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Job Standard for Professional Development, Director

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Professional Development, Director Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75527
  • Pay Grade: P10
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Instructional Services


The director provides overall direction of the Center for Professional Development including broad strategic vision and leadership of Center staff and adjunct and contracted trainers.

Level Scope

Oversees through subordinate Managers a large, complex organization with multiple functional disciplines/occupations, OR manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and  influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 8 years professional relevant experience including 5 years managerial experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Requires use/operation of the following computer software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Knowledge of relationship management software such as Aceware is a plus.
  • Knowledge and experience are required in marketing, instructional design, program management, consultative sales, client relationship management, budget development and financial and personnel management.
  • Ability to manage, coach and mentor staff
  • Ability to perform as the strategic leader and decision maker.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the Professional Development, Director must:

  • Monitor day-to-day program delivery and act as the initial contact for clients on matters of curriculum development and program evaluation.
  • Establish goals and revenue targets and direct the public program coordinator, instructional designer/facilitator, and other staff on matters of delivery.
  • Oversee development and implementation of both non-credit and credit programs for professional audiences.
  • Makes all hiring decisions for the Center, conducts performance evaluations and approves schedules and work assignments
  • Develop and administer program budgets, take an active role in developing clients and selling Center programs and services, and take part in the planning and implementation of Center public and custom offerings.
  • Meet with potential clients and communicate the Center’s mission through attendance at professional and community forums.
  • Oversee development and implementation of outreach plans to increase the number and variety of clients served.
  • Recruit subject matter experts to provide training and consultation.
  • Develop relationships with other campus units to inventory expertise available and develop partnerships.

35% of Time the Professional Development, Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the Professional Development, Director

Perform other duties as assigned

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Some positions may involve frequent bending, moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 50 pounds; some positions may involve moving, lifting, and carrying material weighing up to 70 pounds; standing up to eight hours each day; working in all weather conditions; exposure to high noise levels and require wearing hearing protection.

Travel Requirement

Ability to travel to and from promotional activities

Career Path

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business need, are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual. In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.