Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is currently seeking an Assistant Vice President of Learning Engineering who is responsible for leading the testing, analysis, and new solutions development arm of the Learning Science and Assessment team for SNHU’s Global Campus online learning experiences. The Assistant Vice President works with Global Campus stakeholders, Learning Science and Assessment colleagues, and SNHU’s various internal and external stakeholders and supports a talented team of learning engineers, learning experience designers, and learning science thought leaders to test, iterate, and create improvements that continually evolve our ability to serve a growing diversity of learners and new learning models. For 11 years in a row, SNHU has been named a “Great College to Work For” which begins with great leadership. This person plays a key role in continuing and ensuring we meet that commitment to our teams.
The Assistant Vice President’s primary goals are two-fold: (1) lead a team that integrates design thinking, data analysis, and learning technology to conceptualize, design, and test new learning solutions; and (2) create a high performing culture that values professional collaboration, deliberate innovation, and a deep curiosity for how learners learn. This role will also be responsible for fostering a team of senior leaders to steward learning models, learning design frameworks, and LX principles in the LMS/technology ecosystem to define, iterate, and defend high quality learning design across the catalog.
This role will be responsible for researching, evaluating, and coordinating the test and learn functions around new instructional, assessment, and design solutions/models, particularly around new delivery modalities aligned to workforce education, competency-based learning, and flexible and adaptive learning models. This position must have the ability to think strategically at a macro view with enough literacy in design models, practices, and theories to ensure we keep learning and data science at the forefront of our decision making. This position also requires a leader that can toggle between scale and innovation in the organization, always thinking about how we can improve while considering the long-term sustainment of our core learning products.
This role also requires servant leadership skills to collaborate with others toward a unified vision. The person in this role will also act as a mentor for their teams, providing guidance and advice in the performance of their individual functions where necessary and developing them for future advancement. Due to the constantly evolving ecosystem of learning and business, this leader must also be nimble and communicate a dynamic vision that keeps the Learning Science and Assessment teams continually focused on the future of learning design.
Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:
- Build an incredible team of high performing learning engineers and designers focused on improving and innovating the student learning experience
- Lead the evaluation of effectiveness of learning solutions through user testing, learner analysis, and feedback mechanisms
- Lead efforts to test, innovate, and learn from various new solutions across the learning experience: assessment models, faculty and instructional models, new delivery capabilities, instructional design and learner experience models, etc.
- Integrate a robust data-first approach to all projects, coordinating with the university data analytics team and additional stakeholders to develop the right instrumentation and analysis to understand how learners interact with a variety of solutions
- Coordinate a national learning science advisory board to evaluate operational learning models and develop new strategies and a roadmap focused on the future of learning
- Consult and provide support for development and continuous improvement teams to operationalize design models
- Facilitate the creation of working documentation on solutions and assist with training various stakeholder groups as solutions move to operationalization
- Maintain a focus on impact toward sustainability, scalability, and feasibility in alignment with the university’s mission to increase affordability and access to education
- Maintain a partner and outsourcing strategy that maximizes the value of design partners
- Develop deeply collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the University to meet the evolving requirements for a growing diversity of learners and learning models
- Steward diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Learning Science and Assessment team as well as ensure designers continually focus on the diversity and inclusion of our learners and faculty in the learning experiences
- Develop thought leadership across the University by connecting team members to an ever-growing network of experts and supporting the team in showcasing their own work
- 6-8 years of experience in senior leadership positions related to instructional design, curriculum development, learning technology, and/or product management
- Demonstrated background in data science and quantitative research methodology
- Master’s degree in related field required
- Experience in collaborating and achieving results in a highly matrixed, complex organization, where leadership extends beyond direct reporting lines
- Demonstrated strength in academic and learning technologies, including learning management systems and learning authoring tools
- Ph.D. in related field preferred
- Experience in managing partner/vendor relationships highly preferred
- Experience in equivalent positions for online learning highly preferred