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Description: La Sierra University is seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates to serve as the Director of the University’s new online learning initiative.
The Director of Online Learning will develop and oversee the University’s new online learning program, ensuring that courses and programs provide excellent learning opportunities through the best online environment possible. The Director will work with deans, faculty members, and IT staff members to ensure that students’ learning experience is effective, efficient, and well-supported. He or she will coordinate with the Office of Marketing & Integrated Communication to enhance the viability of the University’s online opportunities. The Director will also ensure that the University is complying with governmental and accreditation requirements.
The Director of Online Learning will oversee the University’s online learning activities, ensuring that courses and programs that are offered are high quality, utilizing up-to-date technologies and approaches to learning. The Director will work with deans, faculty members, and IT staff members to ensure that students’ learning experience is effective, efficient, and well-supported. He or she will coordinate with the Office of Marketing & Integrated Communication to enhance the visibility of the University’s online opportunities. The Director will also ensure that the University is complying with governmental and accreditation requirements.
(Initial phase) Direct and oversee the establishment of the University’s centralized online learning pilot program, working in coordination with the Office of the Provost and with the University’s online learning consultant.
(Initial phase) Work with the Office of the Provost to establish a budget, including incentives for faculty and departments that offer programs and courses online.
(Initial phase) Develop a standard of excellence that all courses offered online will satisfactorily meet and that will enable students to recognize and be able to navigate any course offered as a La Sierra course.
Assist the University in determining if and how a third party online learning company’s services should be utilized.
Ensure that the online learning program complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
Assist faculty members in the design and development of online courses.
Develop and monitor the online learning budget to ensure that budget expectations are met.
Interact and communicate effectively with University committees, faculty members, and staff.
Attend conferences and meetings that will enhance the University’s abilities to offer a high quality online learning program.
(Subsequent phase) Coordinate with, or include, current online learning efforts such as those in the School of Education and other departments on campus.
Performs other duties as are appropriate to her or his office and as the Provost may authorize or request.
Experience: The director of this office must be a member, in good standing, of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Master's degree or equivalent, doctorate degree preferred, with a minimum of three years of appropriate experience and/or training.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret regulatory, accreditation-related, and technical documents. Ability to respond effectively to inquiries or complaints. Ability to write clear, coherent reports.
Should be able to engage in computational tasks that will enable effective budgeting, reporting, and trend analysis.
Ability to resolve a wide range of practical problems while providing high levels of customer service to students and faculty members.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be highly skilled in the use and trouble-shooting of a wide variety of computer-related applications suitable to both PC and Apple computers. The director will also have the ability to coach students and faculty members, in person or remotely, to solve problems or to innovatively accomplish their objectives.
None at the present, but it is anticipated that, as the program develops, an online learning support staff may be added.
Alternatively, the director will coordinate the University’s efforts with a third-party online learning program host.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is required to stand; walk to various offices across campus; travel as needed to conferences and to University programs off-campus on occasion; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
Contact:Dr. Joy Fehr4500 Riverwalk Pkwy
Riverside, CA firstname.lastname@example.org