University of Denver Healthcare Leadership Academic Director

University of Denver
Job Description
The University of Denver is searching for an Academic Program Director of the Healthcare Leadership program at University College. University College is the professional and continuing studies unit at the University of Denver, and is a leader in adult education, providing fully accredited and affordable educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults. For more information please visit
The Academic Director is responsible for the management of an academic program at University College. This position will manage the Healthcare Leadership graduate program at University College; the position is a full-time, benefited position for the period of one year. The position is a non-tenured, appointed faculty position in the teaching series, and depending on the background and experience, rank will be at the level of Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.
Essential Functions:
Specifically, the responsibility of the director is to ensure the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and instruction within their respective program. To achieve this end, the Academic Director will coordinate efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate the academic curriculum for the program in response to the evolving demands of the profession and/or industry. The Academic Director is also responsible for the enrollment success of their program, and will work closely with the Director of Enrollment Management to achieve enrollment requirements set in the budget and to ensure growth and financial success of the program.
The Academic Director will also be assigned a teaching load in their respective program per academic calendar year. The role has inherent responsibility to provide advising to students concerning the program and their career as appropriate. In addition, the Academic Director represents the college at university and community events.
The Academic Director will respond to the evolving demands of the profession/industry, the needs of the adult professional students, and advances in educational technology. The Academic Director will ensure the quality of all written material and products originated for the program area(s). The Academic Director will work closely with faculty, program assistants, advisory board, and the Academic Quality Team in these efforts.
The Academic Director is responsible for the faculty hiring process, including recruitment, selection, training, mentoring, scheduling teaching, and evaluation of the program faculty. The Academic Director will work with the Program Assistant and the Academic Quality team to facilitate this requirement.
It is pertinent for the person in this role to craft strategy and planning for their program area(s). This person must ensure the implementation of strategies that support the mission and growth of the program areas by developing new programs, ensuring quality of educational methods as well as course content, incorporating innovative uses of technology in curriculum and course delivery, and implementing and applying appropriate assessment techniques.
This person will engage in positive, productive, professional, and interpersonal relationships throughout the University by establishing close working relationships with program advisors, support staff, marketing staff, student services staff, senior management, and constituent departments campus-wide. The role requires diplomacy to establish and maintain cohesive, productive relationships at the greater university, with corporate partners and with the community. The successful candidate must be willing to be part of and promote an inclusive team and work culture.
Required Experience: 
  • Master's degree
  • 4-5 years of demonstrated professional experience within the respective industry or field of concentration
  • Evidence of teaching ability through course and teacher evaluations
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, supervision of others, management of budgets, and proficiency in computer applications are required.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry literature, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or government regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, course descriptions and outcomes, degree or program proposals, and procedural manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from students, staff, and faculty
Preferred Experience: 
  • Doctorate degree in the field of academic concentration 
  • 5+ years experience in the higher education environment (administration or teaching) 
  • Experience in the area of professional and continuing education
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form 
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team oriented environment as well as independently to meet deadlines, achieve goals, and provide program structure 
  • Ability to create and utilize analytics to inform decision making 
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret industry literature, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or government regulations 
  • Ability to solve practical problems with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
Instructions for candidates:
Candidates must apply online through (or via the link below) and complete the online application and attach a cover letter, resume, and list of references to be considered.  Only online applications will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click "New Resume/CV" at the bottom of the page to begin application.  Candidates should contact Allison Friederichs: with questions related to the position.  
Exempt positions at the University of Denver are posted for a minimum of 10 business days; however, applications are reviewed as submitted and it is in your best interest to complete your application as quickly as possible after the position is posted.
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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