Director, Learning Futures Initiatives

Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona - Full time

Director, Learning Futures Initiatives

Arizona State University

University Technology Office

Campus: Tempe


Job Description

The Learning Futures Collaboratory at Arizona State University is seeking a Director of Learning Futures Initiatives to create interdisciplinary, cross-institutional, agile teams to undertake the exploration, design, research, evaluation, piloting, planning, assessment, and implementation of innovative, next-generation learning models, concepts, and technologies. The Director plays a pivotal role in building community internally at ASU and with external partners to co-design, co-create, and advance future-focused, learner-centered strategies, projects, and initiatives.

The Learning Futures Collaboratory (LFC) achieves learner success through enhancing the digital and creative fluency of faculty, staff, and students, in next-generation learning environments. We imagine and create the future of learning at Arizona State University using human-centered, design-based methods in empowered communities of practice. With a focus on learning paradigms three-to-five-years in the future, we put into action projects (MVPs, POCs) at scale to make that future a reality. The LFC is sponsored by the University Technology Office, the Office of the Provost, and EdPlus, and it includes approximately 300 members and workstream leaders from across the Colleges, Departments, and Units of ASU. The LFC has a unique operational staffing model that consists of lightweight, distributed leadership, and volunteer membership organized around workstreams and projects.

Salary Range

Depends on experience

Close Date


Essential Duties

Directs the activities of the Learning Futures Collaboratory space and community engagement activities, including the development and facilitation of design/visioning sessions, events, social engagements, partner collaborations, showcases, workshops, user testing, play sessions, explorations, hackathons, and jams.

Oversees the implementation of the strategy and vision for the LFC workstreams. Directs and manages the progress of LFC workstream projects. Ensures that projects remain focused on the future of learning (as opposed to near-term) and that learner-centeredness, learner agency, inclusivity, accessibility, and scalability remain a priority as the projects of the workstreams progress.

Directs LFC research initiatives, including working with the Executive Directors to structure research, write, seek grant funding for, and publish on initiatives. Drafts best practice and research summary documents for consumption by faculty and learning design staff.

Manages the day-to-day oversight of the LFC’s individual partnerships and partnership network, ensuring collaborative projects are on track and operational issues are addressed.

With guidance from the UTO Creative and Comms team and student works, manages the external and internal presence of the LFC (social media, websites, comms, newsletters, etc.).

Regularly engages and interacts with the Learning Experience team (and other future product/service owners) to align plans surrounding the introduction and scaling of MVPs, PoCs, and other initiatives within the Collaboratory to the University as a whole. Organizes evaluations as to whether technologies at the PoC/MVP/Pilot stage should be operationalized and scaled. Assists the Learning Experience (and other teams at the university) with the creation of transition and scaling strategies and plans.

Manages LFC student workers (including undergraduate and graduate students), contractors, and workstream members (staff, students, faculty - both volunteer and paid).

Performs ongoing surveillance and forecasting of changes in next-generation learning landscape, including benchmarking of both peer institutions, corporate learning initiatives, and nascent entrants in a changing international landscape.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND eight (8) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Twelve (12) years of related administrative experience, which includes five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Evidence of a Ph.D. or other terminal degree is preferred.

Deep commitment to enhancing learner agency and learner-centered approaches in education.

Evidence of an entrepreneurial mindset, including willingness to experiment, fail, learn, and pivot in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment.

Expert in design-based practices and skill creator/facilitator of design/visioning sessions.

Experience designing and leading workshops, hackathons, and jams that allow for the playful exploration and creation of new ideas and ways of thinking.

Experience in the design of innovative learning experiences and spaces using next-gen technologies, including experience with XR, digital credentials, AI/ML, gameful learning.

Expertise in design-based research methodology, including constructing, conducting, writing grants for, presenting, and publishing research on topics related to learning innovation.

Knowledge of cultivating inclusive, non-hierarchical, large-scale collaboration that leads to tangible products and project implementation.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective long-range relationships with faculty, administrators, service professionals, staff, and students.

Knowledge of bleeding-edge technologies and approaches in both academia and industry.

Experience with international organizations and standards bodies regarding learning futures, learning experience, and related.

Ability to model empathy, compassion, and emotional intelligence.

Experience hiring in a values-led organization, emphasizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Ability to help foster a safe psychological space for all teammates where everyone can thrive.

Ability to stimulate changes in individual, institutional, and corporate behaviors to create a more sustainable environment.

Ability to lead by example in communicating, participating, and encouraging support of the institution’s sustainability programs.

Experience with strategic planning principles and practices.

Demonstrated change and innovation management abilities.

Ability to work independently and as part of a complex, matrixed team.

Ability to shape and manage change in a complex and highly matrixed organization.

Experience leadership, innovation, customer service, quality management, and problem resolution skills.

Evidence of verbal and written communication.

Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.

Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.

Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.

Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.

May be required to perform tasks in the field within and/or across University campuses.

Clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

The University Technology Office (UTO) embraces its role as both an enabler and catalyst for advancing the vision and work of the New American University. We are a values-driven organization. Our commitments are reflected in all of the work we do in pursuit of operational excellence, the experience and delight of our community, and our strategic and initiatives. Applicant must be eligible to work in the United States; ASU UTO will not be a sponsor for this position.innovation

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.

Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

Apply for this job

Apply for this job


Higher Ed Admin Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Arizona State University

The University Technology Office (UTO) embraces its role as both an enabler and catalyst for advancing the vision and work of the New American University. We are a values-driven organization.
Share this job
Get our email newsletterSign me up
Keep up to date with our email newsletterSign me up