Director, General Education Program, Office of Undergraduate Education
University of California, Merced
March 9, 2018
Higher Education Institution
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE), as College One, provides general coordination and resources for General Education. In addition, the OUE is the administrative home for College One, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning, Merritt Writing Program, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center, UCDC and UC Center in Sacramento programs, academic support programs (e.g., Math Center, Chem Center, Writing Center), and First-Year and Undeclared Advising (effective Fall 2018).
UC Merced is implementing a new General Education (GE) Program, to be launched with the incoming first-year class fall semester 2018. The new campus-wide GE program was shaped by an understanding of UCM’s distinctive institutional context as a small research university in the Central Valley with a diverse student body and a small faculty, as well as by the mission of GE at UC Merced. In light of UC Merced’s identity as a research university, curiosity and inquiry, and different disciplinary approaches to them, are at the heart of the GE program, a sequence of integrative learning experiences for all UC Merced undergraduates, regardless of major.
The Director’s responsibilities include:
Manage all administrative tasks, timelines, and record-keeping associated with implementing and maintaining the GE Program, including, but not limited to, course approvals, seminar proposals, experiential opportunities, badges, and so on.
Collaborate with GE Program and campus partners (e.g., school curriculum managers, academic advisors, Office of the Registrar, student affairs staff, Admissions Articulation staff, communications, Office of Undergraduate Education, GE governance entities) to ensure effective and timely implementation of all aspects of the GE Program.
Lead and coordinate the processes of GE program learning outcomes assessment, ongoing program evaluation, and ePortfolios.
Provide oversight for communication between the GE Program and constituents and stakeholders (e.g., social media, website).
Participate in meetings related to GE and represent the General Education Program at university and external events as appropriate.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The Director is expected to have:
a master’s degree in a field relevant to the position;
demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and evaluate effective plans, programs, policies, and practices related to undergraduate education;
strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, written reports and correspondence, and presentations for large and small audiences;
experience designing and implementing assessment of learning outcomes;
experience addressing the needs of students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education;
demonstrated ability to: interact effectively with diverse populations, including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students and the public; supervise and assist staff to develop and perform effectively; manage budgets; work independently, as well as respond effectively to supervision; manage time, details, and deadlines effectively; and represent the University’s best interests at all times; and
knowledge of research, theories, literature, and trends in post-secondary undergraduate education and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge in practice.
Additional Desired Qualifications
Proficiency with website development.
Experience with electronic portfolios for student learning.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC policy.
Internal Number: JPF00625
About University of California, Merced
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.