Assistant Director of Innovation, Executive Education Programs - McDonough School of Business

Washington D.C.
Aug 17, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Full Time
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Assistant Director of Innovation, Executive Education Programs - McDonough School of Business

Georgetown's McDonough School of Business (MSB) aims to be a leader in business education, and such leadership requires constant innovation around achieving our mission. As such, McDonough has formed an Innovation Initiative to devote focused effort towards utilizing new technologies and our existing core assets to improve our programs. In order for such an initiative to succeed, staff must be devoted full-time to the execution of the project and ensure innovation receives the appropriate level of priority.

The Assistant Director of Innovation is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day success of this initiative, which includes exploring and developing new ideas, implementing existing projects, and assisting other faculty and staff to realize their own proposals. In addition, s/he evaluates the results of experimental ideas being implemented; communicates the work of the initiative to the greater community to facilitate their feedback; and assists in the development of new programs.  Reporting to Director of Program and Business Development, the Assistant Director of Innovation has duties that include but are not limited to:

Innovation Development

  • Convenes, organizes, and supports innovation groups - composed of faculty and staff focused on developing creative ideas around key challenges and opportunities facing the school - that form the mainstay of new ideas that the initiative would proceed to implement, and tap into the existing ideas of the McDonough community.
  • Composes and edits reports from these working groups, converting their discussions into actionable ideas - to include developing proposed budgets for the new initiatives in conjunction with other staff; determining what resources are available and what additional funding could be obtained; and outlining an evaluation plan for determining the success of the given project.
  • Works with faculty and staff members who have developed proposals to move them towards the implementation phase for their ideas.
  • Conducts independent research and small-scale sessions with relevant community members to look at areas where the school can innovate.
  • Researches and composes benchmarks from the innovations and projects of other universities, defines the current state of competition in the higher education industry, and determines McDonough's greatest comparative advantages in the innovation space; and for each specific proposal that is developed, composes an outline of efforts by McDonough's competitive peers in the proposal's topic area, and evaluates what lessons can be learned from the experiences of others.

Innovation Implementation

  • Works with relevant staff and faculty to implement the ideas of the innovation groups, including - establishing and coordinating contracts with CNDLS on the development of flipped or blended courses; working with the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs departments to integrate the new educational approaches into the existing programs, and building necessary support structures for students to adapt to the ideas; reaching out to academic departments and centers to involve them fully in the development of relevant additional programs; and ensuring that new courses meet the university, state, and federal policies for accreditation.
  • Establishes benchmarks to evaluate the progress of ideas, and communicate progress to the Deputy Dean for strategic planning.
  • Tracks the expenditures of, and obtaining the necessary resources for, individual innovation projects.
  • Communicates the progress of these events to the greater McDonough community, including but not limited to maintaining and developing the Innovation Initiative website, which hosts the various ideas, publications, and events that have been created, in partnership with the MSB Technology Center; and coordinating with the MSB events planning departments to host lunches, presentations, and other activities to involve community members in our work.

Program Development

  • Assists the program development team in developing new degree programs, including planning the logistics and structures of the curriculum and activities required for the program; ensuring they have the resources they need; coordinating with faculty and relevant staff on the design of the curriculum and the planning of specific courses; developing cost and timeline estimates for the execution of the program; and conducting research with current and prospective students on the market demand for the program's components.
  • Promotes the use of the new ideas developed by the Innovation Initiative in the program where there are appropriate opportunities, and coordinates with relevant departments to provide resources for implementing those innovations, such as providing support, acquiring resources, and sharing best practices for developing flipped or blended courses for the new programs as appropriate; investigating areas of overlap with existing innovation projects currently being conducted, to see if their work can be integrated into the new programs; and communicating the results of benchmarking and competitor research on the practices of other universities that may apply to the ideas of the program as it is developed.

Project Support for Deputy Dean of Executive Education & Innovation

  • Assists in developing presentations for the annual State-of-the-School, which outlines the past year's key initiatives/programs and articulates the vision for upcoming year.
  • Designs interactive and innovative experience for McDonough's Board of Advisors (a group of 40+ executives) during their bi-annual meetings that highlight the work of the innovation initiative; and participates in and contributes to planning of bi-annual Board meetings.
  • Educates senior leadership on strategic growth opportunities for McDonough.
  • Acts as a point of contact for senior management and other stakeholders on matters of importance for the Deputy Dean of Executive Education and Innovation.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5 years of experience in managing complex projects
  • Understanding or familiarity with project management best practices, techniques. and tools
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently toward goals in a diverse environment with changing demands
  • Ability to drive action and keep timelines on track
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in maintaining confidential data

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in higher education, preferably business education
  • Experience with technology-driven course development, such as MOOCs
  • Knowledge of best practices in evaluation techniques in the education sector

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