Director of Online Programs
Under the leadership of President Helen Drinan, "Strategy 2014", the first five-year phase of Simmons College's strategic initiative, is underway. In support of this initiative, Simmons is now embarking on a comprehensive hiring plan. As such, Simmons invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Online Programs. Reporting to the Provost, the Director of Online Programs will provide strategic leadership for the design, development and implementation of online initiatives using state-of-the-art technologies and instructional design. Simmons is poised to enter the online market in a coordinated, aggressive manner. The administration is acutely aware that it needs a robust online program to remain competitive and grow. Therefore, the Director role is being established at a pivotal moment in Simmons's history, and will oversee an online program that is intended to reinforce the Simmons brand, generate incremental revenue and develop a sustainable competitive advantage.
The Director of Online Programs will champion development, implementation and strategies for quality and growth in online offerings. This will be accomplished in collaboration with university leaders to ensure that the best program offerings, work processes, delivery methods, technology and resources are available to students, staff and faculty to ensure their success. Furthermore, the Director will serve to develop college-wide technical and professional capabilities for the online community. Simmons College seeks a leader with a demonstrated track record of experience in campus-wide matters related to online learning, including accreditation, assessment, and accessibility. Moreover, he/she is a visionary, one who will set and maintain clear goals and objectives for academic affairs in support of campus-wide online education.
Simmons College is an innovative institution that links transformative learning with the pursuit of lifelong purpose. Founded in 1899 and located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons is a private, non-sectarian college consisting of a four-year undergraduate women's college and five coeducational graduate schools in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and management. We provide a comprehensive liberal arts education for undergraduate women that is integrated with professional programs and work experience, interdisciplinary study, and a global perspective. Enrolling 2,000 undergraduate women and over 3,000 graduate women and men, Simmons is committed to providing high quality, personalized educational opportunities for all students. Simmons is recognized as one of the "Best Colleges" in the nation by The Princeton Review's 2011 Guide to 311 Green Colleges; U.S. News & World Report 2011 rankings of "America's Best Colleges"; 1022 The Princeton Review's Guidebook of "Best 373 Colleges"; and Forbes.com list of "America's Best Colleges 21010".
Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body and curriculum.
Candidates are expected to have, at a minimum, a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education and 5 years' experience delivering post-graduate education or professional development programs including online course delivery. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please forward a letter of application and curriculum vitae in confidence electronically to David Mead-Fox at SimmonsDirectorOnline@kornferry.com.
Review of applications will begin January 31, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.