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Director of Professional Learning

Online Learning Consortium, Inc.
Working from home
Up to $90,000 based on experience plus competitive benefits and working from home
Posted Date
Jul 12, 2022

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Director of Professional Learning



The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) has over twenty years of experience in providing organizations with online learning support, experience, and knowledge-leadership to meet institution learning and development needs.   The Director of Professional Learning, reporting to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Learning, guides the strategic vision and operationalization of the professional development opportunities and thought leadership of the organization. With a focus on outcomes-based instruction and learner engagement, this position leads a team of instructional designers and instructional support specialists in the process of designing, facilitating, and continuously improving the OLC Institute’s curriculum and initiatives for supporting online, blended, and digital learning educators and leaders. Working in close partnership with key members of the staff, board, and community, this role focuses on strategic analysis, innovative practices, and entrepreneurial planning to ensure the impact and timeliness of Institute offerings. With a flawless attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, the Director of Professional Learning is a team player, a strategic and transformational leader, and a natural problem solver who maintains professionalism in the face of pressure. As a key member of this remote organization, the Director of Professional Learning seeks new ways to collaborate within and across the staff, the board, and the community in meeting the overarching goals of the organization.


Job Duties Strategy (20%)

  • Work closely with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Learning to drive the vision for professional learning in ways that align with OLC’s mission, vision, and values and with key drivers in the field of online, blended, and digital learning.
  • Conceptualize new Institute for Professional Development offerings and initiatives with connections to all areas of the organization (strategic partnerships, grants, research, community engagement, global events, conferences, and membership).
  • Assist in identifying potential market opportunities for expansion of professional development offerings, as well as developing a strategic framework to enter new markets and areas of coverage.
  • Support the AVP of Learning in providing vision for the development and remixing of community content, including webinars, podcasts, and interactive blog posts, in collaboration with key stakeholders within and outside the organization

Operations (60%)

  • Maintain strategic, managerial, and operational responsibility for all Institute for Professional Development offerings, which includes a range of programming (from novice to expert) within the Certificate Programs, Mastery Series, Workshops, and Customized Offerings.
  • Manage the instructional design team and related operations, including their support of instructional technology for the Institute for Professional Development (e.g., learning management system) in support of programming, online initiatives, and events.
  • Explore and evaluate learning technologies that support quality, interactivity, inclusivity, and engagement for integration into the Institute for Professional Development’s offerings.
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation of professional development faculty members and certificate program mentors.
  • Work closely with institutions and external partners to establish opportunities for credentialing, certification, and credit for OLC offerings.
  • Provide consulting services as needed for specific strategic partnerships, to include the facilitation of customized workshops, courses, and instructional design support.
  • Promote OLC’s professional development initiatives through presentations, publications, webinars, and social media presence.
  • Support productive collaboration among the OLC staff, board, and community related to OLC initiatives and areas that drive professional development.
  • Provide support to the organization with other core duties assigned by the Cabinet.
  • Serve as a collegial and collaborative member of the team, always leading and problem-solving in respectful and generative critique for the betterment of the organization.

Budgeting and Reporting (20%)

  • Align vision and budgetary needs, working with the AVP of Learning, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and other staff in the creation and management of the Institute for Professional Development budget.
  • Develop, monitor, and track key metrics that measure progress toward meeting the Institute’s and the organization’s goals.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • 10 years experience in instructional design, faculty development, or in a role supporting educators teaching online, blended, and/or digital courses in higher education.
  • 8 years experience designing, developing, evaluating, and revising curriculum as an online instructor, faculty, or administrator.
  • 5 years experience managing instructional design or support teams, centers of teaching & learning, or large-scale institutional online quality initiatives in a high-impact, growth, and results-oriented higher education institution, association, or related organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in a relevant field.
  • Prior experience leading the online, blended, and digital professional development initiatives of a higher education institution, association, or related organization.
  • Prior experience developing and aligning departmental, project, initiative or workshop budgets with the needs of an institution, organization, or association.
  • Prior experience developing goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) for an organization’s strategic planning efforts, incorporating routine processes for monitoring and continuous improvement Prior experience working with and guiding remote teams.
  • Familiarity or experience with the vision, mission, and goals of the Online Learning Consortium.


Application Information Application Closing Date: Open until filled


Anticipated Start Date: September 1, 2022


Required Application Materials:


  • Cover Letter
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    Diversity Statement
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