Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows.
We are seeking a Director of Life Design for Graduate Programming who will report to the Executive Director of the Life Design Lab and will develop a vision, strategy, and plan to enhance and scale the professional development, career advancement, and life design offerings for graduate students, with particular attention to students enrolled in JHU's Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division. The Director will lead a team of life design educators to integrate life design and career advancement programs and resources into the academic experience of professional graduate and certificate students in AAP and the master's programs for the Whiting School of Engineering.
The Director will work to benchmark and track key results including student engagement and impact, post-graduation outcomes, employer engagement and satisfaction, and international student outcomes. Our graduate student population comes to our programs at different stages in their careers and with various desired outcomes. The Director will work to implement solutions to support career advancement and life design for graduate students with no work experience, mid-career professionals looking to advance within their own organizations, mid-career professionals looking to reskill or restart a new career path, or international students looking to stay in the US or bring their learnings across the globe.
The Director will spearhead efforts to establish life design standards and curriculum for the masters and adult certificate populations at the Homewood Campus, the Washington DC Center, and distance learners, that can be leveraged to inform our novel approach to designing a fulfilled life for graduate students across divisions and is cohesive with the Life Design Lab's approach for undergraduate students. Through an iterative design, the Director will have the opportunity to evolve how life design is experienced at scale, across divisions and programs, at Johns Hopkins University.
The Director will collaborate with life design educators and with senior leadership across the university to develop scalable programs and interventions that engage students in life design, experiential learning, alumni and employer connections, and skill development. The Director will oversee the process of collecting, analyzing, and reporting engagement and outcomes data and continue to evolve the organization towards a vision of scalability, outcomes-based performance, and broad impact on the institution and higher education.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Develop a vision, strategy, and plan that builds on the strategy of integrating life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, experiential learning, and mentoring into the learning experiences for graduate students in AAP and WSE.
Lead a team of life design educators and plan and execute courses, workshops, programs, content, and digital resources to help graduate students and alumni achieve their life ambitions.
Engage with faculty, alumni, and employers to promote experiential learning, and career advancement opportunities for students and alumni.
Cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues across units, including, but not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, alumni relations, and international services.
Recommend and develop tools and resources for faculty to enhance their mentoring experience of students and alumni.
Hire, train, supervise, and motivate a team of life design educators to scale efforts for a positive life design and professional development experience for all graduate students and alumni, with special attention to Advanced Academic Programs.
Create novel curriculum and workshops that can inform the life design offerings throughout the Life Design Lab and other offices within ILLD.
Design and Implement life design offerings and approaches that are relevant to graduate student populations at different stages of their careers that can be delivered at scale.
Develop strategic relationships with key academic leaders (deans, vice deans, program directors, faculty, etc.) to facilitate continuous needs assessment and the effective implementation of life design and professional development for students and alumni.
Meet regularly with administrators at the university whose offices also provide career and life design as well as mentoring and employer engagement to encourage coordination and identify the intersections of programs and initiatives.
Collaborate with leaders of diversity and inclusion offices, international studies offices, Hire Hopkins, Hopkins Connect, PHutures, and career and life design offices to build and maintain a network of employers and mentors across varied careers who can attend courses, programs, and networking events.
Coordinate with the office of institutional research to collect, analyze, and report outcomes data relative to students and alumni having a satisfactory experience and achieving their life ambitions.
Engage in social media, digital outlets, and academic and professional journals and associations to establish an exciting brand, tell the story, and serve as a thought leader at Johns Hopkins University and in higher education.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements.
Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus, spanning Baltimore and Washington, DC.
Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution.
For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets.
The ideal candidate will be willing and able to spend time at both our Homewood Campus and our Washington, DC Center, while primarily working from either or remotely.
The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once.
Our vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model.
For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions.
Educators who thrive as counselors, advisors, and coaches and do not enjoy the intense focus on scalability and metrics may not be the best fit for this organization.
The ideal candidate is experienced in facilitation and has familiarity with curriculum design.
They have been exposed to life design or applications of design thinking in a professional or academic setting. An understanding of these concepts and experience creating meaningful recourses for students is necessary to bring innovative solutions to students across different modalities and mediums.
The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brand, scale impact, and influence public opinion.
Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
Master's Degree required.
5 years recent direct experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.
Strong multicultural competency; extensive experience and working knowledge in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of highly selective college or university settings and has familiarity with operations of the world of work and university networks.
* Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.
Thought leadership in a related area is highly desirable.
Experience facilitating coursework in a higher-education setting.
Familiarity with life design or design thinking within an academic or professional setting.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
By way of experience, evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
By way of experience, evidence of ability to engage, teach, and energize various constituent groups.
Knowledge of higher educational leadership and administration, higher education structure and governance and factors that affect decision making at private research institutions.
Understanding of nationally recognized practices, trends, and procedures for university career and life design, especially the unique needs of students and alumni.
Ability to translate student experiences to employment as evidenced by prior experience in either a government, non-profit, education, or private sector setting.
Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional networks with faculty, senior administrators, employers and alumni.
Experience in developing and implementing effective assessment methods and articulating strategic priorities.
Ability to provide energetic leadership, with ability to develop and execute a vision, and effectively manage, supervise, and develop staff.
Ability to demonstrate capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture.
Demonstrated skill in effective negotiation, building consensus and influencing institutional decisions.
Be influential and manage change in a highly decentralized institution.
Analyze information and situations and make independent judgments and decisions.
Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats.
Effectively and creatively utilize social media to increase engagement and influence public opinion.
Manage and delegate workload and work flow under the pressure of deadlines.
Set priorities in a complex environment and represent the institution's perspective to external.
Classified Title: Associate Director IL & LD Working Title: Director of Life Design for Graduate Studies Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Homewood Campus Department name: Life Design Lab Personnel area: University Student Services
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