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Executive Director for Instructional Design and Educational Operations

Apply now Job no: 499423
Work type: Full-Time
Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Job Summary

The Executive Director for Instructional Design and Educational Operations will work closely with the Associate Dean for Education on (1) supporting instructors in bringing promising practices to their course design and delivery, both within accredited degree programs and continuing education initiatives; (2) continuous quality improvement across degree programs and continuing education initiatives to meet workforce needs in the field of public health; and (3) aspects of educational operations related to our courses, accredited degree programs, and continuing education initiatives.

Strategic planning and special projects undertaken by the Executive Director of Instructional Design and Educational Operations will prioritize collaborative creation of excellent educational experiences aligned with our school’s mission. Communications will be ongoing with other professional staff and faculty across the Office of Education, the academic departments, the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Drexel University to support efficient, transparent, and inclusive educational offerings and operations. Activities will be informed by, and will potentially contribute to, the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Essential Functions

  • Advance Quality Course Instructional Design and Delivery, Including Use of Online Tools
    • Develop strategies for capacity building relevant to quality and accessibility across all courses and programs, with special attention to the incorporation of technology
    • Provide support to instructors and departments in understanding university resources, policies and processes related to instructional design, delivery, and assessment.
    • Consult with instructors about course design and course development timelines
    • Provide just-in-time support to instructors and teaching assistants with course delivery
    • Oversee access to and effective use of the School’s Learning Management System
    • Learn about and disseminate information to the School about emerging educational technology and learning practices
  • Support Continuous Quality Improvement of Accredited Degree Programs
    • Provide program directors and others at the school guidance needed to maintain compliance with MSCHE and CEPH accreditation standards, including completion of annual substantive change forms and other curriculum documentation
    • Support the exploration and understanding of options during new program planning or department-led program modifications, with special attention to implications for financial aid eligibility or other aspects that affect student experience.
    • Work with the Curriculum and Assessment Committee to review department-led curriculum changes and to collaboratively review elements of the curriculum at least every 5 years, with attention to established program competencies, anti-racist learning priorities, and workforce needs in the field of public health.
  • Develop and Implement Innovative Continuing Education Initiatives to Meet Workforce Needs
    • Develop and contribute to externally funded efforts to support continuing education training initiatives
    • Oversee School’s continuing education strategy, including emerging directions such as digital badging and micro credentialing initiatives
    • Consult with faculty to design and develop non-credit training opportunities, such as those offered through the Urban Health Collaborative Summer Institute.
  • Collaboratively Implement and Enhance Student-Centered Educational Operations
    • Oversee the process for setting the annual academic schedule, including supporting departmental planning and student-centered consideration of appeals to change the schedule.
    • Ensure the Catalog is accurate and up-to-date prior to the start of each academic year.
    • Plan for efficient and annually refreshed online sharing of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations file as a basis for cross-functionality and continuity

Required Qualifications

  • A PhD or Doctorate in education, public health, or a related area is required.
  • At least 5 years experience relevant to higher education administration and online instructional design and pedagogy is required.
  • Experience updating undergraduate and graduate degree programs to meet accreditation requirements specific to the field of public health.
  • Informed by their prior training and experience, the qualified individual will be prepared to articulate strategies and a vision to guide planning for Courses, Programs, Continuing Education, and related Educational Operations for the next 3 years.


  • University City.

Additional Information

Special Instructions to the Applicant

  • Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Additional Required Documents

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  • Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

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