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Senior Director, Academic Operations

Senior Director, Academic Operations

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US-NY-New York
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Band 54
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (ED1084)
Academic Affairs (Administrators-Monthly)

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Position Summary

The Senior Director of Academic Operations will provide strategic leadership on all matters related to the overall vision, direction, workflow and implementation of academic operations throughout the School. The Senior Director will support the Vice Dean in leading the Steinhardt School to international prominence in residential and online learning, ensuring that all courses and programs align with the School and University’s mission and provide high quality opportunities for students. S/he will oversee the design and creation of high quality learning management systems (LMS), synchronous communications tools, media asset creation, classroom technologies and integrated social networking tools. The Senior Director will align other administrative units to implement data collection and evaluation methods, including LMS data extraction. This position will oversee two project managers and will ensure the successful development, launch and strategic direction of Steinhardt’s online and low-residence academic programs, and lead vendor relations. The position will report up to Senior Leadership and provide information on project variances, risk mitigation, key performance indicators, production and budget schedules and staffing needs. The Senior Director will also provide vision and oversight of the School’s systems and protocols for student recruitment and admissions, working closely with other senior administrators responsible for enrollment, marketing and communications.


The ideal candidate will have a combination of operational know-how and strategic instinct. We are looking for someone with a unique blend of experience; someone who will roll up their sleeves and take ownership, who can analyze program trends in order to identify and drive strategic initiatives, who has demonstrated success in a leadership role, who has experience in creating and improving processes, who can create program and process requirements, who is technically-minded, and who can effectively communicate and be comfortable both in the academic and corporate worlds. Strong candidates will have a demonstrated record of success working in ambiguous environments. This is a role that requires being able to balance multiple projects, priorities, and details while cultivating trusted relationships within the university.


We are an entrepreneurial, results oriented School recognized for delivering high standards of innovation and service. As an organization designed to implement change, we rely on the excellence of every member of our team to continuously exceed our own standards and our students' expectations.


Required Education:
Bachelor Degree

Preferred Education:
Masters preferred

Required Experience:
Min 8 years of work experience.  Prior experience in higher education administration and/or experience leading a registrar office. Experience working collaboratively with campus wide administrative staff, faculty and academic leaders. Demonstrated experience implementing technological solutions to improve efficiency in student services. Experience supervising staff and leading projects from initiation to completion while mitigating risks and maintaining proper budget forecasts.

Preferred Experience:

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Ability to understand, analyze, and communicate technical designs, project issues, and project status is required; Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills; Solid analytical and problem-solving skills; Organized, detail oriented and able to keep abreast of general industry knowledge and trends; Exceptional communicator who can work across departments to ensure a high level of customer service

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

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EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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