Director, Programs & Innovation

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Dallas, TEXAS
Deadline: ;

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UNT System Overview
Welcome to the University of North Texas System . UNT System includes the University of North Texas in Denton , the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.
Posting Title Director, Programs & Innovation
Department DAL-Center Socioeconomic Mobility-500700
Job Location Dallas
Full Time/Part Time
Retirement Eligibility TRS Eligible
Additional Retirement Information
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Salary Information Commensurate with experience
Department Summary
The University of North Texas at Dallas launched the Center for Socioeconomic Mobility through Education (CSME) in 2022. The CSME’s purpose is to accelerate socioeconomic mobility of individuals and communities based on the core belief that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve a living wage and thrive in vibrant neighborhoods.
The CSME works to serve this purpose by engaging in four roles. First, we conduct and synthesize research focused on southern Dallas County communities to generate actionable insights for programming and partnerships. Second, we identify, test, and scale impactful and sustainable socioeconomic mobility programs. Third, we partner with UNT Dallas faculty and staff on identifying innovation opportunities to improve student learning, graduation, and career outcomes. Fourth, we support collective capacity-building and systematic learning of community partners and CSME.
This vision aligns well with the broader work of the University of North Texas at Dallas. UNT Dallas is the only public university in Dallas, and the only university that focuses on urban Dallas students. Our student body is 85% Hispanic and African American, with a majority of first-generation students. Each day, we work together to develop pathways to socioeconomic mobility for our students and the southern Dallas communities we serve.
By providing affordable degree programs, partnering with community organizations, and providing educational and community programs, UNT Dallas is decreasing the economic disparity that exists for many. Creating new pathways to socioeconomic mobility today will empower, transform and strengthen our communities tomorrow.
UNT Dallas is part of the University of North Texas System, which includes three institutions: UNT Dallas, UNT Denton, and UNT Health Science Center. We are collectively driven by five core values: Courageous Integrity, Be Curious, We Care, Better Together, and Show Your Fire.
Position Overview
The Director of Programs & Innovation is a new role within the recently launched Center for Socioeconomic Mobility through Education (CSME) at the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas). The Director of Programs & Innovation is responsible for leading the design, execution, and iterative improvement of current and new programs focused on accelerating socioeconomic mobility in the region in partnership with institutional and community stakeholders. The role includes conceptualizing program ideas based on research, emerging promising practices, and understanding community needs. Reporting to and closely collaborating with the Executive Director of CSME, the Director of Programs & Innovation interacts with offices within UNT Dallas, including the offices of the President, Provost, and Vice Presidents as well as a variety of Dallas-area institutional partners and community stakeholders invested in economic mobility.

Additional Posting Details

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five years of closely related professional experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Extensive knowledge of University policies and procedures related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
  • Extensive knowledge of Texas rules and regulations related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
  • In depth knowledge of learning outcomes. 
  • Requires knowledge of best practices in assessment as it pertains to higher education and institutional effectiveness including the creation of outcomes, assessment methods and instruments, as well as data analysis, and utilization of reporting results.
  • Ability to plan and conceptualize and make sound business decisions.
  • Must exercise considerable independent and professional judgment in matters of significance.
  • Strong presentation, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong planning and project management skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of safety and security precautions appropriate to work performed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment   
Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree strongly preferred
Required License / Registration / Certification
Work Schedule
Monday – Friday
Driving University Vehicle Yes
Security Sensitive This is a security sensitive position.
EEO Statement

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Classification Title Program Director
Physical Requirements Lifting up to 10 pounds, Sitting, Squatting, Stooping, Bending, Standing, Walking, Writing, Grasp, Talk or Hear, Ability to communicate

Job Duties

Values-Driven Leadership
· Lead by example in living the UNT System core values in relation to self-management and interacting with internal & external stakeholders through the lens of accelerating upward mobility.
Program Strategy
· Lead the design, execution, and iterative improvement of current and new programs focused on accelerating socioeconomic mobility in the region
· Conceptualize program ideas based on research, emerging promising practices, and understanding community needs and support fundraising and grant-writing to bring ideas into reality
· Develop increasing expertise in priority areas that advance upward mobility
· Support Executive Director to identify the highest impact levers for socioeconomic mobility and define strategy so that CSME can best collaborate with partners to achieve maximum collective impact
Program Management
· Manage student workers (part-time & interns), program-related contractors, and future program staff
· Oversee development and improvement of program models that incorporate the science of learning and change management theories in order to increase behavior change and associated improvements in economic mobility outcomes
· Ensure program evaluation and improvement processes are designed in alignment with program outcomes
· Support communication regarding programs through program summaries and presentations
Support Executive Director in responsibly managing program budget and finances
Stakeholder Engagement
·         Build and maintain authentic and trusting relationships with all CSME stakeholders, and support staff in doing the same.
·         Support Executive Director as needed in cultivating external partnerships

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Posting Number S6059P
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