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Job: Program Development Specialist - Engineering

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Posted: 05/16/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: R000014165-1

Job Type: Engineering/Architecture

Keywords: electronic,

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Grand Canyon University is seeking a Program Development Manger. This position, under minimal supervision, is responsible for coordinating the University’s recruitment efforts, serving as a liaison between prospects, students, Admissions personnel and the corresponding college and program. 

Selected candidate will coordinate, direct, implement and assess all aspects of the College Program recruitment and outreach activities to maximize enrollment growth of high caliber undergraduate students.


  • Develops a cooperative recruitment strategy and process for improving enrollment in a specific program or family of programs
  • Works collaboratively with Marketing and Deans (or Dean Designates) to ensure all opportunities for recruitment are being leveraged and communicated.
  • Establishes, organizes and monitors all program-related recruitment efforts, including the communication and intervals of contact with prospects and students.
  • Responsible for ensuring program’s recruitment targets are met through collaboration with College and Admissions personnel.
  • Establishes processes to standardize communication and general understanding of program requirements, content and application/scholarship procedures for Admissions personnel.
  • Serves as liaison between college management and prospects, answering questions and concerns about curriculum, programming, requirements, etc.
  • Participates in campus events to showcase program to prospects and generates presentation tools/materials Admissions can use in the field to support promoting the program.
  • Responsible for ensuring campus visits present GCU in positive and enticing manner; ensures all facilities visited are GCU friendly and showcase ready for prospective students and families and all personnel utilized to showcase GCU are trained to handle presentations/conversations in professional and engaging manner.
  • Ensures communication regarding the program(s) is timely, professional and establishes a sense of pride in the University and its innovative approach to curriculum and program design from a student experience perspective.
  • Collects, monitors and maintains prospective student data related to Admissions-oriented milestones and evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of recruitment events and procedures; recommends and implements changes after collaboration with Admissions management and College management.
  • Makes recommendations for improvements to program relative to curriculum based upon research and feedback from current and prospective students.
  • Uses social media platforms and/or other electronic communications technology to communicate and reach students to promote services and programs; collaborates with marketing to ensure all communication meets GCU messaging and branding content.
  • Provides and trains resources to support student visitors for Discover GCU, Campus Tours, Orientation and other important new student events for conversion purposes.
  • Researches and reports on current innovations and trends in college comparable programs, and recommends improvements either in recruitment, participation or development of additional resources.
  • Ensures all recruitment strategies, policy and program guidelines align with GCU academic philosophy and initiatives.
  • Travel within ancillary territories to support recruitment fairs and events.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; emphasis or work experience in specific discipline highly preferred.
  • Minimum of one year related experience in higher education
  • Ability to learn the College program and its requirements for admissions and keep up to date on current trends.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Effective communications and active listening skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaborative team situations; develops productive work relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Responsive, takes action and resolves issues as necessary.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement of quality, processes, self and others.
  • Ability to effectively cope with changing priorities.
  • Accountable and responsible for business actions.
  • Proficiency with computers and routine office software such as MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to work with social media to reach prospective students.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills to ensure the effective and efficient overall operation of the programs to maximize University resources.
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions to resolve complex situations.
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment background check(s).
  • Cannot be delinquent or in default on a federal student loan as verified in your credit report.  If in a rehabilitation program, your credit report must reflect that you are current, not delinquent, on your payments.
  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University


GCU’s Christian worldview has shaped the university’s mission and growth for more than 65 years. As a Christ-centered higher education institution, GCU integrates faith, learning and work to connect the GCU community with distinct Christian principles and strong central values. At GCU, working professionals may find their purpose in ways marked by compassion, service, integrity and concern for the common good.

Employment is contingent upon the satisfactory outcome (as determined by the university) of pre-employment screening activities, including a background check.

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