Monday, December 10, 2012

Academic Program Director for Counseling Masters Programs

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Req Number2013BR
TitleAcademic Program Director for Counseling Masters Programs
External Job Description
Walden University offers advanced degrees online to professionals whose work impacts others. Degree programs include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering. Our challenging programs are designed to help students make a difference in the lives of children, the health of communities, or the success of an organization.

Walden University seeks an Academic Program Director of the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, M.S. in Addiction Counseling, and M.S. in Career Counseling Programs in the School of Counseling and Social Service. The Academic Program Director is a full-time academic administrator who reports to the Associate Dean, and works closely with the School's academic administrators, academic advising and administrative staff, and faculty. The person filling this position will need strong leadership skills, flexibility, creative problem solving skills and a strong commitment to the profession.


  • Maintains quality and integrity of the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling, M.S. in Addiction Counseling, and M.S. in Career Counseling programs’ curriculum reflective of CACREP standards and the university and program mission 
  • Coordinates the programmatic accreditation processes for these master’s programs 
  • Supervises program and unit coordinators, program faculty, and graduate assistants. 
  • Provides oversight and guidance to the course assignment process for programs 
  • Provides oversight and guidance to the student development and evaluation process for programs with the appropriate personnel 
  • Leads the faculty recruitment, orientation, development, mentoring, and evaluation processes 
  • Manages student success and academic progress efforts in the program 
  • Coordinates the residency, skill development, and field experience activities with the appropriate personnel 
  • Manages the program assessment and evaluation processes 
  • Collaborates with other school personnel to manage the grade appeal process 
  • Works closely with the program admissions committee and enrollment team 
  • Provides School and University committee service and scholarship 
  • Develops and maintains community amongst faculty and students. 
  • May provide limited mentoring and teaching
Travel Requirements:
Some travel required (minimally once per quarter)

  • Knowledge of the Business 
  • Management Skills 
  • Teamwork 
  • Accountability 
  • Integrity 
  • Problem-Solving / Critical Thinking 
  • Communication Skills
External Requirements

  • Earned doctorate must be in an area of Counselor Education or Counselor Education and Supervision 
  • Three to five years of graduate teaching experience 
  • Extensive experience in faculty/staff development, supervision, and evaluation. 
  • Experience in program management 
  • Experience in chairing or serving on dissertation and thesis committees 
  • Significant record of intellectual and professional contributions to the field of counseling 
  • Commitment to advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment including students who are experienced professionals 
  • Experience teaching, advising and mentoring 
  • Commitment to the promotion of applied research and the recruitment and development of a diverse faculty 
  • Experience, skill, and comfort leading and managing a large and complex team of professionals toward a common set of goals 
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team, and human relations skills. 
  • Experienced in training counselors in a distance learning environment 
  • Thrives in a team-oriented environment that emphasizes collaboration and personal accountability 
  • Evidence of compatibility with the Walden University mission of positive social change, broad access and professional excellence and our values of quality, integrity and student-centeredness. 
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience as demonstrated by faculty/staff development, supervision and evaluation. 
  • Experience with academic accreditation and assessment. 
  • Experience with adult learners and other non-traditional students. 
  • Demonstrated strategic planning experience.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment, but may involve exposure to moderate noise levels. Work involves operation of personal computer equipment for six to eight hours daily and includes physical demands associated with a traditional office setting, e.g., walking, standing, communicating, and other physical  functions as necessary.

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