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Assistant Director of Distance Learning: Instructional Design

Posted on Nov 5, 2020 by California State University

Northridge, CA 91324
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CSUN's Tseng College provides advanced professional education to undergraduate, graduate, international and midcareer students. With more than $36 million in revenue and nearly 36,000 registrations in 2, the College is a leading provider of professional degrees, certificates and custom-designed programs. Known for its premier support services, the College employs an administrative staff of more than 75 people, leading to high graduation rates - 71-88 percent for most programs in 2, with some, like the M.A. in Music Industry Administration, achieving 97 percent in 2.
The College is nationally recognized for providing programs with formats, delivery modes and locations that address the needs and constraints facing working professionals and their organizations. It works closely with businesses, communities, agencies and international partners to design and deliver programs that meet unique organizational needs and goals.
Serving more than 1,000 international students, the College provides English-language and college-preparation instruction. In addition to its tutoring services, the College specializes in programs that help international students integrate into, or more fully experience, the university. These include an intensive, year-round academic program; a semester studying at CSUN; and an immersive summer experience.
The College is also responsible for CSUN's University Access programs, which offer classes during the winter and summer breaks, and allow non-CSUN students to attend courses for credit.
With more than 30 programs and degrees, the college provides students with an extensive range of academic and professional options. Its master's degrees include applied behavioral analysis, assistive technology, communicative disorders, diverse community development leadership, engineering management, humanities, instructional design, knowledge management, music industry administration, public administration, public health, social work and taxation. Bachelor's degrees include liberal studies, public sector management and nursing. Certificate programs include assistive technology applications, business administration, radiologic technology and speech-language pathology.
Major Duties
Under general supervision, the Assistant Director of Distance Learning: Instructional Design ensures that CSUN's fully online and hybrid programs are excellent and distinctive and on the forefront of practice in instructional design for online teaching and learning. The incumbent leverages effective instructional strategies and relevant instructional resources to positively impact student achievement; collaborates with faculty to create online course plans, which consist of instructional approaches to interactive and engaging assignment design, the online course design plan will also include: lectures, readings, synchronous sessions, relevant online resources, technologies, and strategies best suited to meet course learning objectives; ensures high levels of student success in keeping with CSUN's current high on-time graduation rates in its fully online programs; works with faculty across a wide range of fields and disciplines at CSUN; works with openness, transparency, positive mutual support, and a focus on the core work of the College and making decisions based on what is best for CSUN, the College, and the students and communities they serve; maintains keeping with CSUN's Leadership Principles; is responsible for ensuring that all data related to assigned programs is kept securely and in keeping with CSUN data security policies and best practices; and performs other duties as assigned.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in computer science, instructional design, curriculum design, learning sciences, educational psychology or a job-related field. A master's or doctorate degree is preferred. Equivalent to five years of full-time, progressively responsible experience creating and successfully implementing online learning solutions for higher education environments, including one year of project management, team leadership, systems implementation and development. At least three years of supervisory experience in an educational environment is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Thorough knowledge of a variety of software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems. Working knowledge of and highly proficient in using MS Office Suite. Functional knowledge of and experience applying ADA and copyright compliance guidelines for online learning environments is strongly preferred. Knowledge of learning management systems and other online delivery tools. Experience overseeing staff, working directly with and leading faculty and/or educational stakeholders, and creating and successfully implementing online learning solutions for higher education environments. Ability and specialized skills to: identify, analyze and address user problems; lead and collaborate with project teams comprised of faculty members, instructional designers, staff, and higher education administrators; analyze problems and propose effective solution; understand functional and procedural requirements and develop alternative solutions; relate system solutions to departmental management and staff; plan and conduct effective meetings, and give oral presentations to groups; prioritize and manage several projects at one time; work with accuracy and reliability, manage details, create and implement action plans, and anticipate/address potential problems that may arise; work well within and across organizational units; use and test new technology applications; learn new distance/online learning strategies and practices and to continue to develop professionally; adapt to fluctuations in hours to accommodate clients in different time zones and attend meetings at a variety of times and fluctuation on and off campus; think creatively and problem-solve independently and in an agile manner; provide and receive constructive criticism and feedback; possess exceptional project management skills, strong organizational and planning skills, and effective written and oral communication skills.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
The university offers an excellent benefits package.

Reference: 995144892

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