Director, Distance Learning (JOB ID 3674)

California State University, Northridge in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted February 4, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Director, Distance Learning (JOB ID 3674)
Extended Learning Distance Learning & Technology
(Administrator II) / Full Time

About the University
California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social, and cultural relevance of its 171 academic programs and engaged centers; embraces innovation in community service, and hands-on experience and rigor. A minority-serving University in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies. Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus located in the San Fernando Valley with 1.8 million people, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. 1,800 of its 36,000 students are international. Cal State Northridge is a welcoming University that values accessibility, academic excellence, and student achievement.

Under general supervision of the Dean, Tseng College of Extended Learning (ExL), ensures that all Distance Learning (DL) programs and services offered through ExL are at the top level of excellence and distinction regionally, nationally, and internationally. Is responsible for the supervision and ongoing professional development of the staff of the DL unit; ensures that DL projects are completed on time with high quality; ensures that DL is focused on service and is responsive to clients (internal and external), and that the unit works within the budget developed by the Director in collaboration with the Dean. Ensures that the technical base of ExL continues to evolve to support new and effective use of emerging and innovative technologies, while maintaining exceptional and stable support and reliability of currently implemented infrastructure, platforms, production methodologies, distance learning technologies, communication and collaboration tools, and online/web-based access. Acts as a bridge to all areas of ExL to ensure successful technical design, implementation, service, and support for college programs, initiatives, recruitment efforts, and all related stakeholders -- from internal and external clients, to students, faculty, partnering colleges, staff, administration, subject-matter experts, and others in the campus community at large, the CSU system, and beyond. Works with directors and departments to facilitate the process of developing a fully online or hybrid program; works on new program projects and continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and assists faculty develop best approaches to making their own instructional strengths and approach to course design; develops a scalable online course design professional development program for faculty that includes individual meetings, group workshops, modeled online training with self-paced instructional guides, sitting in one the faculty member's traditional classes, and other innovative approaches as warranted for the program and faculty in question; provides instructional strategies for faculty using web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies; and ensures that each course in a program is well designed, reflects the best in current scholarship and professional practice, is focused on learning outcomes, and is assessed regularly to ensure that student learning is at a high level. Oversees the DL unit's work with program instructors to ensure that the instructional strategies used in the program are appropriate for adult learners (mid-career professionals); works with the Associate Dean and the Assistant Dean for Program Development to develop and offer professional development offerings that help program instructors learn best practices for using online technologies for effective teaching and learning in higher education. Works with the Deputy Dean and the ExL leadership team to develop longer-term (three year) and year-to-year plans and goals for the DL unit and reports achievements against yearly goals. Provides leadership for the College in the selection and application of instructional technologies and technology-enhanced learning methods for the College programs. Researches new technologies as they emerge and reviews them for applicable and appropriate uses; gathers information via in depth program assessment about the effectiveness of various technologies, instructional strategies, and program designs and base curriculum improvement recommendations to faculty and program directors on that data. Works with the Associate Dean, the Assistant Dean for Program Development and the College Leadership Team to identify and define needs, objectives, and priorities of technical projects to meet college-specific goals, strategies, and continued growth in distance learning and student access. Manages the development of accurate budgets for each program assigned and for the development of an accurate yearly budget for the overall unit/portfolio. Supervises staff and students; conducts performance reviews and sets performance goals and standards for each staff member; provides mentoring and coaching to support the professional development of staff. Is responsible for ensuring that all data related to assigned programs is kept securely and in keeping with University data security policies and best practices, and with Federal, State, and CSU policies. Represents the College within and outside the University; attends relevant campus and CSU events and activities, meetings, conferences, and professional development seminars/webinars to network; performs special projects; and performs other duties as assigned.

Master's degree in academic technologies, instructional design, teaching and learning theory, or curriculum development or a job-related field. Equivalent to five years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience leading collaborative teams in the design, development, implementation, and support of technical projects, hybrid and fully online programs, and technologies for learning management, collaboration, communication, productivity, and business management and support functions; with 2 of the five years in a supervisory/managerial role. Experience as a faculty member at a regionally accredited college or university is a plus. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of current context of practice in distance learning/online learning nationally and internationally. Technical knowledge, to craft online programs using a wide range of technical tools and applications. Ability and specialized skills to: develop and teach online courses; lead training initiatives; lead teams to create highly effective online degree programs; and use, administer, support, and lead, teams to design for systems such as Moodle and Elluminate are preferred. Demonstrated ability to: develop and manage project and unit budgets; plan and conduct effective meetings, give oral presentations to groups, and communicate effectively in one-on-one conversations about complex issues. Ability to attend off-campus meetings and have access to personal transportation and have (or obtain) the licensure needed to drive in California and the ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Demonstrated organizational and planning skills, exhibiting the ability to work with accuracy and reliability, manage details, create and stick to working schedules and action plans, handle multiple projects, set priorities, and anticipate and address potential problems. Project management skills, with the ability to work in teams, build and maintain strong working relationships within and across organizational units, exercise creative problem solving skills and be well versed in conflict resolution, cultivate a working network of contacts, and to coordinate effectively with others working collaboratively to complete a project or manage a program. Strong English verbal and written communication skills; ability to write effective and logical of letters, reports, presentations, summaries, design specifications, technical documentation, as well as technical support related explanations and responses for a variety of audiences. Excellent customer service and time management skills. Highly collaborative and communicative and working style and the ability to maintain enthusiasm, good humor, a positive approach to professional life, a broad-ranging imagination, a clear creative ability, and a deep commitment to higher education and the work of the College and University are a must.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The university offers an excellent benefit package.

General Information

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How To Apply
Please complete the on-line application/resume upload submission process in order to be considered for any open position within the university and its auxiliaries. The hiring department will contact the best qualified candidates and invite them to participate in the interview process.

Initial review begins February 12, 2014, and will continue until position is filled.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.

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