Reporting to the Executive Dean, the Program Director/Core Faculty serves as the administrative head of the Industrial & Organizational Psychology Programs (Master of Arts in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and Master of Industrial & Organizational Psychology) in Vancouver. The Program Director leads the development and implementation of programmatic goals within the scope of the institutional mission and is responsible for the effective operation of the degree program. In addition to teaching in the program, the program director recruits & mentors faculty, schedules classes, manages programmatic student learning outcomes and oversees the unit's budget, etc. In concert with the program's core faculty, the Director recruits & advises students.
Additionally, the Program Director serves as the interim leader of the newly launched Master of Applied Psychology degree, until a director is named for this program.
The Program Director / Core Faculty provides thought-leadership to the university while leveraging industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the program and the institution.
- Doctoral degree in an academic discipline related to industrial/organizational psychology, organizational development or human resource practice from an accredited institution is required.
- At least five (5) years' experience in graduate-level teaching, service, and scholarship with familiarity with the scholar-practitioner training model is required with demonstrated experience as an administrator in an academic setting.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Hold teaching, research, and service interests that resonate well with Adler's scholar-practitioner model focus to train socially responsible and culturally competent psychology practitioners.
- Strong alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision.
- Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen.
- Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated program and institutional objectives and provides assistance in addressing these.
- Demonstration of ability to work with and train culturally diverse students.
- Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
- Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
- Strong communication skills including written, oral, and listening
- Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
- Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision
- Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
- Strong research acumen and abilities
Supervision (if applicable)
- Core faculty and adjunct faculty.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Teach various courses, typically at the rate of three credits per term (9 credits annually), unless the program needs require teaching beyond this level. A three-term model is used for the academic year.
- Advise students on general academic and professional matters.
- Work closely with the admissions team to train and update program status and interview program applicants and select eligible students for admission.
- Lead program success by attending meetings, creating departmental initiatives, actively reviewing and update student-learning outcomes, create and update handbooks, etc.
- Serve as a member of the Faculty Council and contribute to the well-being and success of the Faculty.
- Serve on university committees as needed.
- Support and model the University's mission and values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honour diversity and difference, intellectual rigour, optimism, and collaboration.
- Ensure programmatic compliance with all Adler academic and administrative policies and procedures, including timely completion of catalogue content.
- Promote, facilitate and implement new academic initiatives within the program.
- Provide final programmatic approval for new/revised courses, program revisions; review and approve Master Course Syllabus for all courses.
- Lead an Institutional Program Review every five-years.
- Create, implement, and evaluate educational outcomes for the program, students and faculty.
- Select and evaluate qualified full-time and adjunct faculty. Support faculty development, review course evaluations and feedback in a timely manner.
- Schedule courses for the program; assign qualified faculty to teach those courses. Teach courses with a reduced load given administrative responsibilities.
- Provide input regarding recruitment and marketing activities with appropriate support staff.
- Manage programmatic budget, monitor, and approve related expenditures.
- Lead/support student recruitment, marketing, academic advising, and student development.
Work Environment (Physical Demands)
The usual and customary methods of performing the jobs functions require requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.
Universal Core Behaviours
- Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
- Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
- Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
- Demonstrates match between words and actions.
- Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
- Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.
Teamwork and Collaboration:
- Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
- Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
- Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
- Puts success of the team above own interests.
- Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.
Responsive to Change:
- Supports changes in the work environment.
- Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
- Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
- Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
- Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.
Quality-Driven and Accountable:
- Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
- Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
- Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
- Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
- Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in professional, timely manner.
- Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).
Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:
- Supports and models the School's Values of: social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
- Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
- Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies.
- Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal, and compassion.
- Aligns work processes to advance the School's strategic plan and key strategies.
Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As part of the Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.
I have read this job description and fully understand the requirements set forth therein. I understand that this is to be used as a guide and that I will be responsible for performing other duties as assigned. I further understand that this job description does not constitute an employment contract with Adler University.
About Adler University
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