Pathways Developmental Education Manager
National Louis is a 130+ year old university that has been grounded in the values of innovation, access, and excellence from its inception. As an institution we believe in providing access to educational opportunity and that education is our greatest lever for social and economic mobility. We are a student focused community that is committed to continuous improvement and asks how do we become more “student ready” so that we may better serve our students. We believe that through education we are able to empower change and build healthy communities. Our community works hard in the service of students and supports one another like a family.
National Louis University’s new undergraduate Pathways Program has set the ambitious goal of becoming a local and national leader in closing the achievement gap in bachelor’s degree attainment. Through an innovative, affordable, rigorous, flexible, supportive, and professionally focused approach to undergraduate education, NLU seeks to help thousands of students – many of whom face significant barriers to completing college – get to and through college and move on to successful careers and fulfilling lives.
Pathways seeks to ensure that every student graduates ready for success in 21st century careers, in advanced education, and in life. Because many students arrive at NLU below traditional measures of “college ready” in core reading, writing, and math skills, Pathways is launching in 2017-18 a structured and intensive approach to co-requisite Developmental Education (DevEd) in these subject areas for freshmen and sophomores, and successful implementation and outcomes in DevEd will be critical to our ensuring overall student success. The Pathways Developmental Education Manager will drive the DevEd curriculum for all Pathways students. This includes designing a best-in-class DevEd course experience to accelerate skills development in reading, writing, and math; training and supporting all faculty who teach this curriculum; hiring, supervising, and training writing and math specialists who will supplement faculty direct instruction efforts; coordinating additional aligned academic support opportunities to further accelerate student learning (e.g., ensuring students are connected to tutoring as needed, or targeting writing and math specialists to highest-need students); and, managing Pathways’s partnership with any vendors who support the DevEd experience (e.g., adaptive courseware providers). In addition, this position will regularly monitor implementation progress and outcomes to ensure continuous improvement with the goal of maximizing student success – with a particular focus on regularly evaluating curriculum quality and acting on necessary revisions to drive course improvement. The Manager will collaborate closely across the Pathways team, as well as with teams across NLU such as the Library and Learning Support department.
We seek an individual who is looking to get in on the ground floor of an innovative effort to close the college achievement gap and who is excited about the opportunity to build a unique and transformational approach to ensuring the postsecondary success of all Pathways students. The position will report to the Associate Dean of the Pathways Program while working collaboratively across Pathways and all of NLU to ensure all objectives are achieved.
• Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
• Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults who serve them, and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
• Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
• Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
• Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.
● Design best-in-class, freshmen and sophomore DevEd course experience to accelerate student skill levels to “college ready” in reading, writing, and math, rooted in research-based practices and the science of what drives students to achieve, and incorporating clear measures of student learning. Will serve nearly 700 students (with > 20 instructors) in 2017-18.
● Create, attend and actively participate in training opportunities to drive strong DevEd model with all instructors.
● Convene all DevEd faculty regularly as a professional learning community to ensure a collaborative, team approach to ensuring an optimal student experience, and to ensure continuous learning and improvement in the program. Capture faculty feedback on curriculum regularly to enable continuous curriculum revisions/improvements.
● Explore and coordinate external partnerships to support DevEd student learning experience (e.g., adaptive courseware vendors, ACT/SAT prep vendors).
● Hire, supervise, train, schedule, and support writing/math specialists who supplement DevEd direct instruction.
● Gather and report progress data and learnings in conjunction with Director of Undergraduate Analytics.
● Maintain current and active knowledge in the expertise area in DevEd for undergraduate students.
● Identify gaps between student needs and existing resources and services; generate creative resolutions.
● Participate in weekly meetings with coaches and faculty to monitor student progress and obstacles.
● As needed, facilitate instruction of DevEd curriculum for Pathways students.
• Deep passion for ensuring the college and career success of diverse learners.
• Experience designing curriculum and assessments, including experience designing or teaching English or Math.
• Strong project management abilities, capable of taking large initiatives, breaking them down into manageable tasks, and ensuring execution of tasks on-time and at high-quality.
• Team player comfortable working with a variety of people and capable of leading a group towards a common goal, including cross-functional efforts in which one may not have direct authority.
• Strong oral and written communication skills; capable of effectively and professionally communicating with a variety of audiences including students, faculty, and advisors.
• Flexible and comfortable working on a variety of assignments at a given time; able to balance competing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced, start-up environment. Agile and comfortable with ambiguity.
• Technology proficient, including experience using a learning management system.
• Excellent facilitation and classroom management skills.
• Willingness/ability to use data to inform instruction.
Experience and/or Education
• Graduate’s degree in General Education disciplines or Graduate Degree in other field with 18 graduate hours in the discipline for which you are applying to teach. PhD credentials preferred.
• 7+ years professional experience, including experience teaching, and preferably also in an administrative role.
• Experience with digital tools for teaching, teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats, and teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities strongly preferred.