Job Positions

Associate Director for Curriculum and Outreach

Categories: North Central Region 6


University Honors Program (UHP)


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Date Posted:

Feb 25 2021 8:28AM

Close Date:

Mar 17 2021

Position Description

The associate director manages the entire curriculum of over 600 Honors courses serving upwards of 2,300 undergraduates each year on the Twin Cities Campus. Most importantly, the associate director leads the strategic and creative aspects of envisioning an Honors curriculum. The associate director also leads recruitment efforts in collaboration with the Office of Admissions for first-year students and with other offices across campus for current students. This position pays particular attention to the recruitment and enrollment of students underserved in higher education with a focus on BIPOC and first-generation students.


Manage University Honors Program Curriculum:
(65%) Manage the campus-wide University Honors Program curriculum. Coordinate campus-wide departmental honors courses. Establish strong working relationships with partners outside of the University Honors Program including undergraduate colleges, faculty, and departments which offer honors courses, the Office of Undergraduate Education, Academic Support Resources, President’s Emerging Scholars Program, Residential Life, and Northrop Memorial Auditorium. Recruit faculty from diverse disciplines to teach Honors seminars and departmental Honors courses. Develop honors course proposals, in partnership with faculty, including for Liberal Education and Writing Intensive requirements. Advance UHP’s curricular commitment to engaging students in diversity and social justice topics via honors seminars. Sample current seminar titles include: Race: Social Justice and Health, The History of Slavery through Literature and Film, and Women’s Reproduction: History, Politics, and the Health-Care System Coordinate a faculty committee to review honors seminar and course proposals. Provide instructional support for honors seminars. Identify gaps in disciplinary offerings to UHP students and collaborate with those units to develop new honors seminars and departmental honors courses. Maintain accurate and current honors course offerings for students by entering, monitoring, and updating courses in the University’s electronic course authorization system (ECAS). Ensure the UHP Curriculum is transparent for students through regular review and updates to the requirements in the University’s Program and Curriculum Approval System (PCAS). Manage honors course enrollment. Coordinate all communications to staff and students about current and future courses. Oversee the regular curricular and Honors thesis-related communications with over 130 undergraduate programs.

Recruitment and Scholarships
(20%) Collaborate with the Office of Admissions on outreach and recruitment efforts to prospective first-year students and their families. Organize UHP’s Admitted Honors Students of Color Reception for students and families each spring term. Develop and implement an equitable, inclusive strategy to attract and retain a diverse population of students from a variety of backgrounds. Partner with the Office of Admissions regarding new student scholarship eligibility and compliance. Mentor students involved in the UHP Multicultural Student Network. Increase collaboration with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, the President's Emerging Scholars Program, the Martin Luther King Program and others in promoting the program and with recruitment efforts.

Team Management:
(15%) Provide leadership for University Honors Program staff. Provide direct supervision for 3 full-time staff members. Manage the processes and activities of the team to include determining workload, distribution of work, and adjustments as needed. Identify and implement performance standards and expectations for staff. Build and develop an effective team. Seek, evaluate, and implement staff input. Train and instruct staff thoroughly. Support and promote staff development. Participate in the development of UHP’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan in 2021-2022.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online: Director for Curriculum and Outreach (Job Code 9342M2). This position requires that you attach the following documents to ensure your full consideration: A cover letter which expresses your interest in and qualifications for this position. Your updated resume or CV. Names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.

Institution Information

UHP is a student-centered place of connection for undergraduate education across the University; it is a place where our community can come together to innovate, create, lead, and serve; it is a place that challenges high-ability students to be bold, unconventional thinkers. UHP seeks to provide its students with a rich environment in which to pursue an enhanced undergraduate experience. To accomplish this goal, we offer innovative coursework, specialized advising, a vibrant intellectual community, and unique experiential learning opportunities. These elements inspire and support our students as they identify, articulate, and overcome the challenges they face as learners and lifelong members of a global community. We believe that diversity is fundamental to everything we do. We are committed to celebrating difference, promoting the inherent dignity of all people, and helping one another overcome systemic barriers to success. Through self-reflection and meaningful interaction, we seek to understand and welcome individuals from the full range of lived experiences—a range that includes, but is not limited to: people of every race, ethnic background, religious expression, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, socio-economic background, public-assistance status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and, gender expression.

Additional Information

In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format.

Contact Information

Katie Russell Assistant Director for the Office of Undergraduate Education
University of Minnesota


Required Qualifications

BA/BS degree with at least six years of relevant post-degree experience, OR an advanced degree with at least four years of relevant post-degree experience. At least four years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility. Supervisory experience. Demonstrated attention to detail. Ability to effectively communicate with multiple stakeholders and with groups representing diverse races, classes, and cultures.

Preferred Qualifications

An advanced degree in a relevant field. Excellent organizational and time management skills. Demonstrated ability to work across units to resolve issues. Experience with the University of Minnesota curricular maintenance systems including ECAS, PCAS, APAS, and PeopleSoft