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UW Continuum College (UWC²) expands the reach of the University of Washington with programs like UW Professional & Continuing Education, International & English Language Programs, Summer Youth and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW that meet the needs of various learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.
Diversity and respect for all, is a core value of UW Continuum College. We are committed to improving access to education, removing barriers to entry, and viewing our work through an equity lens. We believe our organization is better when diversity of thought, practice, and experiences are not only welcomed but celebrated. We are passionate about creating, and supporting an inclusive working and learning environment for all students, staff, and faculty.
The University of Washington has an exciting new position to lead a newly formed Digital Learning Innovation team. The Assistant Vice Provost will report to the Vice Provost for Continuum College and will work across the University of Washington to develop the highest quality online programs in the world. UW Continuum College currently supports 15 online degree programs and hundreds of online courses. The new Digital Learning Innovation team will build on the success of these online programs and develop capacities to support new degree and non-degree lifelong learning experiences.
The AVP for Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) will have responsibility for our Learning Experience team and the newly formed Learning Engineering team. The Learning Experience team is led by a senior director and has a deep, experienced team of instructional designers and a professional videography team. The videography team has its own production studio and also conducts remote video shoots with faculty and instructors. Learning Engineering is a new team with existing expertise in key areas. The Learning Engineering team currently includes multi-platform administration (Canvas, Coursera, EdX, and Open EdX), learning technology application support (e.g. embedded simulations), learning analytics, and instructor technology support. Both of these teams have talented members today and growth is needed to support future opportunities.
The AVP will bring leadership to campus-wide efforts to increase online learning programs. These increases come at a time of change in the broader landscape of online learning. The AVP will be knowledgeable about different approaches to online learning development and be open to multiple methods to meet the needs of a large decentralized research university. This includes balancing internal team capacities and external partner options (e.g. Online Program Management companies, learning platform providers, application/content developers, etc.).
In addition to leading Continuum College online learning, the AVP will advance the use of digital learning technologies to support learners over a lifetime of learning. It is expected that DLI’s Learning Engineering team will lead Continuum College in digital credentialing, effective use of learning analytics and other relevant data to continuously improve learner experiences.
The AVP is expected to work in a complex, matrixed environment. Continuum College has a robust Academic Partner Management team. That team is led by the AVP for International and Academic Programs (IAP) and they are responsible for relationship and program management across the UW. The DLI AVP will work in direct partnership with the IAP AVP to grow online program development knowledge and provide expertise when new online programs are under discussion. Similarly, Continuum College has a strong Information and Data Technology team that manages the technical aspects of system integrations and data management. The DLI AVP will ensure coordination of all technology efforts with our IT teams. External to Continuum College are other units essential for success in building our digital teaching and learning future. UW-IT (Central University IT support), Academic Affairs, and Libraries, are some of the central campus units the DLI AVP will partner with to support our programs and students.
Maintain and instill our values: diversity and respect for all, a never-ending pursuit of excellence, integrity, and trust & openness.
Responsible for hiring, training, mentoring, and separation of up to 6-8 professional direct reports. Provide leadership and programmatic direction to an eventual total team size of between 25-35, depending on the number of programs in production.
Achieve results through others - demonstrate formal and influence-based leadership.
Create a collaborative and innovative work culture.
Ability to attract top talent to the UW who are also driven by the mission and share the belief that, “everyone deserves education to thrive in an ever-changing world.”
Serve on the Continuum College Executive Council and in leadership roles for campus-wide initiatives and committees.
Deliver on key elements of the seven facets of online learning leadership (from the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership) by providing internal advocacy for online offerings as a senior leader and working to build that advocacy across the UW and extending to external constituencies; developing strategic approaches for student and faculty support; maintaining and growing digital technology literacies; maintaining an entrepreneurial and innovative approach; and a deep commitment to professionalism in the field.
Make decisions and generate recommendations that contribute to the solution of organization-wide problems.
Provide and encourage staff evaluation and staff development linked to organizational goals, the team’s objectives, and job descriptions.
Financial Decision Making
Develop fiscal strategies to maintain and grow programmatic activity.
Initiate, monitor, and maintain budgets in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
Approve budget adjustments and fiscal policies/directions for the DLI team.
Follow established UW and UWC² financial policies and procedures.
Responsible for DLI’s budget and staff headcount planning to achieve program growth targets.
UW and Community Partnerships
Represent the University; act as a liaison to other units of the University.
Generate ideas, share feedback, and encourage the efforts of colleagues across the UW.
Communicate with academic and/or administrative units, updating them about the DLI initiatives.
Create and maintain agreements and relationships with professional organizations and advisory boards.
Work with businesses, nonprofit organizations, other educational institutions and consortia to secure contracts and/or grants, licensing arrangements, partnerships, added value, or greater efficiencies for the team.
REQUIREMENTS: Earned doctorate (ABD considered with substantial progress) or terminal graduate degree and 5+ years of experience to include
leading 2 or more areas in a university or business setting related to: instructional design, online program management, media development, learning technology, marketing, enrollment services, budget/finance
leading teams with 7 or more individual contributor direct reports
Ability to create positive and open-minded inter-group communications
Foster a ubiquitous, joyous work environment which boosts team motivation and confidence
Demonstrated analytical thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to operate in a complex environment
Experience with budgetary responsibility of $3 million+
Demonstrated experience delighting research faculty or high-demand business clients
Show familiarity with the UPCEA Hallmarks of Excellence in Online Leadership
5+ years managing 2 or more managers or directors (leader of leader experience)
Experience working at a major research university or with a research university client base
Examples of working with multiple schools and colleges (university background) or external clients (business background) to deliver complex education and/or training solutions
Examples of effectively using digital learning innovation to increase equity and access to university programs for underrepresented populations
Demonstrated ability to develop or evolve online learning financial and budget models to support new programs or start new lines of business
Previous experience implementing or using the UPCEA Hallmarks of Online Leadership to guide institutional strategic planning
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