Executive Director of Online and Continuing Education

Louisiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 25, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Loyola University New Orleans is seeking an Executive Director of Online Programs.  Reporting to the Provost and SVP of Academic Affairs, the Executive Director will provide collaborative and institutional leadership in the areas of online, continuing, and graduate education. The role involves working closely with academic units, continuing education, enrollment management, and student support services.  It requires a strong understanding of strategy, technology platforms, and higher education policy issues. This individual will be responsible for leading efforts to establish a distinct brand identity for Loyola’s offerings and will be expected to grow enrollment and foster a distinctive student experience for graduate, adult and online learners through degree and non-degree programs.


  • Direct the development, implementation, and assessment of online strategy for degree and non-degree programs for adult learners including managing external vendor partnerships and technology platforms including Canvas.
  • Identify, assess and negotiate with external marketing and technology providers and internal partners to deliver superior learning outcomes for adult learners.
  • Develop relationships with industry and community partners to understand their workforce needs and grow continuing education and online enrollment for degree and non-degree seeking students.
  • Develop corporate/government partners’ programs.
  • Work closely with the Director of Continuing Education, academic deans and others to identify short-and long-term certificate programs, online degree programs, and upskilling and reskilling options for industry.
  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Marketing and Communications as a strategic partner to provide leadership in the online, adult, and graduate education space.
  • Create a strategic enrollment management plan for individual online programs across the institution.
  • Manage the recruitment of prospective students to non-degree, degree, certificate and certification programs, including marketing, annual goal setting, events and special targeted initiatives.
  • In partnership with Offices of Enrollment Management and Marketing and Communications, Develop and execute appropriate marketing and communication strategy to meet recruitment goals.
  • Manage efforts to increase student retention and persistence to degree, including targeted efforts for select programs to create opportunities for successful migration from certificate to degree seeking options.
  • Direct routine operations of the unit and provide intellectual and operational leadership.
  • Work closely with area deans and others to identify, hire and deploy faculty as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison to academic deans, program directors, and other academic and student affairs officers.


  • Masters degree required, PhD preferred.
  • At least five years of experience in higher education or allied fields with a demonstrated record of progressive managerial experience in higher education that includes adult, graduate and online education.
  • Demonstrated successful experience with developing and implementing online programs and platforms that are internal to the organization
  • Demonstrated experience in creating partnerships with industry and community to develop market responsive programming.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing a strategic enrollment management plan; understanding technology platforms to support strategic initiatives, and negotiation experience with technology providers and partners.
  • In-depth understanding of online learning pedagogy, technology, best practices, and experience with Canvas and/or other learning management systems.
  • Understanding of the competitive and changing landscape in graduate, adult and online education and strategic enrollment management.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals in a diverse university community. Must be able to build relationships across campus with faculty, staff and students.
  • Outstanding leadership skills to manage change and help stakeholders understand the relevance of graduate, adult and online programs.
  • Experience directing a diverse instructional program involving a group of academic subject areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty in various disciplines to collaboratively manage distance and online education
  • Ability to manage budgets and effectively supervise and support a diverse staff.
  • Knowledge of CRM systems and best practices in admissions and enrollment management.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have experience working in both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Ability to lead teams and collaborative groups and work independently with cross-unit, inter-institutional entities to move initiatives forward.

Review of applications will begin October 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send an application letter and a recent CV to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor, Vice Provost by emailing resumes@loyno.edu

About Loyola University New Orleans

Founded in 1904 as Loyola College by the Society of Jesus, Loyola is one of 27 Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States and is dedicated to preparing students of diverse backgrounds in pursuit of truth, wisdom and virtue and the unifying goal of working for a more just world. With an enrollment of approximately 4,400 students including 3,200 undergraduates, The University offers 74 undergraduate programs and 19 graduate and professional degree programs. The Princeton Review named Loyola No. 15 in the nation for race/class relations and inclusivity, as well as one of the nation’s top universities.  There is no university in America that can provide an experience like Loyola, which offers a transformative Jesuit education in the most unique city in America.


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