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Date:     05/17/2022                                                                       Application Deadline: Open until filled


Position Title:  Director, Center for Distance Education           FLSA: Exempt


Job Type: Regular/Full-Time


Reports to: Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs



The Director of the Center for Distance Education reports directly to the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs and is responsible for providing strategic planning and direction of the College’s online and distance learning programs. Working collaboratively with campus and program leadership, the Director, formulates the institutional vision and strategies for online and distance delivery of instruction, and drives the implementation of the policies, procedures, and systems necessary to execute the College’s vision and strategies. In addition, the Director is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining the core services for online and hybrid delivery of instruction and support services.


The Director directs the online, hybrid, and distance learning programs, services, and infrastructure with responsibility for supervising the distance education coordinator, instructional designer, and quality control specialist, the college’s learning management system (LMS), distance education help desk, and support for online instructors and learners. Additional responsibilities include ensuring that current enterprise systems fully support online and hybrid learners, that the technical infrastructure appropriately supports online learning programs, and that the campus’s online learning initiatives support the college’s vision for online learning.


Planning and Management
Working with the Provost and faculty, the Director develops college-wide policies and plans relating to online learning including the infrastructure and services required to support online learning operations.

  • Develops organizational and re-organizational proposals and plans for college-wide online learning in the areas of program delivery and support.
  • Plans and directs the evaluation of system-wide online learning activities, technical review, and controls day-to-day operations of college-wide online learning programs and facilities. This includes creating efficiencies and establishing procedures for online learning, developing training programs, providing staff assistance, and negotiating with external facilities suppliers on behalf of the college.
  • Prepares budgets and administers funds for college-wide online learning, including the development of priorities and guidelines, preparation of program budget, solicitation/review/selection of proposals, supervision of projects and support activities, and evaluation of projects.
  • Works in tandem with the college’s academic chairs and faculty leadership to develop online learning programs, policies, facilities, and support structures; innovates to solve problems and implement solutions beneficial to the college’s students.
  • Assesses needs, plans, evaluates, and recommends the acquisition of new hardware and software components and systems for online learning, instructional technologies, and user facilities.
  • Plans and administers goals and objectives of online and hybrid courses including a central role in assuring the quality of online and hybrid classes, working in tandem with the college’s Quality Control Specialist, online course reviewers, and academic chairs.
  • Oversees operation and maintenance of user facilities and online learning classrooms.
  • Supervises and participates in ongoing work of the Distance Ed Center and solves exceptional problems as necessary.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of center for distance learning strategic plans, goals, and objectives as a member of the IT Governance team.

Personnel Management

  • Assists other units throughout the college system with online learning, instructional technology, instructional design, and implementation at the departmental and campus level.
  • Directs and supervises the personnel and activities of the Center for Distance Learning staff.
    Professional Development/Other
  • Serves as the college’s subject matter expert by keeping abreast of national trends and federal regulations in online learning and instructional technology through reading journals, attending meetings, and keeping college efforts in concert with such trends.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in online learning, educational technology, instructional design, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of leadership experience in higher education leadership and management
  • Three years of experience with and knowledge of policy and advocacy of digital learning in higher education (i.e. State Authorization, US Department of Education Federal regulations related to Distance Education and Innovation, NC-SARA guidelines, professional licensure notification, instructional design, and online pedagogy.
  • Three years of experience with and knowledge of practices and operational support systems for online learning in higher education (i.e. assessment and academic integrity, accessibility, open educational resources, LMS management, online student services, and academic support).


  • Doctoral degree in a recognized field of study or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, including within an indigenous serving institution.
  • Working knowledge of Northern New Mexico Higher Education System and its administrative infrastructure and policies.
  • Experience and understanding of returning adult students, particularly as it relates to workforce development, career advancement, and online learning.


  • Demonstrated experience with online teaching and learning in higher education across a range of programs and degree/certificate types, including the use of Quality Matters and its rubric for evaluating online/hybrid courses for quality


  • Knowledge of emerging trends in online learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate a vision for online learning and link it with internal capabilities and external constraints
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an administrative organization built around a fluid, consensus-building, and team approach to management.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a full range of internal and external college stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is normally performed in a typical office environment. Limited remote work may be allowed.

A complete application must include: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) copies of unofficial transcripts conferring the required degree, and 4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of (3) three professional references.

Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts.

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.

A background check will be conducted before an offer of employment.

Required application materials should be sent to: humanresources@nnmc.edu



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