Human Resources

Communication and Information Technology (CIT) Program Founding Director

Alma College (Alma, Michigan) seeks an individual with vision, a passion for cultivating relationships, and a deep commitment to quality to serve as the founding director for our new low-residency Master’s of Science in Communication and Information Technology (CIT). Key responsibilities of this position include: graduate student recruiting, internal and external communication and marketing, career and professional development, and graduate program event planning. Candidates for the position should have significant professional experience working both in the technology industry and in higher education. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative administrator who values collaboration and embraces the challenge of bringing a vision to life.

The founding director will hold an administrative appointment. The director, working in coordination with an interdisciplinary advisory group of faculty and reporting to the Provost, will oversee all elements of the new CIT program. Ongoing responsibilities include:

  • Providing academic leadership in
    • recruiting, training, and mentoring program faculty;
    • making recommendations for all teaching assignments;
    • overseeing the program’s curriculum, and working with program faculty and the English department to recommend revisions;
    • planning summer and winter residencies;
    • assessing the program, its faculty, and its learning outcomes; and
    • providing periodic program reports to the Alma College campus.
  • Developing and implementing marketing, recruiting, and admissions plans
  • Working with students and colleagues to build a dynamic and durable academic community
  • Ensuring that students have opportunities to build professional networks with respected industry leaders
  • Promoting ongoing outreach to alumni, the Alma campus, and the external community
  • Managing the program budget

During implementation, the director will work with the faculty advisory group to ensure that the program is developed in accordance with Alma College’s standards and accrediting body requirements. Specific tasks include revising the proposed curriculum, establishing a regular rotation of residencies, creating ongoing links to the Alma campus and the professional community, and completing all necessary program approvals. Once implementation has been completed the director, depending on interests and qualifications, may assume duties in teaching.

Candidates should have a deep knowledge of communication and information technology, strong professional connections, and proven administrative skills, preferably in higher education. The director must be an individual who is collaborative and decisive, and adept at balancing vision with the pragmatics of implementation. A terminal degree in a related discipline is desirable but not required; experience in marketing and student recruitment is essential.

Interested candidates should submit a letter outlining their qualifications to lead the new CIT program, a C.V., and the names of three professional references to Ms. Megan Brown at brownmm@alma.edu. The letter should describe your goals for the program and the three or four steps you think are most important in establishing a program of quality.

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Story published on June 24, 2021