Distance Education Program Manager

Montana State University   Bozeman, MT   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 7, 2022
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Distance Education Program Manager, Liberal Studies Program. Flexible hours.

General Statement
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Montana State University is flexible, rigorous and multidisciplinary. Students challenge and expand their thinking, learn how to connect their growing knowledge to the outside world, and gain the skills necessary to succeed – in college, the workplace and life. The Liberal Studies degree values a broad, integrated and interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Interdisciplinary studies foster connections among disciplines and draw upon multiple areas of knowledge. Students choose one of three program options: Environmental Studies, Global and Multicultural, or Quaternity (on campus or online degree completion).

The Liberal Studies Online Degree Completion Program is the only fully online, degree-granting undergraduate program at Montana State University. The online degree completion program is designed for students who have completed at least two years of college and would like to earn a bachelor’s degree online.

The Distance Learning Program Manager provides critical oversight, management and coordination of the Liberal Studies Online Degree Completion Program. This position oversees the daily operations of the Online Degree Completion Program, coordinates with a number of MSU academic and administrative units, and manages various projects and key initiatives simultaneously. The Program Manager also works closely with student services and assists the mostly non-traditional distance students and instructors spanning multiple departments. The successful candidate should possess strong written and communication skills as well as organizational, and trouble-shooting skills. They should be able to work well independently and in a team environment and have an appreciation and understanding of the unique requirements and demands of online education programs.

Duties and Responsibilities
Serves as a liaison between the program and campus offices (Admissions, Brightspace D2L, the Center for Faculty Excellence, Academic Technology Outreach, Registrar’s Office, etc.) to maintain positive instructor and distance student experiences and program success.
Manages continuing education for online instructors to maintain and/or improve training standards and develops biannual and as needed training workshop for online instructors.
Oversees special projects and initiatives related to student success or program needs.
Manages registration, recruitment and retention of online students.
Coordinates marketing plans for program and courses, working with the Dean’s Office, University Communications where appropriate, in the design, creation and distribution of marketing materials.
Travels for recruitment purposes.
Assists with personnel tasks such as composing and routing of contracts.
Creates and maintains Brightspace D2L shells for distance students, including an online orientation for new students and ongoing shells for existing students to help foster a sense of community for distance students.
Serves on the Liberal Studies Core Committee.
Serves as the webmaster for the Liberal Studies Online Distance Program.
Maintains databases associated with the program’s enrollment and demographic trends
Assists the program director and affiliated departments in planning, developing, and scheduling online classes.
Helps faculty resolve basic technical problems with the MSU supported instructional tools, and investigates and seeks solutions to complex issues.
Keeps current with use and best practices related to existing and emerging instructional technology tools.

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