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Position summary:Â Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) seeks a collaborative, strategic, solution-oriented problem solver to help the Open Studies academic unit grow our capacity to respond to learning needs across our educational programs, with particular emphasis on online degree programming. Â The director provides vision and leadership aimed at developing novel and scalable ways to provide greater access to high quality learning experiences to diverse audiences.Â The director supports and guides academic program leadership, instructors, and students in the use and implementation of best-in-class educational models, instructional materials, and technology.Â The position includes the supervision of help desk staff employed in support of MICAâs online learning community.
General purpose:Â The Director, Curriculum Design and Development works to ensure the quality and value of Open Studies programming while innovating ways to create new programming with new curricular approaches.Â Â Â
Open Studies serves a diverse student body of traditional and non-traditional college students, art and design professionals, lifelong learners, teens, and children. The unit administers four unique professional graduate programs in the Business of Art and Design, Information Visualization, UX Design, and Design Leadership along with studio-based art and design classes for adults, teens, and children, short-term travel programs, and pipeline and cultural orientation programs in support of the collegeâs diversity and internationalization goals.Â As MICAâs educational venture space the unit is engaged in innovating academic programming (including digital education, new curricular areas and program structures, and programs for non-traditional students) and revenue growth.Â The Director, Curriculum Design and Development will:Â Â
Work to assess/evaluate current online programs to assure quality.Â
Evaluate and strengthen program delivery models
Evaluate and strengthen instructor/student onboarding and preparation for online learning
Manage e-learning environments (MICA currently uses Canvas and Zoom as our primary e-learning tools)
Research, preview, evaluate, and recommend necessary e-learning tools and services and assistive technology
Support instructors by providing the foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how instructors are implementing those materials
Coordinate the development of instructional materials that are functional, informative, and consistent with sound instructional design principles, including alignment of educational objectives with content, activities, and assessments
Provide recommendations for interface design, sequencing of instruction, use of assessments, and online interactive activities
Create, document and improve processes, standards, and best practices, as needed
In consultation with MICAâs Learning Resource Center
Ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act .Â
Guide adherence with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
Ensure design & style consistency for standardization, branding, normalization, and accessibility
Conduct Assistive Technology assessments with faculty and students and partner with them to implement, install, train, and follow up on recommendations
Provide Web Accessibility guidance and consultation to Open Studies instructors, students, and staff.
Supervise assistant director of curriculum design and developmentÂ
Coordinate work with academic program leads
Budget oversight responsibilities for some restricted and/or endowed funds.
Essential skills and experience:
Master's degree in related field
Knowledge of current theories, trends, and innovations related to contemporary approaches to curriculum design and development and Adult Learning Theory
Ability to evaluate instructional and program effectiveness
Experience with e-learning technologies including various operating systems, file structures, file formats, protocols, streaming audio and video, podcasting, and social networking tools
Experience with Canvas and Zoom
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and best practices associated with students with disabilities, assistive technology and copyright issues (ADA, 504, 508, WCAG, FERPA, Chafee law, etc.)Â
Familiarity with assistive technology and software programs for individuals with disabilities
Ability to gather, interpret, and extract meaning from data
Capacity to develop, implement, and manage strategic objectives
A collaborative, entrepreneurial, proactive style with excellent human relations skills
Excellent organizational and planning skillswith the ability to manage multiple projects
Detail oriented and deadline driven work ethic
Excellent written and verbal communication
Ability to manage budget and personnel
Background in or knowledge of art and design education
Reporting to this position:Assistant director of curriculum design and development
Physical demands and work environment:The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. (May be adjusted depending on position)
Work environment: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually (minimal, moderate, or high).
Â Required training: Handbook orientation, Anti-Harassment, Hazard Communication, Emergency Plans & Fire Prevention, Personal Protection Equipment. (Additional training may be added, SEE: EHS Manager training schedule)
Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to its policy of providing equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status (disabled, Vietnam-era, or otherwise). Furthermore, the College does not tolerate any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence. This policy applies to all programs, facilities, and activities provided by Maryland Institute College of Art, including but not limited to admission, educational programs, and employment.
Applicants must apply online for each job in which they are interested. You will not be considered for any job for which you have not specifically applied. We do not accept applications via email, U.S. mail, or fax. Successful candidates for any staff or faculty positions will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
MICA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Human Resources at 410-225-2363.
Internal Number: R1005
About Maryland Institute College of Art
Founded in 1826, MICA is among the top visual arts colleges in the nation. The college enrolls 1,863 undergraduate and 306 graduate students from 48 states and 54 foreign countries, offering programs of study leading to the bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.), master of arts (M.A.), master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degrees, and master of professional studies degrees (M.P.S), as well as post-baccalaureate certificate programs and a full slate of credit and noncredit courses for adults, college-bound students, and children. MICA is recognized as an important cultural resource for the Baltimore/Washington region, sponsoring many public and community-outreach programs-including more than 100 exhibitions by students, faculty, and nationally and internationally known artists annually-as well as artists' residencies, film series, lectures, readings, and performances.