Curriculum Development Specialist

Central European University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month grant-funded Curriculum Development Specialist position, reporting to the Provost.
Position for: 
Start date: 
Aug 1, 2018

Curriculum Development Specialist

CEU Rectorate

Starting Date:                                       August 1, 2018

Application Deadline:                         Open until filled

Full or Part-Time:                                Full-time (40 hours/week); consultancies will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Central European University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month grant-funded Curriculum Development Specialist position, reporting to the Provost.

Currently based in Budapest, Hungary, CEU is establishing two new teaching sites, in New York and Vienna. A New York State site was established in partnership with Bard College last year and will be significantly expanded.

The Specialist will enhance CEU’s capacity to design and implement a new architecture of programs – including completely new degree offerings – in Vienna, while guiding the process of renewing our template for innovative bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Working in collaboration with CEU’s Yehuda Elkana Center for Higher Education, the Specialist will also engage in a broader European conversation about the purpose and relevance of graduate education. He/she will work closely with senior leadership, faculty, staff, and an advisor who will work on implementing the structural and administrative changes necessary to manage and implement new curricular offerings in Vienna and the tri-campus formation.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working with CEU’s Rector and Provost together with faculty and senior staff, this mid- to senior- level professional will support an extraordinary change for the university as it expands its academic footprint to Austria and begins new undergraduate, master’s, and community engagement programs there. The incumbent will:

  • Support and advise the accreditation process for new programs in Austria, designing the pedagogical approach and developing curricular offerings and academic support infrastructure for the new Vienna satellite.
  • Assist planning for program roll-out, delivery, and assessment, and work with CEU’s recruitment and communications offices to identify and communicate with the growing community of learners we seek to build for this new phase at CEU.
  • Provide direct support for a joint learning exercise undertaken by CEU in collaboration with several peers and higher education associations, examining the purpose of Master’s degrees in Europe today through CEU’s Volkswagen-supported ‘What is a Master’s For?’ series of learning workshops.
  • Help build a high-level group of experts in consultation with Volkswagen and Mellon foundations and facilitate their meeting 2-4 times per year to look at some of the main models and challenges, and to identify solutions within the higher education and public policy arenas.
  • Guide and support a CEU task force appointed to shape CEU’s curricular renewal and respond to knowledge gleaned through the learning workshops and related research; the task force will develop a set of recommendations to drive the curricular reform process at CEU.


The successful candidate should have a Master’s or doctoral degree in Education or a related discipline, with at least 10 years of proven practical experience in curriculum development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Experience in running effective curricular review processes is a must, and demonstrated success in project management is also required. Experience coordinating curriculum across campuses and for both in-person and distance education preferred.

The candidate should possess an excellent command of English, and exceptional communication, planning, and organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks with close attention to detail and administer long-term projects independently. Proficiency in basic computing technology (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.) is essential, and a strong working knowledge of learning and instructional technologies is optimal. The candidate should also have a proven track record of bridging disciplines, and working effectively across teams and in a highly diverse multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment.


We offer a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience as well as a dynamic and international academic environment. The initial contract is for a definite period of one year, with a possibility for renewal.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.

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How to apply: 

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • cover letter, explaining how your experience fits the responsibilities and expectations of this position
  • Contact information for two referees.

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