Job Description - Director, Virtual College of Texas
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Director, Virtual College of Texas
To direct and manage statewide operations and activities of the Virtual College of Texas (VCT), a collaborative of all public two-year colleges. VCT’s mission is to increase student access to higher education and improve student success by facilitating inter-institutional sharing of instructional, administrative, and support services and by providing services that support member institutions’ eLearning programs. The Director acts in accord with counsel and direction provided by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC).
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Implements policies, practices, and new initiatives as directed by the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). Closely coordinates VCT plans and activities with the Director of the TACC Center for Student Success, ensuring that they support TACC student success goals. Informs TACC of specific eLearning issues and concerns applicable to colleges statewide.
Works closely with the TACC Center for Student Success, the TACC eLearning Counsel, special task forces, and colleges’ VCT Coordinators in the development of strategic plans. Collaborates with STARLINK to ensure that strategic plans of both VCT and STARLNK are complementary in support of TACC student success goals and objectives.
Develops and manages annual budgets. Hires and manages VCT staff and subcontractors and, as needed, hourly employees and consultants.
Supervises ongoing website management and maintenance and the development of custom-programmed applications, from specifications development through programming, testing, and user documentation.
Ensures the availability of technical assistance for VCT website users and administrative support for colleges in regard to VCT policies, practices, and procedures. Supervises the VCT Coordinator performing these duties.
Maintains ongoing communications with colleges and others regarding VCT services and benefits.
Manages special projects and initiatives, e.g., awarding VCT grants to colleges, managing software licenses negotiated by VCT.
Identifies areas needing improvement by assessing VCT performance data, input of the TACC eLearning Committee, TACC eLearning Council, VCT Coordinators and others, and results of the Annual Institutional Evaluation of VCT; proposes improvement strategies and directs their implementation as appropriate.
Serves as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on matters related to VCT inter-institutional course sharing practices.
Oversee all VCT programs and lead initiatives to transformVCT into a world class learning organization meeting the needs of the college community.
Have a clear understanding of changing community college challenges and goals as well as the global workforce demographics and state’s future workforce demands and tailor learning offerings accordingly.
Adheres to administrative policies and procedures of VCT’s host institution, Austin Community College District.
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Extensive knowledge of learning programs and the ability to implement world-class learning programs
Current principles and practices related to distance learning technologies and applications in a synchronous and asynchronous educational environment
Strong business acumen with results orientation to drive key business performance metrics
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
Confident at influencing all levels of the organization, stakeholders, and legislative branches
Ability to identify relevant leading practices in learning and apply them to meet community college needs
Proficient at overseeing multiple programs concurrently, in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
A flexible approach to decision making, to adjust the needs of the majority
Ability to mediate escalated problems appropriately
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, ability to communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization, including strong facilitation skills
Influence, interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
Self-motivated, able to work to deadlines and manage competing demands
Strong customer focus and relationship management skills
Strong analytical mindset, able to tell compelling stories from data
Proficiency in directing and managing software development.
Three or more years in multi-college consortium or collaborative
Earned Doctorate from a regionally accredited higher education institution.
Knowledge of policies and procedures of the Texas Association of Community Colleges.
Reliable transportation for local area travel.