Project Manager for Accreditation

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Academic Administration

The University of Denver (DU) is a top-ranked university in a thriving city at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The ethnic and cultural diversity of the Denver Metro area includes a Latino/Hispanic population that represents about a third of the population, a strong and visible African American community, a diverse array of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants, and a similarly diverse population of refugees and immigrants from East Africa. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) at DU was created in 1976 to house one of the first Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs in the country, under the Vail training model (practitioner-scholar). The PsyD program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1979. Furthermore, GSPP provides four specialized master’s programs: Sport Coaching (online), Sport and Performance Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and International Disaster Psychology, as well as continuing education and online certificates in Strength and Conditioning and in the Psychology of Coaching. The School also has a partially affiliated, APA-accredited internship consortium and several in-house and satellite psychology training clinics that serve Denver and the surrounding communities. As a professional school, GSPP promotes and utilizes high-level pedagogy that integrates applied practice, theory, research, and scholarship. Our strategic plan Innovation and Impact: Psychology for a Complex World outlines how we are building on our academic strengths in order to expand our community reach.

GSPP has developed a collegial atmosphere with significant opportunities for creativity, teamwork and innovation. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment and encourage applications from individuals with marginalized identities.

Position Summary

This is a temporary, non-benefited position expected to work 15-30 hours per week, not to exceed 1000 hours in a calendar year. The exact schedule is to be determined, but should be within the University of Denver’s business hours of Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. The position is funded through summer 2020 with the possibility of extension if funding is available.

The Project Manager for Accreditation will manage all administrative aspects of the accreditation and recognition processes for GSPP’s academic programs. Specifically, the Project Manager will design and implement timelines for completing self-study materials and responses related to accreditation and recognition processes in the PsyD program and several of the master’s programs. In addition, the Project Manager will translate accreditation materials into data and records requirements, gather required data and records, create analyses based on these data to fulfill requirements, and draft initial narrative reports for content expert review. This will require close collaboration with faculty, staff, and consultants. Finally, the Project Manager will lead a collaborative process to design ongoing recordkeeping systems to fulfill accreditation requirements in the future. This position will report to the Associate Dean and work closely with Academic Program Directors and several other faculty and staff members.

Essential Functions

  • Design and implement a project plan for each accreditation process
  • Synthesize information from various sources to assess the data, records, and narrative requirements for accreditation and recognition processes for GSPP’s PsyD and MA programs
  • Gather and organize required data and records, which may require designing and sending surveys, working with the University’s databases and/or institutional records department, and conducting polite but firm follow-up with a variety of stakeholders
  • Conduct and describe data analyses to fulfill requirements
  • As needed, draft initial responses to describe data and records for the review of content experts
  • Provide or coordinate proofreading and editing
  • As needed, manage submissions of reports and data through online portals and/or systems
  • Throughout the process, gather input and effectively respond to guidance from Academic Program Directors, faculty, staff, leadership and/or consultants
  • In order to be successful, build and maintain strong relationships
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Project management skills
  • Data analysis and presentation skills
  • Proven oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to exhibit strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to use and learn a variety of technological tools

Required Qualifications

  • 1 year of experience with project management OR in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years of experience with project management 
  • Experience in a higher education environment or other complex organization
  • Experience analyzing and describing data
  • Experience with higher education accreditation processes
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the field of psychology

Salary Range:
$25/hour to $40/hour, depending on experience

Application Deadline:
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Friday, December 13, 2019.

Special Instructions:
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Please contact elizabeth.mckinney@du.edu with any questions.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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