At Unity, sustainability isn’t a buzzword. It’s the foundation of
our entire approach and has been for more than 50 years.
We apply sustainability principles to everything we do, from our
properties around the State of Maine, to our online degrees offered
to students everywhere, to our enrichment experiences and
entrepreneurial endeavors at locations from northern Maine to
Arizona to Brazil.
Engage with Unity College and you’ll start to ask tough questions,
challenge the status quo, and envision new possibilities. If taking
the lead in creating a more sustainable future sounds like the
future you want, we can make it happen.
The Distance Education (DE) Director of General Education assists
the DE Dean of General Education and Environmental Studies in
providing leadership in the Distance Education general education
curriculum, which includes the Environmental Professional Core, and
in their area of expertise. The Distance Education Director is
expected to hire, train, and supervise faculty, assess general
education, provide student support, career advice and mentoring,
market programs, and develop new audiences/partnerships for
The Director will conduct all teaching through the institution’s
Learning Management Software (LMS), implement appropriate
pedagogical techniques for the online environment, and provide
course materials in a professional, appropriate, clear, and
rigorous manner. This position works closely with and reports to
the Dean of General Education and Environmental Studies and is
based in the Unity College Distance Education offices located in
New Gloucester, Maine.
Oversee hiring and supervision of qualified general education
course adjunct instructors; responsible for helping the Dean
maintain general education program integrity, including any
Be knowledgeable in the appropriate delivery of the content in
an online format.
Teach up to 120 student credit hours per calendar year as
Assess and evaluate courses and programs in general
Support student professional and academic advising.
Participate in Distance Education governance as assigned.
Demonstrate a high degree of commitment to customer service and
Work with Unity College student-support resources on behalf of
students as necessary.
Work with Distance Education staff and leaders to develop
strategies for effective advising and retention efforts.
Collaborate with the Dean of General Education and
Environmental Studies, Vice President of Distance Education, and
other Distance Education Academic staff on student learning issues
and scheduling needs.
Become knowledgeable and articulate about Unity College
Distance Education, its programs, market niche, strategies and
Understand how to work with non-traditional and adult
Please see the attached job description for a full list of job
The ideal candidate will possess Master’s degree in Environmental
Studies, Environmental Humanities, or other equivalent degree.
The Director will have leadership experience in higher
education, teaching, and assessment. A Ph.D. and experience
administering online courses in an adult market is preferred.
Candidates must have strong oral and written communication
skills, including facility with technical terminology appropriate
to the position.
Excellent initiative and organizational skills with ability to
work both autonomously and in a team.
Great time management skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills with strong
Ability and willingness to work with students from diverse
political/socioeconomic backgrounds and a wide range of physical
and academic abilities.
Good skills in word processing, spreadsheets and computerized
Personal commitment to the environmental focus and mission of
Ability to function effectively within a matrix organizational
structure, maintaining open lines of communication while being
discreet, courteous and well poised.
As our distance education team rapidly grows, we have also acquired
space at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine where our
enterprise and distance education teams will be located. This
position will be located at 49 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester,
Unity College offers a generous benefits package which includes
medical, dental, vision, short term disability, long term
disability, life insurance, PTO, and a company match on our 403b
retirement plan. Waiting periods will apply.
Interested and qualified candidates should click on the “Apply Now”
button and submit a resume and cover letter.
At Unity College, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate
it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our
employees, our students, and our community. Unity College is proud
to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action