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University Foundations Director Overview

  • Work Type: Professional
  • Job Code: 75516
  • Pay Grade: P13
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Career Level: Director
  • Family: Academic Programs
  • Function: Academic Administration


The director will supervise Foundations faculty, manage and distribute resources, provide direct support for associated committees and processes, and be responsible for faculty development as well as learning outcome assessment associated with the Foundations Courses.

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 plus 8 years professional experience including 5 years managerial experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Solid and sustained record of professional contributions within a candidate’s discipline
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in enhancing undergraduate experiences and learning
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and manage department, college, campus level and/or community-based initiatives
  • Curriculum development at the university level
  • Knowledge and experience with University Foundations, program development, assessment, and faculty development
  • Excellent organizational and collaboration skills
  • Ability to multitask, organize projects and work independently

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time the University Foundations Director must:

  • Collaborate to provide appropriate professional development for Foundations Program faculty
  • Track and distribute funds to support Foundations faculty
  • Communicate and collaborate with Foundations faculty on questions of course design and assessment
  • Lead efforts to work with faculty and administrators in the development of interdisciplinary courses that qualify as Foundations courses
  • Communicate and coordinate with departmental faculty on questions related to courses
  • Coordinate writing tutorial services for Foundations students
  • Guide courses through the administrative approval process
  • Oversee the assessment process by helping to create clear standards and processes for assessment, and coordinating the committees that conduct the assessment and document the results
  • Review student evaluations of teaching of Foundations courses before forwarding to the appropriate Department Chair
  • Make determinations with respect to continued participation of faculty within the Foundations program
  • Function as Department Chair for routine administrative student issues (reviewing academic adjustments, addressing concerns in a Foundations course, etc.)

35% of Time the University Foundations Director

Determined by department needs

5% of Time the University Foundations 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

Not applicable for University Foundations Director

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.