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We are looking for passionate individuals to join our team and offer rewarding opportunities to advance your career while making a difference. As part of our team, you’ll use your skills and expertise to drive change and develop the next generation of sustainability leaders in a culture of respect, collaboration, integrity, innovation, and professionalism.

About Us

Founded in 2003, Presidio Graduate School (PGS) educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary, and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous, and sustainable world. Through innovative MBA, MPA, Dual Degree, and Executive Certificate programs in Sustainable Management, PGS activates students and professionals across a range of disciplines, industries, and sectors to bridge the gap between commerce and the common good. PGS has 150 students currently enrolled and more than 1,900 alumni. Our community of world-class faculty is composed of scholar-practitioners, with subject matter expertise in areas ranging from ecological economics and clean technology to social entrepreneurship and urban sustainability. PGS was ranked among the top five sustainable MBA programs in the nation by Fast Company magazine.

For more information about PGS, our community, and course offerings, please visit https://www.presidio.edu/academics/.

What Is it Like to Work at Presidio Graduate School?

PGS is in an exciting “rebirth” phase. A high proportion of the staff is new, and we are launching into an invigorating era of program diversification and growth. Our team will be working remotely until summer 2021, at which time we plan to have an office near a BART station in San Francisco or Oakland. We compensate our employees well, offer unlimited/flex vacation, and are united in our common mission around sustainability, social justice, and education.

Current Openings

Position Summary

The Academic Affairs Manager will play a critical role in supporting Presidio Graduate School’s academic initiatives. Reporting to the Provost and the Vice President of Institutional and Student Effectiveness, this role is responsible for acting as the primary point of contact for managing academic policies and procedures, providing faculty support, liaising with students on academic policy matters, and managing academic projects. The individual in this position will show a commitment to PGS’s core values of community, innovation, integrity, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

PGS has a philosophy of high engagement and co-creation with faculty, students, and other members of the community. It will be essential that this person cultivates a culture where relationships and collaboration are a priority. The person in this role will act with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of their work.

Key responsibilities

  • Create, maintain, and administer academic policies and procedures, including advising faculty and students on these policies
  • Maintain information and records for the Academic Department 
  • Oversee the development, maintenance, and distribution of the Faculty Handbook 
  • Organize and support faculty recruitment, hiring, and onboarding 
  • Manage faculty contracts 
  • Ensure syllabi templates are up to date, and oversee the term syllabi collection process, ensuring adherence to deadlines and expectations 
  • Manage the textbook requirement process and ensure booklists are submitted on time 
  • Provide administrative and technical support to faculty and teaching assistants 
  • Schedule and organize faculty meetings, creating agendas and documentation of outcomes and recommendations 
  • Ensure faculty are equipped for teaching and that they have access to all the required tools to prepare for their course(s) 
  • Manage the academic budgeting process 
  • Provide oversight and organization in the process of assessing teaching and learning 
  • Gather and organize student and faculty data related to academic outcomes and evaluation (i.e., end of course surveys) 
  • Organize and support curriculum review and development processes 
  • Recruit and contract Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as needed, from both internal and external channels 
  • Provide oversight of the PGS virtual, open-source library 
  • Work with Marketing to ensure accurate and up-to-date information is available on the PGS website 
  • Manage the Expert in Residency (EIR) program 
  • Work with the Registrar to ensure the development and documentation of academic policies in the Student Catalog, ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies such as the Department of Education, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), state authorization, Bureau for Private and Post-Secondary Education (BPPE), Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Military Tuition Assistance Program, etc.   
  • Ensure timely submission of grades to the Registrar 
  • Collaborate on the development of the Academic Calendar 
  • Collaborate on the development and oversight of academic events  
  • Support the administration of academic policies such as those related to the Code of Academic Conduct and Satisfactory Academic Progress 
  • Ensure institutional compliance with privacy standards and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  
  • Supports the development of an Academic strategic plan 
  • Provides administrative support to the Provost 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Qualifications  

The Academic Affairs Manager is an ideal role for someone who is motivated, organized, and who has a robust understanding of the academic needs and structure within institutions of higher education. This person should be goal-oriented, professional, and resourceful while adhering to strict deadlines and creating organizational systems for maximum efficiency and accountability. The person in this role must be skilled at building great relationships with colleagues, faculty, and students as communication and collaboration are essential to the growth and culture of PGS. This person should be a creative thinker and willing to approach problems and challenges with an open-minded approach, always balancing best practices in higher education with innovation to suit the needs of PGS. This role will provide key information that helps leverage the institution’s strategy and direction, remaining enthusiastic about and committed to PGS’s goals, values, and future.  

This position is ideal for someone who has experience in academic administration at a growing institution. Candidates must demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to manage academic administration in a highly engaged, collaborative environment. This requires positivity, innovation, detail-orientation, and excellent resource management. The candidate should also have thorough knowledge and understanding of the higher education structure, accreditation, FERPA, Department of Education requirements, and other regulatory matters. 

Ideally, candidates will have at least five years of academic administration experience working in a fast-paced environment. Bachelor’s degree required.  

Is Presidio Graduate School the right place for you?  

PGS is not a typical higher education institution. We are a fast-paced social enterprise with a high commitment to academic excellence and student outcomes. In addition, we are in a “rebirth” phase. A high proportion of the staff is new, and we are launching into an invigorating era of program diversification and growth. Our mission is at the core of all that we do, and our team highly values systems thinking, social justice, and environmental sustainability.   

Our team will be working remotely until summer 2021, at which time we plan to have an office near a BART station in San Francisco or Oakland. We compensate our employees well, offer unlimited / flex vacation, and are united in our common mission around sustainability, social justice, and education. Bay Area candidates are preferred for eventual proximity to in-person events, but we will also consider remote candidates who can travel to the Bay Area (post-COVID) and who can work during Pacific time business hours. 

How to Apply  

To apply for a current job opening, please send your salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to [email protected] Applications will not be considered without a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position.  

Presidio Graduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer  

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, or disability in accordance with federal law.  

Presidio Graduate School (PGS) educates and inspires a new generation of leaders in what have been described as the nation’s most innovative and respected graduate programs in sustainability. As Duff McDonald wrote in The New York Times, “if you want to change the world, go to Presidio Graduate School.”

PGS’s programs emphasize curriculum integration, systems thinking, and experiential learning, as well as a focus on environmental sustainability and social justice in every course. Our faculty members are committed to teaching excellence, practice-oriented research, maintaining the vibrant PGS community, and building the field of sustainability and social justice leaders. PGS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information about PGS, our community, and course offerings, please visit https://www.presidio.edu/academics/.

As part of our plans to expand our academic offerings, PGS is in the process of launching a largely online Masters in Public Administration program. The Chair of the Master’s in Public Administration program will join PGS at a pivotal moment of program development. To support our exciting new program, built around problem- and inquiry-based learning, we are looking for someone who can bring steady, creative, and passionate leadership to ensure the vision of the program is well-executed. The Chair will immerse themselves in the PGS community, lead the collaborative launch of this new program, including teaching multiple courses, ensure a top-quality student experience, and ensure the program maintains academic excellence.

We are looking for a candidate that wants to help build an innovative, cutting edge MPA program, based in systems thinking, that brings together key aspects of environmental sustainability and social justice through problem-based learning to empower the next generation of public administration professionals.

Position Responsibilities

  1. Programmatic Leadership
    • Leading the roll-out and growth of a top-tier MPA program focused on social justice, sustainability, and systems thinking
    • Hiring and developing faculty to ensure academic excellence
    • Creating and managing unique hands-on learning opportunities through the creation of a new body such as a public partnership lab
    • Supporting the problem-based learning approach by building and maintaining community partnerships for student experiential learning projects
  2. Curriculum Development and Ongoing Assessment
    • Collaborating in the development of a complete program course list with course descriptions and course learning outcomes.
    • Collaborating to ensure program alignment to external standards including the development and execution of ongoing assessment
  3. Teaching
    • Developing and teaching selected courses in the new program

Minimum Qualifications

  • Broad disciplinary understanding of public administration, public policy, and/or urban planning
  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • Critical understanding of the relationship between systems thinking, environmental sustainability, social justice, the common good, and civic leadership
  • Relevant teaching experience or demonstrable ability to teach at the graduate level
  • Experience in leadership and pedagogy of academic programs in a reputable university in both online and in-person modalities

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD in a related discipline.
  • Evidence of thought leadership in systems thinking, environmental sustainability, social justice, and/or civic leadership.
  • Experience or demonstrable ability to develop and teach online courses and use online teaching platforms.
  • Relevant professional experience and demonstrable ability to integrate practice into applied teaching methodologies at the graduate level.
  • Based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To Apply

Candidates are invited to submit an application packet to [email protected]. Applications should include the following documents:

Required Documents

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Unofficial academic transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. Teaching statement
  5. Academic leadership philosophy statement

Optional Documents

  1. Teaching portfolio including syllabi and/or a summary of teaching evaluations
  2. Evidence of professional practice—submit any one, or combination of the following: a portfolio of projects (PDF file), a personal or professional website, examples of published work (PDF file)

Presidio Graduate School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Presidio Graduate School seeks an exceptional Academic Dean with a proven track record of developing, improving, and overseeing cutting-edge, high-quality academic programs, ideally in a small institution. This individual provides the leadership, management, and expertise necessary to accomplish strategic and operational academic program planning and assessment; develop and document required academic policies and processes; oversee academic programs and curriculum development; and manage faculty recruiting, inclusive talent management, and professional development.

This position reports to the President and works closely with university leadership on Presidio Graduate School’s strategic growth and holistic success. They are a critical player in the new chapter of PGS as we set our school up for a course of transformative impact and performance. They oversee the academic strength of new programs and certificates to ensure compelling market differentiation through innovative curriculum and identifying, recruiting, and engaging diverse faculty and subject matter experts.    

The Dean is ultimately responsible for the success of PGS’s curriculum, student academic experience, accreditation, and faculty. They work closely with the VP of Institutional Effectiveness as well as the Academic Coordinator to develop and manage smooth academic operations. 

The Dean supports student success by working with faculty to create an outstanding learning environment and with administrative staff to understand and resolve student issues and concerns.

The Dean is the executive head of the faculty and acts as its chief academic officer. They oversee assessment programming that continually develops faculty and improves and refreshes the quality of the graduate-level program. 

The Dean works closely with the President and the leadership team in the annual budgeting process and manages the academic budget.

 Qualifications

  • Experience developing and leading successful academic programs
  • Ability to recruit and manage high performing, diverse faculty, both full-time and adjunct
  • Commitment to PGS’s mission, environmental sustainability, racial equity, and social justice
  • High standards of professional excellence 
  • A positive, open, can-do attitude
  • Excellent communicator and collaborator 
  • Efficient and deadline oriented with respect to institutional needs, strategic planning, and goals
  • Experience with WASC and accreditation preferred
  • PhD or equivalent 
  • Ability to work at high strategic levels and execute on mundane details when needed

Is Presidio Graduate School the right place for you?

PGS is not a typical higher ed institution. We are more like a fast-paced social enterprise with a high commitment to academic excellence and student outcomes. In addition, we are in a “rebirth” phase. A high proportion of the staff is new, and we are launching into an invigorating era of program diversification and growth. Our mission is at the core of all we do, and our team highly values social justice and environmental sustainability.

Our team will be working remotely until summer 2021, at which time we plan to have an office near a BART station in San Francisco or Oakland. We compensate our employees well, offer unlimited / flex vacation, and are united in our common mission around sustainability, social justice, and education. Bay Area candidates are preferred for eventual proximity to in-person events, but we will also consider remote candidates who can travel to the Bay Area (post-COVID) and who can work during Pacific time business hours.

How to Apply

To apply for a current job opening, please send your salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to [email protected]. Applications will not be considered without a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position.

Presidio Graduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap, or disability in accordance with federal law.

Presidio Graduate School (PGS) educates and inspires a new generation of leaders in what has been described as the nation’s most innovative and respected graduate programs in sustainability. As Duff McDonald wrote in the New York Times, “if you want to change the world, go to Presidio Graduate School.”

PGS’s programs emphasize curriculum integration, systems thinking, and experiential learning, as well as a focus on environmental sustainability and social justice in every course. Our faculty members are committed to teaching excellence, practice-oriented research, maintaining the vibrant PGS community, and building the field of sustainability and social justice leaders. PGS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information about PGS, our community, and course offerings, please visit https://www.presidio.edu/academics/.

We are looking for adjunct faculty candidates that want to teach based in systems thinking that brings together key aspects of environmental sustainability and social justice through problem-based learning to empower the next generation of business and public administration professionals.

The adjunct faculty will develop and teach assigned courses in a fully online modality in the Spring 2021 semester that starts on January 19, 2021.

Currently, there are several open positions for adjunct faculty to teach the following MBA courses in the Spring 2021 semester. The course descriptions are below in the Appendix.

  1. MBA Program courses
    • Data Analytics
    • Strategy
    • Capital Structures and Technology for Impactful Financial Markets

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • Critical understanding of the relationship between systems thinking, environmental sustainability, social justice, and business or civic leadership
  • Relevant teaching experience or demonstrable ability to teach at the graduate level
  • Experience in the pedagogy of related courses in a reputable university in both online and in-person modalities

Desired Qualifications

  • PhD in a related discipline
  • Evidence of thought leadership in systems thinking, environmental sustainability, social justice, and/or civic leadership
  • Experience or demonstrable ability to develop and teach online courses and use online teaching platforms
  • Relevant professional experience and demonstrable ability to integrate practice into applied teaching methodologies at the graduate level

 General Teaching Responsibilities

  • Design and management of semester-length course, including 5 six-hour-long teaching sessions and 8 evening webinars
  • Design and delivery of online learning content using the Canvas platform
  • Timely grading, evaluation, and feedback.
  • Holding weekly office hours – we are a “high-touch” program and view faculty accessibility as core to student success
  • Advising students on projects and coursework
  • Upholding academic standards of performance and integrity

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend two online faculty meetings per semester
  • Participate in monthly faculty meetings (via conference call)
  • Participate in the integration of your course with the other courses at PGS

To Apply

Candidates are invited to submit an application packet to [email protected].  Applications should include the following documents:

Required Documents

  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Academic Transcripts (official transcripts due upon hire)
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents

  1. Teaching Portfolio including syllabi and/or a summary of teaching evaluations
  2. Evidence of Professional Practice. Submit any one, or combination of the following: Portfolio of projects (pdf file), Personal or professional website, examples of published work (pdf file).

Presidio Graduate School is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Appendix: Course Descriptions

  • Data Analytics

We live in a world overwhelmed with data. How can we find the data we need, and how might we best make use of the data we have? This course challenges students to discover, evaluate, analyze, and utilize data to promote social justice and sustainability. We will learn where and how to find valuable data, how to perform basic statistical analyses on that data, and how to critically analyze the data and statistics we encounter and create. Data is in part powerful because of its ability to help us tell stories. To that end, in this course, we will learn how to use quantitative data to create compelling narratives and tell the stories we need to bring about the changes we want to see in the world.

  • Strategy

This course presents cutting-edge ideas on how strategy is evolving and the implications for socially- and environmentally-engaged management. Through considering classical approaches to strategy (such as resource-based views of the firm that capture capability logic), modern approaches (such as hyper-competition and high- velocity perspectives that embody guerrilla logic), and emerging approaches (such as eco-systemic and chaos theory-based views that incorporate a complexity logic), the course covers traditional, mainstream, and progressive perspectives on strategic management. As a whole, it provides conceptual tools and practical methodologies for catalyzing organizational transformation based on a strategic, systemic, and sustainable appreciation of change. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed throughout the course focus on consideration of the emerging trends and new areas of opportunity to be taken into account in developing strategies and designing processes and structures in sustainable organizations of the 21st century.

  • Capital Structures and Technology for Impactful Financial Markets

Sustainable solutions can be financed by traditional and innovative capital structures, whether a business, civil society NGO, or government. Technological innovations, new platforms, and online communities empower organizations seeking capital to connect with a wider reach of investors, at a lower cost and with customized engagement.  This course focuses on the building blocks of financing – known as the “capital stack”—to fund the operations, expansion, and impact of entities across the business, social, and government sectors; and the technologies that enable new securities (e.g. social impact bond), structures, and sources of capital.  Students will learn how to think and act like a chief financial officer to issue securities (equity, debt, convertible, revenue-based securities) and evaluate sample “term sheets.” In addition, students will learn about tech-enabled innovations (e.g. crowd-funding, crypto-currencies, blockchain) in financial systems, processes, products, and providers.

How to apply

To apply for a current job opening, please send your salary requirements, cover letter, and resume to [email protected]. Applications will not be considered without a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position.

Presidio Graduate School is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, handicap or disability in accordance with federal law.