Assistant Director/MPP Program Manager


Position Title

Assistant Director/MPP Program Manager


Public Policy Institute


Full Time/Exempt

Position Summary

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute Assistant Director and Master in Public Policy (MPP) Program Manager is responsible for: (1) The administration of the MPP program; (2) The administration of the Institute’s on campus public policy programs; (3) Oversight of the Institute’s website and social media; (4) Oversight of MPP student recruitment and marketing efforts, and (5) As Assistant Director, works with the Executive Director on all matters related to the Public Policy Institute and its academic, on campus, and community programs.

Essential Job Duties

MPP Program - Responsible for the administration of the MPP program, including the MPP degree program, Executive MPP program, three dual degree programs (MPP-JD, MPP-MBA, MPP-Marine Science), and the undergraduate Minor in Public Policy. These responsibilities include:

  • JU PPI Internship Program administration, which includes oversight, coordination, verification, and logistics of internships for JU MPP students (including internship applications, presentations of participating agencies, logistics and data, and student tracking).
  • Capstone project oversight and administration
  • Oversight and administration of the traditional MPP degree program, Executive MPP (EMPP) degree program, three MPP dual degree programs, and the undergraduate Minor in Public Policy
  • Course catalog, scheduling of classes, Blackboard administration and updating, assist MPP students, orientation program for new students, admissions
  • Coordination with Admissions and the Registrar
  • Coordination of the Policy Matters Journal in conjunction with MPP faculty
  • Archiving and making accessible internship reports and capstone projects
  • Assessment data collection and archiving
  • Oversight, tracking, and managing the Institute’s fundraising data
  • Advising MPP students including scheduling, curriculum, graduation requirements, etc.
  • Support for faculty including scheduling, contracts, evaluations
  • Support for MPP program committees
  • All related Institute and MPP Program logistics, operations, data collection, scheduling, and administrative responsibilities

Administration of On Campus Public Policy Programs – Working with the Institute Executive Administrator, includes responsibility for logistics and operations in hosting Institute events and programs including lectures, conferences, forums, debates, summits, training programs, and board meetings.

Website and Social Media – Website and social media responsibility includes monitoring, reviewing, and updating the Institute website and social media. While the University has a Web Manager and the Institute Executive Administrator has a leading role on the website and social media, the MPP Program Manager will oversee the website and social media and will update basic content, text, and graphics on the website. The MPP Program Manager, along with the Institute Executive Administrator, will also be responsible for JU MPP social media.

Marketing and Recruiting – While the Marketing and Communications Department is responsible for marketing and the Graduate Admissions Office is responsible for recruitment, the MPP Program Manager, in conjunction with the Institute Coordinator, will serve as liaison to each and have significant responsibilities for coordination, development and implementation of JU MPP marketing and MPP student recruitment efforts. Assistant Director – As Assistant Director, works closely with the Executive Director on all matters relating to the Institute.

Special Skills

  • Position requires excellent writing skills, oral communication skills, computer proficiency, management skills, and the ability to work with people.

Work Conditions

  • The Institute is housed in the Davis College of Business (DCOB) at Jacksonville University. Standard office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, with occasional evening and weekend events. Most work is done indoors in DCOB but the Institute works collaboratively with the JU faculty and many University departments, including Graduate Admissions, the Registrar, the Marking and Communications Department, Finance and Administration, University Advancement, and the university Web Manager. JU PPI also works collaboratively with local government, non-profit organizations, and other organizations.

Physical Requirements

  • Office work required.
  • Must be able to work on computer, draft documents, and communicate effectively
  • Some minimal travel may be needed in working with community organizations and in marketing and recruiting.

Prerequisites Required for Position

Minimum Education Requirement

  • Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree

Minimum Work Experience

  • See job qualifications, description, and special skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Administrative and management experience
  • Technology and computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suites, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Social media and website development skills
  • Marketing experience a positive
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

Covid Vaccination Information: Faculty and Staff

All Jacksonville University employees who work at any JU facility must be vaccinated against COVID-19.

For more information regarding the JU vaccination policy, please click the link below.

JU Vaccination Policy

To Apply

Interested applicants are asked to send a completed JU Application and copy of their resume, cover letter, and list of references to Rick Mullaney at