The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution
committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.
IIHS aims to establish an independently funded and managed national university for research
and innovation focused on the challenges and opportunities of India’s urban transition. The
proposed IIHS University will host an integrated programme of quality campus-based
education and research, training and lifelong learning for working professionals, distance and
blended learning, as well as a whole array of practice and advisory services. The university will
have a strong interdisciplinary orientation bringing together theory and praxis that is
grounded in the South Asian context and also engages with and draws from knowledge
across the globe.
For more information, please see http://www.iihs.co.in
About the MUP Programme
The first degree at the proposed IIHS University is a Masters of Urban Practice (MUP). The
MUP’s curriculum has been developed over a three year curriculum design process with
leading academics and practitioners in India and globally, including MIT, University College
London, the University of Cape Town and the Federal University of ABC Region, Sao Paulo,
among others. The framework has been tested in IIHS’ current teaching programme – the
Urban Fellows Programme (urbanfellows.iihs.ac.in) – and is now being readied for launch.
The Manager/Senior Manager – Academics will be part of the core team for the IIHS Masters
in Urban Practice (MUP) programme, and will be responsible for overall delivery of the
teaching programme, along with the Programme Directors. There are broadly two set of
activities expected to be delivered over the next couple of years: programme preparation and
design activities, delivery and gradual scale-up from an initial class of 50 to an annual intake
of 300 learners.
The Manager/Senior Manager will co-anchor all preparatory processes leading upto the
launch of the programme. Key processes include:
supporting curriculum development,
market studies and supporting outreach, evaluation and establishment of learning, financial
and academic management systems and institutional structures. While individual activities
will be anchored by IIHS faculty and other team members, the Administrator is expected to
pull these processes together (along with a small core team) and ensure coordination and
timely delivery of outcomes.
Post-launch, the Manager/Senior Manager will transition into overall management and
delivery of the programmes, including academic management, learner interaction, supporting
faculty, internships and placements. The candidate will be responsible for working with
young learners, and will work closely with the Programme directors to ensure smooth delivery
and world class interdisciplinary learning outcomes.
The ideal candidate would be excited about helping build and deliver a best-in-class
interdisciplinary post-graduate urban programme for reflexive practitioners.
Manager / Senior Manager – Academics 3
Activities and Tasks
Responsibilities would include, but not be limited to, the following:
1) Coordination, along with other key team members, of various preparatory processes
towards the proposed IIHS MUP and PhD programmes in Urban Practice;
2) Assisting in setting up various systems and processes, including admissions,
evaluation, financial and outreach;
3) Managing several background studies, including curriculum review, market research,
4) Liaising with a diverse set of stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure timely
launch of the programme.
1) Liaising with a diverse set of stakeholders, included but not limited to faculty, learners,
parents, various IIHS teams, potential employees;
2) Management of various processes including programme delivery, internships and
3) Regular reporting to the Programme Directors to ensure timely delivery, and
highlighting critical concerns and risks;
4) Providing support to the learners and faculty, as required;
5) Supporting the content delivery process which includes classroom based learning,
immersion visits to different Indian cities, a Bangalore-based Practica, skill labs, and
Structure and Reporting
The Manager/Senior Manager – Academics will report to the MUP Programme Directors.
- Minimum 8 years’ work experience (or equivalent);
- Post-Graduate education in Education, Behavioral Sciences, Development Studies,
Urban Planning, Public Policy, Management, Technology, Architecture, Economics or
- Prior experience in academic management and administration or a similar domain
- PhD and prior teaching or counseling experience are an advantage;
- Prior demonstrated interest in the urban/development sector is preferred.
The candidate should have excellent communication and analytical skills, and demonstrated
ability to work with inter-disciplinary and diverse teams. She/He should have good project
management skills, including the ability to manage multiple inter-related processes, create
and track budgets, and work to tight timelines.
This offer is on an exclusive basis, which implies that other professional assignments (whether
compensated or not) that bear a potential conflict of interest with IIHS cannot be undertaken.
The search will remain open until the position is filled.
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This position is based in Bengaluru and may entail travel to other locations in India.
Review and Assessment
The role and performance of the candidate shall be subject to the review and assessment
systems at IIHS.
The IIHS is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities
and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and
qualifications to apply for positions.
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