Position Overview & Responsibilities

This leadership position will coordinate and lead online partnership programs within the Winston School of Education and Social Policy, including the current online teacher education M.Ed., CAGS in Educational Leadership, Catholic School and Independent School Leadership certificates, as well as future online offerings. This position will report to the chair of the education department, and will be a member of the education department faculty. The position will be a twelve month NTT position, with a 4/4 teaching load equivalent, with release time for the administration of these programs. The position will include teaching in area of specialization as well as student advising.

Responsibilities of this position include:

● Developing, monitoring and updating a 24-month strategic plan for these academic programs, to include sustaining of existing programs, as well as development of new initiatives. This strategic plan shall include a review and analysis of all relevant curriculum of the academic program to ensure that the program offers a quality curriculum as determined by the College and any relevant external regional or national accreditation standards or frameworks. The strategic plan shall provide a framework for the Chair/Assistant Dean to create a yearly schedule of courses and support the department’s and school’s overall strategic planning around enrollment management, budgeting, and personnel (faculty and staff) hiring needs.

● Developing and updating all relevant academic materials within the academic program. This includes course descriptions, catalog copy, advising sheets, fact sheets, program charts, and any additional informational materials that pertain to the program. Such materials shall provide a basis for the Chair/Assistant Dean and the Dean to develop informational and marketing material for web- and print-based communication.

● Implementing a yearly review of the academic program, using Merrimack College’s Annual Review Template, as well as any additional relevant external assessment framework that may be linked to licensure standards or national frameworks. This review shall take the form of an annual report that is to be submitted to the Chair, at the end of the academic year (prior to June 30).

● Ensuring the development and implementation of assessment of programs and courses and student learning outcomes; and ensuring that assessment information is analyzed and used to improve programs and courses.

● Providing timely and accurate advising to potential and current students about the academic program. This includes attendance at relevant open houses, informational sessions, admissions events, regular office hours, and any additional internal or external events that significantly relate to the academic program.

● Consulting with all faculty teaching in the respective program in order to coordinate courses to ensure consistency of course content with stated program goals and objectives, and, where applicable, coverage of relevant national and/or disciplinary standards and competencies.

● Collaborating regularly with the Field Placement Director to identify appropriate field placement sites (e.g., practica and pre-practica), cultivate relationships with new partners, and to mutually address problems related to students’ field sites in a manner consistent with the academic and pre-professional preparation goals of the academic program.

● Regularly reviewing, in collaboration with the appropriate office, all academic program application materials and making modifications, as needed and relevant, to ensure appropriateness of the application for identifying suitable candidates for the program; participating, if applicable, in the review of graduate Fellowship applications.

● Identifying, making recommendations about, and participating, as needed, in the recruitment of faculty (adjunct, term, and/or tenure-track).

● Collaborating with graduate admissions office staff (as appropriate to the particular program) to establish admissions criteria for the program; consulting with admissions staff as needed regarding any questions related to individuals’ candidacy for admission.

● Working collaboratively, as needed, with relevant individuals within the Winston School of Education and across the College to support student life issues (undergraduate and/or graduate) and address any concerns that may arise relevant to the academic program.

● Supervising the operational, non-personnel budget, as funding permits and as allocated by the Dean. This includes, as relevant, program materials, library acquisitions, student clubs, office supplies, and special events.

● Liaison with external partners and organizations for the monitoring and marketing of programs as well as development of new programs.

Qualifications

  • Extensive experience (3+ years) with online program development and management
  • Experience in educational leadership programming Ph.D. or Ed.D. in relevant area required
  • Teaching and advising experience, including online teaching K-12 leadership/teaching/counseling experience
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts K-12 licensure requirements
  • Expertise in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programming

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

The application deadline for this position is November 20, 2021.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 11/4/21

Closing Date: 11/20/21

Position Code: 42