Since our founding more than a century ago in Boston, Simmons University has been empowering women to become leaders in their lives, careers, and communities. Building on the liberal arts and a commitment to social justice and equity, our CompleteDegree@Simmons
online undergraduate programs support the intellectual exploration and professional growth of women all over the country. The online undergraduate program in Psychology at Simmons University serves degree completing adult learners and transfer students.
The Department of Psychology is housed in the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. We are inviting applications for an Online Program Director to join a collaborative and collegial department committed to providing student-centered, innovative instruction in psychological science to prepare undergraduate students for a diverse range of career paths.
Simmons University strives for inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience: One of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. As a University committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we seek candidates with a demonstrated ability to work with students across a broad range of social and personal identities and perspectives. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.
The Online Program Director (OPD) is a faculty leadership role with responsibility for overall program design, development, and delivery, with the goal of creating the optimal student experience and desired student outcomes. In collaboration with a core team across several functional areas of the university (Operations, Financial Aid, Registrar, Technology, Finance, and Legal) and in collaboration with Simmons strategic partner, 2U, the Director must focus on several areas of the program to ensure quality: curriculum, content, faculty, student support, operations, marketing, and profitability.
The OPD works closely with the Department Chair, contributing faculty, and relevant offices to manage the delivery of instruction and student advising and is supported by a Program Specialist who oversees day-to-day operations. The OPD continues to report to their home Department Chair, report program activities annually to the Dean, and represent the online program to the University.
The ideal candidate will understand the needs of adult learners, have experience in online instruction and ideally oversee online education delivery, support Simmons University's commitment to diversity, practice and promote teamwork, be committed to academic excellence, strong communication skills, adhere to high standards of personal conduct, and maintain professional competency.
- Forecast course and staffing needs, in partnership with Admissions and 2U
- Coordinate course offerings for each term (three starts/year), in partnership with academic Department Chair and in coordination with on-the-ground programs
- Serve as primary program liaison to 2U and relevant University offices, especially Admissions, Marketing, Registrar, and Advising
- Report program activities annually to Dean
Student Advising and Engagement
- Coordinate course development and revision schedule
- Coordinate individual course development
- Participate in ongoing Department curricular planning and periodic program review
- Serve as instructor for online courses
Faculty Support and Mentoring
- Serve as primary faculty contact for matriculated students, including monitoring academic status, resolving student concerns, and verifying graduation requirements
- With Department Chair assign students to faculty advisors, monitor advising processes, and monitor students' course plans and progress towards their degree objectives
- Identify student needs to advise Program Specialist, relevant offices, and 2U
- Work with 2U and College operations team to provide opportunities for student engagement outside the classroom
- Serve as primary mentor for course leads and section instructors.
- Develop and oversee instructor guide or other faculty resources
- Support academic unit head in identifying full time and adjunct faculty, reviewing applications, hiring and assigning section instructors, and monitoring faculty and adjunct performance
- Identify faculty needs to advise relevant offices and 2U
- Oversee the online program budget and prepare reports as needed.
- Identify budgetary needs to advise Department Chair and Dean
- Assist Director of Operations and academic unit head with budget planning.
- Assume other duties as assigned by the Dean.
Term of Service:
- Master's degree required; doctoral degree preferred in Psychology
- Minimum of three to five years of work experience in as an instructor and/or administrator in online education
- Prior experience in higher education academic administration preferred
- Exceptional planning and organizational skills, and proven experience taking initiative and having ownership of projects
- Must have advanced working knowledge of MS Office Suite, and a strong ability to learn new systems, especially web-based applications and learning tools
- Experience with online learning platforms and common software strongly preferred, including MS Excel experience with advanced formulas, pivot tables, and charts
- Excellent communication, analytical thinking, and problem-solving abilities
- Proven ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility, discretion, judgment, diplomacy, and tact
- Ability to manage concurrent project timelines, adapt to changing priorities, and meet deadlines
- Experience with budgetary responsibilities a plus
- Ability to work well with culturally diverse populations within an organization
The Online Program Director position will be a 12-month contract. This position is open to candidates seeking to work fully remotely or on our Boston campus.
Required Application Materials:
Please upload all of the following to the resume section of the online application: (1) a cover letter including key qualifications for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy including a list of courses you can teach and, if available, results of previous teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (4) the contact information for at least three professional references. Additional materials can be sent to email@example.com
Instructions to Applicants
: Please upload all
applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).
Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.
To apply, visit https://simmons.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Simmons-Careers/job/Main-Campus---Boston-MA/Online-Program-Director--Psychology_R07284
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