Assistant Director

Oregon State University in Oregon

Deadline February 27, 2017
Date Posted February 6, 2017
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Extended Campus is seeking a Assistant Director. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director.

The Assistant Director is a professional faculty member in Oregon State University’s Division of Extended Campus and reports to the Director of Course Development and Training.

OSU Extended Campus is a fast-growing, entrepreneurial organization with a
commitment to providing access to Oregon State University’s programs of excellence. The Division of Extended Campus administers Ecampus (online degrees), the Ecampus Research Unit (ECRU), Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), Open Oregon State (online educational resources), and Summer Session. The Ecampus Course Development and Training (CDT) unit is the unit within Extended Campus that works with faculty to develop high quality online and hybrid courses by providing training, media development, and instructional design services. Faculty bring subject matter expertise, and CDT brings expertise in online pedagogy, best practices in online course design, learning management system and educational technology training, and multimedia development.

This Assistant Director is an instructional designer who works with faculty to provide instructional design services for online and hybrid courses, and who supervises the instructional design team in providing a high level of service and support for faculty. The person in this position also manages the quarterly course development production schedule in coordination with Assistant Directors in charge of training and media development; develops and maintains operational and programmatic goals and practices for instructional design; and assists the director with reviewing course developments to ensure they progress on schedule, meet design standards, and adhere to applicable laws and university policies.

This Assistant Director is responsible for the design of effective and engaging online and hybrid education and other instructional materials. This Assistant Director develops and leads the instructional design team in interface design, sequencing of instruction, use of assessments, and design of support course materials and activities. This position requires coordination of projects, tracking and reporting on project status, teamwork, leadership, innovation and the delivery of consistent, quality courses and instructional materials within established timelines.

The Assistant Director facilitates regular evaluations and assessment of the instructional design team and customer service, using formal surveys and empirical and anecdotal evidence. The Assistant Director assures that instructional design operational systems and policies are in place for maximum efficiency in planning and developing courses. The Assistant Director will contribute to the development and implementation of best practices and standards that facilitate communication between instructional design team employees and faculty.


40% – Management and Supervision:
This person supervises and provides leadership for the instructional design team within the Ecampus Course Development and Training (CDT) unit, and coordinates with the multimedia development and training teams within the CDT unit to ensure the development of high quality, engaging, and effective courses.

Supervision includes planning, assigning, and approving work, reviewing work, responding to grievances, determining training needs, providing mentoring and training for new hires, and hiring and disciplinary processes (up to and including termination, or effectively recommending). Coordinates work and leave schedules. Conducts regular and timely performance evaluations of unit staff directly supervised.

Serves as expert resource on instructional design and online course facilitation by consulting with faculty and the instructional design team on optimal online design of curriculum and instruction and effective uses of multimedia. Recommends procedures and solutions for effective online learning and instruction.

Identifies and helps promote outstanding courses and programs via communication with Ecampus Marketing, faculty development and training, awards nominations, and conference presentations.

40% – Instructional Design:
Provides ongoing instructional design services, working directly with faculty to design and develop courses. The Assistant Director typically carries a smaller course load per term than other instructional designers, but does work actively on the instructional design of courses.

Provides ongoing instructional design support to aid the adoption of academic technologies and effective teaching strategies.

Consults with faculty on optimal online design of curriculum and instruction and effective uses of multimedia.

Participates in faculty development trainings, when appropriate.

Coordinates with Ecampus multimedia developers to assure that media projects developed for hybrid and online courses are in alignment with course learning outcomes and that open education media projects are developed for the intended audience and purpose.

10% – Quality Assurance:
Reviews course developments in progress and upon completion to assure quality and compliance with design standards and applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies.

Coordinates with the Assistant Director in charge of training to support Quality Matters course reviews and certification preparations.

Works with departments and faculty to continually improve the quality of hybrid and online courses through a variety of quality improvement initiatives, including Quality Matters.

5% – Research, Professional Development, and Service:
Attends professional workshops and meetings, sharing knowledge and networking with other instructional design professionals. Also enhances expertise by reading appropriate professional journals and trade publications. Coordinates and collaborates with the Ecampus Research Unit for ongoing research in online education. May present at professional workshops, meetings, and conferences, and/or write white papers, professional blogs, book chapters, and journal articles.

Provides service to OSU by working on departmental, division, university, regional and national committees and projects.

5% – Coverage in Director’s absence:
In the absence of the Course Development and Training Director for vacation or other extended leave, the Assistant Director leads, makes decisions, acts in a supervisory role, speaks on behalf of the instructional and curriculum design teams in Extended Campus CDT and fills in at meetings, presentations, et cetera. In the event the director leaves and the position is not immediately filled, the Assistant Director is a likely candidate to assume the role of Interim Director, if needed. The Assistant Director is expected to pursue and assume leadership opportunities and positions within professional organizations on behalf of Extended Campus and OSU.


  • Master’s degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, Education, or related field.
  • Three years’ experience in instructional design in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated success in a supervisory or managerial role, or significant lead work in an instructional design setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex, time-sensitive projects to successful completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, diverse, fast-paced environment.
  • High level of understanding of instructional design, pedagogy, and learning principles, practices, and theory.
  • Three years’ experience using authoring tools in a learning management system (such as Canvas, Blackboard, or Moodle).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of developing materials using a universal design approach. 
  • Experience interacting with diverse groups of people, especially in a professional context.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, electronic, and written presentation skills.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


  • Three years of experience in a managerial or supervisory role.
  • Experience and/or training in using independent standards in the design and review of online and hybrid courses, such as Quality Matters or the Online Learning Consortium Scorecard.



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