Executive Director, Experimental Humanities Program; Advisor to the Provost on Global Competitiveness and International Travel Risk

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Campus, ILLINOIS
Job Type: FullTime

A strong internal candidate has been identified.


We are witnessing rapid advances in science and technology—so rapid, in fact, that these advances are outpacing our ability to reflect critically on how they are changing our world and what it means to be human. In other words, our ability to do is outpacing our ability to understand. Now more than ever, we need the humanities to deepen our comprehension of the ethical, philosophical, and socio-cultural implications of scientific and technological change.

The Experimental Humanities program in the College of Arts and Sciences speaks directly to this need. It centers on the mutually transformative integration of the humanities and STEM through hands-on engagement with—and critical reflection on—new and emerging technologies. Combining the interpretive, critically reflective tools of the humanities with the collaborative, experimental methods of the sciences, this field occupies spaces between and across traditional academic boundaries to design and develop new approaches, advance new understandings, and build new models of community and collaborative leadership among the arts, humanities, and STEM.

The Executive Director of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Experimental Humanities program will lead the design, development and implementation of the program’s key components and create a strong strategic, financial, and administrative base from which the program can expand and thrive.

The Executive Director will work closely with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the faculty director of the Experimental Humanities Program, the program’s Mandel Faculty Fellows, the program’s Undergraduate Mandel Fellows, students majoring in the experimental humanities, as well as partners in engineering, the medical school, business school, the office of enrollment, foundation relations, and the provost’s office.

The Advisor to the Provost on Global Competitiveness and International Travel Risk will help develop and coordinate the implementation of Case Western Reserve University’s international rankings strategy while advising the Provost on best practices in rankings reporting and reputation. In addition, the advisor will facilitate the international travel risk process and procedure.



Advisor to the Provost on Global Competitiveness and International Travel Risk 

  • Provide strategic advice and direction to the Provost for the university’s global competitiveness, as measured by world rankings (QS, Times Higher Education, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and others). Develop institutional rankings improvement strategies and overall performance metrics in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, Kelvin Smith Library, Institutional Research, deans, and other senior academic and administration leadership. In collaboration with the office of University Marketing and Communications, Alumni Relations, the schools, and the college develop a comprehensive communications/marketing plan to enhance the university’s reputation worldwide among alumni, academic faculty, employers, and industry leaders. Work with national and international organizations, including the ranking organizations, to enhance the university’s international recognition. (20%)
  • Serve as the primary student international travel risk management officer for the university. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators, develop and implement policies and procedures that comply with best practices in risk management and work with Case Western Reserve University’s international travel needs. Serve as an essential university contact for emergencies while students are abroad. Keep abreast of current world events in order to proactively respond to potential threats to students traveling abroad. Manage the faculty/staff international travel registration process. (6%) 
  • Executive Director, Experimental Humanities Program

  • Serve as a key member of the program’s leadership team, developing long- and short-term strategic planning goals and processes for the program in collaboration with the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost, the Office of Foundation Relations, the faculty director, and the Mandel Faculty Fellows. Develop a strategic direction to amplify and expand the program mission, develop metrics to measure its success, and develop and implement alternative strategies as needed. (15%)
  • Provide leadership and manage the administrative and operational affairs and matters surrounding program development, new partnerships and program operations in collaboration with the faculty director. Plan the strategic needs including financial projections, staffing, space, equipment and other resources, and track progress toward evolving objectives. Facilitate the development of timelines and processes for successful approval and startup of a new undergraduate major and its courses. Provide leadership to develop a successful recruitment plan for the new major. Identify appropriate metrics and gather and analyze data on program outcomes, and market visibility. (12%)
  • Create a strategic financial model for the program and manage the institute’s fiscal activities. Create and manage annual budget and oversee the management of grant activities. Actively monitor the institute’s financial performance, develop and act on financial projections, and assess various long range financial plans. Create and interpret various financial and strategic reports. Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective funding prospects/outlets to enhance revenue diversity for the program. Initiate subsequent follow-up meetings and communication with key stakeholders. Develop a diverse array of program funding sources in collaboration with faculty, advancement, foundation relations, and diverse collaborators. Strategize with university development and foundation relations groups to raise funds. (15%)
  • Develop intentional partnerships for collective impact to advance new approaches, advance new understandings, and build new models of community and collaborative leadership among the arts, humanities, and STEM. Cultivate and manage relations with community partners, potential funders, interested faculty, students, alumni and others to advance the scope, impact and visibility of the experimental humanities at Case Western Reserve University. Cultivate and support a network of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools who are carrying out research and teaching that integrates arts and humanities with STEM through technology, with a particular focus on new and recent faculty appointments. Work with partners within the university to develop a plan for coordinating community outreach and educational collaboration with diverse community organizations. Identify and develop opportunities for collaborative partnerships and projects within the university, the community, and with national and international collaborators and funders. Lead or assist with writing and submitting grant applications. Work with the College of Arts and Sciences Research Office to identify potential grant opportunities for relevant faculty projects. (10%)
  • Provide leadership and manage the marketing and public relations initiatives to ensure the national and international visibility of this program, its partners, and outcomes. This involves creation of multi-media communications, website design and branding. In collaboration with the faculty director, the provost, foundation relations and advancement services, create compelling materials, reports, and presentations to attract donors, community partners and national and international press. Ensure information flow to and from the executive office, via all types of venues (forums, correspondence, speeches, conferences, retreats, etc.). Plan, facilitate, and follow through on key committee meetings, board meetings and advisory meetings. Provide leadership and manage the technology needs for the program. Identify new initiatives and coordinate training for internal and external stakeholders. (10%)
  • Provide leadership for student recruitment and leadership training for the Undergraduate Mandel Fellowship program. Develop leadership training modules, speakers’ series, and engagement opportunities to ensure that the fellows gain an understanding of the career potential and leadership impact of the humanities as it influences workspaces previously focused on STEM approaches. Develop internship and leadership opportunities, and internship placements. Work closely with Mandel Undergraduate Fellows to identify and apply for internship and leadership development opportunities and facilitate the use of Mandel Foundation grant funds to support those opportunities. Create partnerships with outside nonprofits and for-profit companies to cultivate relevant internships. Partner with the Undergraduate Research Office, the Career Center, and other offices in Student Affairs to identify experiential learning opportunities for students. (8%)


    Perform other duties as assigned. (4%)



    Department: Continuous contact with the director and faculty fellows in the program to consult, plan, and advise.

    University: Frequent contact with the Interim Dean, the Provost, the Office of Foundation Relations, Institutional Research, University Marketing and Communications, the Vice Provost’s office of the Kelvin Smith Library, the Office of General Counsel, various student affairs offices and other senior administrators to consult, relay and seek information, and plan.

    External: Frequent contact with local, national, and international community and corporate partners, potential internship sites, and potential funders to develop partnerships, plan and exchange information.

    Students: Frequent contact with students interested in the program, students in the program, and student workers.



    May supervise, direct or lead lower-level administrative staff and student workers.



    Experience: A minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience in higher education including university level teaching, and curriculum and course development.

    Education: Master’s degree in a related field required. PhD in higher education strongly desired.



  • Proven leadership skills and demonstrated skill in developing the leadership of others. 
  • Proven ability to build and grow large and complex interdisciplinary initiatives in a higher education environment.
  • Proven ability to create and manage successful academic programs.
  • Experience with curriculum and course development.
  • Strong financial development, management, and budgeting experience.
  • Strong organizational skills and careful attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and set priorities.
  • Tact, professionalism, integrity, reliability, maturity, discretion, and confidentiality are mandatory given the customers and the confidential nature of the data handled by the office.
  • Must be very proficient in multiple computer platforms, including Power Point, Excel, and Word. Proficient with email, database management, and software to support research, project management, strategic planning and program evaluation.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and good decision making to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors and customers face to face.

    Professional office environment. The employee will use computer mouse and keyboard to type. Some flexibility may be needed to meet deadlines or provide support during meetings. The employee will need to work with undergraduate students at other campus and off-campus locations.




    This position is eligible for hybrid work arrangement up to two remote days per week at the discretion of the department. New employees may begin a hybrid schedule upon approval from the supervisor, successful completion of an orientation period and signing the remote work checklist certification form.

    In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


    Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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