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Johns Hopkins University - KSAS Advanced Academic Programs

Assistant Program Director/Lecturer or Sr. Lecturer, Data Analytics and Policy

Washington, DC, 20001

January 29

Job Description

The Johns Hopkins University invites applications for the position of assistant program director. This position will support the MS in Data Analytics and Policy program in the Center for Data Analytics, Policy, and Government within the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Advanced Academic Programs division. Reporting to the director of the Data Analytics and Policy program and associate dean for graduate and professional programs, the assistant program director will contribute to the program’s academic excellence and support ongoing innovation in the curriculum. Johns Hopkins University is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. 

 Advanced Academic Programs 

Advanced Academic Programs is a Krieger School of Arts and Sciences division at Johns Hopkins University. As the nation’s oldest and one of its most prestigious research universities, JHU offers high-quality master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students online in Washington, D.C., and on the Homewood campus in Baltimore, Maryland. AAP enrolls over 6,000 students each academic year in over 30 degree programs.  

AAP was launched in 1992 to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in a professional and part-time graduate program. Over the course of more than 30 years, AAP has worked diligently to add new degree programs that fit within the academic structure of the Krieger School and satisfy the demands of the marketplace. AAP distinguishes itself through its intensive instructional assistance, selective admissions, and more than 50 dedicated full-time faculty. Tenured Krieger School faculty members serve as program chairs within AAP and work together in the Council of Program Chairs, an academic advisory body to the Krieger School dean. AAP’s website, http://advanced.jhu.edu/, provides additional information. 

The Position 

The Advanced Academic Programs division seeks an assistant program director to teach in and provide administrative support to the Data Analytics and Policy program. The Master of Science in Data Analytics and Policy prepares students to be data-driven leaders and decision-makers, with a curriculum that blends data science training with substantive expertise in politics and policy. The assistant program director has academic and administrative duties supporting the curriculum, students, adjunct faculty, and the program’s public presence. The assistant program director will have significant interaction/collaboration with the program director and other faculty within the Center for Data Analytics, Policy, and Government, as well as across other AAP programs. 

The assistant program director is a full-time, non-tenure-track, 12-month renewable faculty position with the academic title of lecturer or senior lecturer, commensurate with experience. The assistant program director reports to the director of the data analytics and policy program, who consults with the center director and program chair on academic matters, and to the associate dean for graduate and professional programs, who leads AAP and reports to the Krieger School dean.  


Academic Responsibilities 

  • Teach five graduate courses per year, including preparation and time spent in the classroom (both onsite at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center in Washington, D.C., and online), using best practices for teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds  
  • Develop new courses, both in-person and online 
  • Coordinate with adjunct faculty in the delivery of multi-section courses 
  • Advise students, including both program and research advising 
  • Provide input on the curriculum to ensure the delivery and growth of quality programs
  • Other academic duties normally performed by full-time or regular part-time faculty, such as participating on committees, attending academic events, and contributing to other academic service 

Administrative Responsibilities 

  • Assist the program director with program administration, such as reviewing admission materials, developing program materials, and maintaining program communications 
  • Assist with the management of degree concentrations 
  • Organize professionally and academically enriching co-curricular programming that engages students and external audiences, such as skills workshops, networking opportunities, and public-facing events  
  • Participate in adjunct faculty hiring and development  
  • Other administrative duties as assigned


The assistant program director role is critical to maintaining the overall high quality of this program. The assistant program director must have a passion for education and its power to change lives, especially for part-time and non-residential students. A track record of successful graduate and/or online teaching, as well as skills in instructional design, content development, and instructional technology, are important. 

Candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds are of particular interest. 

To be considered, candidates should meet a set of minimum qualifications and ideally meet several additional preferred qualifications.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD in political science, public policy, statistics, or other relevant field 
  • One to three years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level 
  • Expertise required to teach a variety of courses at the confluence of data analytics and policy, such as statistics, programming in R and Python, data visualization, research design, and political and public policy analysis 
  • Interest in leading and engaging with co-curricular programming and public-facing initiatives related to data analytics and public policy 
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to work collaboratively, iteratively, and creatively on program development 

 Preferred Qualifications

  • 4 or more years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level  
  • 1-3 years of related professional work experience outside of academia, including but not limited to, government service, outside consulting, or collaborative work within fields related to politics, governance, and/or policy 
  • Professional interests in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the application of these technologies to political and governmental processes 
  • Experience managing a degree or certificate program 
  • Demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and innovation in curriculum design 
  • The ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing demands and multiple deadlines in both on-site and online environments

Application Instructions

For consideration interested and qualified candidates should submit the following materials: 

  • Cover letter that describes the applicant’s interest in the position 
  • CV  
  • Teaching evaluations from the two most recent semesters 
  • Transcripts for every degree awarded

The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background check, provide three references, and submit proof of educational attainment.

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