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Director of Academic Initiatives

Southern California University of Health Sciences Whittier, CA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description: Are You Looking to Make a World of Difference? With over 100 years in healthcare education, Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) is evolving both education and healthcare through its vibrant campus culture and integrative philosophy. Our holistic approach to caring permeates everything we do. Consider a career at SCU as the Director of Online Projects & Initiatives and help us in making a world of difference!This position is responsible for supporting the academic departments in the areas of programing growth and performance; working closely with faculty and administration to identify and implement incremental innovations, new programs, and operational capabilities that advance the scope of programs at the University. Learn more about how SCU is Making a World of Difference! DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Collaborates with administrators, faculty and other staff at the University to identify potential opportunities to expand program offerings to ensure the University is meeting the needs of the students it serves. Assists academic and administrative leadership in building the operational infrastructure to support the development of new institutional programming. Collaborates with leadership and department faculty manages the development of new programs and addition of delivery modes for existing programs ensuring deadlines are met and courses are launched on schedule. Ensures all aspects of a program launch including course launch, marketing, faculty training and other necessary steps are completed within the scheduled time frame. Reports and escalates project issues to appropriate department. Works with academic and administrative leadership to develop custom program proposals for potential program partners and institutional clients. Supports the University in leading new program/course and delivery initiatives and works closely with stakeholders; facilitates meetings to develop a comprehensive and pedagogically sound learner-center program, curriculum documentation and assessment plan that meets defined program learning objectives. Develops a standardized process and project plan that will guide development of new programs and/or new modalities for existing programs Collaborates with administration and academic departments to help assess program health Serves as primary liaison to faculty and administrators to plan and execute programming activities Collaborates with administration to assess the availability and delivery options for online student services. Leads the implementation of new options. Performs other related duties as assigned by management. Requirements QUALIFICATIONS:Master's Degree (MA) or equivalent, or four to ten years of related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Computer skills required: Basic computer skills including proficient use of Microsoft Office Prior experience with LMS administration Other skills required: Three years of administrative experience in higher education, preferably in a community college environment. Demonstrated understanding of program development, executive and/or continuing education, cross-organizational partnerships, and external stakeholder management. Thorough knowledge on designing, developing, delivering, and assessing learning programs for adult learners and programs that engage the community. Knowledge of instructional design, program evaluation and assessment. Knowledge of professional/continuing education, event planning, and marketing either through education or work experience. Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Strong problem solving and decision-making skills. Demonstrated planning and organizational skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Ability to take initiative and integrate diverse opportunities and complex viewpoints into simple program/business plans. Ability to be creative and enjoy working within a new (start-up), small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven and community oriented. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines with the ability to foresee and resolve a wide variety of business problems and take action where answers to a problem are not readily apparent. Ability to accomplish goals by working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness. Ability to innovate, design and implement new programming concepts. Ability to collaborate with different faculty, staff, and external partners); strong stakeholder/partner management skills. Ability to provide structure to a complex and evolving program development process. Strong attention to details, excellent critical thinking skills, and ability to exercise good judgement Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors. COMPETENCIES: Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments. Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIORNMENT: Frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity. Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel or crawl. Continually required to talk or hear. Continually utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard. Occasionally required to lift/push/carry items up to 25 pounds. ATTENDANCE: Must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks; where applicable. Expectations of SCU Employees The SCU Presidents Cabinet has identified a set of values and attributes that are bare minimums for employment, those that are core to who we are as a university, and values to which we aspire. Further identified are qualities and attributes desirable for employees in general, and senior leadership specifically. This is in harmony with principles found in The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni. SCU Core Values: 1) Integrative Health: We teach, learn, collaborate, and lead by creating an open environment for multiple disciplines and professionals to bring their shared and unique skills together for the benefit of patients and students. 2) Evidence-based Practice: We value a culture of inquiry, assessment, research, scholarship, and judicious use of current best evidence to inform our decisions and work. 3) Health Equity: We value people equally. We strive to educate graduates that are prepared to improve individual and community health. 4) Inclusivity: We welcome everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, or any other similar or protected status. We believe inclusivity leads to more diversity in our reasoning, better representativeness in our conclusions, more ingenuity in our problem solving, and greater equity in our care Profile Qualities: 1) Customer service focused 2) Willing to invest in student/client success by fostering positive relations, guidance, and assistance 3) A belief that no task that improves the University is beneath us/servant leadership 4) Be an ambassador of the brand 5) Be a part of recruitment 6) Resource innovator Profile-Specific Qualities By Category: 1.) They promote positivity and teamwork a. They actively work to build up teams and break down silos b. They actively work to be part of the solution c. They actively work to empower themselves and their teammates, working together in decision making processes 2.) They see how they can affect the bigger picture a. They understand how their role helps to build the future of integrative healthcare b. They pay attention to the details. Benefits [Benefits may be subject to change and are dependent on type of employment] Twelve yep TWELVE paid holidays per year E.V. Charging Stations* Free Employee Parking 15% off Logo Merchandise at Campus Store ( On-Site Chiropractic Treatment: No Charge for Employee** / Discounted Rates for Family and Friends On-Site Acupuncture Treatment: Discounted Rates for Employees, Family and Friends On-site World Class Human Performance Employee Discounts for unlimited sessions OR complement

Southern California University of Health Sciences


Whittier, CA



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