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Assistant Dean of Online Programs

Oregon State University
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 25, 2024

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Assistant Dean of Online Programs

Oregon State University

Department: College of Engineering (ENG)

Appointment Type: Professional Faculty

Job Location: Corvallis

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: $72,216-$126,456

Job Summary:
The College of Engineering is seeking an Assistant Dean of Online Programs. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position.

Oregon State University and the College of Engineering have had a long-standing history of delivering internationally recognized high-quality Ecampus programs. A critical component of these Ecampus programs is the due to effective leadership and implementation of new and existing programs at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. The Assistant Dean for Online Programs is a key role within the College of Engineering in continuing this history of success and growing the to align with our Strategic Plan.

The Assistant Dean of Online Programs reports to the Senior Associate Dean for the College of Engineering (COE) on all matters related to the college's online programs and serves as the champion for college strategic goals related to online learning. They are responsible for the key performance indicators for these goals and serve on the team of Strategic Champions for the college. The Assistant Dean takes the lead, but collaborates with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and School Heads on the areas of online education and asynchronous course delivery and offers strategic expertise consistent with the college strategic goals. The Assistant Dean is responsible for leading program coordinators in new thinking and new strategies for the improvement of course and program delivery. The Assistant Dean oversees general operational plans for online education and ensures the college faculty follow Ecampus and college policies. The Assistant Dean is the conduit between the College of Engineering and Ecampus administration and College of Engineering faculty and online program managers/directors.

Why OSU?
Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


Top 1.4% university in the world
More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
217k+ alumni worldwide
For more interesting facts about OSU visit:


Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

Total Rewards Package:

Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
Retirement savings paid by the university.
A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Key Responsibilities
50% - Program Leadership:
  • Develop and implement in concert with college leadership, a strategic plan for the development of online education opportunities and a college process for any new online initiatives. Identify course gaps that will increase enrollment and student conferrals.
  • Collaborate with College leadership, OSU Ecampus, other OSU Colleges, and corporate partners to identify online education opportunities that will allow delivery of scalable, contextually rich, engaging and objective-driven web based and hybrid-based credit and continuing and/or professional development courses, credentials, and programs.
  • Collaborate with Ecampus staff and COE School Heads in identifying opportunities that may have market demand that could be offered in COE.
  • Serve as a resource for Ecampus staff and COE School Heads in their market studies.
  • Provide vision, leadership, and guidance to COE in the development and implementation of expanded online opportunities.
  • Ensure that the identified opportunities align with college and university missions, visions and goals and that inclusive practices are implemented, ensuring delivery of online learning to individuals of all identities and abilities.
  • Understand and remain current with best practices in online higher education, including organizational models, delivery approaches, digital media tools and academic technology/learning management platforms, staffing/personnel issues, and workflows.
  • Ensure these best practices and quality assurance are implemented with all online courses and programs.
  • Support COE faculty with online and hybrid courses/programs development and delivery to ensure faculty are receiving the necessary resources.
  • Regulate all course development/redevelopment and track course offerings.
  • Complete the US News and World Review graduate report with Ecampus and College of Engineering Financial Planning Manager.
  • Reconcile all fiscal transactions from Ecampus to the College of Engineering and transfer to appropriate indices.

25% - Program Coordination:
  • Coordinate the development, implementation, and MOUs to ensure all courses/credentials/programs are meeting the required responsibilities between Ecampus and COE Schools.
  • Liaise and negotiate between COE and Ecampus to receive resources for online courses/programs.
  • Recommend tools/techniques to ensure online courses/programs are developed with the latest research and data to support online learning.
  • Facilitate ownership and clarity between Ecampus and COE Schools on all aspects of online courses/programs, from initial course and program development to course adoption, to on-going delivery and assessment.
  • Ensure each implementation includes on-going continuous quality improvement and assessment process robustly embedded in design.
  • Serve as a resource and liaison for Ecampus marketing functions and CoE Marketing and Communication.
  • Oversee and coordinate University and Accreditation assessment compliance for online programs and courses.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for online and hybrid education in COE; serve as a resource for resolving issues related to online learning.
  • Participate in and engage with Online Learning and Continuing Professional Education organizations to ensure pedagogy, online learning tools and practices are being implemented within online courses and programs and provide recommendations to COE and Ecampus for online delivery.
  • Create professional development opportunities for industry and the community at-large to support life-long learning efforts by COE.
  • Implement learning tools to enhance online learning and/or suggest such tools to Ecampus for purchase.
  • Create faculty support events/workshops to share Ecampus services and support with college faculty.

25% - Program Oversight:
  • Manage the responsibilities and duties of program coordinators for online education within COE. Serve as a leader for Program Coordinators across the College.
  • Advise the dean and other college leaders in resolving employee issues and determining discipline and termination with University policy of the program coordinators.
  • Provide strategic advice to the dean, associate deans and school heads in setting goals primarily responsible for the achievement of results.
  • Guide the professional development of the COE online program coordinators. This includes anticipating training needs and creating/developing appropriate training opportunities.
  • Partner with school heads in making decisions about hiring, retaining, and rewarding program coordinators.
  • Negotiate fiscal compensation from Ecampus for COE online courses/programs to ensure COE online efforts are supported by Ecampus.
  • Provide recommendations and assist Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and other college leaders on compensation decisions for program coordinators.

What You Will Need
  • Master’s degree in higher education, curriculum and instruction, instructional design technology, business admin, organizational leadership, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • 5 years’ experience in the management of successful programs at universities or other large organizations.
  • Experience managing development and delivery of online learning at a programmatic level.
  • Familiarity with program assessment tools and processes, accreditation procedures, evaluation, and quality enhancement.
  • Knowledge of compliance requirements and quality standards for online education and academic technology.
  • Business knowledge including budgets/fiscal reporting, business modeling, and continual forecasting with a proven track record developing, organizing, successfully implementing, and managing new initiatives (including those related to academic technologies/online learning).
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate information to divergent audiences (including students, faculty, administrators, and external constituencies) for clear understanding and compelling vision.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships.
  • Knowledge of student information systems as it relates to enrollment management and recruiting.
  • Appreciation for and commitment to developing a broad professional network.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Ability to coordinate with groups without formal positional authority.
  • Commitment to professional development of colleagues/employees.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Standard office environment. Some evening and weekend work may be required. Travel occasionally required.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 28, 2024 . Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

3) A Diversity Statement that addresses the following prompt: After reviewing the OSU mission statement at and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact:

Janet Knudson

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

OSU will conduct a review of the National Sex Offender Public website prior to hire.

OSU is a fair chance employer committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from candidates who bring a wide range of lived experience including involvement with the justice system. This job has “critical or security-sensitive” responsibilities. If you are selected as a finalist, your initial job offer will be contingent upon the results of a job-related pre-employment check (such as a background check, motor vehicle history check, sexual misconduct reference check, etc.). Background check results do not automatically disqualify a candidate. Take a look at our Background Checks website including the for candidates section for more details. If you have questions or concerns about the pre-employment check, please contact OSU’s Employee and Labor Relations team at

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