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Academic Program Lead: Computer Science

Clark University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 9, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology
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Employment Type
Full Time
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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:

The Academic Program Lead (APL)for computer science is an integral member of Clark's School of Professional Studies administrative and academic team, this position works closely with the dean's office on academic and student matters involving the MS in Computer Science and our undergraduate work in applied computer science. The APL will be responsible for the academic oversight and direction of the MS in Computer Science and will provide assistance in the planning and oversight of SPS Undergraduate computer-based courses and programs. In addition, this position is responsible for managing the program and course schedule, evaluation and hiring of academically qualified faculty, and providing academic oversight for the degree programs.  As the MS in Computer Science is done in partnership with the Department of Computer Science within Clark's Arts and Science Program, this individual will also be the unit's point person for the coordination and management of the MOU governing the program.

The APL will be responsible for the evaluation and admission of qualified applicants in conjunction with the office of graduate enrollment management.  The APL will also participate in events such as new student admission days, student orientation, capstone evaluation and SPS open house.  Occasional student recruitment will include face-to-face meetings and follow up calls with prospective students. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate 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. In addition, the successful candidate will have the following qualifications:


  • Act as the point person through application submission to onboarding 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.
  • Teaches three courses annually in the MS CS degree program.
  • Act as the point person with the Computer Science Department in Arts and Sciences.
  • 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.
  • Core to the work, a successful candidate will meet each established student cohort milestones (recruitment numbers, retention rates etc.) as well as provide part-time faculty leadership and oversight. They must be able to manage and coordinate amongst academic and administrative support staff. 


  • Relevant master's degree required; doctorate preferred. (Computer Science, Machine Learning, Computational Math etc.).
  • Minimum 3-5 experience in teaching, academic administration or managing a computer science program.
  • Strong analytical skills to discern key information, grasp potential ramifications, eliminate obstacles and proactively and creatively problem solve.
  • Ability to gather data, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; attention to detail; ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion.


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

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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.

HR to select: A successful background check is required upon acceptance.

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