Job Positions

Assistant Director of Academic Services

Categories: Northwest Region 8


Foster MSIS


University of Washington

Date Posted:

Sep 2 2021 1:15PM

Close Date:

Nov 2 2021

Position Description

The Foster School has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director to support building out, managing, and executing on priorities for the new Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Accelerate program. MSIS Accelerate is a one quarter pre-program designed to offer foundational information systems proficiency coursework for MSIS candidates who have the aptitude and leadership skills to be successful in the core MSIS program but have limited exposure to complex technologies and frameworks. MSIS Accelerate is positioned as an education access initiative to encourage more diverse and domestic candidates to seek a career in technology leadership. The Assistant Director will lead the future development and candidate outreach for this program initiative and will recruit and advise a new cohort of Accelerate students for spring quarter start every year. Accelerate program elements include several high-touch experiential learning opportunities, including a domestic study tour academic immersion that will be developed and led by the Assistant Director. The Assistant Director will oversee all strategic planning, process and policy frameworks, relationship and community development, and budget management for Accelerate.


MSIS Accelerate Program
Lead the MSIS Accelerate pre-program. Oversee program’s strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. • Responsible for developing, launching, and ensuring the success of the new MSIS Accelerate program. This requires working collaboratively with several university departments and external stakeholders – MSIS Advisory Board, diversity and inclusion offices and colleagues, faculty, and donors.
• Establish pipeline for MSIS Accelerate prospective candidates – specifically focusing on local and domestic professionals in the Greater Seattle and PNW communities.
• Build a series of technology industry focused recruitment opportunities for Accelerate candidates – specifically partnering with the MSIS Advisory Board, industry partners, and local technology companies.
• Develop relationships with area colleges/universities to conduct outreach activities geared toward recruiting students with quantitative, business, or non-traditional technical backgrounds.
• Develop marketing, promotion, and communication plans to recruit prospective students.
• Plan, manage, and execute Accelerate orientation and student on-boarding.
• Lead domestic study tour for Accelerate students – plan and secure company visits, connect faculty to visit leaders and ensure visit experience aligns with MSIS coursework. Develop and oversee pre-departure sessions and communication. Travel with students and faculty – responsible for student affairs and well-being on the ground during the immersion experience. Responsible for arranging all trip logistics and transportation. Create and lead post study tour reflective session that engages donors.
• Advise and mentor Accelerate students through the pre-program experience.
• Track success of Accelerate students through their graduation of MSIS program.
• Manage Accelerate budget – including revenue generation, study tour expenses, and operations.
• Promote program success through multiple channels. Education Access and Community Development
• Develop initiatives that better equip and enable the MSIS program to recruit, admit, and support diverse students. Work in close collaboration with a variety of program stakeholders to create, manage, and oversee new opportunities that build community and provide resources for students and alumni from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
• Expand MSIS initiatives by proactively reaching out to career centers, pipeline programs (such as GO-MAP), industry affinity groups, and both student and professional organizations focused on serving diverse communities to build relationships that will help MSIS meet its student enrollment and experiential learning goals.
• Manage, plan, and execute long-standing events, including, but not limited to the Unplugged Sundays quarterly program.
• Effectively make connections, provide communication, and create opportunities that link students, alumni, and industry partners for professional development, career focused workshops, and community activities specifically designed for underrepresented professionals in tech.
• Evaluate MSIS diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to provide ongoing and annual feedback. Responsible for providing an annual report to the Director and MSIS Advisory Board.
• Provide MSIS faculty with resources, connections, to help build diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks and initiatives into their courses.

Application Process

Institution Information

University of Washington, Foster School of Business - Master of Science in Information Systems

Additional Information

Contact Information

Foster MSIS


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in business, social sciences, education or related field
• Four years of experience in higher education – advising, admissions, project management, etc. Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills and presentation/public speaking skills
• Ability to effectively engage various stakeholders – including applicants, prospective students, current students, alumni, industry partners, and donors
• Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and within a group
• Working knowledge of social media

Preferred Qualifications

• Master's degree desired
• Extensive experience working with people from diverse backgrounds/cultures
• Experience working with underrepresented populations
• Graduate education administration experience preferred
• Knowledge of CRM software and/or advanced database skills