OLC Vice President of Learning

As OLC’s Vice President of Learning, you will provide a knowledgeable voice in representing OLC and its mission to the public. Ideally, you’ll be an established leader in the field of digital learning, with a community of followers, experienced in talking with press and industry influencers about relevant issues, trends and research.


In the role of Vice President of Learning, you will gather, curate, and leverage the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through the organization to create and enhance services and resources provided to a full array of OLC stakeholders. You will manage the organization’s knowledge as an asset and leverage opportunities to convert knowledge-driven resources into member-serving, gravitas-enabling, and revenue-generating products and services. Key to this position is a focus on creative problem solving and innovative solutions while having a thorough knowledge and understanding of existing operations and processes in order to drive initiatives to completion through existing or new workflows.


  • A master’s degree is required, a doctoral degree is preferred.
  • Ten or more years of progressively responsible academic leadership experience in a higher education institution in a high-impact, growth, and results-oriented position(s). Senior leadership experience preferred.
  • Experience managing grants.
  • Experience leading online or digital learning initiatives.
  • Prior experience with OLC products and services preferred.
  • Mature network of individuals, institutions, and organizations in the digital learning field nationally.
  • Computer and technology literate using Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office applications, planning and communication technology, and the Internet.


Key responsibilities for this position fall into five primary areas:


  • Monitors latest trends and innovations in digital learning to ensure OLC activities are consistent with such trends.
  • Seek external funding to promote the OLC mission and vision.
  • Present and represent OLC as a speaker for various conferences, webinars, institutional events, and other opportunities.
  • Understands online learning community professional development needs and directions.

Quality Enhancement

  • Provides leadership and promotes OLC’s quality agenda building on OLC’s historic efforts (e.g., Quality Pillars).
  • Promotes adoption and engagement of OLC Quality Scorecards with key stakeholders through meetings, presentations, and other means.
  • Continues to build out the Suite of Quality Scorecards based on industry needs.
  • Enhances the functionality and reporting back-end for institutions in the interactive version of the scorecard tool as well as provide benchmarking and aggregate reporting.
  • Grows use and adoption of the Suite of Quality Scorecards through professional development workshops, existing or new consulting services solutions (e.g., QS Navigator), and other wrap around services.

Community Engagement and Development

  • Enhances conference outcomes through implementation of new learning approaches and innovative opportunities.
  • Ensures effective connections with community (e.g., advisory councils, focus groups) to continually innovate and adapt programming to meet the evolving needs of the community.

Publications and Research

  • Envisions and deploys a comprehensive ‘Research Agenda’ meeting the needs of an evolving community of researchers and practitioners.
  • Grows presence and stature of OLC’s journal of Online Learning.
  • Oversees the strategic directions for OLC’s Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership.
  • Pursues an active OLC’s publications focus through OLC produced research/publications and in partnership/collaboration with others.


  • Accomplished and versatile professional with a relentless drive for achieving results with an ability to span boundaries – big ideas and even bigger challenges are seen as opportunities.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize across multiple projects, strategic priorities, and issues.
  • Ability to evaluate the attractiveness of new opportunities – has an entrepreneurial, creative, and resourceful mindset with appropriate fiscal foundations.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented self-starter who is also able to work in a virtual team environment with effective cross-departmental team-building skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively with a variety of personalities and leadership styles.
  • Natural leader with excellent verbal/communications skills and a thoughtful, persuasive personal style (e.g., diplomacy, negotiation, conflict resolution, group planning).
  • Success as a clear, persuasive public speaker with a reputation for producing written reports that are clearly written, data-focused and lead to responsible decision-making.
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment; treat others with respect and consideration; accept responsibility for own actions.
  • Knowledge of procedures, operations, organizational structures and principles of higher education institutions.


Reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


– Director for the OLC Institute for Professional Development
– Director of Research and Innovation
– Director of Grants


Home office environment.


August 31, 2019


For consideration, send cover letter, resume/CV, salary history and salary expectations to jobs@onlinelearning-c.org.