Washtenaw Community College seeks a leader to take our award-winning instructional design and best-in-class online programs to the next level. This position requires a creative, action-oriented, forward thinking individual that has experience in successful project management in a highly collaborative environment.
Position Summary: The Manager of Learning Design resides in the Center of Interactive Teaching & Learning, a unit of the Academic Division and leads the team of design staff. This multi-faceted position will advance learning engagement by developing new and innovative approaches to building online, blended and web-enhanced coursework. This position will initiate and execute online learning initiatives, oversee instructional design projects, and approve all created work to ensure that it meets the Online Learning Department’s and Washtenaw Community College’s design standards. Along with core responsibilities as it applies to online learning, this position is expected to collaborate with the other college units in student services, enrollment services and non-credit to ensure an effective online campus experience is maximized.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Management/Leadership: • Build and maintain positive, effective working relationships with clients across the college. • Work in partnership with student services, academic affairs, and career services to create an institutional design to ensure online students are afforded the same advantages as face-to-face students. • Develop a strong network of organizations that lead in higher educational instructional design and adopt, implement, and promote shared knowledge. • Applied knowledge of pedagogical practices and learning theories as it pertains to online education. • Work collaboratively with industry professionals. • Collaborate with Executive Director to set course development cohorts, coordinate deliverables, and plan instructional design team assignments. • Work collaboratively with other CiTL Team leads, including operations, learning systems, video and multi-media. • Update the Washtenaw Community College design standards. • Maximize the skills of the design team to leverage academic and industry research and apply findings to ongoing improvement plans. • Manage course development cohorts. • Provide guidance in the development and implementation of innovative, effective, and diverse online learning strategies for faculty and instructional staff. • Present best practices and processes through professional development partnerships with the Teaching & Learning Center at WCC. • Applied knowledge of educational business management as it pertains to course design including ROI, TCO and sustainability of course design.
Instructional Design: • As part of leading the instructional design staff, it is critical that the manager stay current with instructional design practices and application. Therefore, each cohort of development the Manager of Learning Design will engage in 1-3 new online courses per cycle and based on demand. o Partner with faculty to establish learning goals and objectives; identify relevant content for learning solutions. o Lead faculty through the full design and development process using the WCC Design Standards. o Provide support and technical advice for faculty in identification, evaluation and adaption of third-party software, publisher’s content and other educational resources. o Develop SCORM compliant modules and apply it to LMS integration. o Create technology solutions for instruction, including the application and deployment of educational resources. Supports faculty and colleagues in the implementation and adaption of outside resources. o Manage exploratory solutions such as Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Machine Learning as it applies to instruction. o Apply best practices of ADA, Fair Use and Copyright compliance to online learning. o Utilize tools for creating engaging, interactive courses, such as screen capture software, Adobe Captivate, and/or Articulate Storyline. • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: • Master’s degree in an area of instructional design or educational leadership. • Proven expertise in instructional design and learning theory. • 5 years of instructional design application and/or leadership. • Technically astute. Strong application of LMS’s or similar platforms. • Ability to supervise, lead and inspire a team of developers and designers. • Ability to meet stakeholders at their skill level and coach them to desired abilities • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills with high attention to detail. • Must be flexible to meet changing priorities and achieve assigned objectives. • Highly-developed critical thinking skills and strong problem-solving ability. • Ability to constantly re-evaluate and assess processes and practices. • Ability to understand and communicate concepts quickly and accurately. • Experience and ability to give formal and informal presentations. • Successful project management experience. • Ability to think both logically and creatively.
Additional Preferred Qualifications: • Basic programming skills. • Proficient in Adobe Captivate, Storyline Articulate and other authoring tools. • Strong understanding of higher education organizational functions. • A candidate with a strong understanding of emotional intelligence as it applies to leadership.
Additional Salary Information: Current Washtenaw Community College Employees Salary is determined by BOT Policy 5005***
An Administrative Group employee whose job has been reclassified or who is promoted to a new position shall have his/her salary set at the new salary range minimum or at 10% above current salary, whichever is greater. Starting rate/salary is determined based on education and work history listed on application.
Internal Number: AI9814
About Washtenaw Community College - WCC
For over 50 years, WCC's open-door admissions policy, affordable tuition rates, and high-quality classes have attracted students from local communities and around the world. More than 18,000 register for credit classes each year, and thousands more enroll in non-credit LifeLong Learning classes. WCC's diverse student body includes more than 1,000 students from over 100 foreign countries.WCC's small classes allow for lots of individual attention. The average class size is 22 students. That's a fraction of the size of many basic classes at four-year colleges and universities.WCC also emphasizes convenience. It offers classes seven days a week, at night, and online. And transferring is easy because WCC has agreements with four-year schools throughout Michigan.