Exec Director, Academic & Technology Planning

Pennsylvania (US)
13 Sep 2018
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13 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House. http://provost.upenn.edu/

Reporting to the Associate Provost for Finance & Planning, with a dotted line to the Vice Provost for Education, the Executive Director, Academic & Technology Planning will lead and/or represent the Provost’s Office for new enterprise academic technology initiatives, including Next Generation Student System (NGSS) and Interfolio. Working closely with academic partners in the schools and centers across the University, ensure that new academic technology initiatives advance the University’s goals of delivering outstanding education, teaching, research, training and academic administration; Develop and maintain a strategic plan for the University’s academic technologies; Collaborate with and advises other departments, including the Library, Online Learning Initiative, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, in evaluating, implementing and enhancing educational technologies; In partnership with ISC, manage ongoing support and enhancement to existing academic technologies, including CollegeNet and Course Evaluations; Develop and implement a process for reviewing and assessing extant academic technologies to ensure they continue to effectively meet academic needs, are well-supported and maintained, and are benchmarked against any new technologies; Supervise business systems analysts to efficiently maintain and continuously improve academic technologies directly managed by the Provost’s Office, including CollegeNet, Course Evaluations, and Interfolio; Working with the Vice Provost for Education (VPE), manage University and school-level accreditations and reviews, along with academic and educational compliance issues; Supervise, in collaboration with the VPE, the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives.

A Master’s Degree required, PhD preferred, and 10 or more years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience with higher education administration, particularly accreditation process and student data. Experience with systems related to higher education. Previous supervisory experience. Exceptional project management skills required. Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.