Job Requisition Number: 26542. The Executive Director of Research, Teaching, Learning (ED-RTL) & Chief Academic Technology Officer (CATO) is the strategic leader who provides vision and direction for teaching and research support services focusing on pedagogy and technology across the campus. The position reports to both the Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education (VCUE) and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT & Deputy Chief Information Officer (AVC IT & DCIO). UC Berkeley is experiencing a renewed focus on teaching and learning excellence with the implementation of our new strategic plan (https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/), and this position has the high-level oversight of ensuring that students and faculty are supported in the cross-section of research, teaching, learning, and technology.
The areas that report to the ED & CATO are: Academic Innovation Studio, Center for Teaching & Learning, Digital Learning Services, Education Technology Services, KALX radio station, Research IT, and RTL Projects Development & Operations. The position oversees approximately 75 FTE and an annual spend of $13 million. This is an unique and broad portfolio, and the new ED & CATO will have the opportunity to lead comprehensive services to support the University’s mission and strategic plan.
The ED & CATO will be the primary IT liaison between the academic community and teaching and research technology. The role builds strong partnerships and supports shared governance with academic units, including the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, IST, Student Affairs, Registrar, and other teaching and research units to set the goals and metrics for success in the university’s academic engagement initiatives. The ED & CATO also represents Berkeley as a key conduit to the rest of the UC system and the higher education community to develop and advocate for policies and programs to support our efforts in research and teaching.
Portfolio •The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) - CTL partners with faculty to inspire, enrich, and innovate Berkeley’s collective practice and pursuit of teaching excellence. CTL provides services and programs to advance best practices in all aspects of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and sharing knowledge of evidence-based, student-centered, and outcomes-guided pedagogy. The AIS is a hub for rich, intellectually engaging, interdisciplinary conversations and connections, bringing instructors, researchers, and academic support staff together to advance their teaching, learning and research. ed teaching, high-performance computing, data science, to digital literacy. The AIS and CTL work closely together to provide essential support, training, ideas, and inspiration for all levels of instruction across the campus and curriculum. •Educational Technology Services (ETS) - ETS enhances and supports the UC Berkeley academic experience by providing essential, responsive and innovative technology services. ETS provides the following services 1) Learning Spaces (General Assignment classroom technology and computing labs) 2) Lecture capture 3) Video Production and AV Special Events recharge services. •Research IT (RIT) - RIT provides high performance computing (HPC), research data management, research application development, and data analysis tools. They also offer consulting on grant proposal development and data management plans. Finally, Research IT works with campus centers, colleges, and other units to build collaborative communities of researchers and IT professionals. •Digital Learning Services (DLS) – DLS provides support for schools and colleges and individual faculty members to create high quality online content to support the residential education on campus as well as online self-sustaining degree programs and MOOCs. It offers a series of grants to faculty along with free consultations to support this work. DLS also supports enterprise level digital teaching and learning service to the campus including, bCourses (the learning management system that supports 40,000 students and 4,000 individual courses), online course evaluations (delivers over 150,000 individual evaluations per semester to over 34,000 students), and online testing and academic integrity tools (Gradescope and Turnitin). •KALX Radio - KALX Radio is UC Berkeley’s award-winning, 500-watt radio station, broadcasting over the air at 90.7FM and on the internet. Its broadcast signal reaches Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, and parts of San Mateo counties. KALX is staffed by over 200 volunteers and is on the air to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, reaching 40,000-45,000 listeners per week.
Strategic Leadership of RTL Portfolio •Manages the strategic direction of the RTL’s units (ETS, CTL, DLS, RIT, Dev/Ops, KALX) to ensure that resources are appropriately leveraged to support teaching and research pedagogy and technology. •Responsible for oversight, management and operations of the campus enterprise services and programs provided through the respective units (e.g. Berkeley Research Computing, bCourses, GA Classroom support, Instructional Improvement Grants, Digital Pedagogy Fellows, etc.). •Leads inclusive and comprehensive prioritization process to determine the appropriate use of personnel (~65 FTE along with UG and Grad students) and funding (~13M). •Launches, sponsors, and staff’s strategic technology programs that further campus’ academic and operational goals. •Initiates and leads change, by modifying and altering existing procedures and methods. •Interacts with senior leadership regarding controversial situations, customer negotiations, and/or influencing and persuading other senior level managers.
Campus and UC Leadership and Representation •Leverages the activities of RTL units to both lead and support strategic initiatives that focus the campus teaching and research mission. •Regularly advises senior management and leaders on matters of significance in these areas. •Represents and consults with key constituents such as deans and chairs, Academic Senate committees, individual faculty and students and administrative partners to assess needs and set strategic direction and opportunities. •Represents and communicates pedagogy, and research and teaching technology needs to the campus community by sponsoring forums, chairing advisory boards, and serving on appropriate campus committees such at the Information Research and Teaching Technology Committee (RTLTC), Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) and Campus Committee on Classroom Policy and Management (CCCPM) •Serves on the UC wide committees (e.g. Systemwide Library and Scholarly Information Committee, Educational Technology Leadership Committee, Research IT Committee
Leadership in Higher Education •Actively publishes in research & teaching pedagogy and technology focused publications and presents at key national and regional meetings (e.g. EDUCAUSE Review, Coalition for Networked Information Annual Meeting, etc.) •Represents Berkeley and UC on institutional and organizational boards.•Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and political acumen to interact with a range of constituents – from faculty to campus and international educators and software developers. •Demonstrated ability to set strategy and lead high performing organizations to achieve performance goals. •Demonstrated effectiveness in the management of resources to meet organizational goals. •Clearly understands the needs and concerns of the user groups in the organization and applies knowledge to better meet those needs. •Requires in-depth knowledge of the functional area, business strategies, and the department's goals. •Requires knowledge of policies and procedures and ability to determine a course of action based on these guidelines. •Demonstrates ability to carry out extremely complex assignments requiring expert knowledge of key business principles and practices. •Requires extensive and in-depth knowledge of Information Technology principles, theories, and concepts to manage functional area(s) and provide solutions in the instructional technology domain. •Experience leading wide range of technology, programs, and/or services with broad impact to teaching, learning, and/or research at an organization • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization and ability to work with a dynamic diverse faculty, staff and students. •Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training required. Master’s, Ph.D., advanced degree preferred. •Significant number of years of progressively responsible experiences in the higher education sector preferred.
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