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Program Director - Human Services & Criminal Justice

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The mission of Goodwin University is to educate a diverse student population in a dynamic environment that aligns education, commerce, and community. Our innovative programs of study prepare students for professional careers while promoting lifelong learning and civic responsibility. As a nurturing university community, we challenge students, faculty, staff, and administration to fully realize their highest academic, professional, and personal potential.

Position Description Summary/Purpose:

The Goodwin University School of Applied Liberal Arts and of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of Program Director for our associate and baccalaureate degrees program in human services (HSR) and our associate degree in criminal justice (CJ).

The Director of Goodwin’s HSR/CJ degree programs serves under the direction of and reports to the Dean of School of Applied Liberal Arts and of Social Sciences. The Director is responsible for leading and managing all programmatic functions to ensure delivery of a high-quality curriculum that supports student retention and success.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities:

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

The CJ/HSR Program Director serves under the direction of and reports to the Dean of School of Applied Liberal Arts and of Social Sciences. Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Abiding by and upholding Goodwin’s mission, policies, and core values.
  • Managing all aspects of the HSR/CJ programs.
  • Providing programmatic and academic leadership and oversight.
  • Ensuring delivery of a high-quality curriculum that is rooted in UDL principles and supports student success.
  • Facilitating student progression and assisting with student retention.
  • Maintaining high programmatic and academic standards.
  • Remaining current in programmatic emphases and instructional methodologies.
  • Teaching undergraduate courses as required under the terms of the issued faculty letter of appointment.
  • Assessing course- and program-level student learning outcomes.
  • Preparing and submitting timely reports as required.
  • Developing and managing the program budget.
  • Recruiting, supervising, and evaluating full-time and adjunct faculty.
  • Building community partnerships.
  • Developing and leading a program advisory board.
  • Marketing the program.
  • Participating in service to the school, University, and profession.
  • Engaging in scholarly work relevant to the program and field (e.g., publications, presentations).
  • Performing other related duties, as assigned by the Dean
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Demonstrated commitment to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and work in an environment in which all members of the University community are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Proven ability to relate well to others within the higher education academic environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • A commitment to the academic, emotional, and social development of all students.
Minimum Required Qualifications :

Education, Training and Experience:

The successful candidate must have:
  • A minimum of a master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, or a related field. A doctoral degree is preferred.
  • A minimum of five years successful experience leading and managing all aspects of social services programs.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in undergraduate education.
  • Established skill in teaching in on-line environments and using web-based applications and learning management software.
Full-Time Employee Benefits:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401k employer match
  • Employee and dependent life insurance
  • Great tuition benefits for employee, spouse, and dependents
  • PTO program
Applicants MUST submit a letter of interest (cover letter) and a resume/CV that addresses the candidate’s ability to fulfill duties as outlined in the posting.

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between Goodwin University and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)


Goodwin University

Goodwin University, a private university in East Hartford, CT, is an innovative learning community that empowers hard-working students to become sought-after employees.

We tailor our programs to address the needs of employers, and we shape them to fit the lives of students. Classes are conveniently offered year-round — days, evenings, weekends, and online. Degrees may be flexibly layered across certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs in a variety of in-demand fields.

Better still, we surround our students with the personal support and the professional guidance they need — not just to earn degrees, but to change lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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