Assistant Director for Certified Public Manager Program - 24408BR

Assistant Director for Certified Public Manager Program

School of Public Affairs&Admin
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

This position is responsible for leading the nationally accredited Heartland Certified Public Manager Program. The leader is responsible for the content of the instruction, curriculum methodology, the selection of the instructional faculty, certification of student completion, assessment of the program’s effectiveness, and assessment of its contribution to public service. The leader is responsible for all Public Management Center programs that carry the CPM credential as far as verification of the program’s quality for CPM accreditation and any credit (academic or CEUs) awarded. The leader is the School of Public Affairs and Administration’s representative to the National Certified Public Manager Consortium (NCPMC). The leader also participates as a curriculum designer and instructor in other PMC programs.

This position requires 25-50% travel and intense periods of instruction and consulting programs of the PMC.

Job Description

80%- Leads the Heartland CPM program
• Assesses the needs of public agencies in the area of leadership and management skills of their employees on a regular basis. Keeps pace with trends in public service agencies and workforce needs.
• Develops learning outcomes and skill sets to be developed in the CPM program in the context of accreditation requirements. Track, monitor, and assess learning.
• Oversees the development of curriculum both in term of content and learning methodologies. Works closely with the Assistant Director for Curriculum and Program Quality on curriculum mapping to other programs, assignment development and program structure.
• Recruits, mentors, and evaluates faculty who teach in the program. Certifies and maintains records of faculty credentials teaching in CPM accredited programs.
• Designs student assessment mechanisms and systems to consistently evaluate the effectiveness of those systems.
• Teaches cohorts of CPM students.
• Designs mechanisms to assess the value of a graduate of CPM to the public service agency.
• Ensures that all National Consortium accreditation standards are met.
• Represents the Heartland CPM Program in the NCPMC annual meeting as the University voting member.
• In collaboration with the PMC Associate Director, the leader:
o Markets the CPM program
o Ensures the fiscal health of the program from a cost and revenue perspective
o Ensures excellent client service for students in the program

10% -- Designs curriculum and provides instruction in other PMC programs
• In collaboration with other PMC staff participates in curriculum design customized for client environments in terms of client need assessment, content to meet those needs, and student learning methodology.
• Provides instruction or consulting in other PMC programs

10% -- Relationship Building
• Develops, strengthens, manages strategic organizational relationships with clients from public service organizations

Position Requirements


Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to public service from an accredited institution.
  2. Five or more years’ experience in public sector organizations.
  3. Previous experience in developing and delivering professional education/training programs.
  4. Previous experience working with diverse populations.
  5. Previous experience working with a team of colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Masters’ degree in a field relevant to public service from an accredited institution
  2. Knowledge of adult education learning principles and program design.
  3. Knowledge of and experience with distance education technologies and delivery modes.
  4. Experience working with Content Management Systems (e.g., Blackboard, Canvas, etc.)
  5. Certification/qualification in assessment tools such as EQi, Strengths Deployment Inventory, Emergenetics, or other such assessment instruments.

Additional Candidate Instructions

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from three professional references.

Application review starts March 2, 2023. Please apply on or before that date for first consideration.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ann Ermey

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Work Schedule

This position requires travel 25-50%

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School of Public Affairs&Admin
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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Employee Class:
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