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Director, NYU School of Professional Studies at NYU Shanghai

Director, NYU School of Professional Studies at NYU Shanghai

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Business/Professional Administrative

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Position Summary

In Fall 2015, NYU Shanghai and the NYU School of Professional Studies launched the American Language Institute (ALI) at NYU Shanghai to bring high-quality and rigorous English-language programs to students in China. In an effort to expand the scope of program offerings and introduce a range of professional development programs, the ALI was rebranded as NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai in Fall 2016. NYUSPS is currently recruiting for a strategically-minded and operations-oriented Director to lead this transition and expansion.


Approximate Start Date: September 1, 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible


Position Summary


The Director will provide leadership and vision for the delivery and expansion of noncredit professional development programs in Shanghai. The Director will conceive and oversee the implementation of courses, programs, and public events that reflect current market needs in China as well as student demand for relevant content and innovative learning modules. The Director will coordinate closely with NYU SPS to implement strategic planning, consult on marketing strategies, and conduct competitive analyses for these programs, including custom and open-enrollment professional development, global diploma programs, and online education. During both the analysis and implementation phases of noncredit program development, the Director will ensure that active collaboration and communication occurs between key stakeholders, including those at NYUSPS and NYU Shanghai.


The Director is responsible for managing the academic content, program development, operations, and staff oversight of NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai. The Director will liaise closely with NYUSPS, NYU Shanghai, and other key stakeholders to identify opportunities to grow noncredit programming, introduce new delivery formats, and hold large-scale conferences and events related to noncredit program areas. The Director will also serve as the public representative for NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai, and will accordingly cultivate strategic relationships with key industry leaders in targeted business areas to identify needs, add value to noncredit offerings, and develop new content. The Director will consult on academic planning and curriculum development and will draw from academic resources in New York as well as local content experts in China. The Director will approve continuing education program budgets as well as income and expense projections, and will manage adjunct faculty recruitment, engagement initiatives, relationship development, and program evaluation.


The NYU School of Professional Studies oversees all academic aspects of NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai, including curriculum and course content, instructor and staff recruitment, selection, training, scheduling, supervision, and marketing of programs across China. NYU Shanghai will employ the Director, support staff, and instructors for NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai. A fundamental responsibility of the Director is to work align the strategic goals of NYUSPS programs with the institutional values of NYU Shanghai.


Principal Accountabilities

  • 30% Operational and Strategic Implementation: Manage and oversee faculty and staff, program operations and other high-level administrative responsibilities for NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai. Oversee the administrative follow-through of strategic priorities for all programming.
  • 25% Program Strategy and Development: Create and implement a vision and framework for non-credit program expansion in China. Develop and oversee the implementation of a strategic and tactical plan in keeping with the NYUSPS mission and vision for professional program delivery in the Chinese market.
  • 15% Academic Coordination and Oversight: Liaise closely with NYUSPS faculty and local industry experts to commission the development and delivery of high-quality, current and relevant curricular content.
  • 15% Leadership Communication and Coordination: Communicate regularly with NYUSPS and NYU Shanghai offices, faculty and leadership, and key contacts at private and institutional partners.
  • 15% External Relations: Cultivate relationships with local businesses and act as the externally facing representative of NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai


Required Education:

  • Bachelors degree in related field, including business and management, higher education and other areas


Required Experience:

  • Ten years of managerial experience or an equivalent combination in managing international or bicultural organizations


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be an effective manager, with evidence of significant contributions in strategic thinking, program management and staff supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and execute tactically in a global environment, and possess a flexible approach to problem-solving in a unique professional environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs in an international setting
  • Nuanced understanding of higher education, professional development or relevant industry sectors in China
  • Native English-language fluency and excellent verbal and written communications skills


Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Master’s or terminal degree in related field, including business and management, higher education and other areas, is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated background in assessment of academic offerings, and oversight of operations and academic activity
  • Strong preference is given to proven experience in higher education and/or managing businesses in China
  • Written and spoken fluency in Mandarin Chinese is strongly desired


If you have any questions, please e-mail  


Please provide the following materials:

  • Cover letter summarizing qualifications and interest in the position
  • Résumé

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