Company Name:

Southern New Hampshire University


Manchester, New Hampshire

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:


Work Setting:

University/4-Year College

Position Type:

Full Time

Required Experience:

10 - 20 years

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Date Posted:

February 5, 2019

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Deputy Director of Learning Science

Southern New Hampshire University is currently seeking a Deputy Director of Learning Science. SNHU's Innovation Center has been tasked with preparing the university to navigate the uncertain future of higher education and respond, adapt, and transform with the ebbs and flows of forces and challenges beyond our control. The R&D unit, within the Innovation Center, will inform the design, development and testing of emerging technology, process, and competencies to better prepare the University for the student of 2030.

Directly reporting to the Executive Director of Research and Development, this role will be responsible for designing a systemic approach to building the foundation for the learning ecosystem of 2030 informed by learning science theory and empirical research. An important aspect of the position will be to design and implement pilot testing of potential solutions for the learning ecosystem of 2030 and to effectively analyze and disseminate the results of this research to university stakeholders and the greater higher education community.

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:

  • Leverage learning science to understand the strengths and challenges associated with current university-centered ecosystem to inform a more fluid learning experience that better differentiates what individual learners need and want at different points in their life-long learning trajectories
  • Play a critical role in incorporating learning theories when identifying, developing and testing solutions (e.g., technology solutions that foster increased personalization and individualized learning paths) for a learner-centered 2030 ecosystem
  • Responsible for driving fast-paced projects to deliver tangible short-term results, while maintaining a long-term, strategic portfolio of learning innovation projects and new systems for the ecosystem of 2030
  • Provide leadership in the design and implementation of pilots by partnering with a cross-functional innovation team
  • Work closely with the Director of Assessment in helping the university move to an assessment ecosystem that emphasizes assessment for learning and assessment as learning – to better demonstrate what students actually know and can do
  • Analyze pilot data using sound statistical techniques and clearly communicate the implications of the results to various audiences, including members of the executive leadership team
  • Engage in research as needed and provide white papers and technical reports to inform strategic decisions
  • Tech vendor management
  • Effectively multitask and track multiple projects, clients, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Demonstrate consideration to the ethical aspect of conducting research with human participants and actively inform ways to mitigate the risk of bias in AI solutions
  • In support of fundraising, research and development efforts - identify, initiate and maintain partnerships with leading experts in domains relevant to short, mid- and long-term visions for R&D
  • Engage and present to current and prospective funders
  • Represent SNHU at research, professional conferences and other public for

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience leading and managing projects and resources
  • Three to five years of experience in a field related to learning science
  • Knowledge of higher education would be preferred, but experience in program evaluation research in K12, industry, or government sectors will be considered
  • Demonstrated success in designing and implementing research programs examining applied research questions specified by a strong vision and mission statement
  • Strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methodologies
  • Strong understanding of advanced statistical and modeling techniques
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills with keen interest in mentoring project team members
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency in facilitating, delegating and motivating cross-functional matrix groups or activities
  • Exposure with change management/facilitation, enterprise communication and training
  • Ability to conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Enterprise Portfolio and Project Management tool expertise
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, able to lead meetings
  • Experience working with teams using Agile development methodologies

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology, education or related field

Work Hours:

Typically Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm with flexibility to meet business demands as needed.

A background check is required for employment. Please submit a cover letter, in addition to your resume, with your application.

Why Join SNHU?

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), founded in 1932, is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution located in Manchester, New Hampshire. We value teamwork, openness and diversity, and believe every employee has a voice in driving our success. We're proud to have been recognized for 11 consecutive years as a Great College to Work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Our competitive benefits package includes tuition reimbursement, employer contribution to Retirement Plan, affordable Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, and generous paid-time off. We're constantly seeking creative, collaborative, and hard-working talent to join our team! Come be a part of innovation and education!

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