Director of Professional Development Studies, Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information

Director of Professional Development Studies

Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information is seeking a Director of Professional Development Studies, our continuing education unit. The director will lead all continuing education and non-degree programming at the school. We are looking for an experienced professional who has led new program development, implementation, and evaluation; recruited, managed, and motivated staff, subject matter experts, and instructors; directed financial and operational functions; and has a view of how an educational institution operating today must evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow. This position works closely with our school’s deans, faculty, staff, and external experts, and is a member of the dean’s cabinet of the school.

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is a dynamic center of teaching and scholarship on the flagship Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. We offer educational programs in information, library science, communication, information technology, public relations, media, and journalism. We have a century-long history of innovation in teaching and an international reputation for scholarship that addresses contemporary societal problems. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, our community includes more than 69,000 students and 23,600 faculty and staff who learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.

Several previous directors have been library directors or administrators who had been involved in continuing education moved into higher education. The most successful programs the department has run have been directed to library and information professionals, although we also run programs in other of our curricular areas.

Key duties

  • Responsible for strategic planning and new business growth; for development, delivery, and evaluation of off-campus, online, continuing education, and alternative credentials programs.
  • Works with the administration and faculty of the school and with external subject matter experts, identifying opportunities and planning curricula.
  • Oversees recruitment and HR management of the department’s full- and part-time employees; client relationship strategies for corporate, government, and other organizations.
  • Oversees marketing, recruitment, and retention of students/participants.
  • Manages the financial and human resources and unit administration related to all activities.
  • Represents the dean and the school on university-wide committees and to external constituents.


  • Advanced degree, preferably in a field related to the school’s curricula, or in management, public or non-profit administration, or higher education administration.
  • A minimum of five years of academic or continuing education management experience with increasing responsibility in a leadership role that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of strategic planning, administration, new business development, team-building, leadership skills, fiscal management, and best practices research.
  • Demonstrated success in online education and new business development, creating and developing successful and sustainable academic and continuing education programming is required.
  • Excellent communication skills, proven ability to work with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students in a collaborative manner, and computer fluency.
  • Advanced knowledge of higher education administration is required in order to lead new business initiatives that are successful and sustainable.

To apply: All applications must be submitted through the Rutgers University jobs portal at you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Karen Novick at [email protected].


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