Executive Director, Graduate Business Program

University of Houston - Downtown
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Executive Director, Graduate Business Program - (STA006792) 

Department Name: D0013 M Davies College of Business 


The Executive Director of Graduate Business Programs directs the overall graduate recruiting operations for the Marilyn Davies College of Business. The Executive Director provides leadership, oversight, accountability, and management support to all Coordinators, Senior Coordinators, Associate and Assistant Directors who oversee recruiting in three graduate business programs. The Executive Director is responsible for all activities and initiatives within the Graduate program office including the largest MBA program. The Executive Director also provides primary administrative oversight of the staffing responsible for the administrative, recruitment, and admissions functions of all graduate business programs. The Executive Director works directly with the executive administrative and academic leadership of the college. Under the Dean's direction and support the Executive Director interfaces with multiple internal partners across campus in addition to external partners and is the primary liaison and leader of all marketing projects for the college.


  • Manages the implementation of the recruitment process for Graduate Business Programs including leading or supervising information sessions, event planning, and approving marketing materials
  • Hires, supervises, trains, and mentors managers and direct reports
  • Provides leadership and cultivates professional development for the department
  • Ensures the team implements and follows policies and processes surrounding Graduate program activities
  • Oversees the enrollment process in order to contribute to the development of the program
  • Develops reports and collects data to report on performance benchmarks
  • Maintains critical reports and analyses of data, making improvement/remedial recommendations and execute such plans in conjunction with the Dean
  • Develops and manages the administrative infrastructure and support for the program
  • Provides leadership, direction, coordinates, and accountability for all activities and initiatives as assigned
  • Collaborates with the Graduate Admissions Office in the development, implementation, and Communications Relations Management.(CRM) a system that aids in the recruitment of new students to the Graduate Programs
  • Assists with general oversight of budget and related expenditures, if applicable
  • Attends many events to market the college and speaks to audiences and groups at conferences


Serves on a variety of university-wide and college committees as assigned

Performs other duties as assigned


Direct Reports: Full-time and part-time employees

Delegation of Work: Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given: Makes final decision on evaluating employee performance.  Hiring new employees.  Disciplinary actions.  Makes the final decision on scheduling employee work hours.  Makes the final decision on coaching and counseling.  Training.  Provides recommendations on handling employee grievances and complaints, and makes the final decision on granting time off.



  • Extensive knowledge of Banner, CRM, Microsoft Office, UHD Course Catalog, Fortis, Graduate admissions, degree requirements, prerequisites, UHD policy, and procedures
  • Knowledge of the UHD-MDCOB Admissions process
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and accepted practices relevant to the position
  • Some knowledge of applicable Federal DOE (for example Title IX and Student Aid) policies and regulations
  • Familiarity with both regional and college-specific accreditations and requirements



  • Candidates must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and decision-making skills.



  • Ability to collaborate with a colleague, other associates, and external executives to front line staff
  • Ability to exhibit a detail-oriented focus and is committed to a high level of service to students
  • Ability to oversee the planning for events small to large


Primary Work Location: Works in an office environment

Physical Demands: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment that does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements. The position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about sitting (80%), walking (20%), standing (20%), etc.  Occasional lifting (20lbs), pushing (5lbs), carrying (10lbs), and pulling (5lbs) may be required. Must be able to stoop, kneel, reach, handle, speak, hear, and see.  The work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks.



Required Education:

  • Master's degree in a business-related discipline


Required Experience:

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of related experience
  • Leading start-up of at least three (3) new degree programs
  • Experience with online and face to face programs
  • Experience with all phases of marketing for an urban college of business, including an understanding of online advertising
  • Experience leading managers and employees
  • Experience in higher education recruiting


License/Certification:  None Required


Ph.D. in a business-related discipline

Supervisory experience with four or more direct reports


For additional information and to apply, please visit our site.


The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.