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Academic Program Specialist III


Under the general direction of a faculty member or other management, this position leads the development and administration of one or more academic programs in order to achieve the vision and objectives of the program and school. Serves as an expert advisor to faculty and staff and has a large role in the strategy development and long-range planning of the program.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Leads and oversees the design and development of academic programs. Develops, implements, and administers program policies and procedures. Research and compiles data for the purposes of evaluating program progress in order to achieve program objectives. Has the authority to waive or deviate from established policies and procedures.
  • Leads the strategic planning for the program.
  • Represents the college and/or program to the broader university community, external community, and other stakeholders. Provides expert consultation related to program development and other specialty areas.
  • Conducts research in order to assess program performance and progress toward program objectives in order to make programmatic recommendations to ensure attainment of program deliverables.
  • Oversees the development of curriculum and assists in the teaching and administration of program courses as needed.
  • Provides information and advice to current and prospective students, parents, faculty, and others in areas such as academic programs, admissions, financial aid, and career planning.
  • Oversees the processing of applications and records for a variety of programs including admissions and financial aid. Makes independent decisions regarding applications. Develops guidelines and handles non-routine applications and concerns.
  • Responsible for program expenses, budgets, and finances.
  • Coaches and mentors program staff.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree and three years of relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Licensure and Certification



This position may include supervisory responsibility.


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