Assistant Director, Instructional Design

University Of New England   •  

Portland, ME

Industry: Education


5 - 7 years

Posted 89 days ago

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The College of Graduate & Professional Studies (CGPS) at the University of New England (UNE) brings together all of the online programs at the University to maximize the strengths and opportunities for online learning at UNE. CGPS is fully committed to its vision of advancing the fields we serve: by functioning as a nexus for relationships between scholars and professionals, and by educating clients to lead in that evolving convergence.

The Assistant Director, Instructional Design is an experienced, highly collaborative and goal-oriented instructional design professional who leads the instructional design team within the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. This position has expert knowledge in the principals of instructional design that ensures the highest standards of quality in online course design. The Assistant Director, Instructional Design establishes best practices and processes for online course design, working collaboratively with program managers and subject matter experts to ensure CGPS online courses are high-quality, compelling, and leverage cutting-edge educational technologies. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Operations, this position brings high-level project management skill and oversight to ensure that courses are built, QA’d, and delivered on time.

  • FTEs Directly/Indirectly Supervised – Currently: 10; Projected: 15+
  • Budget Expense: CGPS Operations budget lines pertaining to IDS team expenditures
  • Regular Interactions: Meets on a regular basis with the Dean of CGPS, Associate Dean of CGPS, CGPS Assistant Dean, Director colleagues within CGPS, Academic Program Managers, SMEs and Faculty, and CETL staff


Project Management

  • Provides project management infrastructure for developing and launching online courses
  • Provides overarching project management for teams of Instructional Designers to ensure high-quality and efficient course development.
  • Meets regularly with Instructional Designers and Program Managers to discuss and implement strategies for continuous improvement of programs and their curriculum.

Pedagogy and Instructional Design

  • Works collaboratively and effectively with faculty and subject matter experts to provide the consultation necessary to design, develop, and implement innovative instructional content, courses, and professional development projects that enrich online teaching and learning.
  • Oversees the design and production of innovative online programs and courses, in partnership with academic program managers and SMEs
  • Oversees the ongoing deployment of Quality Matters certification for CGPS courses
  • In collaboration with program managers, contributes to the design and delivering of faculty training and certification programs around assessment and pedagogical topics
  • In collaboration with program managers, designs, coordinates, and facilitates instructional technology workshops and training opportunities for faculty to develop innovative uses for emerging pedagogical research and technologies
  • Collaborates with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, CGPS Digital Services, UNE Academic Technology Services, the University Library, and other institutional partners to advocate for the institutional infrastructure, support, and long-term strategic vision necessary to achieve the College’s mission.
  • Leads efforts to evaluate and select learning and curricular management systems, and collaborate with CGPS Digital Services on their implementation
  • Develops processes and protocol to ensure that all college programs and courses comply with all Title V, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act requirements and standards for education, as directed by UNE leadership


  • Exercises full supervisory authority over professional staff within CGPS Instructional Design department
  • Creatively leads, motivates and mentors an effective and accomplished staff
  • Confers regularly with staff to plan and coordinate activities, coordinate and review performance and resolve problems
  • Plans staffing needs and review unit performance and individual performance of direct reports
  • Provides opportunities and supports professional growth and development among staff
  • Responsible for all new hires in Instructional Design, in compliance with established budget and human resource guidelines
  • Responsible for performance management of IDS team
  • Accountable for hiring high functioning and effective staff
  • Serves as a coach, mentor and advocate for all IDS staff
  • Adheres to ethical, legal/regulatory and accreditation standards
  • Creates a positive environment that supports innovation, teamwork and successful outcomes
  • Models accountability and expect the same from team members
  • Manages conflict and change in ways that contribute to the long-term success of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies


  • Executes ongoing analysis and refinement of processes to maintain operational efficiency in Instructional Design
  • Uses monitoring data to manage teams and individual performance
  • Networks and communicates with peers to facilitate operational standards and improvements
  • Analyzes, recommends, and contributes to the implementation of learning technologies to improve student experience and increase operational efficiency
  • The Assistant Director, Instructional Design works in a business office environment with computers and other standard business office equipment. Occasional travel between the Portland and Biddeford Campuses of UNE is expected, which may require the use of an automobile. This position requires the individual to be located on campus.


A Master’s degree in the fields of instructional design, curriculum development, educational technology, pedagogy, or related field preferred, plus 5-7 years professional experience in online higher education, instructional design or curriculum development, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired. Plus:

  • Demonstrated project management experience successfully completing complex projects.
  • Strong strategic skills in curricular assessment and planning.
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and creative thinking skills.
  • Ability to effectively guide and coordinate the work of the Instructional Designers.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and activities, and to assess workload and make effective adjustments to course assignments among team members.
  • Ability to persuade, lead, motivate, instruct, and act as part of an effective team.
  • Ability to analyze processes and procedures and make improvements.
  • Ability to successfully complete projects in a fast-paced, creative team environment under tight deadlines.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a work environment where needs change quickly.
  • Enthusiasm for researching and experimenting with emerging classroom and web technologies.
  • Willing and able to work on-site at the UNE Portland campus. (This position is not remote.)