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Manager, Course Planning

Dean’s Office

Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks a full-time Manager, Course Planning in the Dean’s Office. Course Planning oversees approximately 3500 courses for nearly 5500 Parsons and University students. The development and implementation of the academic offerings is done in partnership with the deans and directors within the five schools comprising Parsons. Together they oversee more than 30 distinct programs, across eight degree types. On this urban campus, space planning and efficiency is also essential to the work of the Course Planners.

The Manager, Course Planning will work with school Undergraduate and Graduate Program Directors, Managers of Part-time Faculty, and in partnership with the Parsons Dean’s Office to plan and build curriculum. The ideal candidate will have excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. The Manager will also assure the adherence to budget and related deadlines as a critical responsibility. The position reports to the Director, Course Planning.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


Strategically project-manage the course planning process through to the successful implementation of curriculum working closely with academic leadership and program directors. This includes:

  • Serving as a key member of Parsons Course Planning team to ensure program delivery is implemented efficiently and within budget. Contribute to the production of related space, fiscal and faculty resource needs assessment.

  • Managing and monitoring course enrollments actively through the registration process to improve efficiency while ensuring positive student registration outcomes.

  • Develop and implement strategies to optimize school enrollment/headcounts in courses and in consideration of enrollment history/data.

  • Providing strategic recommendations for course additions and cancellations when necessary.

  • Overseeing, tracking and efficiently resolving student requests related to course registration; serving as a member of the leadership team with counterparts in admissions and advising with respect to new student enrollment.

  • Actively participating in key committees such as School Leadership and School Curriculum in order to anticipate, quantify and plan for impact of curricular changes and enrollment shifts.

  • Leading discussions with program directors, academic leadership, and advisors to assess the impact of new programs and curricular changes for students and faculty; facilitate communication within schools to inform students, faculty and staff about curricular developments, policy changes, and registration matters.

  • Actively engaging with the Director and Assistant Director of Course Planning to assure instructional spaces are designed to adequately accommodate courses including attributes (i.e. software, hardware, furniture, and adjacencies, etc); analyzing data provided by Dean’s Office to support future capital planning; serving as point-person on room scheduling matters for academic programs.

  • Working in concert with Managers of Part-Time Faculty Affairs to assure part-time faculty obligations are realized for schools; supporting processes to identify need for and proper placement of Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows; assuring placement for Full-Time Faculty.

  • Managing the review and executing the implementation of curricular changes as approved by School, Parsons and University Curriculum Committees.

  • Supervising and providing ongoing oversight in the production, completion, submission, proofing and revising of key documentation for classes in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

  • Creating and maintaining shared schedule documentation containing information including, but not limited to, overall curricular program offerings, faculty assignments, course meeting days and times, and room assignments.

  • Creating and maintaining shared curricular documentation containing information including, but not limited to, course pedagogy, course descriptions, co- and prerequisite information, room-type preferences, adjacencies, seat reservations, and course restrictions.

  • Performing additional tasks as required.

The New School is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that promises diversity and tolerance in all areas of employment, education and access to its educational, artistic or cultural programs and activities. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including actual or perceived gender identity or expression or transgender status), sexual orientation, sexual and other reproductive health decisions, pregnancy, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Minimum of three years’ relevant administrative experience

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, summarize, and draw conclusions from large datasets

  • High level of computer proficiency in Google Drive, MS Office, and online database systems; strong knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software is essential

  • Ability to work well under pressure, take initiative, and follow-through on multiple tasks while maintaining high degree of accuracy, speed and poise

  • Ability to communicate well with different populations at the University including faculty, students and staff

  • Excellent task-management, organizational and inter-personal/service skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree