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The University of Michigan – Flint seeks a Director of the Office of Extended Learning (Distance Learning Director), reporting to the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Programs.
The University of Michigan – Flint is a regional campus of the University of Michigan in an urban setting, with an enrollment of over 7,500 students. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through five schools/colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, and the School of Nursing. The University provides a rich mix of programmatic offerings – including 138 Baccalaureate Degrees, 46 Master’s Degrees, 12 Professional Practice Doctoral Degrees, and two Research Doctoral Degrees – across the five units. This combination of high quality liberal arts and professional and graduate programs in an urban site is distinctive and shapes the institution’s culture and opportunities.
UM-Flint offers more than 20 complete online programs and hundreds of individual courses online or in mixed-mode (hybrid) format. All online and mixed-mode courses are delivered via the Blackboard learning management system and are supported by the Office of Extended Learning (OEL). OEL supports UM-Flint off-campus programs and courses located at Lansing Community College and St. Clair County Community College. In Fall 2018, online enrollments totaled approximately 6,900 individual enrollments across 371 different sections with over 1,400 students that were only enrolled in online courses.
Extended Learning Programming
Facilitate development, management, coordination and implementation of extended learning programs including online, mixed-mode, satellite, professional development, and continuing education courses and programs
Collaborate with deans, faculty, staff, and external agencies to identify and provide quality extended learning opportunities
Collaborate with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and other UM-Flint departments as needed including areas like admissions, registration, financial aid, student success, and orientation
Oversee administrative details of staffing of courses with UM-Flint and non-UM-Flint instructional faculty and staff, in cooperation with colleges/schools
Market and advertise extended learning courses and programs
Consult regularly with Office of Extended Learning Advisory Committee
Identify emerging trends in extended learning and conduct needs analyses that offer opportunities for new programming, services, and technologies
Quality of Extended Learning Programming
Collaborate with faculty and staff to enhance online course quality
Develop, coordinate and support increased faculty participation and development in extended learning areas
Coordinate faculty development programming with UM-Flint colleges/schools, Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching (TCLT) and Information Technology Services (ITS)
Oversee assessment, student course evaluation and accreditation efforts associated with extended learning offerings
Ensure adequate technical support and training for faculty and students from diverse backgrounds
Direct the planning and operations of the Office of Extended Learning
Recruit, hire and supervise office staff
Coordinate and manage service level agreement(s) with Information Technology Services
Collaboration with and managerial oversight of staff in evaluation and deployment of technological tools utilized by OEL
Administer contracts/agreements for extended learning programs
Manage appropriate budgets
Manage State Distance Education Authorizations
Maintain distance education state authorization compliance for all three University of Michigan campus, including membership in State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, when available
Submit all annual reports and renewal applications as required by individual states
Represent UM-Flint extended learning efforts to external constituencies, including other Michigan universities/colleges and state government, etc.
Serve on other University committees as necessary
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience is necessary
A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated progressively responsible experience in distance education, information technology, adult/continuing education, educational leadership or instructional design and technology
Excellent communication skills, including strong written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills; a record of providing excellent customer service; and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively are all required
Demonstrated previous experience in employee supervision and budget management
Highly developed staff management and leadership skills, with the ability to lead, develop and manage a high performing team
Ability to perform with minimal supervision in a high-expectation setting is required
Demonstrated working knowledge and experience with modern distance education technologies and effective instructional design principles is required
Demonstrated considerable knowledge of current issues, trends, and best practices in distance education
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is required
Demonstrated good work habits, dependability, punctuality, flexibility and attendance
Familiarity with learning management systems (e.g. Blackboard, Canvas) is preferred
Familiarity with Banner is preferred
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 176469
About University of Michigan - Flint
The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive urban university of diverse learners and scholars committed to advancing our local and global communities. In the University of Michigan tradition, we value excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship; student centeredness; and engaged citizenship. Through personal attention and dedicated faculty and staff, our students become leaders and best in their fields, professions, and communities.