Director of Distance Education and Instructional Technology

Fresno, Fresno County
Apr 09, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs, Instructional Design

Director of Distance Education and Instructional Technology

State Center Community College District

Closing Date: 5/22/2014

Position Classification: Management

Campus Location: Fresno City College

Start Date: 07/01/2014

Essential Functions:

Reporting to the Dean of Student Success, the Director of Distance Education supports Fresno City College’s educational mission and regional accreditation by providing analytical, administrative, and strategic leadership, management, and oversight for distance education, necessary infrastructure, and learning technologies.

  • Develop, implement, and promote programs, resources, and services for distance learning;

  • review and evaluate demand for distance learning courses, student satisfaction, student retention and student success, and develop recommendations for improvement and instructional effectiveness in coordination with faculty, division deans, and support services;

  • create a positive environment that supports innovation, teamwork and successful outcomes;

  • work with instructional deans to coordinate and develop distance education course schedules;

  • evaluate existing online distance education technologies and learning management needs;

  • facilitate activities to enhance student success as related to instructional technology and distance education;

  • ensure that the college complies with all Title 5 regulations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act, and accreditation standards relating to distance education;

  • work cooperatively with the Director of Information Systems on a wide range of technology integration issues and planning;

  • oversee the installation of online instructional software and technology;

  • ensure compatibility of online instructional software and technology with campus/district computer systems and standards;

  • work with Director of Technology to ensure the best technical resources are available for faculty and students;

  • coordinate mentorship of faculty new to the distance learning environment;

  • develop and implement policies and procedures to support and enhance distance learning;

  • provide leadership and direction in the use of new technologies for the presentation of curriculum to students including, but not limited to, distance education, multimedia, video-conferencing, web-based instruction, and other internet activities within the classroom;

  • provide leadership and training for staff development activities for the realization of the long-term institutional goals to acquire and maintain state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the classroom;

  • design and provide instruction and training for faculty and staff in the use of various forms of distance education and related instructional technology incorporating instructional design principles that reflect current learning theory;

  • serve as a resource to faculty and staff in planning and evaluating technology needs for new and existing courses;

  • manage financial resources consistent with district policy and sound financial management principles;

  • manage conflict and change in ways that contribute to the long-term success of the college;

  • promote the assessment of student outcomes in order to determine the effectiveness of distance education;

  • actively engage in developing, coordinating, and implementing grant opportunities that promote and expand distance education and instructional technology;

  • prepare annual goals, participate in planning activities, and facilitate completion of goals that support the College’s mission, priorities, and strategic plan;

  • assist in the hiring processes of faculty and classified staff according to board policies and procedures;

  • participate in accreditation and planning activities of the college;

  • use management software to generate and analyze data to assist in the decision-making processes;

  • actively participate in advisory committees and/or boards;

  • serve as a liaison between faculty and administration;

  • participate as a member of management council, deans’ council, and other college and/or district committees as assigned;

  • participate on other committees and lead other projects or areas, as assigned; and

  • performs additional administrative duties and services as requested and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Include an earned master’s degree from an accredited college or university AND one year of formal training, internship, or leadership experience reasonably related to the administrator’s administrative assignment OR possession of a valid California Community College Supervisory Credential AND sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Equivalent to at least five years of full-time teaching and/or professional experience in any of the disciplines taught in the college;

  • demonstrated effective communication, collaboration and delegating skills;

  • successful experience as a leader in the use of technology to facilitate learning;

  • ability to meet deadlines and give attention to detail and accuracy;

  • ability to use data-driven evidence to make decisions;

  • ability to assess, develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to monitor and improve the quality of educational services;

  • evidence of a commitment to teaching/learning and the vision of a learning-centered institution and community;

  • demonstrated ability to acquire and administer external funding for support of programs in the division;

  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of how technology can support learning;

  • ability to collaborate with internal constituencies, employers and community agencies in curriculum and program development;

  • evidence of effective planning in the management, supervision, and evaluation of the work of others;

  • demonstrated experience in managing financial resources effectively;

  • demonstrated ability to work effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds, including faculty, students, classified professionals, and administrators;

  • demonstrated commitment to shared governance, consensus building, and team approach to management;

  • ability to use organizational skills that enable the performance of duties in a timely fashion with attention to detail;

  • ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing;

  • ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; and,

  • online teaching experience in higher education;

Conditions of Employment: 224 and 22 vacation days for a total of 246 days.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $102,972 – $129,758 based on education and experience. A doctoral stipend of $1,945 is available. In addition, the District offers an attractive fringe benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage for the employee and dependents, and life insurance. Employees are also members of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be screened to determine which applicants meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement.

From the applicants who submit all the required documents and who meet the qualifications, a selection advisory committee will determine the candidates that meet the highest degree of desirable qualifications. They will be invited to interview.

The selection advisory committee will rate responses to the interview questions. Based on this rating, a small number of applicants will be selected as the “recommended candidates”. These candidates will be forwarded to the Vice President of Instruction and College President for final interviews. A hiring recommendation will be made by the College President and forwarded to the Board of Trustees of State Center Community College District for final approval.

State Center Community College District is an equal opportunity employer. It is our pledge to treat all applicants fairly and equitably in the recruitment and selection process. We endeavor to be a service minded organization and respond, as best we can, to the needs of our applicants and the faculty and administrators we work with in the District.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Office, 1525 E. Weldon Avenue, Fresno, California, 93704, (559) 226-0720, fax (559) 229-7039. For information on Fresno City College or State Center Community College District, visit our website at Please refer to Position No. 2954.

Submission of application and related materials is the applicant’s responsibility and must be submitted through the district’s online applicant portal. The District reserves the right to re-advertise or to delay indefinitely the filling of a position if it is deemed that the applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool or if funding is not available. All application materials are subject to verification. False statements may be cause for disqualification or discharge from employment.

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