Coordinator of Distance Learning/Activity Director

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Summary: Louisiana College seeks a qualified and experienced professional to serve as the Coordinator of Distance Learning/Activity Director. The primary function of this position is to provide leadership and administrative oversight for all aspects of online education, including online student support services. Collaborating with academic leaders and faculty, the Coordinator leads initiatives to position Louisiana College as a distance education leader by working with an Instructional Designer to create innovative high-quality online courses and programs, primarily for professional and adult education. 

The Coordinator works with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to plan, develop, maintain, and evaluate the effectiveness of all distance education courses and programs. The Coordinator collaborates with the Vice President for Enrollment Management to create marketing, recruitment, and retention strategies for online programs and students. The Coordinator is responsible for building and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders across campus including, but not limited to, school deans, division chairs, program directors, Enrollment Management, and Information Technology. The Coordinator of Distance Learning works with the Instructional Designer to recommend procedures to ensure state, federal, and accreditation policies related to instruction, curriculum, and course design. The Coordinator reports directly to the Project Manager for the Title III Grant “Strengthening Institutions Program.” This is a full-time, 12-month position. The appointment begins as soon as the position is filled. 

Duties and Responsibilities: The Coordinator of Distance Learning is responsible for the following areas: 

Administrative and Distance Education Strategy:

  • In association with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, develop an overarching vision and strategy for growing LC’s professional and adult distance education through increased online course offerings and programs. 
  • Develop a strategic plan for quality assurance standards, such as Quality Matters, for all online courses and programs.
  • Supervise the Instructional Designer and Faculty Support Specialist.
  • Develop and conduct a process by which curriculum and programs are approved, renewed, deleted, evaluated, offered, and adjusted each year. 
  • Assist with developing a plan for recruiting, selecting, recommending, and evaluating current and future online instructors.
  • With the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Registrar, authorize final approval for the development of the semester schedule of all online classes, including specific courses, parts of the term, and catalog curricula.
  • Work closely with the Offices of Academic Affairs, Student Development, Business, and Information Technology to ensure quality online education.
  • Oversee LC’s membership in Louisiana’s SARA. 
  • Provide guidance in the institution’s distance education policies and procedures that endures quality online education and accreditation standards.
  • Design and determine methods to ensure program effectiveness and compliance with accreditation standards in online education.
  • Maintain best practices in online student services. 
  • Oversee acquisition and integration of technology to support project initiatives for the Title III Grant Strengthening Institutions Program 
  • Oversee completion of tasks leading to accomplishment of annual objectives in a Title III Grant Strengthening Institutions Program for the development of distance education. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate a professional and personal commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Louisiana College. That commitment includes general support for Christian liberal arts education and a specific calling to help online faculty integrate faith and learning into their teaching disciplines in a compelling, thoughtful manner. A willingness to serve the broader college community through service and committee work is also expected.

Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist, coeducation college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs, located in Pineville, LA.  Louisiana College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, governed by a Board of Trustees, affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of background screening checks. 

Education/Experience:

Master’s degree in distance education administration, education technology, curriculum and instruction, or instructional design, preferred. Will also consider a master’s degree in business administration, higher education, or a closely related field. 

  • Substantial experience in online higher education, including teaching online and administrative/supervisory responsibilities. 
  • Proven work experience in instructional design and with instructional technology in higher education. 
  • Strong writing, verbal, listening, organizational, and leadership skills required.
  • High attention to detail.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, and motivation.
  • Demonstrated training in a course quality initiative, preferably Quality Matters.
  • Excellent knowledge of lesson planning, curriculum design, and adult learning theories, instructional design models, strategies, and best practices.
  • Ability to plan and manage multiple projects simultaneously and within designated deadlines.
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and SARA agreements.
  • Knowledge of streaming audio and video, file types and formats, and experience with learning management software.
  • Basic HTML and Flash programming knowledge.
  • Solid knowledge of course development and online learning tools and at least one Learning Management System (SnagIt, ilos, Turnitin, VoiceThread, Moodle, Jenzabar, Canvas).

Application Requirements:

Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Candidates are requested to send all of the following materials:

  • Completed LC application and Christian Worldview (link)
  • Application letter detailing experience related to the position 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts of Undergraduate and Graduate Work (unofficial documents are acceptable in the application phase)
  • List of Three References with Contact Information (phone number and email address)
  • Only completed application packets with all of the information above will be reviewed

Send to:

Dr. Cheryl D. Clark

Vice President for Academic Affairs

academicaffairs@lacollege.edu

To apply for this job email your details to academicaffairs@lacollege.edu