Director of Executive Masters

Contract Type:  Open-ended

Lausanne, CH

About IMD


The Institute for Management Development (IMD) is an independent academic institution with Swiss roots and global reach, founded more than 75 years ago by business leaders for business leaders. Since its creation, IMD has been a pioneering force in developing leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.
Based in Lausanne (Switzerland) and Singapore, IMD has been ranked in the Top 3 of the annual FT’s Executive Education Global Ranking for the last nine consecutive years and in the top five for 17 consecutive years. Our MBA and EMBA programs have repeatedly been singled out among the best in Europe and the world.  
We believe that this consistency at the forefront of our industry is grounded in IMD’s unique approach to creating “Real Learning. Real Impact”. Led by an expert and diverse faculty, we strive to be the trusted learning partner of choice for ambitious individuals and organizations worldwide. Our purpose is “Challenging what is and inspiring what could be, we develop leaders who transform organizations and contribute to society.”


To reinforce our team, we are looking for a


Director of Executive Masters 


Reporting to the Associate Dean of Degree Programs, the Director will have operating responsibility for all aspects of a new set of innovative Executive Master degrees that will leverage IMD’s open enrolment executive education portfolio. This includes collaborating with IMD faculty to design learning journeys, to develop learning objectives and assessments and providing academic advising to program participants. The Director will also be the principal point person for the IMD marketing and admissions departments. Furthermore, the Director will anchor the student experience via individual advising, regular check ins, and virtual sessions.



Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Curriculum Management: 
-    Develop, review, and update the Executive Master programs curricula to ensure they are relevant, up-to-date, and aligned with the institution’s goals 
-    Manage the portfolio of Executive Master programs, participant journeys and open program availability and enrolment
-    Explore and implement innovative teaching methods and technologies to enhance the learning experience of the program(s) and inter-modular activities 


Participant engagement and management:
-    Advise participants in the planning process of their journeys including course content, commitments, expectations, and outcomes 
-    Support participants throughout their journey including assessment support, upcoming activities, shortcomings, and challenges
-    Assessment management: Monitor participant assessments and grades and ensure module completion criteria are met and adhered to. Manage assessment grading with external experts &/ learning managers 
-    Participate in information sessions for prospective students


Academic and admission planning: 
-    Collaborate with the Academic Affairs manager for planning and resourcing 
-    Collaborate with the admissions team for forecasted enrolments and enrolments to respective programs 


Quality Assurance and Accreditation: 
-    Continuously assess program effectiveness, quality, learning outcomes through regular assessment and impact measurements 
-    Ensure that accreditation standards are maintained (implemented) and meets the requirements of relevant accrediting bodies 
-    Collaborate on accreditation processes with internal stakeholders 


Stakeholder Relations: 
-    Maintain effective communication with Degree Department, faculty, participants, and external stakeholders  




•    MBA or Master’s degree required. Doctorate a plus.  


•    Experience in a client-facing role requiring regular client interface both proactive and reactive and the development of strong communication and interpersonal skills 
•    Experience working in a higher education or talent development environment, either consultancy, learning and development or similar  
•    Understanding of, and experience working on pedagogical design and methods 
•    Project management, with robust experience managing multiple projects simultaneously using established project management methodologies 
•    A high level of comfort with technology and digital is essential, while full training will be provided in the specific systems that you will be using  


•    Customer-centricity, desire to engage with clients, understand their needs and concerns to be able to advise, support and proactively seek out solutions 
•    Ability to shape, structure and implement solutions for clients 
•    Project and self-management, to identify key priorities for action in the context of a dynamic environment and to manage the slate of client and development projects 
•    Excellent organizational and administrative skills
•    Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, required for impactful communication with both clients and colleagues and the ability to communicate complex ideas with passion and clarity 
•    Fluent in English and any additional language is an asset 
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment   


How to apply


If you have the above skills and would like to work in our stimulating environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas). 

If you’re a qualified candidate with a disability (such as dyslexia, sight and/or hearing disabilities, etc) and you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for this position, please specify it in your application. 

A valid Swiss work permit or Swiss or EU-25EFTA citizenship is required for this position.