Masters of Public Health Program Director

Gordon College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 25, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Gordon College is seeking an inaugural Program Director to launch and lead a new Master of

Public Health (MPH) program. The Gordon College MPH program places emphasis on public

health leadership, with a particular application to faith-based communities. The MPH program

includes a core set of fundamental public health courses, a practicum series that provides real world

exposure to the field and has two initial tracks: public health leadership and health policy

and administration. The Gordon College MPH program intends to preserve a small student-to faculty

ratio, allowing all students to develop relationships with faculty for a well-rounded

mentoring experience.

Under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Initiatives, the Director will be

responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the MPH program, including the recruitment

of students and faculty, development of a practicum program, assessing the curriculum, fostering

key relationships with public health, faith-based and community organizations, establishing

partnership agreements for practicums, and exploring and developing expansion opportunities.

We invite qualified applicants with the initiative and vision to passionately lead a new academic

program within a well-established, top Christian college grounded in the liberal arts.

Proposed Start Date

The position has an anticipated start date of August 2021, with competitive salary

commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Positions Supervised: Part-time faculty, part-time/full-time staff within program as applicable.

Required Technical, Managerial and People Skills

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Candidates will be evaluated, in part, based on performance of each essential function.

Appropriate reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to

perform essential functions.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

● Planning and Leadership

○ Provide academic and operational leadership and management of the MPH


○ Guide strategic planning for the MPH program that is aligned with the mission of

the program and College.

○ Facilitate the process to attain accreditation with the Council on Education for

Public Health (CEPH)

● Administrative Duties:

○ Recruit exemplary faculty members to teach in the various cohorts of the MPH

program – ensuring all new faculty complete the Gordon interview process.

○ Provide expert curriculum management of new course and program development.

○ Recruit and maintain frequent contact with prospective students.

○ Maintain frequent contact with admitted students – ensuring their intent to

participate in the program.

○ Maintain budget oversight of all cohorts.

○ Mentor MPH faculty and recommend professional and career development as


○ Conduct annual assessments of the program’s success.

● Teaching Expectations:

○ Development of new courses.

○ Formal instruction within the MPH, as needed.

○ Participate in the instruction of selected MPH core and concentration courses

and/or electives based on expertise of the applicant.

○ Supervise student practicum and internship experiences.

○ Direct MPH student capstone projects.

○ Advise MPH students.

● Professional Service and Outreach

○ Provide leadership to the college through participation in faculty meetings and

committee service.

○ Provide professional service to the field (i.e., ASPPH, APHA, CEPH).

○ Contribute to shared governance through committee membership within the



Required Knowledge, Skills and Expertise

• Must profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord; must accept Gordon’s Statement of Faith;

must practice Christian values in daily interactions with students, faculty, staff, and the

public as outlined by Gordon’s Statement of Life and Conduct; and must work to advance

Gordon’s mission through this position.

• Demonstrated commitment to an intentional Christian workplace and public health

practice in faith-based settings.

• Master’s degree in public health or a closely related field. Doctorate degree highly


• Minimum 3 years of full-time experience in higher education or equivalent public health

education experience, with knowledge of professional accreditation standards and their


• Significant experience in public health, including demonstrated leadership in the field at

the local, state, or national level.

• Knowledge and experience in the process of CEPH-accreditation of public health


• Demonstrated ability to develop work plans and timelines, communicate effectively, and

meet deadlines and produce deliverables in a timely manner.

• Ability to work in a team environment with academic faculty and public health and/or

community practitioners.


Preferred Qualifications

• Engagement with national, regional, state and/or local partnerships that will enhance the

MPH program.

• Ability to mentor and motivate adult learners in a distance-education environment.

• Ability to work with adult learners with variable skill levels, various learning styles as

well as diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.


Travel Requirements

Some travel could be required (including twice a year for university level faculty meetings)

Gordon College is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants for employment will

receive consideration without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national

origin, or disability.

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