Director of Continuing Education Services- Continuing Education- 13458 DEADLINE EXTENDED


The School of Graduate Studies seeks a Director of Continuing Education Services.


The Director of Continuing Education at UW-Whitewater is responsible for campus-wide development and administration of more than 100 athletic and fine arts camps, field competitions, tournaments, institutes, seminars, conferences, workshops, emeriti events, clinics, and short-term classes that serve more than 18,000 participants annually. The Director is responsible for divisional planning and goal setting, the development and implementation of relevant policy, the supervision of permanent and seasonal staffs and student workers, and has authority of an annual operating budget of more than $2.3 million.

30%   A. Coordinate campus-wide efforts in identifying, planning, and providing noncredit programming that addresses outreach needs and opportunities among regional constituencies and their communities

  1. Engage with local and regional organizations, agencies, and businesses in ways that lead to understanding of outreach needs and revenue-generating opportunities
  2. Assess, in consultation with internal and external constituencies, which outreach needs and opportunities can be effectively addressed through programming offered by or coordinated through the university
  3. Collaborate innovatively with faculty, professional staff, and external vendors in planning, marketing, and delivering programming that, at a minimum, functions as cost recovery basis
  4. Establish short- and long-term plans and goals for noncredit programming reflective of regional needs and opportunities and supportive of System, campus, and divisional strategic plans/initiatives
  5. Oversee the evaluation of noncredit programming, using evaluative information to judge impact of offerings, improve future offerings, and strategically plan new outreach directions and initiatives
  6. Explore opportunities to offer programs in a variety of formats such as on-line, streaming video or off-site.
30%   B. Manage, and mentor when appropriate, academic and university staff, part-time and seasonal employees, and student workers supportive of all aspects of noncredit programming
  1. Oversee all noncredit programming managed by the outreach specialist and all conference and camp directors
  2. Assign unit personnel to work with appropriate on- and off-campus vendors in the development, production, and dissemination of marketing materials for all noncredit events
  3. Supervise personnel in the provision of online and onsite registration for all noncredit programming
  4. Oversee accounting practices, ensuring compliance with campus and System policies and procedures, prompt payment to individuals and vendors, and the resolution of discrepancies
  5. Direct the organization and preparation of reports and surveys relevant to noncredit activities as required by the dean, the campus, the System, and as requested by external agencies
  6. Work with staff to continuously improve operational efficacy through self-review of work processes and use of formative feedback gathered from noncredit partners and clientele.
25%   C. Oversee all budgeting, direct effective cost recovery delivery, as well as engage in and foster entrepreneurial approaches to noncredit programming
  1. Identify and implement entrepreneurial strategies to cover administrative costs associated with the delivery of all noncredit programming
  2. Work with camp and conference directors to establish budgets, set fees, and monitor revenues and expenses in ways that ensure, at a minimum, cost recovery operation
  3. Consult with camp and conference directors, and administrators as necessary, in developing and implementing deficit reduction plans for those noncredit events that experience revenue shortfalls
  4. Negotiate contracts, and establish collaborative agreements as necessary and beneficial, with both campus and external vendors to provide cost-effective programming and/or supportive services
  5. Collaborate in oversight of financial reconciliation and compliance with campus financial policies
10%   D. Direct the development, implementation, and oversight of all policies, assuring compliance with federal, state, System and campus guidelines and procedures
  1. Supervise Continuing Education Unit (CEU) policies, procedures, and approvals, and record-keeping
  2. Draft camp and conference policy designed to ensure participant safety and staff conduct, and assure compliance with state and System licensing standards (e.g., Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services)
5%   E. Other duties as assigned by the strategic leadership of the campus and the Dean of School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
  1. Represent the university and/or the division on System-wide or community-based committees as assigned by the dean, the provost, and/or the chancellor of the institution
  2. Participate on divisional and university committees and task forces, including university governance process, as assigned, nominated, and/or elected
  3. Prepare reports to track program development and contributions to System and University strategic goals
  4. Adjust work schedule to include occasional weekends and evenings in order to fulfill professional obligations of overseeing program delivery and events
  5. Be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills

Mininum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in management and planning of programs
  • Experience in an administrative, supervisory position
  • Excellent organizational, written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously
Highly Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience with finance and budgeting in a cost recovery model
  • Experience in marketing and outreach through various media
  • Demonstrated record of program development
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative leader and administrator
  • Experience working on a university campus and with diverse clientele

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a regional comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. UW-Whitewater has reached record enrollment four of the last five years and offers 50 majors in four colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 15 master's degree programs and recently added a Doctorate of Business Administration. UW-Whitewater students achieve excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. In the 2014-15 Academic Year, UW-Whitewater was the first university in NCAA history at any level to win national championships in football, basketball and baseball in a single year. The campus offers more than 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. UW- Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. - See more at: http://www.uww.edu/news 

UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Located in a community of 14,622 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago.

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The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans.

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UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Applications received by NOVEMBER 10, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Mike Wessely
Financial Specialist


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Detailed letter of interest
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
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