Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), at Ringling
College of Art and Design serves to enrich the lives of mature
adults in Sarasota and Manatee counties by providing affordable and
outstanding educational programs. OLLI provides lifelong learners
with a community where they can engage in learning for the joy of
learning. OLLI offers classes with topics as varied as finance,
history, science, current events, languages, and more without the
pressure of credits or grades. Classes are offered online via Zoom
and onsite at the Ringling College Museum Campus.
The Director is responsible for managing the OLLI program at the
Ringling College Museum Campus and at various external locations in
Sarasota and Manatee counties. OLLI offers intellectual and
cultural experiences for its members and students who are primarily
age 50+. The Director develops the strategic direction for the
programs, oversees curriculum development, develops and manages the
programs budgets, supervises staff and committees, develops
marketing and promotion plans, and develops a sustaining and
supportive coalition of supporters and donors. This position works
with the staff of Continuing Studies, and works to align OLLI
programming with those of Studio + Digital Arts.
The Director is charged with creating and maintaining a
financially viable program. Reporting to the Vice President for
Academic Affairs, the Director will coordinate and develop the OLLI
annual budget, manage routine expenditures, including
responsibility for fiscal reporting. In coordination with the
Advancement team, the Director provides fundraising leadership for
OLLI by developing, planning and implementing annual fundraising
campaigns. In coordination with the VP for Enrollment Management
and Marketing, the Director will develop an annual marketing
campaign, to drive awareness of the programs to the appropriate
markets. The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of
being entrepreneurial and creative, and finding new ways to engage
OLLI with the community.
The Director will possess excellent people, communication and
organizational skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with
a diverse set of constituents. The Director manages and supervises
the day-to-day oversight of the programs, develops curriculum in
conjunction with the members of the curriculum committee and the
educational program coordinators. Successful incumbent determines
goals and objectives including outcome measurements and strategies,
to continually grow and improve programs and to build internal and
external engagement to increase program profile, reputation,
visibility and support.
The Director supervises staff including conducting interviews
and making recommendations for hire, conducting annual performance
evaluations, assigning work, training staff and volunteers. The
Director will have advanced interpersonal communication skills when
redirecting staff or volunteers, and/or engaging advisory committee
members. The Director adheres to guidelines and policies as
outlined by the administrative staff of Ringling College of Art and
Design. The Director will exercise sound judgment, solve problems,
meet deadlines, and discern whether to act independently or consult
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Five years of program administration experience in lifelong
learning or other relevant experience.
- Five years of program administration in an educational
- Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on adult education, or
- Demonstrated experience in learning technologies including
learning management systems and virtual learning platforms.
- Knowledge and understanding of an OLLI program.
Application Materials: Open until filled. For
full consideration apply on-line by October 1, 2021, https://ringling.simplehire.com
Submit: 1) cover letter highlighting specific
qualifications and experiences that address the responsibilities of
the position, including your lifelong learning philosophy; 2)
resume/CV. Candidates may be asked to submit additional
materials if needed.
Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal