Cornell's Adult University (CAU), a department within the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, offers inspiring summer programs on the Cornell campus and unforgettable travel adventures to spectacular destinations around the world, all designed and led by top-notch Cornell faculty. For four weeks every summer, approximately 450 adult participants explore fascinating subjects ranging from gardening to art, politics, science and math, and world affairs with Cornell experts. An equal number of children (ages three to fifteen) participate in CAU's outstanding residential and commuter youth programs, which combine engaging educational activities with all the fun and friendships of a great camp. In addition, CAU also offers many domestic and international study tours for adults as well as special educational tours for families. In 2016, more than 250 friends, alumni, visitors, and families participated in these educational tours.
The Associate Director recommends and develops academic programs for adults, working jointly with the Director in identifying subjects, courses, and Cornell University faculty members appropriate for CAU summer on-campus classes and off-campus study tours. In collaboration with faculty, develops some off-campus study tour itineraries, manages contractual relationships with vendors, oversees program planning logistics, and staffs a number of the programs.
Also, is responsible for on-campus operations for summer adult classes. Assumes administrative management and detailed planning of onsite logistics for the programs; hires, trains, and supervises six to seven program staff. Sets up core programmatic information for summer adult programs and select off-campus study tours in the SCE Student System, oversees adult registration, billing, human resource appointments (in coordination with Human Resources Manager), contract reviews, and invoice approvals. Reviews financial activity and manages programs in accordance with established budgets. In partnership with the Director and with the Communications and Marketing Department, helps to develop social media and marketing outlets for CAU programs.
Supports the development of annual unit goals, delivers programmatic performance reports, analyzes participation trends, and recommends programmatic, process, and system enhancements. Presents information to interested constituents, including, faculty, participants, alumni, families, donors, and Cornell community. Maintains current and cultivates new relationships with CAU friends, affiliates, and donors.
Must work an intense and active schedule during the summer, including evenings and weekends. Must work long hours at times during the rest of the year as well, especially while developing and traveling with study tours, and be able to work during the December holiday if staffing a study tour at that time.
Master's degree with 3-5 years' experience developing and delivering academic programs or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated expertise in written and oral communications; writing must be clear, interesting, and tailored for target audiences. Is able to embrace diversity, provide effective leadership, supervise summer staff, and form collaborative partnerships and teams. Must possess strong organizational skills, great capacity to attend to detail, and ability to create complex budgets and manage activities in accordance with them. Is proficient with multiple systems and applications, including databases and spread sheets. Is able to set priorities and work well under time constraints and multiple deadlines. Is skilled in customer service, diplomacy, and tact and is at ease interacting with faculty, alumni, and other adults from all walks of life. Is proactive, creative, and intellectually lively.
Experience in identifying/researching and developing new educational programs, evaluating feasibility, marketing, and program delivery is a plus. Broad cultural perspective and international experience highly desirable. Five years demonstrated ability to supervise multigenerational staff.
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