Director of Online Education
Distance and Hybrid Learning
I. Basic Function
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Extended Learning, the Director of Online Education provides oversight of the development and evaluation of all online and hybrid programs, the training of faculty and staff who use the Learning Management System (LMS), and the leadership, development, and preservation of online instructional design resources.
II. Responsibilities and Authority of the Position
- Communicate to the MBU community the availability of, or changes to, distance learning materials, services, or applications.
- Responsible to knowledge, application, and compliance of various regulations for online learning (SARA, Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions, Higher Learning Commission, etc)
- Update, integrate, and communicate Online Education organizational policies and procedures.
- Assess Distance Education technological or educational needs and goals.
- Develop and implement online education program goals or plans, including faculty training, course evaluation, and resource promotion and preservation.
- Prepare and manage distance learning program budgets.
- Create, implement, and manage a new faculty orientation/training program.
- Create, implement and manage a practicing faculty training program.
- Prepare reports summarizing distance learning statistical data or describing distance learning program objectives and accomplishments.
- Prepare operational progress or status reports.
- Analyze data to assess distance learning program status or to inform decisions for distance learning programs.
- Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
- Monitor technological developments in distance learning for technological means to educational goals.
- Work with graduate and undergraduate online enrollment counselors in reaching new students.
- Oversee the evaluation of distance courses and programs in promoting knowledge or skill acquisition.
- Oversee and fully implement the Educational Technology (ET) Mentor Program.
- Identify, analyze, and implement new technologies to enhance online education at MBU, such technologies as classroom technology, conferencing software, authentication systems, etc.
- Negotiate sales or lease agreements for products or services and monitor the work of vendors that provide products or services for distance learning programs.
- Communicate educational and technical information, to faculty, staff, and administration via podcasts, webinars, and other technologies.
- Teach a minimum of one online course per academic year.
- Chair the Distance Learning Committee
- An annual evaluation of the Director shall be conducted by the Associate Vice President for Extended Learning. This evaluation will include an assessment of the Director’s strengths and weaknesses based on a review of the job description and recent performance. Any needed targets for performance improvement will be set.
- Preserve a Christ-centered work relationship with all Online Education support staff.
- Sustain a cooperative spirit within the departments and divisions on the main campus and the MBU Regional Learning Centers.
- Maintain an open and mutually cooperative relationship with all MBU faculty and staff and other offices on campus, with particular attention to Extended Learning and Information Technology offices.
IV. Minimum and Desirable Qualifications
- Friendly, people oriented, honest, professional demeanor, positive outlook, ethical, committed to Jesus Christ and participant in a local church.
- Master’s degree required, Terminal degree preferred. Strong background or at least one degree in Instructional Design, Education Technology, Instructional Technology, or a related field.
- Experience in a Higher Education environment, preferably working with the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).
- Instructional Design and teaching/training experience required.
- Advanced critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis skills required. Must be precise, thorough, and detail-oriented.
- Experience with universal design for learning with knowledge in accessibility standards for online courses and familiarity with assistive technologies for online environments.
- Experience conducting educational research.
- Familiar with
- current principles and practices of distance learning technology and online applications used in an educational environment.
- management and implementation of organization-wide technology projects.
- budget preparation, bid and purchasing procedures, and expense control.
- project planning and management principles.
- technology system development principles and techniques
- Essential functions include:
- Effectively using organizational and planning skills, including attention to detail and follow-through.
- Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills including tact and diplomacy.
- Reviewing and preparing narrative and statistical reports and records.
- Interpreting and applying rules, regulations, policies and procedures, and making effective decisions.
- Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands.
- Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
- Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
- Coordinating implementation of new technologies.
Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter, and statement of faith via email to Adriane Muehleisen at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.