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Academic Program Director-MS Information Technology

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Feb 7, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Company Description:

Founded in 1887, Clark was one of the first all-graduate institutions in the United States. Today the University is a highly-ranked, student-centered institution educating approximately 2,350 undergraduate and 1,150 graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort. This commitment to scholarship and inquiry reflects the University's commitment to "challenge convention and change our world" and to address issues of critical importance to society. It is also reflected by Clark's many national and international distinctions, including recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts, innovation, community engagement and impact, as a top green campus, and for having a distinguished geography and international development program. Clark has also been included in the groundbreaking Colleges that Change Lives guide since it was first published in 1996.

Clark is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a dynamic, diverse city "on the rise." The second largest city in New England, Worcester is home to 11 institutions of higher learning and is increasingly recognized for its growing healthcare and biotechnology communities, its thriving cultural scene, and as a vibrant food hub.

Job Description:

Clark University's School of Professional Studies seeks to fill the position of Academic Program Director for the rapidly growing Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). As an integral member of the School of Professional Studies administrative and academic team, the Academic Program Director for MS Information Technology (MSIT) will be responsible for the academic oversight and direction of the MSIT, including managing the program and course schedule, hiring and evaluating academically qualified faculty, and maintaining the alignment of curricular requirements to meet market needs.  

In addition to teaching responsibilities, the Academic Program Director for MS Information Technology (MSIT) will also interact with students in an administrative capacity: work with the Office of Graduate Admissions to recruit and evaluate admission applications; participate in events such as new student admission days, student orientation, capstone evaluation and SPS open house.  The Academic Program Director for MS Information Technology (MSIT) reports to the Dean and engages collaboratively with all units and individuals within the school.  

The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of content specialization, attention to detail, experience managing competing priorities, and excellent organizational skills.  The individual should be comfortable serving in a high profile academic lead role within an entrepreneurial market-facing unit.  


Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as the point person through application submission to on-boarding of students within the degree programs. 
  • Responsible for managing course schedules, identifying and resolving student and faculty issues, and communicating with faculty, students, and other academic units on campus. 
  • Identify qualified contingent faculty to teach courses.
  • Collaborate with their peer PL's and with the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in SPS programs to create common courses and program synergies as needed.
  • Teach three courses annually in the MSIT degree program.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the University to ensure the student experience from the recruitment and admissions process, advising and degree completion is managed in a professional and high-quality student-focused fashion. 
  • Successfully meet each established student cohort milestones (recruitment numbers, retention rates, etc.) 
  • Provide part-time faculty leadership and oversight. 
  • Coordinate with SPS's Academic and Faculty Affairs team to coordinate and plan professional development workshops for program faculty. 


  • Relevant master's degree required; doctorate preferred. (Information Technology, Data Science, Computer Science, etc.)
  • Minimum 3-5 experience in teaching, academic administration or managing an Information Technology, Information Science, Data Science or Analytics program. 
  • Strong analytical skills to discern key information, grasp potential ramifications, eliminate obstacles and proactively and creatively problem solve.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative and communication skills; demonstrated ability to establish positive working relationships with all stakeholders (students, faculty, administrators)
  • Skills in course planning, academic policy interpretation and public speaking. 
  • Ability to maintain focus on priorities while multitasking. Adaptable in a fast-paced environment.
  • High degree of personal ownership and accountability.
  • High degree of comfort working with diverse student and faculty populations from multiple ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 


Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions will be made for medical or disability reasons or religious beliefs, and could be made, at the sole discretion of the University, for other well-documented reasons.

Additional Information:

Clark University embraces equal opportunity and affirmative action as core values: we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. This commitment applies to every aspect of education, services, and employment policies and practices at Clark. Our commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. All positions at Clark share in the responsibility for building a community that values diversity and the uniqueness of others by exhibiting integrity and respect in interacting with all members of the Clark community to create an atmosphere of fairness and belonging. We strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, inclusive of all women, to apply.

Clark University offers a generous benefit package for full and, if applicable, part-time employees that include; paid time off, generous retirement plan, group health and dental insurance, life insurance, and tuition, along with use of many campus amenities. For a complete list of benefits for eligible employees visit here.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, you must submit your credentials online. Create a Clark University Careers Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below. You will be able to upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.

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Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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