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Program Specialist (Simmons School of Education & Human Development, Education Policy & Leaders...

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

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Salary Range: 

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Education Policy & Leadership Department:

The Department of Education Policy and Leadership cultivates and supports leaders and researchers who seek to improve educational outcomes and the cultures of learning in schools, colleges and educational systems through leadership development, scholarship and service.  In service to this mission, the department offers Ed.D. and M.Ed. programs with a focus on either higher education or pre-K to grade 12 leadership. For additional information, visit our website at

About the Position:

The Program Specialist in the Education Policy and Leadership department provides administrative support for the development, implementation, and execution of programs, special projects, and other initiatives designed to achieve the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the department and support of faculty.  This position is responsible for strategically developing, executing, and analyzing recruiting and marketing initiatives to increase prospect engagement and application submissions.   The Program Specialist organizes and attends recruiting engagements and orientations for EPL programs which may include out of town/state travel.  This vital role provides direct support of the Ed.D. programs and departmental events.

Essential Functions:

    Works with the Directors and under the supervision of the Senior Program Specialist in developing an annual marketing and recruiting plan for all events, including social, digital and print media for the M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs.  This process involves regular social media content on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. 

    Works with internal partners regarding creative/graphic and web development, quarterly newsletters, identifying in-person and digital marketing opportunities.  Ensures all outbound content meets University style and standards.

    Coordinates information sessions and alumni outreach opportunities.  Assists in design and maintenance of departmental website.  Develop quarterly engagement data reports and monitoring of campaign’s performance.

    Manages the Ed.D. weekends, including budgeting and arrangement of food services from University approved contractors and other private sources, direct support set up of meals, guest speakers, and other miscellaneous activities for Ed.D. weekends.  This position will require 13 to 15 work weekends during the calendar in direct support of events and the Ed.D. program.

    Coordinate and manage departmental events. Fields and directs departmental phone calls & visitors.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree is required.  Two years of work experience is required.

Prefer experience in marketing and recruiting, customer relations, project planning, and/or event planning. 

Experience working in a college or university is a plus. 

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is required.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and communicate effectively with a wide range of constituencies.  Must have excellent customer service orientation.

Must have outstanding organizational, and time management skills.  Must possess the ability to manage concurrent projects.  

Candidate must be a proactive problem solver with the ability to be resourceful, proactive, and seek input or assistance as needed.

Candidate must handle sensitive information with complete confidentiality and professionalism.                

A strong attention to detail and accuracy is needed.  Must be able to appropriately manage financial responsibility. 

Candidate must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively with others.

This position requires 13-15 work weekends during the calendar year in direct support of events and the Ed.D. program.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

    Sit for long periods of timeBend, CrawlReach above shouldersCarry/lift 25 lbs.Handle objects (dexterity)Squat, Kneel, StandWalk for long distancesPush/Pull
Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, [email protected].


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

Primary Location: USA-TX-Dallas
Job: Office and Administrative Support
Organization: Simmons School of Education
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular
Job Type: Staff
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Travel: No
Job Posting: Aug 29, 2022, 10:40:41 AM
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