About Bay Path University:
When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.
Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it’s not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.
Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women’s College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.
We’re committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.
We invite you to visit our website at www.baypath.edu where you can learn more about Bay Path University.
- Position Code: EXDHLC
- Job Type: Full-Time
- Hours: Full-Time; some evenings and weekends as needed.
- Schedule: Standard hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Schedule may vary depending on need.
- Position Location: Longmeadow, MA campus
Under the general direction of the Associate Dean, Learning Resources and Academic Support Services, the Executive Director manages the day to day operations of the Hatch Learning Commons, which is comprised of library operations, instructional design services, emerging learning technologies and online learning support for the University. The Executive Director coordinates all activities of the Learning Commons in such a way as to maximize student and faculty use of these resources and implements the strategic plan for Hatch Learning Commons. The Executive Director provides direct supervision for the operation of each of the components and oversees instructional design operations for graduate and traditional undergraduate programs/courses at the University. In collaboration with the Associate Dean, the Executive Director develops and manages the budget for library services and online & digital learning. The Executive Director also leads the OER and the digital badging initiative.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Personnel Management and Supervision:
- Serves as the lead administrator of the Hatch Learning Commons including library operations, instructional design services, emerging learning technology and online learning support.
- Review, approve, and monitor all expenditures of Hatch Learning Commons
- Encourages staff excellence in performing job duties and professional development.
- Encourages collaboration within the Learning Commons and across University departments.
- Participates in the assessment of effectiveness of programs and services provided by the Learning Commons.
- Hires, supervises, and evaluate annual performances for the Coordinator of Library Services, Access Services Librarian, Senior Instructional Designer, Emerging Technologies Associate, and Learning Commons Support Coordinator.
Programs & Services
- Support the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of the Hatch Learning Commons to ensure that resources and services meet the changing needs of students, faculty, and curriculum.
- Leads the Learning Commons in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of existing and new programs and resources in relation to library services, information management, instructional design, online learning and emerging learning technology
- Supports the preparation and management of the budgets for all Hatch Learning Commons units and functions.
- Establishes Learning Commons operating policies and procedures, and develops goals and objectives for the Commons.
- Collaborates with the technology staff to insure the Learning Commons systems are seamlessly integrated with other University systems.
- Oversees instructional design operations for the traditional and graduate programs.
- Supervision of information literacy and library instruction classes or courses to students and faculty.
- Leads the digital badging initiative.
- Leads the OER initiative.
- Coordinates the activities of the Learning Commons in such a way as to maximize student and faculty use of these resources.
- Leverages the interface between people, information, and technology while enabling the future of library and academic technology to support student and faculty success.
- In conference with the Coordinator of Library Services, library staff and faculty, collaborates on developing, reviewing, and revising information literacy curriculum and related information literacy learning resources and assessments of student learning outcomes.
- Collaborates with academic and student services divisions to enhance and improve programs and services.
- Reviews and revises, as appropriate, all information regarding Learning Commons programs, services and procedures found in the catalog and on the website(s), student handbook, and policies and procedures documentation.
- Maintains appropriate records for student and community usage of programs and services.
- In conjunction with the Coordinator of Library Services and library professional staff, reviews and maintains partnership agreements and related regulations and standards of library practice.
- Communicates and implements administrative and academic policies for Learning Commons staff.
- Provides information and support to other areas of the University.
- General Administrative Duties and Responsibilities
- Develops and provides oversight and manages the budgets and negotiates contracts for the library and the Center for Online and Digital Learning.
- Provides administrative oversight of academic technology systems including: Canvas, Turnitin, Voicethread, library systems and emerging technologies.
- Approves all expenditures by members of the Learning Commons.
- Acts on all staff requests for attendance at professional conferences and meetings in consultation with the Associate Dean.
- Ensures that Learning Commons policies and procedures are consistent with institutional policies and procedures.
- Represents the Learning Commons on University committees. Serves on committees as assigned.
- Professional and External Affairs Management
- Holds regular meetings with appropriate faculty and staff to review and evaluate policies and procedures.
- Attends and represents the University at affinity groups and other meetings, conventions, seminars, workshops, as appropriate.
- Supports and assists Learning Commons staff to meet their needs for professional development.
- Supports outreach activities to the community to encourage utilization of library resources and services.
- Attend trainings as required.
- Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.
- Coordinator of Library Services
- Access Services Librarian
- Senior Instructional Designer
- Learning Commons Support Coordinator
- Emerging Technologies Associate
- Other positions as assigned
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in library science, instructional technology systems, or other closely related field.
- Minimum five (5) years of library administration, instructional design leadership or online learning leadership in a higher education environment preferred.
- Experience in developing and implementing assessment of programs and services, and/or assessment of student learning.
- Minimum three (3) years management experience in post-secondary institutions at the director level.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite products.
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively with wide variety of internal constituents.
- Innovative thinker and adaptable leadership style.
- Strong technical skills and ability to learn and apply new and emerging learning technologies.
- Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA guidelines.
- Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
- Experience working with diverse populations to create an inclusive and collegial campus climate; committed to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones’ own.
- Demonstrated commitment to the University’s mission.
- General knowledge of the University’s mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.
Bay Path University is a smoke- and tobacco-free community.
All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.
Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.
Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at HR@baypath.edu or call 413-565-1168.
Location/Region: Longmeadow, MA