Project Manager - Academic Projects

Location
Largo, MD
Posted
Jun 09, 2017
Closes
Jul 07, 2017
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time

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Project Manager - Academic Projects

Dean's Office

UMUC Stateside

The Graduate School (TGS)

Location: Largo

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks a Project Manager, Academic Projects in The Graduate School Dean's Office.

Who We Are and Who We Serve

UMUC—one of 12 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM)—is a mission-driven institution with seven core values that guide us in all we do. At the top of the list is "Students First,” and we strive to do just that for our 90,000 students at home and abroad. From its start in 1947, UMUC has demonstrated its commitment to adult learners. We recognize that adult students need flexibility and options. UMUC is proud to be a global, 24-hour, institution of higher learning.

The typical UMUC student is an adult learner juggling a career, family, and other priorities. Roughly 80% work full time, half are parents, and half are minority students. They are continuing their education to better themselves, their families, and their professional opportunities. UMUC is also a leading higher education provider to the U.S. military, enrolling 55,000 active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and family members annually. We are proud of our military heritage and are committed to this service.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

The Project Manager (PM) works with TGS Program Chairs and various UMUC units, including instructional design teams, enterprise project management, business analysis, and IT, to coordinate the delivery of TGS academic offerings. Academic offerings include graduate degree programs, certificates, MOOCs, and special curriculum agreements (MOUs) with other universities and corporations. Upon approval of a project by the Curriculum Review Team and/or other stakeholders, the PM supports the process by:

  • Acting as the main point of contact for ongoing academic projects
  • Serving as a coach to help Program Chairs (PCs) prepare their course materials for the instructional design process according to TGS appropriate learning model and design criteria for the project
  • Ensuring consistency across TGS in the preparation of curricular offerings
  • Managing academic projects as they progress through the instructional design process, launch, and maintenance phases
  • Assisting in identifying and securing resources for projects
  • Reviewing and monitoring contracts
  • Monitoring budgets and work plans
  • Facilitating relationships between TGS team members, instructional designers, and other members of UMUC units
  • Coordinating with other units to ensure the launch and sustainability of academic offerings
  • Communicating with stakeholders throughout the academic project.

The PM provides the following support, dependent on the curriculum undertaking and its life cycle, as summarized below. The support applies to new degrees, certificates, MOOCs, and special curriculum agreements (MOUs) with other universities and corporations.

Once a new academic project is approved through the TGS Curriculum Review Process, the PM works with the Program Chair to facilitate the intake and ongoing development of the curriculum through the instructional design unit's workflow processes. The PM will:

review all learning outcomes/competencies for inclusion of the graduate core competencies, and appropriate application of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy to core and program levels, support interactions between PCs and Instructional Designers to facilitate communication and understanding among both parties, monitor the progression of a curriculum undertaking from initiation to launch hand-over oversight of successfully launched program to PC, with guidance and consultation on future maintenance

The PM will provide the same liaison support described above for implementation of substantial changes, updates, and maintenance of programs.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • coach for quality curriculum design according to established TGS standards
  • facilitate relationship between academic and instructional design teams
  • monitor the progress of curriculum design and development projects
  • resolve problems to ensure progress
  • coordinate with other units on curriculum changes and new initiatives
  • communicate changes to appropriate stakeholders
  • ensure successful program launches
  • other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master's degree in relevant discipline/major highly desirable, with 3-5 years experience consulting on or managing instructional design or curriculum development projects.

The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated:

  • understanding of assessment theory and best practices in higher education
  • interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • adaptability to new software and computer systems
  • comfort with change, ad hoc requests, and short deadlines
  • commitment to team work and diversity

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • knowledge of learning theories, and curriculum design and development processes,
  • ability to translate broad statements of intent (what we want a student to learn or do) into specific plans and actions (appropriate learning activities constructed to facilitate student learning) in order to coach for quality curriculum design
  • knowledge of assessment theory and practices, including the ability to assure the alignment of learning outcomes to learning activities
  • knowledge of educational technologies
  • ability to explore and evaluate open educational resources
  • understanding of how intellectual property rights and Americans with Disability Act applies in higher education teaching and learning
  • capacity to facilitate communications and build relationships among diverse teams
  • skill in managing projects
  • adept problem solving

PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Understanding of instructional design processes
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and ADA compliance in online education environments
  • Demonstrated success in management of academic projects

Position Available and will Remain Open until Filled

Salary Commensurate with Experience

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare. For detailed benefits information, please visit: https://careers.umuc.edu/benefits.html.

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMUC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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