Academic Program Director, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Academic Program Director, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

The program director works with the academic vice president of the college to help define the college’s vision and strategy for degree programs relating to the disciplines of cybersecurity, network security, and information assurance, ensuring the programs align to and support WGU goals. The individual provides information, direction, and analysis on continuous improvement to inspire innovative programs that achieve program outcomes for students and meet workforce needs. The program director, on occasion, will act as a public voice and represent WGU's programs to both internal and external audiences. The individual promotes partnerships and brand awareness for both WGU and the college and is a key participant in external relations. The individual is an expert on industry standards and processes to ensure proper accreditation and licensure requirements are implemented. The program director effectively influences change in a highly matrix organization while working with leadership and functional managers to advise on business strategy and initiatives. The individual partners closely with cross-functional teams inside the university to work toward successful outcomes for college programs.

Job Responsibilities

  • Advises on and executes the program-level vision, strategy, key performance indicators, and goals as determined by the academic vice president
  • Conducts ongoing holistic evaluation of program performance, as related to student outcomes, curriculum performance, budget, accreditation requirements, market demand, and external partnerships opportunities
  • Provides clear and effective leadership to the college and cross-functional partners to achieve strategic goals
  • Serves as a member of the college leadership team and provides collaborative support and cooperation to other colleges and departments of the university
  • Leverages employer partnerships and industry data to identify current and future workforce needs
  • Facilitates the college council's input in determining potential new degrees and ensuring existing degrees maintain the highest quality and relevancy and meet industry standards
  • Collaborates with key stakeholders to ensure accreditationrequirements, program reviews, and other processesaremet andperformedfor the continuous improvement of the college’s activities
  • Works closely with the compliance and accreditation department to ensure compliance with national and state accreditation and licensure requirements across all 50 states
  • Partners with internal and cross-functional teams to achieve key performance indicators at thecollege and program levels for student outcomes and enrollment growth
  • Maintainspartnerships at the national, state, and local levels, includingwith key professional and industry organizations
  • Represents the college on educationalmatters at the university, state, and national levels
  • Promotes the college and WGU through external engagement and thought leadership, including speeches, articles, interviews, and events

Required Skills

  • Ability to organize and coordinate college activities and results across cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work effectively in a highly matrixed and remote organization
  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels, both internally and externally
  • Ability to be an agent of change in a rapidly changing environment
  • Proven ability to analyze data to identify trends and drive innovation within the related field
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skill

  • Master’s degree in cybersecurity, security, networking, information assurance, information systems, management information systems, or related field (PhD preferred)
  • Content and industry expertise in a degree sub-discipline related to one or more of the following areas: systems analysis and design, network and security, programming, data management, digital forensics, cyber law, mobile technologies, information assurance, risk management, or information systems
  • 5+ years of experience working acrossmultiplelevels and departments of a complex organization
  • Working with state or national boards, organizations, governing bodies, regulatory agencies, chambers of commerce, or business partners

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States