The Seminary seeks to hire a Director of Online Education and Instructional Technology. This position will report to the Academic Dean. The principal responsibilities include providing strategic direction and management of online course development and online pedagogy at Chicago Theological Seminary.
Assist the Academic Dean and other staff with for degree program reaccreditation.
Chair the Seminary’s Online Improvement Team.
Serve as an educational technology consultant with an understanding of faculty ethos and instructional purposes.
Work with, train and support individual faculty members (full-time and adjunct) and online course assistants to identify technologies that are pedagogically effective and appropriate to course goals, and to integrate technology successfully into online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses, assisting with both course design and implementation.
Manage the learning management system (Canvas) to maximize the effectiveness of the platform for teaching and learning, and making recommendations for enhancing courses. Works to ensure its operation and synergy with the student portal (Campus Café).
Assist with evaluation of possible improvements in the Seminary’s assessment plan, particularly where such possible improvements utilize technology (e.g. e-portfolios, online tracking of assessment, course evaluations, etc).
Supervise part-time assistants for instructional technology tasks such as real-time support for live online class meetings.
Evaluating and making recommendations about the purchase and use of instructional technologies (including alternative learning management systems) at CTS in order to position CTS on that leading edge in theological education.
Collaborate with Registrar, Learning Commons Director, and Information Technology staff to address student technology issues.
Work with the Academic Dean to recommend and coordinate institutional responses to state, federal, and accrediting guidelines for online education.
Utilize a wide variety of multimedia tools to produce sound and effective tutorials for online teaching and learning.
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Three years of progressively responsible higher education experience in online course design and development, faculty training, and program/course assessment/evaluation. Preferred experience level is 3-5 years' experience in higher education at a professional level in the areas of instructional design, instructional technology, or a closely related field. It is helpful to have experience in online teaching and certification in professional course evaluation.
Master’s degree in instructional design, instructional technology, adult learning or related fields is required. Doctoral degree (or ABD) preferred.
3+ years of experience of working or background in theological education.
3+ years of experience in administering Learning Management System in a higher education setting.
Demonstrated ability to develop personalized training for faculty teaching online courses based on their personal technology capabilities and teaching philosophy.
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the accreditation process.
Experience in providing timely customer service to students for educational and technological issues.
Ability to collect and interpret qualitative and quantitative data to write reports as required by accrediting bodies and to inform practice.
3+ years of experience conducting program level evaluation that gauges stakeholder needs, preferences, and the overall effectiveness of online courses across programs.
Experience in chairing committees in higher education settings.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in presenting data to multiple audience groups such as faculty, students, staff, and board.
Ability to use project management tools to oversee the course development in different stages.
Experience in writing strategic plans.
Experience in supervising/managing part-time staff.
Experience in institution-wide Learning Management System transition.
Experience in administering multiple Learning Management Systems and video conferencing tools.
Experience in successfully managing department budget.
Experience in successfully managing vendor relations to ensure the continued supply of essential technology tools with considerations to budget.
Experience in teaching faculty and providing lectures to graduate students in online pedagogy and instructional design/technology as needed.
About Chicago Theological Seminary
Chicago Theological Seminary, a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ, serves God, Christ’s Church, multiple faith communities, and the larger world by educating persons theologically and cultivating the intellectual, pastoral, and spiritual capacities of lay and ordained religious leaders, scholars, and activists who contribute to the increase of justice and mercy.