Director of Online Learning and Instructional Designer

Mason City, Iowa
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Director of Online Learning and Instructional Designer (PSS/6)

The Director of Online Learning leads, manages, and is responsible for the College’s online learning initiatives, including: (1) the development and continuous improvement of online and hybrid courses and programs; (2) training, resources, and instructional support for faculty and students related to online learning and educational technology; (3) working collaboratively with members of the College’s administration, faculty, and staff to advance online learning initiatives; (4) directing daily operations; (5) maintaining, compiling, and reporting relevant statistics, records, data, and outcomes; (6) working with the Information Technology department to inform decisions regarding technical support, software/hardware purchases and upgrades, the College’s learning management system (Canvas), and other educational technologies, related to online learning.

The Director also functions as an instructional designer: collaborating with faculty members, who serve as content specialists/subject matter experts, and leading them through the course development process; assisting the development of multimedia learning objects; and providing guidance related to best practices in online teaching methodologies and effective use of educational technology to support student learning.

The major functions of this position include responsibilities in the areas of instructional design, educational technology, faculty development, and management.  Develop, implement, and support an instructional design process appropriate to the needs of the College’s academic programs. Consult with administrators and faculty to develop and implement online and hybrid course offerings and programs.  Recruit, contract, and orient faculty to develop online and hybrid courses, using the instructional design model/process.  Act as the instructional design process and educational technology expert in guiding and assisting faculty, in their roles as content experts, to design curricula, courses, learning activities, materials (both multimedia and text-based), and assessments for college courses.  Review and analyze instructional materials, providing feedback and recommendations to faculty, identifying instructional problems, and working with faculty to design, develop, implement, and evaluate solutions to those problems.  Keep informed about current and developing issues related to copyright law, as it pertains to course materials in online and face-to-face courses, training and working with faculty members to ensure that required permissions are acquired and documented, and that terms of copyright permissions are followed.  Explore, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding promising practices related to instructional methods and design, research findings in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and emerging educational technologies.  Collaborate with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to design, implement, and maintain a comprehensive training and instructional coaching program, and a set of just-in-time support services and online resources related to instructional methods and the effective instructional use of educational technology for faculty engaged in online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.  Work with the Information Technology department (IT) to select, acquire, deploy, and enhance educational technologies; and coordinate with IT staff as they provide front-line Help Desk support for educational technology to faculty and students.  Direct the activities of project teams, establishing plans and schedules for project completion, coordinating the roles and tasks of faculty and staff (as appropriate), monitoring adherence to schedules, providing necessary resources and support, reporting on project progress, and ensuring successful and timely project completion.  Ensure compliance with relevant state and federal regulations and requirements related to online and/or distance education.  Prepare and present regular written and face-to-face reports, records, and statistics on the status of activities, projects, and outcomes related to online learning and faculty development.  Coordinate with other departments to ensure services for online and hybrid students are comparable to those provided to on-campus students, providing support as needed.  Periodically participate in and present at discipline-related conferences. Engage in professional development activities to stay informed and proficient in the field of online learning.  Participate as an active member of institutional committees and appropriate organizations; represent the College as appropriate on state and national committees.  Perform in a manner which strengthens the coordination and cooperation of all operational components of the college, including opportunities for student recruitment.  NIACC Core Principles:  All employees are expected to adhere to all NIACC policies and procedures.  NIACC administration, faculty, and staff value a positive working environment and an environment of mutual respect, therefore all employees are to maintain a positive attitude and respect for others when working with all NIACC departments, employees, students, partners, and the public.

Required: Bachelor’s degree, three years of teaching experience at the postsecondary level (including online and face-to-face), and three years of experience as part of an online learning staff (including online course development and faculty development) in a higher-education context.  Preferred: Master’s degree in education (focus on adult learning theory, instructional design, and educational technology) and experience as an online learning administrator in a higher-education context. Familiarity with the Title III program of the U.S. Department of Education.   Background requirements for this position include demonstrated competence in project management, collaborative online course development with faculty members, as well as the use of current multimedia technologies to create learning objects used in online courses (e.g., recording and post-production of audio and screen/lecture capture recordings). This position requires excellent interpersonal skills; strong communication, consultation, and presentation skills; and experience contributing to and leading project teams. Technical proficiency with learning management systems, web conferencing and online collaboration software is also required.

Salary based on experience.  Fringe benefits of Blue Cross/Blue Shield major medical health insurance, eye care, dental, life and disability insurance, retirement benefits as provided by Social Security and Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System (IPERS) or TIAA-CREF.


MATERIALS REQUIRED    cover letter
resume or curriculum vitae
NIACC application form
comments sheet
transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable)

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer



Application Information


Applications are available from NIACC Human Resources at 641-422-4203.  Application materials and announcement of job openings can be found at To be considered an applicant, you must complete a NIACC application form.  A resume will not replace the application form.  Only applicants with complete materials will be considered.  Please remember to sign your application

Return application materials to: NIACC, Attention: Human Resources, 500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401

Appointments will be scheduled with those individuals selected for an interview.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  When the selection process has been completed, all applicants will be notified in writing.

Requests for reasonable accommodation during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office (641) 422-4211.  North Iowa Area Community College is committed to the policy that all persons shall have access to its programs, facilities, and employment without discrimination based upon race, religion, color, creed, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, age, disability (physical or mental), veteran status, or genetic information as required by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that the College obtain documentation from every individual who is employed which verifies identity and substantiates his/her right to work in the United States.  Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VII, or Section 504 may be directed to Shelly Schmit, EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources, 500 College Drive, Mason City, Iowa 50401 or via telephone at 641-422-4211. Inquiries may also be directed, in writing, to the Mason City Human Rights Commission, Iowa Civil Rights Department, or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, Missouri.

The College
North Iowa Area Community College has the distinction of being the first public two-year college in the state of Iowa, having been established in 1918 as Mason City Junior College.  NIACC is an integral part of the educational, cultural, and economic foundation of the nine-county region it serves.  The College operates a main campus in Mason City, a progressive community of 30,000 located halfway between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Des Moines, Iowa.  The main campus encompasses over 500 acres of land, including contemporary facilities, an agricultural technology center, athletic facilities, and lakeside student housing.  Mason City and surrounding communities provide a strong manufacturing, nursing, and retail base with outstanding schools and cultural and recreational opportunities.