Director for Professional (MA) Education and Teaching Professor, Strategic Communication - University of Minnesota, Hubbard School
The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time Program Director for Professional Education to direct its professional master’s program in strategic communication
and help develop other professional program educational opportunities for the school. Responsibilities will include recruitment, instruction, program design as well as program expansion into other professional need areas such as health communication and executive education. The position will report to the Director of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication and be a thought-leader for the School and broader Twin Cities community in the area of strategic communication.
The Program Director for Professional Education is responsible for the overall growth and success of the MA in Strategic Communication degree program, which includes achieving enrollment targets, innovation within the program, student and faculty satisfaction, the reputation of the program in the market, and budgetary oversight. The Program Director also provides leadership for the School’s professional education activities, and serves as a teaching professor of strategic communication. This position is also responsible for instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level with leadership of the Professional M.A. in strategic communication. The program focuses on advanced professional study of communication strategy, planning, evaluation and creative content management. Additional responsibilities include advising and mentoring students and service to the school and the university. The successful program leader and director will:
• Establish strategic direction for professional educational programs in the School, in line with the School’s strategic goals related to recruitment, retention, graduation, expanding hi-flex learning modality options, and improving diversity, equity and inclusion in professional strategic communication education.
• Create goals for professional education programmatic growth in line with the mission of the School and the environment including competing programs.
• Offer effective administrative management of the existing professional M.A. in Strategic Communication program.
• Identify and monitor important metrics of the professional programming success, such as, program rankings, student satisfaction scores, student learning and career outcomes
• Actively lead program marketing, recruiting and admissions activities in coordination with staff.
• Provide visible leadership to applicants, current students and alumni.
• Teach up to two classes per semester in the School at the graduate or undergraduate levels
• Represent the School and Program to various internal and external constituents such as University partners (the Registrar, Financial Aid, Development, etc.), current students, alumni, recruiters, donors and corporate partners.
40% Classroom instruction and curriculum supervision and the undergraduate and graduate level.
• Teach up to two courses per academic semester plus the Professional M.A. Program Capstone courses in May and summer terms.
• Serve as the primary back-up point of contact and instructor in substitute for part-time instructors; supervise part-time instructors on curricular matters.
• Contribute to the ongoing development, assessment and delivery of a rapidly evolving curriculum in strategic communication
10% Student Advising, both at the undergraduate level, including formal supervision of internship for credit programs (JOUR 3996), informal career advising at the undergraduate and graduate level. Program planning at the undergraduate level, and Capstone paper advising for the Professional M.A. Program.
40% Professional M.A. Program Administration, including scholarship allocation, curriculum evolution, faulty advising and recruitment, planning and executing biannual Forums and budget management.
• Review/recommend curriculum content in coordination with faculty and the HSJMC Director
• Monitor developments and trends in the professional communication field through reading, participation in professional organizations, publications, public speaking and network development within the community
• Help with the selection and hiring of adjunct instructors as warranted to deliver select courses
• Responsible for the intellectual leadership and administration of the Strategic communications M.A. Program.
• Manage development of appropriate budget, curriculum, faculty and applicants.
• Identify advisory board members and lead meetings to ensure currency and responsiveness of curriculum to industry needs
• Develop an annual report detailing the program's accomplishments and challenges.
• Act as the central communications point for all matters relating to the program.
• Recruit potential students and advise prospective students on features of the program, overseeing the process and tracking applications
• Help identify possible career placement opportunities for graduating students
• Work with DGS Assistant on admission decision letters and responding to queries from prospective students, university employees and the general public.
• Liaison to the professional communications community
• Seek promotion opportunities with the news media, professional associations, area corporations, agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
• Oversee the development of marketing materials such as brochures, web site, press releases and presentation/speeches in coordination with the HSJMC Communications manager.
10% Professional M.A. program marketing and Key audience relations including establishing key marketing strategies, planning and executing prospective student enrollment marketing and recruiting activities, meeting with donors and potential donors. Industry professional outreach.About the Hubbard School
The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication. Founded in 1922, the School has been ranked in several national surveys as among the foremost journalism schools in the United States.
The Hubbard School is ideally situated in one of the nation’s most dynamic and creative metropolitan regions. The Twin Cities region is home to major media institutions, strategic communication (advertising, public relations, interactive/digital communication) firms, and Fortune 500 companies. This allows the Hubbard School to forge innovative partnerships and collaborations between industry and the academy in both research and teaching.About the College of Liberal Arts
Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts
supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education.
The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning. CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, innovators in their chosen fields; to create meaning in their lives and in their life's work; and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.How To Apply
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• Master’s degree in a relevant field and at least 8 or more years of directly related professional experience; a Bachelor’s degree with 10 or more years of directly related professional experience
• Demonstrated expertise teaching in strategic communication or related fields (e.g., marketing communication)
• Knowledge and direct service experience in educational and human service development and/or deliveryPreferred Qualifications
• Executive leadership and/or managerial experience in the Twin Cities or similar large-metropolitan professional strategic communication community preferred.
• Demonstrated expertise teaching professional master’s students in strategic communication or related fields (e.g., marketing communication, business, communication).
• Experience in emerging areas of health care strategy, medical device marketing communication, brand content management, digital analytics/strategy, and/or crisis communication are desirable.
This is a 100%-time, annually renewable (continuing) 12-month position subject to the Administrative policy for Professional and Administrative Employees, including generous vacation and other benefits.
The salary target range is $85,000-92,000, depending on education and experience.