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Director, Business Special Sessions

California State University Channel Islands
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jun 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Executive, Executive Directors
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Purpose of Position / Job Function:

Reporting to the Dean of the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics (MVS School), the Director for Business Special Sessions provides oversight for the MVS School MBA, Business Certificate, and Business Online Completion Program (Business Online). The MBA Program is offered through the main campus location in Camarillo, as well as the satellite campus location in Santa Barbara. The Director for Business Special Sessions also assists with operations, recruitment, and academic advising for the MBA, Business Certificate, and Business Online programs.  

General Responsibilities:

- Serves as the principle MBA, Business Certificate, and Business Online program representative to potential applicants, current students, University, and community stakeholders.
- Identifies qualified instructors for courses offered at each location; makes recommendations regarding instructors for the courses offered; administers instructor evaluations.
- Monitors the quality of the MBA, Certificate, and Business Online programs, prepares relevant reports, and recommends revisions to the programs, as needed.
- Works with the faculty, students, staff, and administration to plan, develop, and implement both short- and long-term strategic objectives for the MVS School Special Session Programs.
- Evaluates existing policies and procedures, identifies areas for improvement, and makes recommendations for improvement.
- Collects, compiles, and analyzes data in evaluating student progress and program effectiveness, as well as for accreditation and University reports.
- Prepares annual MBA, Certificate, and Business Online course schedules.
- Coordinates dual MBA/professional programs.
- Coordinates and publicizes all MBA, Business Online program activities, including alumni, networking, career placement, and community events.
- Maintains comprehensive understanding of University and School policies and ensures the MBA, Business Certificate, and Business Online programs comply.

- Develops and implements recruiting and promotional strategies to improve the standing of the programs within the business community, including identify contacts, establishing connections with companies, organizations, and groups to promote the program and develop an applicant pool of sufficient quality and size to ensure continuation of the programs (~100 students across programs).
- Manages the implementation of the recruitment and orientation processes for the MBA, Business Certificate, and Business Online programs, including leading information sessions, event planning, and reviewing marketing materials.
- Assists with file evaluation and screening applications for admission.
- Assesses any unmet educational needs within the business community and explores growth possibilities for professional and continuing education related to Business.

- Functions as the primary point of contact for all academic matters concerning students in the programs.
- May serve as Academic Advisor as necessary regarding curriculum, course scheduling, electives, degree requirements and Program, School, and University policies.

- Serves as the Business Special Sessions representative on School and University governance committees, as appropriate.  

Requirements of Position: 
- Minimum of five years professional experience.
- MBA or related graduate degree.
- Ability to work professionally, collaboratively, and collegially with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other internal and external constituents.
- Must be a highly motivated and organized individual who is able to work effectively with minimal supervision and show initiative.
- Ability to successfully recruit students and promote programs.
- Ability to assume academic and career advising.
- Excellent verbal, written, and oral communication skills.
- Understanding of the business community to be served by the graduate programs.

The Director must be able to travel between both MBA locations in Camarillo, CA and Santa Barbara, as well as to various business community events located in both regions.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.












































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