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Job Title: Assistant Director of Distance Learning: Instructional Design

Organization: California State University, Northridge

Assistant Director of Distance Learning: Instructional Design

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

About the College

CSUN's Tseng College provides advanced professional education to undergraduate, graduate, international and midcareer students. With more than $36 million in revenue and nearly 36,000 registrations in 2018-2019, the College is a leading provider of professional degrees, certificates and custom-designed programs. Known for its premier support services, the College employs an administrative staff of more than 75 people, leading to high graduation rates - 71-88 percent for most programs in 2018-2019, with some, like the M.A. in Music Industry Administration, achieving 97 percent in 2018-2019.

The College is nationally recognized for providing programs with formats, delivery modes and locations that address the needs and constraints facing working professionals and their organizations. It works closely with businesses, communities, agencies and international partners to design and deliver programs that meet unique organizational needs and goals.
Serving more than 1,000 international students, the College provides English-language and college-preparation instruction. In addition to its tutoring services, the College specializes in programs that help international students integrate into, or more fully experience, the university. These include an intensive, year-round academic program; a semester studying at CSUN; and an immersive summer experience.
The College is also responsible for CSUN's University Access programs, which offer classes during the winter and summer breaks, and allow non-CSUN students to attend courses for credit.
With more than 30 programs and degrees, the college provides students with an extensive range of academic and professional options. Its master's degrees include applied behavioral analysis, assistive technology, communicative disorders, diverse community development leadership, engineering management, humanities, instructional design, knowledge management, music industry administration, public administration, public health, social work and taxation. Bachelor's degrees include liberal studies, public sector management and nursing. Certificate programs include assistive technology applications, business administration, radiologic technology and speech-language pathology.

Major Duties

Under general supervision, the Assistant Director of Distance Learning: Instructional Design ensures that CSUN's fully online and hybrid programs are excellent and distinctive and on the forefront of practice in instructional design for online teaching and learning. The incumbent leverages effective instructional strategies and relevant instructional resources to positively impact student achievement; collaborates with faculty to create online course plans, which consist of instructional approaches to interactive and engaging assignment design, the online course design plan will also include: lectures, readings, synchronous sessions, relevant online resources, technologies, and strategies best suited to meet course learning objectives; ensures high levels of student success in keeping with CSUN's current high on-time graduation rates in its fully online programs; works with faculty across a wide range of fields and disciplines at CSUN; works with openness, transparency, positive mutual support, and a focus on the core work of the College and making decisions based on what is best for CSUN, the College, and the students and communities they serve; maintains keeping with CSUN's Leadership Principles; is responsible for ensuring that all data related to assigned programs is kept securely and in keeping with CSUN data security policies and best practices; and performs other duties as assigned.
To request a detailed position description, please email Michael Paloma at


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in computer science, instructional design, curriculum design, learning sciences, educational psychology or a job-related field. A master's or doctorate degree is preferred. Equivalent to five years of full-time, progressively responsible experience creating and successfully implementing online learning solutions for higher education environments, including one year of project management, team leadership, systems implementation and development. At least three years of supervisory experience in an educational environment is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Thorough knowledge of a variety of software application packages, equipment platforms, reference database systems and sources, and training methods and a basic understanding of networks, data communication, and multimedia systems. Working knowledge of and highly proficient in using MS Office Suite. Functional knowledge of and experience applying ADA and copyright compliance guidelines for online learning environments is strongly preferred. Knowledge of learning management systems and other online delivery tools. Experience overseeing staff, working directly with and leading faculty and/or educational stakeholders, and creating and successfully implementing online learning solutions for higher education environments. Ability and specialized skills to: identify, analyze and address user problems; lead and collaborate with project teams comprised of faculty members, instructional designers, staff, and higher education administrators; analyze problems and propose effective solution; understand functional and procedural requirements and develop alternative solutions; relate system solutions to departmental management and staff; plan and conduct effective meetings, and give oral presentations to groups; prioritize and manage several projects at one time; work with accuracy and reliability, manage details, create and implement action plans, and anticipate/address potential problems that may arise; work well within and across organizational units; use and test new technology applications; learn new distance/online learning strategies and practices and to continue to develop professionally; adapt to fluctuations in hours to accommodate clients in different time zones and attend meetings at a variety of times and fluctuation on and off campus; think creatively and problem-solve independently and in an agile manner; provide and receive constructive criticism and feedback; possess exceptional project management skills, strong organizational and planning skills, and effective written and oral communication skills.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

The university offers an excellent benefits package.

Classification: 0420 / Information Technology Consultant / 3

The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $6249 - $7000, dependent upon qualifications and experience. The salary range for this classification is: $6,249 - $12,100 per month.

HOURS: Full-Time; 40 hours per week; 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. May include some evenings and weekends.

REG: This is a Regular position with a one-year probationary period.

Application Period

This job opening has been re-posted and will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED.

How to Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:

Background check
This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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