Director, Faculty and Instruction for Pre-College

Columbia University, School of Professional Studies
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director Academic Administration, the Director will manage the classroom experience by securing appropriate resources informed by course modality, coordinate the delivery of instructional support staffing, and collaborate with the Executive Director and the Director of Pre-College Programs on the creation and implementation of new programs.


  • Working with the strategic framework laid out by the Executive Director of Academic Administration and/or the Director of Pre-College Programs, identify and evaluate programmatic opportunities, undertaking a thorough on going market analysis of demand for both domestic and international programming. In collaboration with Recruitment, Marketing, Admissions teams, define the administrative frameworks within which the new program will operate, paying particular attention to the impact on University resources.
  • Responsible for the timely logistical and administrative elements of launching pilot programs under the leadership of the Executive Director.
  • Contribute to strategic discussions on marketing and enrollment needs of the program with Pre-College program leadership. In collaboration with Marketing teams, contribute to marketing and collateral material to promote the program and maintain year over year growth.
  • In partnership with Faculty Recruitment, recruit and hire instructors for Pre-College immersion programs. The Director interviews prospective instructors providing relevant programmatic information to prospective instructors. In coordination with Faculty Affairs teams, manages the process to distribute and collect information from hired instructors via the Personnel Information Form (PIF). Transfer data from the PIF to relevant Faculty Affairs hiring databases and/ or platforms and confirm compensation for instructors.
  • Establish a procedure for identifying the support needs of faculty and define a framework within which that support can be delivered effectively and efficiently. Manage the course assistant search process in coordination with the Faculty Affairs recruitment and onboarding teams.
  • In partnership with Faculty Assessment and Development, lead quality control of faculty performance based on established rubric and as assessed by course evaluations. Liaise logistics between faculty in need of development and provide referrals to the faculty development team. Conduct classroom observations and develop opportunities for professional development.
  • Develop co-curricular engagement opportunities such as faculty speaker series in partnership with Student Affairs. Manage and provide curricular support to the Digital Storytelling Lab course.
  • Administratively coordinate and oversee COI approval logistics for Pre-College syllabi. Director confirms submitted syllabi are in the approved syllabi template. Ensure faculty have met with a member of the Online Curriculum and Instruction team and approved syllabi are sent to program leadership before being submitted to Pre College COI for review.
  • Prepare a master roster of courses using the internal Course Planning Sheet (CPS), faculty, teaching appointments, and salaries for distribution to Human Resources and for use in preparing the annual budget. Ensure that CPS contains relevant updated information for Analytics (reporting) and Admissions (application) teams. Ensure the CPS and official university course listings match via University Course Management Software.
  • Manage the classroom assignment process. Responsible for securing physical classroom space, facilities, and security resources (e.g. Public Safety and CUIT support to name a few). Leverage central university resources to find and secure appropriate classroom space for summer and weekend immersion programs. Ensure that any weekend face-to-face programming has appropriate public safety, building and technology support.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned or requested.

Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree required; Advanced degree desirable 5 years of related experience  A resume and cover letter with salary requirements must be submitted to be considered for the position

Preferred Qualifications

    Five to seven years of teaching experience, grades 9-12 Bachelor’s Degree in Higher Education preferred Master’s or terminal degree preferred Experience in student affairs and admissions Experience in course design Knowledge of SIS is strongly preferred Ability to learn and adapt to changing university software systems

Other Requirements

    Experience working with pre-college programs at the University level Experience in higher education administration and/or educational program development Excellent communication and interpersonal skills essential Exceptional attention to detail and an ability to perform non-routine work, to work with changing priorities, to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and to work independently required Ability to use and adapt to several university databases and systems required Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively among and across educational functional areas and school wide departments Evening and weekend work required, particularly during the summer

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.

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