Executive Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics Program
University of California San Diego
The Rady School of Management (rady.ucsd.edu/) seeks an outstanding educator for the position of Executive Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics Program. The Executive Director is the working title, the position is classified as Academic Coordinator III. Appointees in this series are not members of the Academic Senate and the appointment does not lead to tenure. The Rady School of Management's Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) is a self-supporting program that was approved by UCOP in 2015. The program admitted its first cohort of 42 students in the summer of 2016 and its most recent cohort of 122 students in the fall of 2020. Beginning in the summer of 2021, the program will also be offered in a Flex (weekend) format.
POSITION: The Academic Coordinator III will serve as the Executive Director of MSBA, a position that requires an individual with senior level experience and a unique blend of academic expertise, familiarity with industry practice, and a broad network of industry contacts that can facilitate graduate placements and liaise with local and global companies. Preparing our students for employment in the business analytics sector requires intimate knowledge of the profession including the types of analytical skills and quantitative profile that our students must develop to become competitive in the marketplace. By bringing together academic excellence, knowledge of industry demand profiles, and industry contacts at the highest level, the Executive Director will ensure that we attract and place the very best students and further add to the program's growing reputation.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: This position will report to the Rady School of Management's Associate Dean of Programs and coordinate activities with the Faculty Co-Directors of the MSBA program. The primary responsibilities are:
i.) Drive long-term program success: The long-term success of the program will depend on (1) attracting top students, (2) educational excellence, (3) program administration, growth, and continuous improvement, (4) student placement, and (5) corporate and alumni engagement. The Executive Director will bear responsibility for each of these success factors and work closely with staff in Graduate Admissions, the Career Management Center, Graduate Student Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Academic Personnel, and Finance as well as with faculty to ensure performance goals are met. The Executive Director will develop and refine a strategic plan with input from faculty, alumni, and industry partners.
ii) Student Internships and Job Placement: Securing internships and overall job placement is extremely competitive in the analytics industry. It is also a critical factor for success of the MSBA program. The program director will work closely with staff in the Career Management Center to place students into internships and permanent positions.
iii) Program management: The position provides formal supervision of all administrative, operational, and curricular matters relating to the program. The Executive Director is expected to be continuously engaged with students throughout the program to develop the rapport required to optimally manage their program experience. Critical to this position (and for achieving students' goals) is the development of a comprehensive strategy that prepares students for the job market and maximizes their career outcomes. The Executive Director will work closely with staff in the Career Management Center such that the strategy is effectively implemented and evaluated by formalized outcome measures.
iv) Interface with Industry Sponsors: The success of the MSBA program will be defined to a large extent by its interaction and contacts with the growing business analytics industry. We need an individual who can leverage their professional network and seek out new connections so that MSBA students are (i) successfully matched with internships and job opportunities, and (ii) have an instructive experience in the Capstone course. For the past 4 years, Rady MSBA graduates have secured roles and advanced in their careers at great companies all over the world. The Executive Director will work to further build out strength in this network by engaging them in ways that help the program achieve its goals. All stakeholders want the program's reputation to continue to improve as it increases the value of a Rady MSBA degree.
v) Capstone Project Supervision and Management: The Capstone Project is an essential element of the MSBA program. It is designed to prompt students to apply the knowledge and technical skills they have gained in the classroom to more complex and realistic, actual problems currently being faced by corporate partners. Management of the capstone will include scoping capstone topics for the MSBA students that are of sufficient academic rigor and industry partner interest. Supervision of the capstone will include meeting with student teams on a regular basis to monitor their progress and quality of work, and ultimately assess student performance on the project. The Executive Director will engage MSBA faculty members and lecturers for feedback on completed Capstone Projects and, based on all inputs, assign a final grade for the Capstone Projects course
Applicants must have a Master's degree in a quantitative field. PhD preferred.
High-level administrative management experience, including planning, leadership, and analysis.
Ability to provide educational leadership by developing a curriculum that combines strengths in analytics and business acumen.
Experience with teaching and development of graduate level courses.
Commitment to supporting teaching excellence at the graduate level.
A network of national and international business and academic contacts.
Ability to successfully address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population, including developing and updating curriculum and instructional strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education.
Excellent communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external colleagues.
Salary and appointment level are dependent on availability to funding, experience and based on University of California pay scales.
The application must include a cover letter, CV, teaching statement describing your philosophy on developing curricula for graduate students, teaching evaluations, list of references, and a diversity statement summarizing their contribution, or potential for contribution, to diversity and leadership. The diversity statement should summarize past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions. Further information about the required diversity statement can be found at http://facultyexcellence.ucsd.edu/c2d/index.html.
Review of applications begins February 27, 2021, and continues until the position is filled. For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program web site: https://aps.ucsd.edu/services/pop/index.html.
UCSD is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.