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Assistant Vice Chancellor for Digital and Online Learning

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks applications and nominations for an accomplished, strategic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader to serve in the critically important, inaugural role of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Digital and Online Learning. The university is searching for a champion of digital and online learning who will work with faculty, staff, and academic leaders to develop and lead strategic initiatives at UNL to increase enrollment; expand, optimize, and enhance program offerings that are fully delivered online; further the university’s commitment to access, diversity, equity and inclusion through distance education; identify new markets for credit and non-credit opportunities; establish strong public/private partnerships; and promote the potential of digital and online learning across campus. Such an effort will require an understanding of strategic priorities as outlined in the N2025 Strategic Plan and an appreciation of the university’s collaborative and decentralized culture. Successful candidates will be expected to pursue goals aggressively through authentic partnerships.

As an anticipatory leader, futurist, strategist, and integrator, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will be a key member of the Executive Vice Chancellor’s leadership team, providing expertise, leadership, and coordination on activities and initiatives that advance and support digital and online learning. The Assistant Vice Chancellor will work closely with the EVC, the leadership team, and the colleges to establish campus-wide strategic priorities, a vision for online programming, and chart a course for success.

Specifically, the Assistant Vice Chancellor will be expected to:

  • Lead the development, integration, and implementation of a comprehensive, transformative, and inclusive strategy for online and digital education, reflective of the goals and aims in the N2025 Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders on developing recommendations for expanding existing online offerings, developing new programs, identifying new markets, and leveraging opportunities. Key stakeholders include but are not limited to all nine academic colleges, UNL Extension, University Libraries, Academic Services and Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Education and Student Success, and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Lead an analysis of existing strengths and resources as compared with market demand and feasibility for UNL’s digital education footprint and deploy such analysis on an ongoing basis to assess the strategic plan, goals, and investments.
  • Develop recommendations for effective marketing and recruitment strategies in coordination with academic units, Academic Services and Enrollment Management, and the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Operationalize business processes that support effective enrollment services and advising, and that foster equity and inclusion efforts for the retention and success of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree-seeking students.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with industry, business, and community partners to understand and align their workforce and skillset needs with degree- and non-degree-seeking individuals.
  • Champion and inspire a commitment to innovation in digital and online education that is student-centered, such as leading efforts in open educational resources and inclusive access programs.
  • Work to fully realize and enact the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Partner with the Center for Transformative Teaching to promote the most current pedagogies in developing effective approaches for online learning at all ages, champion quality standards across all online offerings, and support student success in online environments.
  • Coordinate with Academic Technologies/Information Technology Services to guide UNL forward with strategies that meet the goals of flexible, accessible digital learning needs for the future, the workforce, and all ages and levels of readiness.
  • Ensure compliance with accreditation standards, the requirements of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, and accessibility requirements identified by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Serve as the primary liaison for online learning to the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the NU system’s Office of Digital Education, serving as the campus representative on the NU Council for Online Learning Excellence.

This is an exciting opportunity for a forward-thinking professional who is innovative, entrepreneurial, competitive, and passionate about higher education, especially the many possibilities that digital and online learning offers. The successful applicant will have extensive knowledge in higher education trends, market research, the current status of digital teaching and learning, online learning pedagogy, inclusive education, and new market development.

Specifically, the inaugural Assistant Vice Chancellor will possess the following:

  • Expertise in online education – deep familiarity of the competitive landscape of online education, and command of the different types of online offerings, including full programs delivered online, hybrid programs, certificates, and badges.
  • Demonstrated evidence of the ability to create a strategy, design tactics, mobilize resources, and analyze effectiveness.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills – demonstrated record of collaboration and working with individuals from varied disciplines and diverse backgrounds.
  • Administrative acumen to work across and within large, complex organizations.
  • A master’s degree and a minimum of seven years of related experience are required.
  • An earned terminal degree is preferred.

The position is a 12-month position. Additional information about UNL can be found at

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to those materials received by October 28, 2022. Applications must be submitted online at, requisition F_220194, and should consist of 1) a letter addressing qualifications, commitment to equity and inclusion, and summarizing their view of the role of online education in the future of higher education; 2) a detailed curriculum vitae; and 3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. References will be contacted only with permission from the candidate.

Submit nominations or direct questions to Allison Wortmann, HR Specialist-Lead at [email protected] or (402) 472-4175.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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