Apr 06, 2022

Program Director, Public Health Programs

  • Saint Mary's University
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
Full time Education: University/College

Job Description

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is seeking a Program Director to provide vision and leadership for the public health programs (certificate, bachelor completion and graduate programs). In concert with the university’s new strategic plan and its distinctive Lasallian Catholic mission, the director integrates the public health programs with Character Education and Virtue Formation according to the framework developed by the Jubilee Centre in the United Kingdom at the University of Birmingham overlaid with Lasallian Catholic principles.


We seek a leader who can ensure program vitality and academic quality by balancing administrative and academic functions that support a rigorous approach to teaching public health and meeting student learning goals. The person in this role must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution by understanding and supporting the alignment between the Lasallian core principles of Inclusive Community, Respect for All Persons, and Concern for the Poor and Social Justice.


Under the direction of the School Dean, the role is responsible for:

  • Program Administration – to include syllabi development, establishment of field processes, admissions processes, student orientation, enrollment goal monitoring, student progression/retention, and promoting program value through presentations and community relations
  • Faculty Leadership – recruit, hire, orient, evaluate, and develop a roster of well-qualified adjunct faculty
  • Curriculum Leadership – develop and approve all syllabi for all courses that meet education and accreditation standards, regular program reviews to maintain curricular relevance, implement assessments of student learning initiatives
  • Professional Development and University Service – advise students on academic requirements and licensure requirements, maintain disciplinary expertise and scholarship, contribute to the university governance structure, participate in commencements, convocations, and other university events, serve on task forces and committees.

    The selected candidate will have the following qualifications:

    • A master’s degree in public health (MPH) from a CEPH accredited program, and more than five years of public health practice experience in the field and in an academic setting will be considered. 
    • Experience in higher education is preferred which includes teaching, program development. and/or administration, especially experience with the CEPH accreditation standards.
    • Excellent communication, organizational, and multi-tasking skills with proven ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with students, faculty and other professionals in academic settings and with community partners.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the profession of public health, public health education and to serving marginalized populations.
    • Understanding of nontraditional college student experiences.
    • Experience with or willingness to learn online teaching and learning management systems.
    • Understanding of online education and how to effectively engage students to maximize their online learning experience.
    • Professional decorum and ethical decision-making.
    • Creation/maintenance of a collegial spirit among students, faculty, and colleagues. 
    • Effective interpersonal and supervisory skills in recruitment, performance management, coaching/counseling.

      Apply online at smumn.edu/careers and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  

      Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota believes inclusion and human dignity contributes to a robust academic and work environment and is critical to achieving the University's mission in an increasingly diverse society. Individuals with expertise and diverse skills from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.  Saint Mary’s offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending, retirement pension plan, and both undergraduate and graduate tuition remission plans.  All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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