Academic Program Lead: Computer Science

Employer
Clark University
Location
Worcester, MA
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Category:: Staff and Administrators
Department:: 2891 (SPS - Graduate Admininstration)
Locations:: Worcester, MA
Posted:: Jul 13, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time - Exempt
Ref. No.:: 190379
Position ID:: 133517

About Clark University:


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.



  • 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.
  • Prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workplace with the ability to interact effectively with a broad range of constituents on campus


Requirements:


  • 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.


This is a Full-time position with excellent benefits, which include employee and family tuition benefits, 4 weeks' vacation, generous retirement plan, free use of campus fitness center and many more.



Clark University currently requires all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than July 15. 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.



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

See the FAQ for using our online system. Please contact us if you need assistance applying through this website.


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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.



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Working at Clark University
 

A relentless force for positive change

Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. It is the place where Robert Goddard invented the modern rocket, where Sigmund Freud delivered his only lectures in the United States, and where current students stake their claim to the Clark motto, “Challenge Convention. Change Our World,” which is the rallying cry that inspires our community every day.

Located in the heart of New England — Worcester, Massachusetts — Clark University educates its approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,100 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.

A university on the cutting edge of higher education

Clark is a world-class research university that is small by design, giving students the rare opportunity to contribute to pioneering research projects and to benefit from hands-on experience, close collaboration with peers, and the individual mentorship of faculty.

LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark’s pioneering model of higher education,  compelling students to thrive in authentic world and workplace settings, and preparing them for lives and careers of consequence. Clark is the only university to make the development of “capacities of effective practice” an explicit learning requirement for its undergraduates. Critical to success in today’s world, these capacities include imagination, self-directedness, resilience, and the ability to manage diversity and uncertainty. A Clark education reflects a belief in the enduring value of liberal education, as well as the University’s efforts to more deeply attune students’ learning experiences to the profound changes underway in our economy, our society, and our democracy.

The Clark graduate experience reflects the importance of “engaged scholarship” — an innovative educational approach that connects students to the people and organizations intimately familiar with (and working to address) the issues they are passionate about, and that places a premium on effecting measurable outcomes.

Committed to research that advance knowledge and impacts society

The Clark University faculty is composed of world-renowned researchers who foster a culture of excellence in the next generation. At Clark, faculty and students are given the freedom and flexibility to pursue projects that transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The University’s focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master’s degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change. Clark faculty, students, and staff continually develop new ways of thinking and acting that have a positive impact on the lives — and livelihoods — of people throughout the world.

Clark's research profile is enhanced by the presence of a variety of research institutes and centers that build on a foundation of interdisciplinary scholarship: the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the George Perkins Marsh Institute, the Higgins School of Humanities, the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education and the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Redefining our place in the world by immersing our community in it

Clark has redefined what it means to be a university in today’s interconnected world, forging robust partnerships with universities, educators, researchers, and business and community leaders at home and abroad, enabling its faculty and students to conduct in-depth research, work collaboratively to take on global concerns, and make a tangible difference. This diverse community of educators, researchers, and scholars challenge and inspire each other with their perspectives, insights, and determination. They are creative thinkers eager to defy conventional wisdom, devise inventive solutions to complex problems, and roll up their sleeves to get things done.

Clark itself plays a critical role in the health and well-being of its urban community, known as Main South, through the University Park Partnership — a national model for neighborhood revitalization. Working in tandem with the city of Worcester, Clark has been a change agent in the areas of housing and physical rehabilitation, education, economic development and social and recreational opportunities for residents. The University Park Campus School, which Clark operates in collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools, boasts an estimable record of high achievement and was recognized by President Barack Obama for its record of academic success.

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