Director of Online and Professional Education

William James College - Newton, Massachusetts - Full time

The Director of Online and Professional Education will play a leadership role in the development, production, evaluation, and improvement of blended and online programs, as well as consult to on-ground programs that utilize educational technology practices and tools. This position will also be responsible for developing, maintaining and growing online and blended programs in the college’s Continuing and Professional Education division, in partnership with the Director of Continuing and Community Education.


  • Serve as System Administrator for college’s educational technology tools and systems including college LMS (Canvas)
  • Serve procurement and implementation lead for new and replacement instructional/educational technologies.
  • Manage the faculty educational technology onboarding process, including maintenance and growth of the college’s online LMS onboarding course.
  • Work with the Director of Continuing Education to plan and coordinate new online certificate programs and online professional development opportunities for non-academic (CE & professional education) populations.
  • Provide consultation to Senior Leadership team and Academic Chairs on the development of new online and blended academic programs.
  • Manage the department’s Instructional Technologist and student support staff.
  • Serve a primary point of contact with contracted instructional design consultants.
  • Provide best practice guidelines and quality assurance measures for online pedagogy, including the promotion of accessibility design standards, in collaboration with the college’s Academic Resource Center.
  • Establish procedures, policies and benchmarks for high quality online student learning experiences and achievement of student learning outcomes.
  • Attend conferences and online trainings related to professional development.
  • Work with allied WJC groups to explore new opportunities, partnerships, and emerging content areas in online learning.
  • Perform other duties as relevant that are applicable to online learning.


  • Experienced LMS Administrator, preferably in Canvas
  • Experienced in Instructional Design methodologies, including ADDIE, Rapid Prototyping and Backwards Design
  • Experienced in using Educational Technology tools including video streaming, lecture capture, web conferencing, and course authoring tools.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Familiarity with online quality assurance standards (i.e. OSCQR, Quality Matters).
  • Ability to work autonomously with a focus on self-learning.
  • Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology or similar field. Master’s degree preferred.

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Higher Ed Instructional Designer

Experience Level

Mid Level

William James College

William James College is a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals to support the growing and diverse needs of the mental health workforce. 

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