Academic Affairs
Reports to

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives

Position Type

Non- Exempt/full-time/12-months

Job Summary

The Director of Graduate Programs is responsible for the management and administration of the Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program. The Director is responsible for overseeing recruiting, admissions, and program operations to achieve enrollment goals as established by the University and the Dean of the College of Graduate and Adult Continuing Education. The director will also, teach at least two courses per semester through face-to-face, blended and distance learning environments. Summer teaching is also expected when contracts are available. Courses may include Foundations of Vocational Rehabilitation, Medical Aspects of Disability, Assessment & Evaluation, Theory/Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Research Methods, Counseling Skills, Case Management, Assistive Technology an additional courses deemed appropriate under CACREP clinical programs. May teach undergraduate Rehabilitation Services courses. The director will also provide guidance for faculty, staff and students, as well as, conduct site visits, supervise students in their practicum and internship environments and collaborate with the site supervisors to ensure quality worksites. The director will work with a diverse student and faculty population and also engage in university strategic initiatives through committee participation, governance sharing and program level assessment of student learning.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Responsible for management and administration of quality graduate programs.

  • Work with faculty to ensure that the academic offerings are current, relevant, competitive, and consistent with Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
  • Responsible for the administration of and compliance with all graduate policies and procedures.
  • Maintain graduate program records including appropriate program and student data.
  • Serve on the Graduate Programs Admissions Committee and attend the Graduate Executive Committee meetings in a non-voting capacity.
  • Work with the Dean of College of Graduate and Adult Continuing Education.
  • Serve as member of the Graduate team and assists the faculty and staff in setting the committee’s priorities and agenda.
  • Work with the HR Specialist to ensure accuracy of course development contracts and teaching contracts for lecturer and overload graduate courses.
  • Coordinate, collaborate, and build relationships with various departments on campus such as the CLIMB, Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Institutional Research, Global Engagement, etc.


Responsible for the recruitment and marketing strategies/activities of graduate programs.

  • Responsible for growing Graduate Program enrollments.
  • Coordinate with the Admissions Counselor, faculty, staff to develop marketing strategies, execute advertising campaigns, and create promotional material (printed and online). Responsible for ensuring that the graduate program website and all printed materials are current, effective, and up to date.
  • Develop relationships and build mutually beneficial partnerships within the business community to promote the graduate programs.
  • With assistance from the Graduate Program staff, the Director is personally involved in recruiting potential candidates to the program. This includes hosting information sessions and webinars, using social media, and attending community events.


Responsible for the strategic planning, data analysis, and reporting for graduate programs.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of trends and opportunities in graduate business education and work with College of Business faculty and staff to pursue appropriate opportunities.
  • Work with College of Business faculty and staff to develop relationships with local employers to better understand their needs and expectations.
  • With assistance from the Graduate Program staff, campus Institutional Research, and the COB Career Development Center, ensure the accurate reporting of program data to U.S. News and other outside stakeholders.
  • Oversee the collection of statistical inquiry, application, enrollment, and graduation data.
  • Compile statistics on graduate enrollment and analyze trends and prepare forecasts.


Monitor student performance, resolve issues, and provide student support.

  • Identify and implement systems, policies, and processes that will enhance the graduate academic experience and improve service to the student body.
  • Responsible for overseeing academic advising including degree plan development, course selections, administrative issues, and graduation compliance.
  • Responsible for articulating and ensuring compliance with university and program policies.
  • Assist with student events including but not limited to Commencement, Graduation Brunch, Beta Gamma Sigma Induction, etc.


Provide timely and accurate analyses of budgets, project proposals, and business trends.

  • Develop and maintain the Graduate Programs’ budget and track expenditures.
  • Inform Dean about Graduate Program activities.


Oversee the daily operation of the department and coordinate special projects.

  • Manage the daily operation of the Graduate Program office.
  • Supervise the Graduate Program staff.
  • Maintain regular office hours to meet student and community needs.
  • Manage the admissions process in collaboration with Graduate Program staff and university Admissions and Records.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to research and understand the market and trends in counseling education as well as corporate environments.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations in a multi-cultural environment that is committed to diversity and equality in education.
  • High level of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to use strategies and skills for setting, embracing and achieving objectives.
  • Ability to develop and implement a successful marketing plan/strategy.
  • Appropriately express oneself when communicating orally with others.
  • Manage various objectives, projects, and groups to make judgment on prioritizing and time.
  • Generate productive relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Understanding of the necessity and value of teamwork to effectively work as a team.
  • Knowledge of data gathering and analysis tools, techniques and processes.
  • Knowledge of project planning and development. Plan, organize, and monitor projects.
  • Use of office support, desktop tools (Word, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Ability to adhere to ethical business practices and promote ethical behavior.
  • Utilize appropriate database structures to organize and store data.
  • Ability to perform assigned responsibilities with minimal to moderate supervision.
  • Critical thinking in analyzing in-depth data and considering and respecting others input.
  • Use programmatic, budgetary, operational, and strategic skills to set and achieve goals.
  • Ability to train and supervise employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Counseling; ABD will be considered, however the degree and CRC or LPC must be completed within one year of the contract start date
  • Education from a CORE or CACREP accredited program
  • Must have or be eligible for CRC certification and/or LPC/LPCC licensure in Ohio
  • Five year paid work experience serving a wide range of persons with disabilities, not including their practicum and internship experiences
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral Degree in Rehabilitation Counselor or Clinical Mental
  • PC Credentialed in the state of Ohio
  • Five year work experience with a wide range of persons with disabilities with some supervisory and/or management experience
  • Experience with administration of an online program.

Wilberforce University

Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is America’s first private, coeducational University established to educated men and women of African descent; and is closely affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, Wilberforce is a well-respected private, residential liberal arts university with a clear mission, core values and vision for the future and is a noted pioneer in the Co-Operative Education Movement.

Wilberforce awards the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of business, engineering and computing science, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences; as well as the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree. The University is located in Wilberforce, Ohio, a community readily accessible to the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metropolitan centers’ social, professional and cultural amenities and airports.

Wilberforce University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply:

To apply for the Director of Rehabilitation Counseling Graduate Program position, use the “Quick Apply/Submit Resume” button below to submit your information,  cover letter and resume to the Wilberforce University Department of Administration and Human Resources.

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