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Program Director-Granite State College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College

OLLI at Granite State College (GSC) is a ‘learning for the fun of it,’ member-driven volunteer based educational program for lifelong learners age 50+ who are eager to explore ideas and interests in a safe and relaxed environment, with a community of peers. Volunteer curriculum committees develop programs in response to member interests. Courses are non-credit. There are no tests, grades, or college prerequisites. Events, trips, social activities and volunteer opportunities enhance member benefits.

Ongoing program goals include providing first-rate classes, achieving financial sustainability, expanding our community-partner presence, and making “OLLI at Granite State College” a household name in New Hampshire.

OLLI programs are held at GSC facilities or at easily accessible community sites. Classes are facilitated by volunteers, teachers and community leaders who enjoy sharing their expertise with members whose life experiences enrich an open exchange of ideas.

OLLI at GSC is one of 124 OLLIs at colleges and universities nationwide, all of which are partially supported through funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at GSC is a self-sustaining program that is supported by program fees, in-kind contributions from GSC, endowments from the Bernard Osher Foundation, member donors who believe in the mission of the program and corporate sponsorships. The size of the membership and the number of classes offered have grown steadily at OLLI at GSC since its inception in 2004.

Granite State College is one of the four institutions that comprise the University System of New Hampshire and includes the University of NH, Keene State College and Plymouth State University.

The OLLI Program Director provides leadership and management to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College and works in collaboration with four, community-based, OLLI volunteer groups that compose the program. The Director oversees implementation and continuous quality improvement of OLLI systems, policies and procedures, budget, membership growth, fund development and the development and delivery of diverse curriculum and educational activities. The Director is responsible for securing continued funding for the Institute and acts as the primary point of contact between the OLLI office and the Bernard Osher Foundation, the OLLI National Resource Center, Granite State College staff and administration, OLLI volunteers, members, other community organizations and the general public.


Minimum of three years’ administrative leadership experience, preferably in an academic setting including supervisory experience. Experience developing learning programs for an adult audience and working with volunteers. Community organization team building/team work skills. Proven interpersonal and communication skills. Experience in public speaking and fund development. Appreciation of the older adult population and their collective expertise and wisdom. Ability to develop program operating and strategic plans, program policy and management reports. Annual program budget development and ongoing management. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Shows patience and has a sense of humor.


Administrative Leadership

Staff Supervision

Program Development and Delivery

Member and Volunteer Development

Salary Range:

USNH Grade 21

Job Location:


Date Added: January 6, 2020

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