The Senior Director of Education is a senior administrator within the Feinberg School of Medicine and responsible for oversight of the administrative, financial and strategic planning functions for all units comprising the Department of Medical Education and reporting to the Vice Dean for Education, as well as McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, one of the largest Graduate Medical Education sponsoring institutions in the nation. The Senior Director role ensures the effective, compliant, and efficient management of the educational mission. The Senior Director also represents the Vice Dean in internal and external administrative affairs, coordinating with central offices such as HR, Budget, Facilities, IT, & the Provost and with external educational partner institutions.
The Senior Director provides thought leadership and co-leads education strategic planning processes. He/she is also responsible for the development and implementation of administrative initiatives to accomplish the enhancement and expansion of the unit’s strategic vision and growth. The Director works with the Vice Dean for Education to further the education mission of the school, and has a conscious focus on expanding the entrepreneurial aspects of medical education, including continuing medical education, simulation technologies and other programs.
Units comprising the Department of Medical Education/Office of the Vice Dean for Education:
Augusta Webster, MD Office of Medical Education (MD program and registration/records functions)
McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
Office of Admissions (MD program)
Clinical Education Center
Physician Assistant Program
Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators (FAME)
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Office of Graduate Medical Education
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (financial and HR components only)
Administrative Oversight and Planning: In collaboration with the Vice Dean for Education, provides high-level administrative oversight for the education units for budget, human resources, information technology, faculty affairs, and strategic planning. Ensures the smooth operation of administrative functions for the multiple administrative units in support of business objectives. Recommends and implements changes and improvements to facilitate attainment of mission. Provide indirect leadership to multiple Associate Deans and Assistant Deans. Work closely with senior Feinberg leaders to insure that the administrative and support needs of the faculty and School are met. Ensure technology systems are available to meet objectives of strategic plan. Manage communications for the education enterprise.
Oversees corporate activities of McGaw. Serves as liaison to executive management at all McGaw member institutions: NU Feinberg School of Medicine, Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. In addition, serves as liaison to all affiliate, i.e. non-McGaw member institutions. Major affiliates include: Stroger Hospital of Cook County, MacNeal Hospital, Methodist Hospital of Gary, Shriner's Hospital, and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Coordinates all institutional agreements between McGaw and its corporate members as well as all agreements between McGaw and non-McGaw institutions. Serves as contracting officer for McGaw. Manages all legal affairs for McGaw including relationships with all outside legal counsel: corporate, employment, benefits. Liaises with Office of General Counsel at McGaw member institutions. Serves as registered agent for McGaw in all legal matters. Assists the Anti-Harassment Officer for McGaw as needed.
Financial Management: Leads the development & implementation of consolidated annual budget including fiscal resource allocation of appropriated, discretionary, endowment & gift revenues. Routinely reviews & reconciles actual expenses to budget per NU Audit guidelines. Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate. In collaboration with the FSM Office of Finance & Administration and the NU Office of Financial Aid, provide oversight of the education endowments for scholarship, research, and emergency funds and implement a strategy for financial and scholarship allocation.
Responsible for overall management of the McGaw budget which includes the following: Housestaff Payroll & Benefits Budget, GME Office Budget, and President's Office Budget. Prepares and submits the McGaw Budget to the Board of Directors for approval; quarterly financial reporting/budgeting to the Board, annual reconciliation, annual forecasting/budgeting, annual financial reports to all regulatory bodies, e.g. Form 990, Form AG990-IL, Indiana 990, Form 5500 etc., coordinates and manages annual stipend setting process culminating in recommendation to and approval by the McGaw Board of Directors. Responsible for managing the outside accountant McGaw has engaged and is responsible for the management of that relationship. Approving official for all President's Office expenditures.
Strategic Planning: With the Vice Dean for Education, provide leadership in all strategic planning initiatives related to Education in the FSM. Develop and implement strategic planning, specifically in the area of growing and expanding educational research and innovation and revenue-generating programs. Oversee expanding external business of simulation. Identify opportunities and perform analysis related to expansion of class size and/or additional educational offerings in various programs. Participate in the implementation, and administration of new faculty development initiatives such as the Feinberg Academy for Medical Educators. Redesign continuing education programs to incorporate online and quality-focused components.
Personnel Management. Provides direct management oversight for the administrative managers in each of the subsidiary education units. Oversees Performance Excellence plan for each employee & prepares annual review. Manages performance problems, administers leaves, approves timesheets & oversees completion of annual staff Conflict of Interest survey. Recommends complex HR solutions & implements decisions. Institutes departmental policy & implements school & NU policy and procedure. Oversees the preparation of Promotion & Tenure cases for faculty in the Department of Medical Education.
Compliance, Accreditation and Audit Management. Ensures compliance with all applicable federal, state, local & NU laws, regulations, policies & procedures. In collaboration with the vice dean and leaders of individual educational programs, monitors and manages accreditation issues and ensures compliance with standards set forth by the relevant accrediting bodies (e.g., Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education). Serve as a Feinberg administrative resource for all accreditation matters. Serve as staff to the LCME Quality Improvement Committee and as a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee.
Other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Eight to ten years' previous experience in an academic/educational setting.
Eight to ten years of previous management and budgetary responsibility.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while managing deadlines.
Ability to work with others at all levels of the organization effectively.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Professional demeanor and ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
Master’s degree in business or CPA, or equivalent.
Demonstrated leadership in organizational change.
Experience managing a business unit within a university or academic medical center.
Experience developing and implementing administrative service standards and metrics.
Demonstrated success in defining staff roles and responsibilities and managing staff career development.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.