Job Opportunity for Program Manager, Academics at ISDM in Noida

Website ISDM

Job Title: Program Manager, Academics

Nature of Work: Full-time

Location: Noida Campus

About ISDM

ISDM got seeded as an idea in early 2016 when its founders came together with a common vision to launch a first-of-its-kind educational institution that would develop and groom the next generation of professional leaders and managers for the development sector. ISDM envisions building Development Management (or Management for the Social Sectors) as a stand-alone domain and an aspirational choice for professionals in the development sector. The belief is that Development Management will significantly scale up the positive impacts on the lives of people in sustained ways.

By 2025, ISDM aims to become the go-to management institute for top professionals wanting to transform the development sector for a greater impact on people’s lives. In order to achieve this aim, ISDM has identified three broad focus areas:

1. Continuously building the one-year long Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP DM)

2. Creating a strong research function that will lay the foundations for Development Management and leadership as a unique domain and discipline

3. Launching Strategic Capacity Building Programs aimed at influencing and up-skilling middle to senior leaders in the social sector through special workshops, short-term courses, and customized convening.

Since launching its flagship (and India’s first) PGP in Development Management (equivalent of a one-year MBA) in 2017, the Institution has placed 200 young professionals on an accelerated path to build, manage and lead Social Purpose Organizations (SPOs). ISDM has successfully executed 46 short-term Open Programs across three cities, inducting 142 development professionals from 49 SPOs as ISDM alumni who are now redefining what “impact at scale” means in the development sector. ISDM has created a national character for itself, attracting a diverse range of students and recruiting organizations from across the country. Over these years, ISDM has also built strong partnerships with leading philanthropists, academicians, advisors, and practitioners.

ISDM has audacious ambitions to build a world-class institution, become a global fountainhead of development management knowledge, and define the domain of development management for the Social Sectors. ISDM is entering a new phase of growth with a revamped program and renewed focus on establishing itself firmly as a preeminent institution in its domain. This requires strategic and energetic institutional leadership.

About PGP-DM

The Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP DM) is ISDM’s flagship initiative designed by leading academics and practitioners from both the development and management sectors. The year-long program blends ideas of development with concepts of management, combines in-class sessions with a two-week field component on ‘Realizing India’, and promotes collaborative group work. PGP DM is the only One-Year Program in Development Management globally that blends ideas of development with management theories, combining in-class sessions with collaborative group work and a field component. The program aims to develop a cadre of Social Sector Professionals who can design interventions, and build, lead and manage organisations for sustainable social impact at scale.

The teaching-learning process consists of lectures, case studies, workshops, group work, readings, and individual assignments to build the students’ knowledge and application capacities. An integral part of the pedagogy is a signature component of the PGP-DM – Context-based Collaborative Learning (CBCL). CBCL creates opportunities for students to apply what students have learnt in the classroom in specially designed group work. Collaborative inquiry and co-creation, an integral part of the CBCL process, is supported by learning mentors called Bricoleurs.

Job Responsibilities

This person has overall responsibility for program management, delivery and related documentation.

● Working closely with the Program Director for managing operations of the program (academic, operations, financial, and digital interfaces of the program)

● Preparing project plans, and grant charts and implementing projects as per timelines

● Induction, training, and mentoring of a team of program associates.

● Induction, training, and management of teaching assistants and research assistants.

● Build and manage relationships with visiting faculties/ guest speakers and provide them, with logistical, financial, and course delivery support on an ongoing basis.

● Maintaining cohort-wise databases for student profiles, educational qualification documents, attendance, assessment and grading, course materials, etc.

● Managing student/ faculty queries and providing ongoing support for digital platforms.

● Planning, conceptualizing, and implementing new strategies and tactics to enhance program delivery which includes processes and policies to ensure alignment of PGP DM with larger ISDM goals.

● Ensuring smooth functioning of digital platforms to provide a better teaching and learning experience to relevant stakeholders i.e., faculty, bricoleurs, students, etc. with support from program associates and the digital team.

● Ensure all project deliverables are being met as per the defined process and quality

● Working closely with admin and finance team to run an effective financial management system for students, alums, and visiting faculties

● Maintaining dashboards for program and funder reporting with key indicators of program delivery and status

● Cross-team engagement within the Institution

Education and Experience Requirements

● Master’s Degree in any discipline, preferably in Social Science, Liberal Arts or Business Management

● 8-12 years of full-time work experience

● Minimum 3-4 years of experience in the core domain of program management with premier organizations preferably in an academic or research setting.

Skill sets

● Strong communication and interpersonal skills – verbal & written

● Project management and analytical Skills and ability to adhere to deadlines

● Technically and experientially equipped in managing digital modes of learning

● Adaptable and flexible including the ability to manage pressure, ambiguity, and change

● Proficiency in MS Office, experience working with project management tools

● Willing to unlearn, learn and practice new tools and techniques

● Versatility to simultaneously work on diverse tasks and deliver consistently

● Ability to collaborate and work with other people

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