Director of Swain Center
Position Title: Director of Swain Center
Department: Swain Center Continuing Education - 31211
Vacancy Number: E271
Position Number: 1466
Location of Workplace: Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position:
The Director of the Swain Center has oversight of the executive and professional education programs and economic services that the David and Diane Swain Center provide to the community including managing the center strategy, identifying and pursuing growth opportunities, managing program resources, and overseeing the quality of program delivery. The director creates and directs a wide range of activities related to professional, executive, and economic development programs and activities, including events. Directs the marketing and sales function, maintains and develops corporate client relationships, and ensures the programs are successful. The director works closely with program educators (including UNCW faculty) to develop courses and materials, and is accountable for ensuring participation, positive financial performance, and continued center growth. The director develops and manages the marketing and communication strategy for the Swain Center including collaborating with campus and external partners. The director delivers presentations, conducts seminars, and participates in meetings with administration, clients, external vendors or advisors and coordinates the delivery of programs, course materials, evaluations, participant requests, and other logistics.
- Master’s Degree
- Minimum of eight years of progressive experience working with executives in an academic or business setting.
- Exceptional communication and organization skills
- Skilled in strategic planning and exercise strong presenting skills
- Demonstrated evidence of growing business and organizations.
Background in business development and marketing strongly encouraged, as well as expertise in educational program design. Experience in a higher education environment beneficial.
Minimum of 8 years leading and managing an organization at the senior executive level. In addition, qualified candidates will have proven relationship sales and marketing acumen and an ability to grow a profitable professional business unit that focuses on C-suite decision makers and senior leadership clientele. A PhD is preferred.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
The H. David and Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services emphasizes outreach into the private and business community to meet the needs of North Carolina. Its activities include providing training for the region’s workforce, forecasting the economy, and partnering in projects with students and faculty across campus. UNCW’s mission statement dedicates the Swain Center to “the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service . . . distinctive student involvement in faculty scholarship . . . (and to) enriching the quality of life through scholarly community engagement in such areas as . . . the economy.”
The Swain Center has three main areas of responsibility: 1) offering executive and professional education programs in business, 2) serving as a source of economic and business services related to Southeast North Carolina, and 3) leading regional engagement efforts for the Cameron School of Business.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with nearly 16,500 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience. With an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The Business Journals. UNCW also recently earned the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, bestowed to higher education institutions dedicated to community involvement.
UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Months Per Year: 12 Months
Position Type: Permanent
Job Posting Date: 07/11/2018
Priority Consideration Date: 08/10/2018
Priority Consideration Information:
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.