American Public University System (APUS) seeks a Manager of Academic and Instructional Technology with strong project management, technical, academic instructional technology, and personal leadership skills. The candidate has strong communication skills with the ability to interface across all departments within Academics and with outside vendors on APUS’ requirements for instructional and academic technology. The manager assists the associate vice president (AVP) of academic & instructional technology in managing the day-to-day activities of the department.
Manages the vendor inquiry process and assist AVP with managing vendor relationships.
Assists in executing plans for academic and instructional technology activities.
Assists with the evaluation, selection, and implementation of academic and instructional technology systems and practices.
Assists in building strong, collaborative relationships with academic department constituents and the APUS information technology (IT) department.
Analyzes existing processes and procedures.
Assists with the management of academic technology advancement and development projects.
Evaluates trade-offs between project size and complexity, cost, urgency, risk, and stakeholder value.
Partners with academic sponsors to define success metrics and criteria.
Executes development strategies and coordinate events and programs to inform faculty and staff about new academic and instructional technologies.
Facilitates operational checkpoint activities throughout the lifecycle of projects.
Assesses high priority project risks as they are identified and works with the AVP of academic & instructional technology to identify mitigation strategies.
Ensures all projects adhere to project methodology compliance standards set by the Academics Department.
Continually updates relevant stakeholders of project status.
Assists with collecting the latest research on instructional technology and academic technological innovation.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously.
Strong leadership, organization, analytical and, problem solving and project management skills.
Strong ability to plan and manage the delivery of business change and academic solutions that are determined appropriate.
Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to collaborate with end-users and IT resources to drive initiatives to a timely conclusion with an emphasis on quality.
Understanding and experience with academic instructional technology in a higher education setting.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact professionally with diverse groups, including executives, managers, and subject matter experts.
Ability to successfully handle multiple project initiatives simultaneously.
Bachelors’ degree in the field of Business, Management, Information Technology or equivalent required. Master’s degree preferred.
CAPM Certification or 3 years of project management experience.
Three years of experience in academic or instructional technology.
Experience in instructional design, curriculum development, and interactive methods of delivering instructional material.
Knowledge of the literature and research around online learning theory, emerging trends in online instructional design and technology.
Experience in business process development.
Experience with the use of assistive technology testing tools like JAWS to ensure 508 compliance for all internal and external developed content.
Experience working with Sakai and/or other learning management system (LMS) platforms.
Knowledge of enterprise systems integration and their role in delivery of eLearning, to include: LMS’s, Content Management Systems (CMS), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Student Information Systems (SIS) and other institutional systems. Working with or understanding how these systems operate in virtualized environments is a plus.