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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

UW Continuum College (UWC) 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. Were 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, were creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UWC has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Director for our Advanced Online Learning Solutions team.

UWC is seeking the right leader for the new Advanced Online Learning Solutions Team. The team will be formed from some existing staff and new resources with a goal of providing top-quality instructional, interaction, and media design for e-learning programs. UWC has very strong instructional design and video production capabilities today and the new senior director will maximize those resources by working with that teams leadership and hire staff that can develop increasingly interactive media (e.g., interactive video, games, micro-simulations, motion graphics, and branded graphical course elements, etc.) and scaled programs.


The Senior Director for Advanced Learning Solutions will have experience delighting faculty with what is developed AND how it is developed. This means that the director will have demonstrated skills working directly with busy, highly-productive faculty and, more importantly, coaching other creatives and technical talent to work effectively in a research university environment.


The Advanced Learning Solutions director will have 7-10 direct reports and an eventual total team size of between 10-15, depending on the number of programs in production. All UWC leaders are expected to maintain and instill our values: diversity and respect for all, a never-ending pursuit of excellence, integrity, and trust & openness. The senior director will have an ability to attract top creative, learning technology, and design talent to the UW who are also driven by mission and share the belief that, everyone deserves education to thrive in an ever-changing world. The senior director and the team will understand and support that we are here to serve the learners who need access to a world-class education and the faculty who provide that education.

The senior director will be expected to develop strategic plans that fit within the UWC mission and offer realistic but challenging goals to continuously improve and stretch our capabilities. The employees of this team will reflect the positive attitude of the leader, even in challenging or difficult situations.

As a member of the senior leadership team, participate in strategic leadership meetings to identify priorities and set goals for the organization
Participate in addressing organization-wide goals and areas for improvement
Represent UWC and foster positive working relationships across our schools and colleges through proactive communication, collaboration, and idea generation
Link organizational strategy back to the Advanced Online Learning Solutions team goals in support of the overall strategic direction of UWC
Embrace and encourage a service-oriented culture across teams within Advanced Online Learning Solutions
Responsible for ensuring accuracy of job descriptions, hiring and onboarding new staff, mentoring staff, providing opportunities for continued learning and skill development, completing performance appraisals, and recommending staff separations
Establish priorities, provide staff with clear goals, assist teams in scoping project timelines and resources, and remove obstacles to ensure projects are completed on-time
Achieve results through others by demonstrating formal and influence-based leadership
Train and delegate work; encourage cross training and documentation; and prevent single points of failure within the team
Create positive and open-minded inter-group communications
Foster a ubiquitous, joyous work environment, which boosts team motivation and confidence
Build and lead a team of videographers, graphic designers, instructional designers, software developers, and UX experts to support faculty ideation and collaboration
Work with faculty to develop state-of-the art, high quality online learning courses that reflect the academic requirements of a leading research-intensive university
Serve as a creative nexus that provides opportunities for colleagues and faculty across the institution to solve complex online learning challenges
Leverage modern protocols, such as agile design and development, to rapidly prototype interactive web-based learning technologies and media
Develop tools, templates, and reusable frameworks that allow for the most customizable design experience possible within limited budgets
Develop plans and strategies for ongoing course/program/asset maintenance that fit within the overall budget available for a program
Keep the unit within its annual operating budget (~10m annually) and provide input to the annual planning process to maintain resources to meet current and future demands

Bachelors Degree in instructional design, learning science, or relevant field AND 5 or more years of experience leading an instructional design or creative media team with 6 or more direct reports serving multiple schools/colleges/clients in a complex higher education institution or corporation. Equivalent experience may substitute for degree requirement.
Demonstrated ability to lead an interdisciplinary creative team: showcase a portfolio of work by a team that shows high-quality video production, motion graphics, learning games, simulations, scaled learning solutions, and experimental platform development
Previous experience developing tools, processes, and approaches to managing a creative team and effectively managing up by showing resource capacity and constraints
Strong analytic skills and a demonstrated passion for using data to make decisions
Focus on the end user experience
Demonstrated ability to excite a team about innovation and change while accomplishing daily work
Ability to drive the development of a highly diverse group of talented individuals
Experience managing and meeting project requirements with budgets of $1m or more
Experience working within limited budgets and timelines to achieve what others believe is impossible

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Masters degree, PhD or other specialized credentials in a relevant field (Instructional Design, learning science, UE/UX, interaction design, etc.)
Demonstrated experience or knowledge of user experience (UE/UX) design
Experience leading leaders (at least one managerial direct report)
Experience leading or working in an innovative environment such as a learning technology laboratory, think tank, cutting-edge start-up, or other advanced research and development setting in educational technology

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

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