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Assistant Director, Graduate Liberal Studies

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Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00556
Position Title Assistant Director, Graduate Liberal Studies
Department Graduate Liberal Studies-1011
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

The role of Continuing Studies is to incubate new academic programs as pilot projects by developing program models and budgets. The Wesleyan Continuing Studies programs include Graduate Liberal Studies (degree and non-degree), undergraduate Summer Session and Winter Session, Wesleyan PreCollege Study, and undergraduate Community Scholars.

Reporting to the Director of Continuing Studies, the Assistant Director, Graduate Liberal Studies establishes and oversees all aspects of the Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) program, especially all student services and outreach related activities and also maintains a general overview of all continuing studies programs.

The Assistant Director supervises the Admissions Coordinator (who is responsible for recruitment activities across all programs) and possibly student workers as needed.

Primary responsibilities include:

GLS Strategic Communications, Outreach, and Analysis
Collaborate with the Assistant Director of Marketing and Outreach for Continuing Studies to develop and implement communications strategy for messaging active, prospective, and former GLS students

Build and maintain external organizational relationships

Review, propose, implement and document updates to Slate CRM functionality.

Manage enrollment communications to increase and track enrollments.

Track student enrollment and provide progress reports

GLS Admissions
As a member of the GLS admission committee, review and determine decisions on applications for GLS Degrees and Certificates. Communicate decision to applicants

GLS Program Advising and Academic Review

Manage comprehensive program of academic advising. This includes helping students make progress toward their educational goals and graduation requirements

Manage all tutorial & capstone processes

Annually update GLS handbooks, guidelines, checklists

Participate in final degree audit and graduation process

GLS Student Services

Develop and implement new student orientation sessions, capstone/tutorial workshops and commencement reception.

Develop and manage budget for student service related expenditures

Coordinate summer campus housing for GLS students

GLS Student and Alumni Relations.

Develop, implement and manage all networking, social and programmatic events for GLS students and alumni. Mobilize and manage GLS volunteers as needed

Collaborate with campus partners to organize workshops and seminars as needed including workshops on resume and cover letter writing

Keep track of GLS student accomplishments and share via GLS newsletter

Faculty and Curriculum
Work with faculty to resolve student issues, classroom problems and questions about curriculum and syllabus


Assist with other continuing studies programs or other projects as assigned

This position requires some evening and weekend work, as well as travel

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years’ experience in student services, or program administration, or academic advising, or admission or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Excellent written (grammar/composition/edit/proof reading) and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated experience with public speaking

Strong experience with database/CRM software

Expertise in MS Office programs, notably Word and Excel

Strong technical, analytical and problem solving skills

Proven ability to build relationships with individuals and collaborate with colleagues and partners on and off campus

Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work both independently and collaboratively

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Must be able to obtain or currently possess a valid driver’s license

Ability to work some evening/weekend hours and travel as needed

Preferred Qualifications

Advanced or terminal degree

Previous experience working in higher ed, specifically communications/marketing, admissions, recruiting, development, student services, multimedia, or publishing.

Knowledge of private secondary schools in New England.

Knowledge of PeopleSoft and/or Slate platforms.

Prior Supervisory Experience

Prior Teaching experience

Management Competencies Direct others, Inform others, Motivate others, Project management, Build effective teams
Competencies Interpersonal skills/savvy, Oral communications, Organizational skills, Problem solving, Teamwork/collaboration, Written communications, Functional/technical skills, Respects diversity, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants
Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Please tell us how you specifically heard about this position? ( e.g CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Higher Ed, InsideHigher Ed, CT.Jobs etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents