Director, Online Learning and Instructional Design

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Director, Online Learning and Instructional Design

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Director, Online Learning and Instructional Design

Job Profile Title
Director B

Job Description Summary
The Director of Instructional Design & Online Learning for Penn Vet will provide leadership and expertise in innovative approaches for instructional design and teaching and learning in the online environment. Reporting to the Associate Dean of One Health at Penn Vet, the Director of Instructional Design & Online Learning will be a part of the One Health Academic Innovation Unit and will directly support faculty and instructional teams, coordinates with internal and external partners, and is a key architect of student experiences for all existing and new online/hybrid courses and digital initiatives in the School.

Job Description

This individual will have direct responsibility for ensuring the quality and standards of all online offerings at Penn Vet. They will have the in-depth knowledge and understanding of online course development processes and will direct Penn Vet faculty, staff and other stakeholders in the generation of effective online learning experiences for existing and new academic programs. These include the online Graduate Certificate Program in Animal Welfare and Behavior, the online Master of Science in Animal Welfare & Behavior and multiple online and blended for-credit and not-for-credit courses and programs in development. The Director of Instructional Design & Online Learning will leverage the most current pedagogical approaches and educational technologies to create engaging and scalable online courses. This role will also provide Penn Vet leadership, faculty and staff with advice and support for best practices associated with course development and project management, including adherence to timelines and budgets.

While managing the day-to-day responsibilities associated with instructional design and online learning course development, the Director of Instructional Design & Online Learning will work closely with One Health Academic Innovation Unit colleagues to enhance marketing efforts by creating multimedia assets. The Director will liaise with the Penn Vet Educational Technology team to coordinate course development with deployment and address technological challenges that may arise. Additionally, the Director of Instructional Design & Online Learning will be the Penn Vet representative to the larger Instructional Design community at Penn (the ID Working Group and Online Directors Group). Through these contacts as well as attendance at relevant national conferences, the Director will remain abreast of present and forthcoming trends in instructional design and online learning.


Master's degree in Instructional Design and 3-5 years of experience in an academic setting, working effectively with faculty and staff to develop new online programming or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The individual must have the ability to communicate diplomatically and effectively with faculty and staff and the desire to advance their own knowledge of online learning and train others as appropriate. Evidence that candidate has successfully launched a new online program is preferred. A candidate who has the ability to work within a team to organize program development, meet deadlines within budget is also preferred. A cover letter is required. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posted: 10/20/2020
Application Due: 10/22/2020
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