Open executive Job in Academic & University Dean of Online & Distance Education


This position is responsible for supporting the vision and mission of Bluefield College by
providing leadership to online and distance education efforts that enables the college to be nimble, strategic, entrepreneurial, and
responsive to trends of a broad range of online and distance education. Additionally, the Dean will lead collaborative efforts to establish
academic programs, marketing and recruitment strategies, and approaches to learning that encourage online and distance education to be
relevant for the marketplace while anticipating educational needs for future industries in a global economy. The role is to be performed in
a way that is in harmony with the Christian principles and philosophy of Bluefield College. The Vice President for Academic Affairs in
collaboration with the Vice President for Enrollment Management will oversee and manage all professional activities of the position.


  • Teach an instructional load of 3-6 credit hours per calendar
    year in qualified courses online – following all criteria listed within the College Catalog and Faculty Handbook.
  • Serve on Faculty
    committees as assigned, attend organizational meetings, partake in Commencement activities, and be present at chapel services


Academic, Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Student

  • Serve as the Online and Distance Education Officer for the College, responsible for the day to day leadership and
    oversight of Bluefield College’s Online Program
  • Ensure a customer service-first environment in Academic/Student Services
    Departments for online and distance education; these services include BC Central, academic, marketing, enrollment and recruitment, and
    technology functions
  • Coordinate strategies to increase enrollment, brand awareness, and digital marketing presence for online and
    distance education
  • Coordinate academic and student services, assign faculty, and advise student progress
  • Communicate
    regularly with students, area representatives, and college administrators in a problem-solving and decision-making capacity
  • Lead
    efforts to track online and distance education student retention; support academic and customer service-focused efforts to retain students
    in the online and distance education programs, including representation on the Student Success Committee
  • Work with the academic
    departments to hire skilled and capable online faculty members
  • Ensure up-to-date online and distance education information is
    represented in the Academic Catalog, on the web, and other areas.

Technology and Training

  • Work with BC’s Schools &
    Colleges to update and maintain online and distance education curricula within the Learning Management System and at site locations (as
  • Maintain documents and learning-tools databases used to support online and distance education services
  • Evaluate
    online and distance education learning methods and course content to ensure it meets 21st century remote and virtual learning pedagogy
  • Develop and implement strategies to promote, enhance, and enrich teaching through present and emerging technologies


  • Supervise the eLearning Technologist who serves as LMS and online technology support specialist for students, faculty,
    and staff and tracks, assigns, and resolves eLearning TICS
  • Manage the course schedule for each term; implement improvements to the
    process and procedures
  • Collaborate with the eLearning Technologist in orienting, training, and developing online and distance
    education faculty

1) Assess training needs through surveys, interviews with employees, focus groups, or consultation with
faculty, staff, and students
2) Collaborate with pertinent faculty, administrative staff, information technology, media and creative
services, and the library to ensure a quality online and distance education experience for students and faculty
3) Supervise the
implementation of online and distance education faculty training and development opportunities
4) Review instructional styles and best
practices in an online and distance education learning environment
5) Create and enhance a faculty/ staff professional development
plan to meet online and distance initiatives and strategies

  • Collaborate with the eLearning Technologist
  • Collaborate on
    e-textbook acquisition and software consistent with learning platforms

Online Program Assessment, Accreditation, and Development

  • Develop a holistic Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment plan for online and distance education
  • Lead efforts of
    accreditation compliance for online and distance education-including seeking and maintaining state authorizations for online and distance
  • Provide the Vice President of Academic Affairs with reports on institutional effectiveness and assessment of services,
    technology, and learning resource needs for online and distance education
  • Conduct and administer on-going needs assessments,
    strategic learning assessments, and quality assurance assessments to develop the basis for curricula, training and overall online and
    distance education development
  • Use market data to direct the design and development process for new online and distance education
    offerings and traditional-to-online/distance education courses development
  • Develop, implement, and assist in enforcing policies and
    procedures as they relate to online and distance education
  • Develop a 3 and 5-year strategic plan for Bluefield College’s online and
    distance education with the College Leadership Team
  • Encourage unity of vision and purpose by integrating activities for the Online
    Program with co-curricular programs
  • Lead collaborative development and strategic efforts in marketing, recruitment, and branding
    initiatives with the Enrollment Management Team for online and distance education

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve on search
    committees for recruiting and hiring online and distance education faculty and staff
  • Share recommendations and observations with
    Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Enrollment Management pertaining to the performance of online and distance
    education faculty and staff, including administrative staff and support team members, and in the writing/renewal of their contracts
  • Support the work of the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Vice¬ President for Enrollment Management
  • Travel to remote locations as needed
  • Work evening hours as needed


  • Possess a faith and commitment to Jesus Christ
  • Be a highly motivated self-starter
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor and presentation in dealing with the College constituency
  • Be experienced in Learning
    Management Systems and electronic media and knowledge of how to best educate pertinent individuals regarding the use of such
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and advanced learning technologies
  • Possess ability to speak to audiences in a
    coherent and professional manner
  • Possess excellent organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills
  • Demonstrate effective
    time management for multi-tasking daily functions
  • Demonstrate empathy for student life issues and an understanding of the specific
    needs and learning styles of adult students
  • Possess strong problem-solving skills coupled with appropriate instinct and timely
  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least 18 graduate credits in an academic
  • Have at least two years of experience teaching or working in an online environment
  • Have at least three years of
    supervisory/management experience with a track record of successful leadership
  • Have proven ability to inspire and motivate
  • Possess business acumen and an understanding of planning, budgets, and institutional operations
  • Have experience
    hiring, training, and developing personnel


This position requires performing
tasks related to office work. Such tasks require sitting, standing, walking and carrying light loads (books, displays, presentations).


The evaluation of the performance of this position will be based on the ability
to meet the requirements of the duties and tasks outlined above.

The criteria for evaluation of this position include,
but are not limited to, the following:

1. The ability to fulfill position description requirements as listed above in
a timely and effective manner,
2. The ability to self-motivate and achieve set goals, and
3. The ability to work cooperatively
with all personnel and departments in the College


The job duties, responsibilities,
functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all-inclusive list of same. Additional duties,
responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate. The College reserves the right to change or reassign
job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is
possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may
pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the College. Position descriptions are not
intended as and do not create employment contracts. The College maintains its status as an at-will employer.

To apply for this
position, please visit to complete
the electronic faculty employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Christian Faith
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of reference

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Ann Looney, Director of Academic Programs at Bluefield College, 3000 College Avenue,
Bluefield, VA 24605,

Additional information
about Bluefield College is available at

To be
considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

This institution is an equal
opportunity provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability,
military service or genetic information in its employment.

Compensation will be based upon education, experience, and certifications. The institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service or genetic information in its employment.

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