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Director, Summer Session/J-Term Program & Degree Completion

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Job Title:

Director, Summer Session/J-Term Program & Degree Completion

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Position Type:

Professional Staff


Non-Union Non-Classified Staff

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Pay Grade Range:

Salary to commensurate with education and experience.

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Permanent


Provost for Academic Affairs


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Job Description Summary:


With a focus on fostering student success and timely completion, develop, lead, and implement a full offering of summer, J-term (intersession), and other alternate terms. Ensure robust and focused efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion aimed at addressing the equity gap.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Work closely and collaboratively with senior administration, deans, department chairs, the Director of Online Learning, the Office of International Education, the Feinstein Providence Campus, Talent Development, and faculty to develop summer, J-term and other alternate term course offerings and programs that will grow enrollment and revenue during these terms.

Analyze student completion data, identify achievement gaps and opportunities for improvement, and collaboratively develop programs and offerings to ensure robust and focused efforts to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with respect to credit attainment and timely degree completion.
Collaborate with Enrollment Services to maximize financial aid to support students enrolling in courses/programs.

Serve as a member of the Student Success Team to support timely and equitable student success, retention, and completion.

Work collaboratively with the Coordinator of Summer and J-term Program Marketing to ensure appropriate advertising to recruit a broad and diverse student registration in these summer and J-term course offerings.

Interact with faculty and develop short- and long-range plans with department chairs to secure a broad array of credited, certificate, immersion, travel and other courses and programs.

Serve as academic contact for Summer and J Term, review and support special academic purposes (drop/add/appeals).

Monitor the success and effectiveness of the programs and courses by conducting assessments of programs, analyzing enrollment trends, and developing recommendations and plans for ensuring programmatic growth of offerings and enrollments.

Continuously assess trends and needs of the marketplace for such programs, and generate reports, recommendations, and plans for addressing those needs through summer, J-term, and other alternate term courses and programs.

Develop innovative programs for non-traditional students, as well as for high school and community populations.

Oversee the budget, as well as the hiring of faculty and staff related to program offerings and services.

Develop plans for classroom capacity and registration in order to meet the enrollment demands and schedules of these courses and programs.

Provide reports and make presentations on data and trends in conjunction with enrollment and planning for the summer, J-term, and other alternate terms.


Plan for and promote the use of technology in coordinating these services.

Perform additional duties as assigned by the Provost Office.


Personal computers and printers; word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.

Required Qualifications:


1. Master’s degree in education, management, or related area.

2. Minimum of five combined years of experience in a higher educational setting in the areas of academic program coordination, enrollment, and student success.

3. Demonstrated experience working with faculty in program support and development.

4. Demonstrated experience researching and addressing equity and achievement through academic programs.

5. Demonstrated experience writing reports and making presentations using data and trend analysis.

6. Demonstrated budgetary experience.

7. Demonstrated experience using data for research and assessment purposes.

8. Demonstrated experience with computer software programs (e.g., word processing, database management, spreadsheet, research analysis tools).

9. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

10. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

11. Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. Doctoral degree. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 4 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) Resume.

(#3) Other Document – References – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

(#4) Other document – JEDI statement: URI affirms the importance and critical need for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in higher education, and we seek to hire candidates with a strong track record of engagement with JEDI in their professional work, research and service. The JEDI statement (2 pages maximum as one complete document) along with your other application materials should address your values and/or philosophy, accomplishments, experiences, education, and training with JEDI.

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The University of Rhode IslandURI Picture 1

Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

Motivated students, engaged faculty

Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

Four campuses, one community

URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


Investing in the future
Since 2007, the University has invested $607 million in campus capital projects, including: a $150 million engineering complex, due to open in 2019; Brookside, another new apartment-style residence hall, 2019; a Welcome Center, 2018; the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, 2017; Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 2016; and Avedisian Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy, 2012.


Expertise on demand

The University is home to several centers of expertise that tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges. The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience brings multi-disciplinary research to bear on devastating brain diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s. The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center supports state, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service. The Business Engagement Center is the “front door” through which industry taps into research and training opportunities and assistance with intellectual property or technology issues. The R.I. Food Center brings URI’s agricultural roots to the 21st century as a resource for farmers, consumers, retailers, and others across the food industry

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North Kingston
Rhode Island
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