Program Manager of Graduation

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cincinnati, OHIO

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors >


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here . Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The Program Manager for Graduation oversees the degree conferral of master's and doctoral candidates from the region's only research university. The position allows an opportunity to be part of students' journey toward becoming experts and professionals in their fields, shepherding them through the final milestones of their programs of advanced study.


This position is responsible for graduation application and associated platforms, procedures and processes, including graduation certification and all aspects of the degree-conferral process. The Program Manager for Graduation reviews and awards doctoral degrees, master's degrees, and graduate certificates for almost all advanced-degree candidates at the university. The current average is about 6,000 records per academic year, requiring an extraordinary level of patience and detail. The successful candidate will oversee the submission system for theses and dissertations, maintain the standards and enforce the formatting in those documents, troubleshoot issues found in student records, review embargo extensions, and serve as a liaison to program directors and coordinators in over three-hundred graduate programs campus-wide. The manager will be responsible for the electronic transfer of all theses and dissertations to the State of Ohio library repository, OhioLINK. Finally, the manager will oversee the doctoral hooding portion of the university commencement booklet and manage the doctoral line-up for the hooding ceremony.

Essential Functions
  • Manage, design, develop, modify and present programs.  Perform program needs assessment and make recommendations.
  • Implement policies and procedures. 
  • Maintain budget, prepare contracts, approve and monitor expenditures, prepare budget requests and financial reports. 
  • Act as liaison to internal departments, external entities and community organizations.
  • May prepare and edit reports and/or newsletters and develop publication materials.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education
  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Seven (7) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience
  • Three (3) years of experience in program development or business administration.
  • May require supervision experience.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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