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Executive Director of Academic Instructional and Innovation

Samuel Merritt University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 27, 2022
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Job Description Summary:
The Director of Academic and Instructional Innovation oversees instructional design improvement and innovation in the online, hybrid/blended, and on-site/face to face educational environments across all SMU campuses. The Director plays a major role in the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of online and hybrid offerings. The Director facilitates effective use of pedagogy and technology for teaching and learning through collaborative curricular innovation initiatives, support for best practices in instructional design, faculty/staff training and support, and maintenance of the quality, reliability, and consistency of the departmental services. The incumbent in this job is expected to contribute to the University’s efforts to achieve student success.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Job Duties and Accountabilities:

Other duties may be assigned. All duties below constitute essential job functions for ADA purposes.


Supervision and management:
  • Direct reports include SMU instructional designers, technologists, specialists, and staff that support and coordinate the services of A&II
  • Personnel recruitment and hiring, annual performance reviews, and disciplinary processes as required.
  • Budget planning, management, and reporting.
  • Management of academic technology contracts and partnerships under A&II purview
  • Administrative oversight and advocacy of all projects that A&II staff are engaged in; oversee negotiation of projects requested by A&II stakeholders (faculty, academic leaders administrative staff)
  • Implement strategies relevant to A&II to ensure SMU compliance with digital accessibility mandates and regulations.
  • Accountable for A&II service outcomes and continuous quality improvement.
  • Oversee the implementation and continual reassessment of the department’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with university leaders, develop protocol and policies for the institution that governs the use of teaching and learning applications in the multiple modalities.
  • Serve as ex officio member of the Academic Leadership Team, Faculty Development Committee (FDC) and the Information Technology Advisory Group (ITAG).
  • Serve as institutional liaison for online/hybrid learning expertise, particularly to WSCUC and all professional specialty accreditation agencies for SMU’s academic programs
  • Serve as the A&II liaison to the Academic Division’s Strategic Growth Initiative, ensuring the integration of instructional designer services in the curriculum development of new academic programs and enhancement of legacy programs; participate in Strategy Deployment sessions as required
  • Serve as a principal advisor to the Director of the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) for CIEL’s professional development offerings and strategic growth
  • Oversee relevant SMU internet and intranet sites.
  • Ensure institutional adherence to national standards for online educational quality.
  • Advocacy for A&II’s active involvement in institutional initiatives supporting student success.
  • Facilitate educational research collaborations between A&II staff and faculty/staff across the Academic Division.
  • Apply TeamSTEPPS® tools and strategies to foster a motivated and collaborative team culture.
  • Coordinate the design, development, implementation and evaluation of CIEL’s professional development offerings from A&II and other university entities as appropriate
  • Facilitate collaboration among groups (both internal and external to SMU) with the design, development, implementation and evaluation of CIEL offerings.
  • In collaboration with academic program administrators oversee both the student orientations and faculty orientations to online learning and online program matriculation.
  • Assume a lead facilitation role in the selection and deployment of emerging technologies to enhance all learning environments.
  • Work closely with Information Technology Services on upgrades of existing academic technologies and transitions to new tool implementations.
  • Collaborate with library and IT in development, implementation, and enforcement of policies and procedures regarding database access, copyright, and license compliance.
  • Make recommendations for policies and processes related to digital accessibility as requested by the AVP/Provost.
  • Participate in efforts to garner external funding for CIEL infrastructure and initiatives.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in:
  • online, hybrid/blended, and on-site/face to face modalities of teaching and learning.
  • instructional design theories and practices
  • integrating technology into the teaching/learning process
  • design, development, delivery, and evaluation of professional development activities related to instructional design
  • incorporating interactive multimedia to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and supervise multiple, complex projects and operations within established timelines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
Education and/or Experience
  • Required: a graduate degree in area related to education, technology, leadership, or administration. Graduate degrees in other fields considered on case-by-case basis.
  • Strongly recommended: A doctoral degree in an education field
  • Required: experience in instructional design and/or technology in higher education and a minimum of five-years of experience in higher education leadership/management
Physical Requirements: Not applicable if not required

Employee Status:
Exemption Status:
United States of America (Exempt)
Time Type:
Full time
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