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Director, Distance Programs and Policy

Missouri State University
Job Location:
Springfield, Missouri
Distance Education Programs
Work Location: Springfield Campus

Department: Internet Instruction Administration

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Pay Grade: 46

Proposed Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience

Position only available to current, regular, full-time Missouri State University employees?: No, Position is available to all applicants.

Appointment Type: Full Time Regular

Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt

General Function

The Director, Distance Programs and Policy reviews proposals for new online courses and assists deans and department heads with the development and marketing of fully distance programs. The Director, Distance Programs and Policy researches new developments and trends in distance delivery, assures compliance with legal requirements and accreditation standards for distance courses, and recommends and implements distance education policy changes for compliance and best practices. The Director, Distance Programs and Policy conducts data analysis for University and state authorization reciprocity agreement (SARA) reporting and ensures distance education web resources are up-to-date and fully accessible to users.

Description of Primary Duties
  1. Works with faculty and administrators on planning, developing, marketing, assessing distance courses and programs, and engaging in process improvements.
  2. Provides program administration services by overseeing the administration of the budget, overseeing program development, supporting colleges and administrators in building and marketing distance education courses and degree programs, assisting department heads and deans in distance course evaluation and review, researching, and making best practices and compliance recommendations concerning pedagogy, technology, and website updates and reviews, and serving on committees as required.
  3. Tracks online program deployment and informs university offices as needed; establishes a process for online course proposals, reviews faculty submissions, and communicates outcomes.
  4. Researches new developments, best practices, and accreditation compliance issues related to distance courses, makes recommendations regarding policy changes, and communicates and implements policy changes.
  5. Works cooperatively with colleagues and staff from various campus organizational units such as college deans, academic and administrative department heads, faculty, support staff, technical specialists, and others to provide direction in distance education.
  6. Uses creative problem solving to identify and remove barriers for distance students to allow full participation in the university community with assurances that distance delivery is consistent.
  7. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data relative to distance delivery.
  8. Ensures timely completion of SARA renewal and data requirements, national surveys, and other required reporting.
  9. Provides direction in developing online video courses with stakeholders, promotes the delivery across the university, oversees financial reporting for course and revenue sharing, and determines ways to increase participation.
  10. Creates and updates support resources for distance faculty and students and responds to questions and concerns.
  11. Designs, updates, and reviews distance education websites and marketing materials related to user experience, accessibility, and content.
  12. Monitors evaluation needs for distance courses and collaborates with colleges and departments to meet those needs. 
  13. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with other cultures or backgrounds.
  14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the supervisor.
  15. Contributes to the overall success of Outreach by performing all other duties as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications

Education: A Master's degree is required.

Experience: Five years of experience in distance delivery of instruction is required.

Skills: Effective verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and decision-making skills are required. Attention to detail is required. The ability to solve problems and to think critically and independently in order to organize and complete the workload is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and advanced Excel skills are required. Familiarity with learning management systems, database reporting systems, video editing software, cloud video hosting software and web-conferencing software is required. An understanding of teaching and learning theory, assessment, and data analysis is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Occasional out of town travel may be required to engage in professional development. The scope of the job may require some evening and weekend work.

Link to Job Description

Open Date: 07/15/2021

Close Date (If Close Date is blank then the posting is considered open until filled): 08/06/2021

Special Instructions to Applicants

Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

EO/AA and Diversity Statement

Non Discrimination Statement 

Missouri State University is a community of people with respect for diversity. The University emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, and students. In accord with federal law and applicable Missouri statutes, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (including ancestry, or any other subcategory of national origin recognized by applicable law), religion, sex (including marital status, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other subcategory of sex recognized by applicable law), age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the University. Sex discrimination encompasses sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and is strictly prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

This policy shall not be interpreted in a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or military organizations associated with the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

The University maintains a grievance procedure incorporating due process available to any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against. Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Minority/Female/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity employer. Inquiries concerning the complaint/grievance procedure related to sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, should be addressed to the Title IX Coordinator, Carrington Hall 205, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-8506, or to the Office for Civil Rights. All other inquiries concerning the grievance procedure, Affirmative Action Plan, or compliance with federal and state laws and guidelines should be addressed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Springfield, Missouri 65897,, 417-836-4252, or to the Office for Civil Rights. (Res. Board Policies No. 70-11; Bd. Min. 10-28-11.)

Background Check Statement

Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.

Posting Number: 20210211FTS
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