Director of Summer and Winter Sessions

Purdue University

Director of Summer and Winter Sessions

Purdue University

Job Summary

The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions at Purdue University (West Lafayette) is seeking its next Director. This student-centered, adaptive, collaborative, and innovative unit is committed to leveraging summer and winter opportunities to maximize student success. Their outstanding work has been recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as a recent recipient of their John N Gardner Institutional Excellence Award. The number of students (e.g., high school students, incoming and current Purdue students) engaged in summer has increased by 69% in the last 10 years (23,022 students in Summer 2023) and winter session is a new academic term at Purdue with excellent potential. 

The Director of Summer and Winter Sessions reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and is responsible for the overall leadership of both summer and winter sessions (team of 8-10 staff), with specific responsibility for academic program development, course capacity, financial and budget planning, assessment/continuous improvement, and marketing. The Director of Summer and Winter Sessions must be innovative, forward-thinking, and a transparent and direct communicator. Their leadership style needs to include evidence of commitment to equity and inclusion, promotion of staff development and mentorship, and advancement of essential collaborations across campus (e.g., academic departments, residential life, and student success units).

Review of applications will begin: Wednesday, October 25th 

A cover letter is required to be fully considered

Pay range: $108-127K


  • Master’s degree 
  • 6-7 years of experience of program management in higher education.
  • Visionary and collaborative leadership skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven success in student success-related programs Evidence of commitment to inclusion and maximizing the potential of all students
  • Understanding of the complexities of working at a large public land grant institution
  • Evidence of commitment to equity, inclusion, and maximizing the potential of all students 
  • Navigating and problem-solving within the context of a large, complex, public land grant institution


  • Doctoral degree in higher education or related field
  • Leadership experience at a large public land grant institution 

Additional Information: 

  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary CLICK HERE
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position    
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position  
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)  
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions immediately    
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Career Stream

Management 5
Pay Band S085
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