Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) is a higher education institution that embraces the challenge of serving the Church and the needs of Orthodox Christians in the twenty-first century. SVOTS trains priests, lay leaders, and scholars to be active apologists of the Orthodox Christian Faith—focusing on academic rigor and spiritual formation within a residential Orthodox community. The Seminary is chartered by the University of the State of New York and accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) to offer the following program degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry.
In order to better meet emerging challenges and opportunities for preparing and supporting lay and ordained leaders of Orthodox Christian parishes in North America, St Vladimir’s Seminary has created a new position, Director for Online Education. Reporting to the academic dean, the director will lead the work of implementing new online programs being seeded by the Lilly Endowment’s Pathways for Tomorrow Initiative.
This experienced online learning design professional will:
- Develop a standardized online course design process and support instructors and faculty in implementing this process for design, implementation and revision of synchronous, asynchronous, and blended learning formats;
- Design online learning experience and instructor models to support personalization and scalability;
- Create templates for Seminary faculty to convert courses to noncredit short courses with instructional materials;
- Provide online learning design and instructional technology support to faculty and working groups to ensure that noncredit programming meets learning objectives;
- Oversee production, implementation, quality review, and evaluation of new online programs;
- Explore opportunities to scaffold and/or stack courses to optimize learner journeys and connect to work-relevant opportunities for clergy and lay leaders. Identify new courses offerings based on analysis of inventory;
- Partner with Information Technology on matters pertaining to technical support and maintenance of adequate technological infrastructure and resources necessary;
- Establish and manage protocols and best practices to help build internal resources and capabilities;
- Develop online surveys for clergy and laity in order to ascertain interests; provide results analysis to prioritize the development and sequencing of courses;
- Collaborate with the academic dean, faculty, and instructors to maintain best practices, effective pedagogical models, and content quality;
- Assist the Seminary’s leadership in the vetting and selection of instructors;
- Manage the calendar for all tasks related to the online courses and administration; ensure that deadlines are met;
- Provide advice to faculty and instructors surveying learners to make meaningful course revisions; strategically shape program direction with year-over-year comparisons
S/he will also:
- Monitor registrations, payments of enrollment fees, and tuition;
- Have extensive experience with modern LMS platforms; Canvas certification preferred; training and certification for faculty and instructors OR other credentialing;
- Seek input from and collaborate with internal and external consultants, as needed;
- Analyze data and generate reports for faculty, Seminary administration, board of trustees, and funders;
- Monitor contracts and finances, manage departmental budget, track revenue, and manage costs;
- Provide effective communications for donors, funders, church leaders, and laity, in partnership with advancement, communications, and marketing staff;
- Manage contract specifications for instructional technology, equipment, materials, and supplies;
- Develop permissions, roles, system configurations and integrations with third party tools and applications, as required.
- 3+ years higher ed learning design experience or corporate training and development
- Certified Canvas LMS educator
- MA/MS/M.Ed./Ed.D. Curriculum Design and Instruction, or Learning Design and Technology
- Experience in online education management
- Thorough knowledge of instructional design and adult learning theory
- Enthusiasm for the Seminary’s mission
- Start-up mentality; resourceful, can-do attitude; the curiosity to be an entrepreneurial problem-solver
- Excellent people and communication skills
- Focus on positive customer experience
- Attention to detail, excellent follow-through, and organizational skills
- Commitment to continuous innovation, process improvement, and operational excellence
This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, health savings account, paid time off, retirement plan. Some travel may be required, as well as some weekend hours, from time to time.
Please submit your resume, a cover letter, contact information for two professional references, official copies of academic transcripts, and proof of Canvas or other certification to IATudorie@svots.edu, by November 21, 2022. Enter your last name and “Director for Online Education” in the subject line of your application email.