About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an independent, culturally
diverse institution providing quality education and research in
aviation, aerospace, engineering, and other related fields with
residential campuses located in Daytona Beach, Florida and
Prescott, Arizona. The University's Worldwide campus provides
educational opportunities online and at approximately 130 locations
throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Central/South
As the largest and most comprehensive aviation and
aerospace-focused university in the world, Embry-Riddle is a unique
institution. Over the past 90 years, the University has evolved
with industry to break new ground and produce top-level graduates
who serve the ever-changing needs of aviation and aerospace and
other STEM-related disciplines. Embry-Riddle offers programs in
seven primary fields of study including: Applied Science; Aviation;
Business; Computers and Technology; Engineering; Safety, Security,
and Intelligence; and Space.
As a senior leader, the Senior Director has primary responsibility
for the successful design and production of hundreds of
high-quality, asynchronous online courses. There is daily
interaction with Instructional Design and Development leadership
members, instructional designers, digital media specialists, media
producers, course developers, contractors, and other Worldwide
staff – including members of the Academic Innovation Division. The
position requires superior leadership, critical thinking,
decision-making, negotiation, and communication skills, along with
comfort working in a team environment.
Key job functions include:
Required Education :
- Provide leadership to the Instructional Design and Development
- Responsible for the direction and oversight of the University’s
online course development processes, assigning and managing the
work of production staff to ensure adherence to expected quality
standards, conventions, and timelines. Production staff includes
Directors of Instructional Design and Development, Director of
Instructional Design Operations, Instructional Designers, Digital
Media Specialists, Media Producers, contract workers, interns, and
- Has responsibility for long- and short-term strategic planning,
in consultation with senior academic representatives, including the
Associate Dean of Learning Design and Technology, the Dean of
Academic Innovation, College Deans and Associate Deans, Department
Chairs, and the Director of Professional Programs, to determine
online course production priorities and resources assignment.
- Strategic plans production schedules, deadlines, and
deliverables to meet and exceed stakeholder demands.
- Benchmarks and makes recommendations to the Associate Dean of
Learning Design and Technology regarding trends in online course
design and development.
- Provides supervision to the execution of the departmental
- Researches and recommends technology enhancements.
- Provides annual performance evaluations for direct reports, to
include recommendations for merit increases and performance
improvement plans, as required.
- Mentors/Coaches production staff.
- Authors and/or approves course development standards and
policies and implements those in conjunction with Directors of
Instructional Design and Development.
- Coordinates and, if necessary, negotiates the production and/or
acquisition of instructional materials, including video, graphics,
animations, and interactive media elements with outside
- Liaises with the WW Bookstore vendor regarding the adoption of
textbooks and instructional materials as well as resolving student
issues pertaining the purchase of textbooks and instructional
materials through the WW Bookstore.
- Liaises with the Academic Technology team and the Information
Technology team regarding the creation of sections in the
University’s Learning Management System.
- Responsible for the issuance of course development contracts
and course revision contracts to course developers.
- Responsible for compensating course developers for their work
in the development, redevelopment, and update of the University’s
- Effectively manages departmental budget and makes
recommendations for future budgetary needs.
- Researches and negotiates with new and existing vendors as
Required skills, knowledge, abilities:
- Ph.D. or other doctorate level equivalent. Area of
study: Instructional Design or related field.
- Demonstrated effective leadership skills in a complex academic
- Demonstrated understanding of the budgetary and financial
systems of the University.
- Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems.
- Effective interpersonal relationship skills including ability
to resolve conflict, support, encourage, and motivate staff.
- Ability to lead and work effectively in a team setting.
- Effective time management skills.
- Expertise with software applications used in designing online
learning experiences (e.g., MS Office, Canvas).
- Applies advanced critical thinking skills in a fast-paced,
- Addresses multiple deadlines and balances multiple needs and
- Communicates proactively, collaboratively, and professionally
with team members.
- Negotiation, team-building, and conflict resolution