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Sr. Program Manager

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewKU Lifelong & Professional Education (LPE), headquartered on the Edwards campus, operates in a self-supporting business environment while aligning with KU's academic, research and public service missions. KULPE works collaboratively with all KU academic schools and departments to provide continuing professional education. Lifelong & Professional Education programs serve all 105 Kansas counties, 50 U.S. states, and 61 nations.

The Professional Programs unit in LPE is responsible for development and delivery of non-credit professional education to domestic and international markets through open enrollment, in-house, and online course delivery. The Senior Program Manager (SPM) is a key management position in the unit and is responsible for managing projects that facilitate sustainable portfolio growth of engineering & technical programs. Working under supervision of the Director of Professional Programs, the SPM is responsible for developing and managing complex multi-event programs by creating and managing event budgets, negotiating and contracting with vendors, securing in-house training contracts, and facilitating the strategic scheduling of publicly offered professional development courses. The SPM executes the unit's business strategy through successful delivery of courses and shares responsibility for overall program growth by identifying potential business opportunities and subject matter experts to expand course offerings.

KU Lifelong & Professional Education operates in a self-supporting, entrepreneurial environment. To achieve unit goals, the Professional Programs team operates in a highly collaborative and cross-functional manner. Strong communication skills and a team-focused approach to program management are imperative to success in the Senior Program Manager position. The SPM must be a person who is open to new learning, patient with people and processes, yet committed to produce timely results. The SPM must be able to understand larger strategy and translate it to tactical solutions in a fast-paced environment and maintain focus and motivation during periods of uncertainty in program development. Job Description45% - Management of Engineering & Technical Programs
  • Manages and coordinates professional education offerings to be delivered at various geographic locations as determined by analysis of market demands, data from past course enrollment and evaluations, and instructor availability.
  • Works with the Financial Analyst to develop event budgets and monitor program expenditures for programs.
  • Develops, negotiates and manages contractual agreements with vendors to meet educational program needs. Vendors include, but are not limited to, instructional services, food vendors, and meeting space providers.
  • Determines audio-visual equipment needs, instructional supplies, participant supplies and staff/instructional travel needs for educational events.
  • Determines and negotiates meal arrangements and AV supplies with the hotels and/or caterers.
  • Works with instructors to ensure timely submission of course materials by creating and monitoring timelines and communicating with instructors to be certain deadlines are met.
  • Works with the Director of Professional Programs and the Director of Marketing to develop strategic marketing plans specific to promotion of the engineering and technical offerings.
  • Directs and manages logistics onsite for program delivery, including but not limited to registrations, classroom set-up, instructional needs, and serving as the primary contact for participant concerns.
  • Manages program assessment by designing, conducting and interpreting evaluations or surveys for educational events.
25% - New Course and Business Development
  • Monitors regional, national, and global industry trends and works with Professional Programs leadership team to identify and recruit qualified instructors who provide content to meet the existing and emerging needs of the engineering and tech industry.
  • Manages projects related to new instructor onboarding and associated course development activities, ensuring that materials meet KULPE design standards and export control compliance requirements.
  • Plans and oversees the development and delivery of marketing webinars.
  • Engages with relevant academic departments and advisory boards in coordination with the Director.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with industry associations for the purpose of securing in-house training contracts.
  • Follows up on business leads, develops proposals and contracts for in-house training engagements.
  • Represents KU LPE Professional Programs by attending industry events and conferences.
15% - Onsite Course Management
  • Travels to domestic and occasional international locations to manage course implementation, acting as a representative of KU Lifelong & Professional Education.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions regarding unanticipated contingencies at both domestic and international locations.
10% - Team Management & Supervision
  • Works with the Director to organize and implement day-to-day operations of the SPM’s program team within the Professional Programs unit, including applying policies and processes, maintaining budgets, and maximizing outcomes of program offerings.
  • Manages employee and team performance, develops annual goals and supporting training opportunities, counsels and motivates employees and provides annual and periodic evaluations.
5% - Other Duties as Assigned
  • Serves on various committees, as assigned, and works in individual and team settings to accomplish overall KU Lifelong & Professional Education program goals.
  • Adheres to University of Kansas, KU Lifelong & Professional Education and State of Kansas policies and procedures.
  • Attends professional development activities.
Position Requirements
  1. Ability to work irregular hours including early morning, evenings and weekends
  2. Ability to travel domestically and internationally an average of one week per month
  3. Ability to lift 35 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation
Required Qualifications
  1. Master's Degree from an accredited institution OR Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and five years of program/project management experience OR High school diploma plus nine years of program/ project management experience
  2. Two years of experience in program budgeting
  3. Two years of supervisory experience
  4. Excellent written communication skills as evidenced in application submission
  5. Experience working with diverse individuals, such as adult learners, instructors, administrators and professional groups
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Professional experience working in an engineering or technical field
  2. Experience with marketing activities designed to increase demand or sales
  3. Experience working with a CRM
  4. Knowledge of University of Kansas policies and facilities
  5. Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  6. Experience in developing/ delivering distance learning
  7. Experience working with international clients, including international business travel
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Deadline for applications is Tuesday, December 14th, 2021.
Contact Information to ApplicantsAnn Ermey
Chief of Staff
913-897-8520 Advertised Salary Range$58,000 Application Review Begins14-Dec-2021 Anticipated Start Date03-Jan-2022


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