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Organization

MIT Sloan

Job Title

Academic Program Manager

 

Position Overview

The Sustainability Initiative’s vision is to empower leaders whose impact, professionally and personally, will ensure that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come.  We deliver the best education in sustainability through course development, case creation and infusion, co-curricular activities including speaker series, and certification. We bring academic rigor to real-world challenges in key impact areas including climate, good jobs, energy, water and sustainable finance.

 Reporting to the Assoc. Director, the academic program manager is responsible for ensuring that we deliver the best education in sustainability: our flagship sustainability courses represent the best of what MIT Sloan has to offer; the core curriculum is infused with sustainability content; and our extra-curricular programming remains relevant with content that evolves to the changing needs of the growing and diverse student body.  

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 

Flagship Course Design & Delivery – 30%

The Sustainability Initiative stewards a set of flagship courses in sustainability. The academic program manager will be responsible for managing continuous improvement of these courses and their alignment to the Initiative strategy. This includes

  • Continuous review of course readings and assignments that ensure relevance in an ever-evolving discipline, and design recommendations to faculty and teaching assistants.
  • Design visual aids to emphasize key learnings, tools and frameworks.
  • designing and deploying mid-semester evaluations, and analyzing along with formal end-of-semester course evaluations,
  • Incorporating insights from alumni and practitioner feedback about essential skills and knowledge in sustainability.
  • Syllabus development and management and updates
  • Communication with MIT Sloan course scheduling team,
  • Identifying and hiring TAs, develop TA, instructor and mentor manuals. 
  • For the courses that involve projects with outside practitioners, manage and improve project guidelines, deliverables, and grading rubrics and will ensure smooth operation of the project pipeline, from outreach to problem formulation to execution and evaluation

Develop marketing materials to promote increased enrollment across the Institute. 

Case Writing for Infusion in Core and other Classes – 10%

The academic program manager, in coordination with the Initiative directors and the student advisors, will be responsible for identifying core and high-enrollment elective courses that would benefit from case/exercise upgrades.  The academic program manager will coordinate the case writing effort either by hiring outside professionals, or, in some cases, writing themselves.

Lunch Series – 20%

In concert with the Assoc. Director and students, the academic program manager will be responsible for delivering a weekly lunch series of sustainability speakers throughout the academic year.  The goal of the lunch series is to expose students to the content without asking them to make a trade off with other interests demanding their scarce and valuable time. Similar to the duties required for flagship course design & delivery, this includes:

  • Content: Co-ordination with other certificate offerings, academic tracks, student clubs, and programs to develop content that is cross-disciplinary and relevant to skills and career development.
  • Evaluations: developing a mechanism for gathering feedback on lunch series to inform future programming choices.
  • Operations: Managing the schedule of events, liaising with the speakers on logistics, including but not limited to AV requirements, travel, & parking.
  • Marketing: Gathering all relevant information to effectively market the lunch series, including speaker bios, short descriptions, social media content, cross-promotion with clubs and across campus.

 Executive Action Learning – 30%

Similar to managing the process of content coordination and program delivery for the flagship courses, the academic program manager will be responsible for managing the content and operations for the soon-to-be-launched online learning and executive action learning programs.  This includes identifying attendees with Sustainability Initiative leadership, and managing the pipeline of participants. With post-docs and other faculty as appropriate, compile pre-reading materials, create an organizing structure for the day, outreach to potential attendees, and follow-up. 

Qualifications & Skills

 Education:  Bachelors required. Graduate study is a plus.

 Experience:  A minimum of 4 years related experience. Teaching experience will be an advantage but not required.

 Skills: Domain knowledge in sustainability.  Must excel at project design and management.  Excellent communicator – verbal, writing, PowerPoint, and Excel skills. Proven track record in curriculum development. A clear understanding of continuous improvement. Research skills: literature review, survey and interviews. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED:  a minimum of four years’ experience in program management, or content design and development in an academic environment, or related experience; teaching experience an advantage.  Domain knowledge in sustainability.  Must excel at project design and management.  Excellent communicator – verbal, writing, PowerPoint, and Excel skills. Proven track record in curriculum development. A clear understanding of continuous improvement. Research skills: literature review, survey and interviews. Commitment to providing high quality work; ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team.  Experience with MIT and/or the Sloan School desirable.   Bachelor’s degree preferred.  

How to Apply

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Job Number: 15608. 

 

 Edited by BB 02-01-18