Director of Digital Learning
The University of North
Carolina System is a treasured public institution dedicated to
serving the people of North Carolina through world-class teaching,
research, and community engagement. Today, nearly 250,000 students
are enrolled in our 16 universities across the state and at the NC
School of Science and Mathematics.
Individually Remarkable. Collectively
The UNC System is one of the strongest and most successful
systems of public higher education in the nation. It’s mission—to
discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the
needs of individuals and society—remains true to the University’s
founding ideal of shared knowledge in a free society. In addition,
the UNC System has a long-standing commitment to public
service. PBS North Carolina, the UNC Health Care System, the
NC Arboretum, and other University affiliates and programs reap
social and economic benefits for the citizens of the state.
The UNC System Office, located in Chapel Hill, houses the
offices of the president and senior administrative staff for
the University. This core administrative staff executes the
policies of the UNC Board of Governors and provides System-wide
leadership and support in the areas of academic affairs, business
and financial management, communications, strategy and policy,
human resources, legal affairs, and government relations. The UNC
System Office also has administrative oversight of a number
of University affiliates.
Office of Digital Learning, within the Academic Affairs
Division, researches, creates, and facilitates System-wide efforts
to expand the appropriate use of digital learning technologies and
digital infrastructure to support student success. The focus is not
only online and remote learning, but also hybrid and in-person
instruction. In collaboration with the UNC institutions, the
Faculty Assembly, and Faculty Development Centers, the department
investigates the applicability of technology solutions to the
instructional process by considering the interrelationship among
technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge. Throughout the
process, the department increases professional development,
communication, and sharing of digital learning best practices and
instructional resources through direct engagement with faculty and
staff, weekly digital Lunch & Learn sessions, monthly webinars
featuring UNC and outside experts, online communities of practice,
and a yearly Digital Learning Symposium. Digital Learning also
supports the evaluation and development of provider contracts for
technologies and services and creates enterprise agreements that
any of the 17 institutions can leverage at their discretion.
Through UNC Online,
the department provides students the opportunity to access courses
across the UNC System, increasing flexibility, reducing cost, and
The Director of Digital Learning will shape the future direction
of technology-enhanced online, hybrid, and in-person instruction
designed to increase access, reduce cost, and improve student
success across the System. The position will provide leadership for
special projects that support the evaluation, piloting, and scaling
of digital learning. The Director will work within academic
affairs/digital learning across the System to identify
gaps/opportunities in digital learning capabilities and recommend
and/or implement programs to support closing the gaps. Further, the
Director is responsible for departmental project management.
- A doctorate (PhD preferred) from a regionally accredited
institution and a minimum of five (5) years of experience (after
obtaining doctorate) at a regionally accredited, four-year
university as a faculty member or instructional designer is
- Experience in public higher education with demonstrated
accomplishments in leading faculty development initiatives, project
management, and technology/pedagogy integration as related to
instructional problems of practice.
- A working knowledge (or familiarity and the ability to quickly
scale) on the use of Zoom, Camtasia, Vimeo, MailChimp, WordPress, a
learning management system (e.g., Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard),
Tableau and Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Teams.
A sound understanding of adaptive courseware and Quality
- Experience in designing faculty development programs.
- Experiencing teaching online and for-credit.
- Experience assessing the value of technology products and
solutions to instructional problems of practice.
- Sophisticated creation-to-completion project management skills,
to include managing projects with short deadlines.
- Excellent written, verbal, listening, interpersonal,
presentation and negotiation skills.
- Ability to deal with ambiguity, collect information and data
through research, and handle multiple demands concurrently.
- Ability to exercise a high degree of judgment, discretion and
individual initiative, and to work independently once given broad
- Proficiency to interpret, develop, and carry out policies and
- Ability to create a collegial work environment and encourage
and promote collaboration and cooperation among staff and System
Chapel Hill, where the System Office is located, is part of a
larger area called “The Triangle,” a term that references Research
Triangle Park, a globally recognized center of research, innovation
and thought leadership located between, and around, the three
cities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill. Each of these cities is
home to one or more UNC System institutions, as well as private
universities, and other centers of learning and research.
These three cities, as well as the cities and communities
in the surrounding areas, offer a mix of suburban, urban, and rural
living, combined with access to an outstanding array of civic,
cultural, and athletic events. Outdoor enthusiasts will be thrilled
with the area’s comfortable climate and easy access to both
mountains and sea. Food lovers will appreciate access to a thriving
Triangle restaurant scene often profiled in national media.
More affordable living than many metropolitan areas and
host to many vibrant businesses, the Triangle area is part of the
reason North Carolina was voted #1 by Forbes as the “Best State to
Do Business.” Often ranked high on lists of best places to live,
the Triangle area offers beauty, diversity, and interest for
residents and visitors alike. For more information, see: http://www.workinthetriangle.com/.
How to Apply
Interested applicants, please visit: https://bit.ly/Dir-DL. For priority
consideration, please apply by July 18, 2021.
The UNC System Office is an equal opportunity and
affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to age, color,
disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin,
race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected