Detailed Job Description
Synopsis of Role:
The Program Director of Alternative Learning manages and implements American Public University System’s (APUS) vision and strategy for creating and sustaining innovative approaches to learning in accordance with the established goals, mission and strategic plan of the University. This key position is responsible for ensuring rigorous programs geared towards academic excellence, and continuous innovation and improvement. This position demands a sustained focus on cutting-edge pedagogy as well as a commitment to establishing APUS as a recognized leader in online alternative approaches to higher education. The Director manages and leads the current Competency-Based Education (CBE) and Prior Learning Assessment programs (PLA) as well as other alternative learning initiatives such as experiential learning, stackable credentials, and is key to expanding it consistent with the emerging vision of APUS and PLA best practices in higher education.
- Oversees alternative learning programs.
- Promotes the alternative learning programs and ensures programs expansion maintain the highest standards of academic rigor.
- Ensures accuracy of all data related to alternative learning programs.
- Works across programs and agencies to implement retention initiatives.
- Works with the Assistant Provost to advance innovative learning opportunities.
- Plans, coordinates, and monitors experiential learning initiatives.
- Collaborates with APUS faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure successful delivery of alternative learning programs.
- Works with the CTL to coordinate faculty training initiatives.
- Other duties as assigned to support the department, student body and organization.
- Implements APUS vision for innovative learning strategies.
- Implements best practices in curriculum improvement as determined by our accrediting bodies and related organizations.
- Maintain related metrics and conduct data analysis.
- Participates in regular meetings and school program review meetings.
- Teaches 150 students per year.
- Detailed working knowledge of the inner workings of an online university system and electronic classroom platforms.
- Expertise and/or experience in prior learning assessment, experiential based learning, and especially conducting these programs online.
- Ability to collaborate with faculty and directors and to establish a collegial environment.
- Ability to work remotely and independently.
- Experience with ePortfolios and related technology essential to successful prior learning assessment.
- Ability to create a professional network including, commercial vendors, and various government officials.
- Exceptional problem-solving and decision-making abilities with a strong commitment to customer service.
- Flexibility in dealing with organizational change.
- Strong proficiency with business models and strategic planning is required.
- Ability to meet critical and short notice delivery deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and on various committees.
- Ability to lead through influence vs. direct line management.
Required Education and Exp erience:
- Terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
- Experience and recognized expertise in innovative learning strategies.
- Competency-based education experience strongly preferred.
- At least five years’ experience actively working as a professor at the University level with an emphasis on alterative learning strategies and programs, research, and publications.
- Three or more years’ experience in e-learning and multimedia technologies.
- Experience with innovative learning initiatives.
- Entrepreneurial spirit and strong organizational development skills.
- A proven track record of research, scholarship, and publications.
- Strong oral, written, organizational, and presentation skills and a proven record of effective team building and relationship building.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
- Sitting, extensive use of keyboard
- Required attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or D.C.
*Please note: Full-time faculty members and directors are to consider APUS their primary employer. Full-time salaried faculty and directors may not be full-time employees of any university, school, college, or institution of higher education outside of APUS; this includes administrative, staff, and teaching positions.
*Please note: Applicants selected to proceed in the hiring process with conferred degrees from foreign institution(s) will require a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency. All charges associated with official transcripts and foreign transcript evaluations are the responsibility of the applicant and are not reimbursed by APUS.