Mar 04, 2024

DIRECTOR OF LEARNING PROGRAMS

  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Claremont, CA 91711, USA
Full-Time Administration Education

Job Description

DIRECTOR OF LEARNING PROGRAMS

DEAN OF FACULTY OFFICE

Position Summary:

The Director of Learning Programs (DLP) oversees the Harvey Mudd College (HMC) Writing Center and Academic Excellence Program and coordinates and contributes to the first year core writing course, called WRIT 1. The Academic Excellence (AE) Program  provides opportunities for students to work together (and individually) to improve their understanding of concepts in the Core biology, chemistry, engineering, math, and physics courses. The Writing Center offers opportunities for students to work through the writing process and improve the expression of their ideas. Both programs are essential student support services that help the College reach its mission. Both are staffed by student facilitators and consultants who are trained by the DLP to teach problem solving and collaborative learning strategies.

About Harvey Mudd College:

Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 900 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight of all program activities including professional and student staff, allocated facilities, and budget; make recommendations regarding resources to the Dean of the Faculty annually
  • Hire, train, mentor, and supervise student Writing Center consultants and Academic Excellence tutors; provide professional development activity for the student staff as appropriate
  • Establish and assess annual goals for the department in line with shared vision for student success and provide an annual report to the Dean of the Faculty
  • Liaise with faculty, staff, and academic departments regarding the Academic Excellence Program, Writing Center activities, and other programming
  • Supervise the Assistant Director of Learning Programs for English Language Learning; undertake annual performance reviews;
  • Oversee the WRIT 1 teaching staff
    • Provide annual staff training to new and returning instructors
    • Partner with the Core Curriculum Director to hire adjunct staff as necessary
    • Organize and facilitate regular staff meetings
  • Contribute the equivalent of two courses to the WRIT 1 program, one each semester
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Education: MA in writing studies or a related field, or a combination of relevant education and experience; PhD or terminal degree preferred.

Required Experience:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Three or more years of experience successfully managing and leading a team of staff and/or student employees, with the goal of nurturing professional development.
  • Ability to manage the resources for the division including resource allocation, budget management, and annual reporting
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Canvas (a learning management system) and others, as dictated by the demands of the position
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to maintain professional standards of confidentiality as mandated by FERPA and College policies and to provide guidance for student and professional staff regarding these policies

Preferred Experience:

  • Ability to build a program and team around a set of goals, use resources wisely to meet those goals, and assess progress toward those goals
  • Awareness of national trends and innovations in writing centers, quantitative skills centers, peer tutoring programs, and other similar student support services at higher education institutions
  • Undergraduate classroom teaching experience
  • Experience collaborating with faculty in a variety of disciplines
  • Familiarity with the biology, chemistry, engineering, math, and/or physics involved in Academic Excellence tutoring is not expected, but is a welcomed bonus

 

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is regularly required to sit, stand, use hands and fingers, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The individual must regularly lift and/or carry up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Classification:

This is an exempt, full-time, benefits-eligible position.

Salary:

The anticipated starting salary range is $95,000 - $105,000 per year. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Reporting:

Reports to the Dean of Faculty

 

Application Process: (Only leave this section for the external postings)

Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information on how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.

Deadline to apply:

Review of applications will begin on February 29th and continue until the position is filled. 

Application Instructions:

Submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names, titles, institutions, and contact information of at least two professional references. Your 2-3 page cover letter should (1) foreground your qualifications for the administrative and pedagogical training work of a writing center and peer-tutoring program staffed primarily by undergraduate peer consultants, and (2) address your commitment to linguistic diversity, anti-racism, and equity and accessibility, as well as your approaches to support students across a wide range of identities and backgrounds. Your CV should list college courses you have taught (if any), clearly indicating whether you were a primary instructor or a teaching assistant in each course.

Additional Information:

This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Regular employment at the College is for no specified period; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

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