Associate Director, Instructional Media

Apr 04, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Director, Instructional Media

Job Number:

***** Strong Internal Candidate *****

Associate Director, Instructional Media, Teaching & Learning

Join a creative and dynamic team working to shape the future of teaching and learning. As part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Digital Solutions Teaching & Learning Team, the Associate Director is responsible for the development, execution and integration of media and interactive content for the school across all learning activities and platforms. The Associate Director will manage all content production from inception to delivery, and leads the team to create immersive learning experiences through innovative media and delightful technology. In addition, s/he is expected to play a strategic role in shaping the enablement of synchronous distributed online education for the school. S/he is responsible for collaborating with internal program teams, faculty, and various Digital Solutions teams (Data Insights, Engineering, DevOps, Architecture, etc.). The Associate Director drives the vision for instructional media design and experimentation, and provides insight on emerging media and technologies and how they might be applied at the GSB (virtual/augmented reality, longform immersive storytelling formats, learning analytics, 360 video, etc.).

Core Duties

  • Lead and manage daily operations for the team, which include recruiting, hiring, training, developing, evaluating, and setting priorities; coordinate business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports.

  • Collaborate closely with the Learning Design & Development team on content design and production workflow and the Digital Media Solutions team on the future of distributed synchronous education enablement.

  • Manage production and execution timelines with team members, creative agencies, and temps to ensure projects are delivered on time and budget; make decisions about analysis, design, and testing; solve complex technical problems; provide alternative methods for achieving goals when necessary.

  • Identify, clarify and resolve technical issues within own area; often serve as the initial managerial escalation point.

  • Manage GSB relationships and cross-campus outreach (i.e. VPTL Media Group, SOM VR Group). Communicate with cross functional teams to ensure all partners are kept informed on projects.

  • Provide strategic planning for group and contribute to Digital Solutions strategic decisions, annual budget and strategy, and departmental processes.

  • Develop and manage budget; oversee the group's finances including billing and tracking all ongoing charges and subscriptions.

  • Work with faculty and GSB staff to scope and plan new projects. Prepare proposals and present to steering committee, prioritization group, and pitch meetings.

  • Manage outside vendors and talent (video production crews, motion graphics designers etc.) in developing content across all platforms (social, digital, in store, print) including corporate communications. Set up purchase orders and contracts through GSB Finance.

  • Manage the implementation and promote adoption of new technologies, including production equipment, studio build/maintenance, VR/AR technology, video/interactive platforms.

  • Manage all production relationships with the GSB brand and aesthetic in mind.

    Minimum Requirements

    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant work experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Detailed understanding of relevant technical knowledge and problem resolution, focusing on content production from inception to delivery

  • Strong customer relationship skills, consensus building skills, and ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and mentor staff.

  • Experience with technical film/production experience, specifically in digital media.

  • Strong working knowledge of new and emerging technology including the latest web and traditional design standards.

  • Proficiency with all applicable software and hardware, including production equipment, studio build/maintenance, VR/AR technology, and video/interactive platforms.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).

  • Superior experience and understanding of production process.

  • Ability to work efficiently in a high-pressure, fast-paced, deadline driven environment.

  • Must be an intuitive, entrepreneurial, flexible self-starter.

    Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.

  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone.

  • Will occasionally be required to shoot on location and in studio. This requires candidates to be physically able to transport and operate cameras and equipment that weigh 20+lbs.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May work extended hours, evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

    Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

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    Location: Graduate School of Business
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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