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Assistant Director of Aerospace Short Courses

University of Kansas

Overland Park, Kansas 66213
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University of Kansas – Edwards Campus – Assistant Director of Aerospace Short Courses

KU Professional & Continuing Education, headquartered on the Edwards campus, operates in a self-supporting business environment while aligning with KU's academic, research and public service missions. KUPCE works collaboratively with all KU academic schools and departments to provide continuing professional education. Professional & Continuing Education programs serve all 105 Kansas counties, 50 U.S. states, and 61 nations.

The Aerospace Short Course Program, in the Professional Programs unit, develops and presents non-credit aerospace training to domestic and international markets through open enrollment, on-site and online course delivery. Open enrollment short courses are offered annually at designated locations in the United States and online through the KU learning management system. Courses can also be delivered upon request on-site at a company.

The assistant director position is a key leadership role in the unit and is responsible for business development for the Aerospace Short Course Program. This person supervises a team of program managers and support staff and works to develop aerospace short courses and implement the unit's business strategy. The assistant director works with instructors and clients to develop industry-academia partnerships. This person develops new courses and forms business strategies by researching industry trends and representing the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education at conferences and trade shows worldwide.

The Aerospace Short Course assistant director position requires a self-starting individual who is a strong team-oriented leader. The Assistant Director must be open to new learning, patient with people and processes, and committed to producing timely results. The assistant director must be able to translate the overall KUPCE strategy into tactical solutions, work effectively in a fast-paced environment, and maintain focus and motivation during periods of uncertainty in program development.

Job Description

35% - Conceptualization and Development of the Aerospace Short Course Program

  • Researches, analyzes, and monitors global aerospace and aviation industry trends, and oversees the development of short course programs and customized training to meet the needs of the worldwide aerospace and aviation workforce.
  • Identifies and recruits diverse instructors from military, industry, academia, and government; serves as key instructor contact through the course development phase.
  • Oversees proposal, negotiation, contracting, and scheduling of short courses and customized programs.
  • Leads the export control review team to ensure the development and delivery of content adhering to copyright and export control compliance.
  • Conceptualizes online short courses and works with an online instructional designer to develop educational programs; assesses the results of such programs and makes modifications as needed.
  • Works with the Business Specialist to develop cost proposals and budgets for customized and specialized training contracts.
  • Responsible for ensuring all programs are adequately planned at a business and functional level using strategic vision and tactical direction.
  • Participates in strategic planning for the program unit and department, including defining metrics and goals, tracking progress and reporting on results.

35% - Business Development

  • Acts as primary industry contact and program spokesperson for Aerospace Short Course Program.
  • Represents the Aerospace Short Course Program by attending and presenting at national and international industry events and conferences.
  • Provides leadership in the creation and management of an Aerospace Short Course Advisory Committee.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with academic, industry and governmental entities, which may include domestic or international travel.
  • Acts as key contact in legal negotiations with aerospace clients and KU General Counsel.
  • Plans and oversees the development and delivery of webinars.
  • Works with program staff and the Director or Marketing to develop and implement marketing strategies to promote the overall program and associated activities.

15% - Overall Program Management

  • Supervises, organizes and implements day-to-day operations of the Aerospace Short Course team within established policies, practices, processes, budgets and outcomes.
  • Leads by example in creating a process improvement culture within the Aerospace Short Course team. Implements processes, tools, training, and best practices to continuously improve and grow the capability of the unit.
  • Manages employee and team performance, develops annual goals and supporting training opportunities, counsels and motivates employees and provides annual and periodic evaluations.
  • Reports on financial outcomes of program activity.

10% - Onsite Course Management

  • Travels to domestic and international locations to manage course implementation, acting as a representative of KU Professional & Continuing Education.
  • Responsible for making independent decisions regarding unanticipated contingencies at both domestic and international locations.

5% - Other Duties as Assigned

  • Serve on various committees, as assigned, and works in individual and team settings to accomplish overall Professional & Continuing Education program goals.
  • Adhere to University of Kansas, KU Professional & Continuing Education and State of Kansas policies and procedures.
  • Attend professional development activities.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and five years of professional education program management experience
  2. Three years’ experience in program budgeting
  3. Two years’ experience working with engineering, technical, or manufacturing organizations
  4. Two years’ experience in business development
  5. Three years in a managerial or leadership position
  6. Three years of supervisory experience
  7. Excellent communication skills as evident in application submission
  8. Experience working with diverse individuals, including adult learners, instructors, administrators and professional groups

Position Requirements:

  • Ability to work irregular hours including early mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally an average of one week per month
  • Ability to lift 35 pounds with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master's Degree from an accredited institution
  2. Professional experience in the aerospace industry
  3. Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  4. Knowledge of University of Kansas policies and facilities
  5. Experience working in an entrepreneurial environment
  6. Knowledge of e-learning
  7. Experience working with international clients, including international business travel.

Contact Information to Candidates: Ann Ermey, aermey@ku.edu, 913-897-8520

Additional Candidate Instruction

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Review of applications has been extended to Friday, March 17, 2017 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool is identified.

For more information and to apply http://employment.ku.edu/staff/7853BR

KU is an EO/AAE.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status.



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