Executive Director, Executive Development Programs

College Park, Maryland
Mar 07, 2017
Apr 11, 2017
Full Time

Executive Director, Executive Development Programs Position Number: 115445

Full-Time, Regular Exempt

One of 12 schools and colleges located on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, the Smith School is a recognized leader in management research and education for the global economy. A comprehensive business school, Smith offers undergraduate, full- time and part-time MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, and non-degree executive education programs as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school is consistently ranked among the top business schools by leading business publications such as U.S. News & World Report, Financial Times, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.

This senior level position reports to the Dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business and is responsible for overseeing Smith’s executive development programs. The Executive Director is responsible for the overall success of the department, to include the growth of current custom and open-enrollment programs, extensive business development to launch new programs, budgetary oversight and management of a team of 10-15 staff. The Executive Director will be responsible for building and managing strategic partnerships, assessing viability of new programs and offerings, forging and managing corporate partnerships, as well as ensuring enrollment and revenue targets are met or exceeded for executive development programs.

This position will have the responsibility for the strategic direction of the unit, including managing and growing client relationships, working with faculty, determining new program offerings, sourcing subject matter experts, and facilitating the growth of the unit.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned leader with significant management experience, preferably in higher education organizations and in executive education specifically. Candidate must be a strong communicator who is comfortable dealing with all levels of the organization, engaging in multiple business development opportunities across the globe, as well as be a leader who can navigate the challenges of organizational change and process improvement.

This position requires 40% domestic travel and 10% international travel to represent the Smith School and meet with corporate clients.

This position will have one direct report and eight indirect reports, most of whom travel extensively. As such, the ability to manage independent and remote individuals is critical.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree and minimum 12 of progressively responsible management, business development, or relevant higher education experience OR Masters degree and minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible management, business development, or relevant higher education experience.

Minimum 5 years experience directing programs and supervising staff. demonstrated ability to design, develop, market, sell and implement executive education programs and services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated ability to design, develop, market, sell and implement executive education programs and services.

Strong client relationship development and leading strategic growth initiatives.

Possesses a strong reputation among a broad network of government, private and public corporate entities

Strong business, financial and strategic acumen, and critical thinking skills

Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and activities, as well as manage multiple and competing priorities under tight deadlines

Understanding of international demand for U.S. customized executive education programming

Proven ability to analyze complex problems and communicate effectively (both verbally & written) with multiple internal and external constituents

Extraordinary relationship building and people skills

Ability to engage, inform, motivate and develop staff

Ability to build connections between faculty and corporate clients who can thrive in delivering executive programming

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

When applying, please upload a PDF version of your cover letter, resume and list of references. For best consideration, submit applications by March 31, 2017 at https://ejobs.umd.edu. Position will remain open until filled.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship offered for this position.


For more information about the University of Maryland, please visit www.maryland.edu.

For information about the Robert H. Smith School of Business, visit our Web site at www.rhsmith.umd.edu.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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