Program Director, Organizational Dynamics

Program Director, Organizational Dynamics

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Posted Job Title
Program Director, Organizational Dynamics

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
The College of Liberal and Professional Studies in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to extending learning beyond traditional borders and engages a richly diverse population of intellectually capable students at many points in their lives.

Organizational Dynamics is a highly engaged community of faculty, students, and staff who explore and apply theory, research, practical frameworks, and organizational experience to successfully navigate an increasingly complex world. Our multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners foster the learning of mid-career, working professionals, who come from multiple industry sectors and a variety of functional areas within organizations, and inspire them to share this knowledge with their organizations and coworkers by developing new learning capacities and initiatives. Program staff work collaboratively to support students through their academic program, to ensure smooth program operations, and to engage our alumni community in lifelong learning.

The Director for the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD), Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics (MPhil), and Dynamics Learning Exchange (DLE) supports LPS' mission to deliver innovative education programs that meet the highest standards of excellence. The Director helps shape the vision for and recommends strategic goals for the program, cultivates external partnerships, and identifies strategic growth opportunities. The Director oversees curriculum, instruction, assessment and financial outcomes for Dynamics programs. The position teaches and supervises administrative and instructional staff.

Job Description


The Director for the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD), Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics (MPhil), and Dynamics Learning Exchange (DLE) supports LPS' mission to deliver innovative education programs that meet the highest standards of excellence. The Director shapes the vision for and recommends strategic goals for the program, including new entrepreneurial programming to meet emerging workforce and student needs. The Director cultivates external partnerships with corporate and not-for-profit organizations, and develops and works with an External Advisory Board to identify strategic growth opportunities. S/he recruits and collaborates with faculty, from within and outside the School of Arts and Sciences' tenured faculty, to develop innovative curriculum that meets workforce needs and Penn's high standards of academic excellence. S/he structures and runs the program to yield highly satisfied and successful participants while maintaining a robust and increasing enrollment of outstanding students, adhering to the high-quality standards demanded by programs in the School of Arts and Sciences. In collaboration with the LPS Director of Graduate Programs, LPS Enrollment Management, and the Dynamics program staff, the Director develops and implements strategic employer partnerships and networks, and curriculum to support strategic recruitment, prospect management activities, and admissions for the MSOD and MPhil programs, and for DLE. To ensure that these programs adhere to the highest standards of excellence, the Director oversees assessment of academic and financial outcomes for these programs. The Director reports to the Director of Graduate Programs and works collaboratively with program staff as well as staff in the LPS academic programs, enrollment services, recruitment and admissions departments, as well as with a Faculty Advisory Committee, program teaching faculty, and other offices and departments in the University. S/he teaches in the program. The position supervises an Administrative Director, an Administrative Coordinator, and oversees the instructional staff for the program.


Curriculum & Instruction: Maintain, improve, develop and deliver distinctive and innovative curriculum for Organizational Dynamics programs; determine annual course rosters; recruit faculty from relevant departments in the School of Arts & Sciences and the academic community as well as relevant industry professionals to deliver an academically rigorous curriculum each semester. Orient and mentor instructors; work with them to address student concerns, course delivery issues, and access to resources. Manage instructor performance and provide feedback. Oversee and coordinate the capstone process; facilitate engagement between students and faculty; teach in the program. Strengthen the academic experience to continually improve learning outcomes. Convene the Faculty Advisory Committee to provide ongoing review of program, student performance, and course evaluations.

Enrollment Services: With Administrative Director and LPS Enrollment Management, set enrollment goals and strategies for the master's and associated programming. Oversee the recruitment and admissions processes. Organize and serve on the Admissions Committee to make decisions regarding the admissibility of applicants into the program. Work collaboratively with staff to meet enrollment targets and develop recruitment events.

Academic Operations: Oversee and manage the master's degree and associated programming. Advise enrolled students regarding career options, course selections, course performance, research opportunities, and capstone preparation. Collaborate with Administrative Director on activities to support student retention, completion and placement.

Alumni Relations: Develop and implement a strategic plan for establishing and maintaining alumni relations. Strengthen alumni engagement with current and prospective students via programmatic events.

Employer Outreach and Engagement: Cultivate external partnerships with corporate and not-for- profit organizations to support program and student career outcomes. Develop and work with an External Advisory Board to identify strategic growth opportunities and ensure relevance of program curriculum to employer needs.

Program Assessment and Development: Support LPS mission to deliver innovative education programs that meet the highest standards of excellence. Develop learning outcomes assessment plans, draft annual assessment reports, and implement recommendations based on findings. Together with Administrative Director and LPS senior staff, establish financial performance goals and manage annual operations and budgets to achieve goals. Identify new programming opportunities and work with LPS team to develop, launch and support entrepreneurial programming associated with Organizational Dynamics.

Supervision: Supervise Administrative Director and Administrative Coordinator.

Other Duties: Perform other duties as assigned.


PhD. in Management, Organizational Sociology, or a related field and a minimum of one to three years professional experience working outside academia. The candidate must have proven organizational and leadership skills including effective communication of vision, goals, expectations and performance feedback. The candidate must have demonstrated success in implementing strategic and management goals, teaching experience in a university setting, established networks/relationships with corporate or non-profit organizations, and a proven record designing and delivering successful, rigorous continuing education or graduate programs as measured by multiple criteria (academic excellence, student success and satisfaction, enrollment and revenue growth). Must have outstanding oral and written communication skills, demonstrated ability to interact with professional students, and be able to work successfully as part of a team. Able to work some evenings and weekends. Preferred: Knowledge of current trends in continuing and professional education.

A cover letter and resume are required at time of application.

Working Conditions

Office, library, computer room

Alternative work schedules

Physical Effort

Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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