Senior Director, Global Learning and Curricular Change

Washington D.C., United States
Apr 15, 2014
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The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), a national higher education organization committed to improving the quality of undergraduate education, seeks a talented, self-motivated, productive, and creative individual for the position of Senior Director, Global Learning and Curricular Change. We seek an individual with narrative imagination and skill to persuasively define and describe global and civic learning for the 21st century, and help advance the curricula, programs, and educational innovations that will promote it. The Senior Director will report to the Vice President for Integrative Learning and the Global Commons (ILGC). The primary mission of the ILGC office at AAC&U is to advance the 2013-2017 strategic plan goal: “Integrative Liberal Learning and Social Responsibility: Champion ‘Big Questions/Global Commons’ Inquiry and Innovation in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and Across Contemporary Designs for General Education.” Its areas of responsibility include: education for the global commons: global, civic, intercultural, ethical; twenty-first-century designs for general education; using “big questions” as catalysts for general education reform and cross-disciplinary learning in the liberal arts and sciences; connecting general education in the arts and sciences to public responsibilities and societal/scientific contexts for career and professional studies; and fostering problem-centered and cross-disciplinary inquiry across general education in the liberal arts and sciences. The Senior Director will direct funded projects and is responsible for conducting and managing research and resource-development activities related to global and integrative learning, with emphasis on equitable and digitally informed curricular and programs development. S/he will also work with the Vice President and other senior staff to create and plan new projects, identify new funding sources, and produce grant proposals. S/he will assist in conceptualizing an d planning AAC&U meetings and institutes, especially AAC&U’s Annual Meeting. S/he will also represent the Association at outside meetings and through communication with colleges, universities, research centers and other education associations. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Provide proactive intellectual and practical leadership for AAC&U work on global and integrative learning • Conceptualize and write grant proposals for additional funding • Act as a liaison and maintain communication and correspondence with multiple contacts for funded projects and coordinate project meetings and other project activities • Provide resources and access to research on issues related to global and integrative learning • Conceptualize the content for AAC&U meetings and institutes and, working with many colleagues, will serve as the intellectual director for the Annual Meeting • Collaborate in productions of reports and other publications; supervise development of commissioned research studies • Communicate and partner with key AAC&U staff regarding publications, project web applications and development, databases, conferences, and other project activities • Write and edit materials for dissemination of project, grant, and other reports and/or websites • Assist in the development and management of network meetings and summer institutes QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE • Ph.D or E.D. preferred • Excellent communication (written and oral), interpersonal, collaborative, and supervisory skills • Strong analytical skills, ability to work both independently and with diverse colleagues;; self-motivated and self-sufficient • Extensive knowledge of the intellectual debates, campus structures for, and curricular designs in global education, general education, and liberal learning • Experience in designing educational convenings for faculty and other academic leaders • Experience with institution-wide and/or multi-institution educational reform efforts and system- or policy-based experience with undergraduate educational reform • Wide knowledge, engagement, and curiosity about debates, trends, and challenges in higher education, student learning, and organizational development • Proven skills in managing complex projects, designing innovative programs • Campus-based experience as a faculty or administrator; experience in non-profit organizations also desirable • Proven record of managing projects, budgets, and programs effectively • Experience and success in grant-writing is a strong plus • Experiences as a faculty member and with general education renewal are also strong pluses • Experience with digital innovation in the context of promoting liberal education is also a strong plus • Ability to represent AAC&U effectively to the broader public, work independently, provide leadership, supervise staff, and work effectively with diverse staff with different skills and levels of expertise Salary commensurate with experience; exceptional benefits. Please submit a letter of interest with salary requirements and CV by June 16, 2014 to: AAC&U, Box SDGL, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 or to AAC&U believes that a broadly diverse staff is critical to achieving excellence as a national higher education association. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We are fully committed to equal employment opportunity and compliance with the full range of fair employment practices and non-discrimination laws.