these areas. 5) Serve as a conduit for and promote relationships with corporations and foundations that could benefit from ties to A&S investigators. 6) Serve as link to eCornell in an effort to promote and guide development of certificate programs where appropriate. This is a full-time benefits eligible, continuing 12 month/year position.
College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University: Cornell University is both a private endowed university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university's colleges; its research and teaching span the humanities and performing arts; mathematics, biological and physical sciences; and the social sciences. It offers extraordinary breadth and depth in its programs of study, a world-renowned faculty with international leaders in their respective disciplines, and cutting-edge research and technical facilities. It provides a high-quality liberal arts education to its own students, and introductory instruction in basic disciplines to almost all undergraduates in the other colleges at Cornell. The college has over 500 tenure track faculty, over 300 other academics and roughly 300 non-academic staff in more than 40 academic departments and programs, and a student population of 4,250 undergraduate majors and 1,300 graduate students. The overall College budget is more than $400M, with more than $25M in sponsored research.
The college encourages candidates with a wide range of experiences to apply. Evidence of a capacity to take initiative, work independently and successfully in a variety of the relevant areas would be welcome. General qualifications should include 1) three to five years of experience in research support, academic programming, course development, on-line education or corporate and foundation relations in an environment related to higher education (preferably five to seven years and in the liberal arts and sciences), 2) an advanced degree, 3) superior interpersonal and professional communication skills, 4) excellent judgment and negotiating ability, and 5) a firm understanding of basic finances (grant and foundation experience a plus). Candidates should possess previous experience, a keen interest in, and enthusiasm for the overall workings and philosophy of higher education. They should have an appreciation for academic and research endeavors and a strong desire to further those activities. A composed professional demeanor and sense of humor are major assets.
Critical competencies for success
Organizational capacity building – ability to assess potential academic and grant opportunities as well as corporate and foundation needs and interests and match them with appropriate departments, programs and individual faculty members.
Initiative and dedication – as the first person in this role, the successful candidate will help further define the activities and success metrics of this position. Enthusiasm, ingenuity and continual coordination with organizations on and off campus will be critical.
Strong analytical skills, capacity to understand human as well as financial and bureaucratic dynamics, and proven ability to make progress in the absence of perfect information are all skills necessary in order to link units and individuals with viable new program activities.
Ability to promote and strengthen academic ties between and among various departments and programs where integration of disciplines and methods promotes mutual benefit.
Ability to develop, track and report clearly defined metrics to determine "return on investment" information for new programs.
Ability to coordinate with academic units and both college and university communications outlets to help promote new programs.
Intellectual leadership – ability to build rapport with units and individual faculty members and to provide leadership in guiding development of new academic programs and exploring other sponsored relationships that mesh with the college's academic mission and direction.
Creativity in considering a variety of course types from a multitude of disciplines that may be developed for targeted audiences at different levels of expertise for personal enjoyment or professional development.
This is a stand-alone position. The college is exploring this position to determine the best way to assist our departments and programs in seeking out new prospects for expanding our educational and research activities and creating additional revenue streams for the college. The successful candidate will be capable of managing their own administrative needs with minimal support from existing staff.
Application materials will be accepted through Friday, September 22nd. To be considered, please submit both cover letter and resume.
Visa sponsorship is unavailable for this position.
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