Job Information

University of Utah Academic Program Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 01/10/2022

Requisition Number PRN28937B

Job Title Academic Program Manager

Working Title Academic Program Manager

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01508 - Entertainment Arts Engineering

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 39300 to 60000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Entertainment Arts and Engineering ( EAE ) Program is a top-ranked program in video game education and research and is a national leader in the vibrant discipline of games. The program’s diverse and creative faculty and staff work to provide a one-of-a-kind learning experience in game development and they advance cutting-edge research that changes the future of play.

EAE is looking for a highly motivated person to serve as it’s Academic Program Manager. This person will help develop and administer our academic and research programs by designing, scheduling and evaluating academic operations and instructional staffing, negotiating contracts and program funding, overseeing facilities and infrastructure projects, and solving related problems. They will manage staff, collaborate with program faculty and other departments to develop curriculum, outreach, and/or research programs. They will support the program Director in strategic planning and execution.

The value of being an employee at the University of Utah goes far beyond your base salary, so we encourage you to carefully consider and compare our total package offer. This package includes a variety of excellent employee benefits, including health care coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave time as well as other valuable benefits, services, and programs such as tuition reduction. One example is the U’s retirement benefits which amount to a 14.2% contribution in addition to your annual salary. You may view the U’s total compensation estimator to calculate the approximate value of your total compensation If you have any questions on how to use the estimator tool, please contact Human Resources at 801-581-7447.


The Academic Program Manager will work under the direction of the EAE Director to create and run programs and ensure that program requirements are met in a timely manner. Specifically, the key duties of the Academic Program Manager include:

  • Overseeing daily program operations and coordinating program activities.
  • Directing and supervising staff by hiring, training and mentoring, establishing goals, and evaluating performance.
  • Supporting the Director in strategic and tactical planning for the program, and developing and implementing program goals and objectives.
  • Advising faculty, staff, students and others regarding program policies, goals and related technical issues.
  • Negotiating terms of contracts and/or service agreements.
  • Developing and documenting processes and procedures for academic programs and logistics, Maintaining records to support and advance the program.
  • Serving as program representative in addressing issues and questions related to the programs, which may include representing the program on various committees.
  • Staying abreast of current legal or policy issues, relevant programs, or other related changes impacting the program and making recommendations for improvement and compliance.
  • Marketing and promoting new and existing programs and services to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Planning and scheduling course offerings.
  • Facilitating cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.
  • Position requires occasional evenings/weekends and out-of-state travel.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus three years of experience in budget, grant and program management or equivalency required. Develops and implements program ideas into successful academic and research programs; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Familiarity with video games, the video games industry, and gamer culture.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.