Director of Academic Programs

HEADway Advisory
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France / “Grand Sud” (Grand South)
Employment Type
Permanent Full-time

HEADway Advisory, the leading strategic consulting firm dedicated exclusively to higher education, research, and instruction, is recruiting for a French Business School locate in Frances’s “Grand Sud” (Grand South)

Director of Academic Programs

The Director of Academic Programs, a member of the Executive Committee, leads all the school’s diploma programs, academic and associated educational services as well as student activities and living conditions.

This Director is backed by Program Directors, teams dedicated and linked with functional services.

In conjunction with Executive Management, general strategy and program development are elaboratedto create academic strategy in coordination with academic teams and professors who harmonize operational implementation.

Above and beyond development, responsibility for administrative execution of programs of all the group’scampus sites are also included in this role.

Steering and evaluation committees are also within the scope of this director’s responsibilities, especially the evaluation of research professors.

Program quality falls under this director’s obligations with missions to innovate, especially numeric training offers.

This Director is also responsible for the budget and the economic balance of programs under his guidance with key performance indicators (academic proceeds, quality benchmarks).

Generally, participating in the development of the school’s imagefocusing on key objectives is expected.

Ultimately, this role assumes full responsibility,stimulatingteams with the management committee.

Expected Profile:

  • Doctorate or PhD in one of the major business school disciplines, an HDR (Accreditation to Supervise Research) is considered a plus,
  • Excellent knowledge of higher education and research with a Master’s degree from the system of “Grandes Ecoles” (Elite French Institutions of Higher Education) and strong knowledge of French Management School frameworks (curriculum, specificities, sourcing and international relations),
  • Significant experience managing programs (1 or 2 previous posts): 7 to 15 years,
  • Recognized ability to lead and collaborate with research professors,
  • International accreditation procedures expertise
  • French and English fluency obligatory, another language is considered a plus,

Principal Qualities:

  • Leadership and strategic vision of higher education for at least 10 years in the future,
  • Sense of responsibility and organization
  • Business and results orientation
  • Ability to motivate teams and render them responsible,
  • Management talent, change process expertise,
  • Autonomy, sense of teamwork, comfortable human contact with students and professors
  • Strong initiative and proposal capacities,
  • Steering and bottom line culture

Position details:

Based in the southern half of France with international business travel, as a director, a permanent contract with a four-month trial period which can be extended once.

Elements of compensation based on the candidate’s specific profile

Recruiting procedures:

Please send relevant prospect documents to our consultant Sylvain Obarowski at the following e-mail address:

After two interviews with HEADway consultants, short-list candidates will be introduced to the school’s executives.

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