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Director, Teaching & Learning Support, ESS

Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: April 5, 2021

Job Description:

Director, Teaching & Learning Support, ESS Faculty of Arts and Sciences 53671BR Job Summary The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is the largest division of Harvard University and is comprised of 150 departments including Harvard College,--the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the--School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,--the--Division of Continuing Education,--libraries, museums, and--athletics.--As of Fall 2019, FAS was composed of 1,221 total faculty, 6,716 undergraduate students, 4.600 graduate students, 13,643 continuing education students, 2,600 administrative staff, offering approximately 1,200 undergraduate courses per semester held--in 480 learning spaces.--

Education Support Services (ESS), formerly Instructional Media Services, in--the Faculty of Arts and Sciences--provides world-class audiovisual--and instructional support, training and consulting services to faculty, staff, students. The team supports the school's mission by delivering premium technology offerings that enhance and creatively advance the teaching & learning environment.--

The--Director of--Teaching & Learning Support,--ESS--is responsible for--strategic planning and operations management of--up to 20--staff providing--teaching and learning support for FAS faculty and students from planning, consultation and training to course media production and field support for learning space technology used in remote, on-campus and hybrid teaching models.--

A short-term goal for this role will be to develop the staff and operational model needed to create a consistent teaching and learning experience across FAS learning spaces through investments in user friendly technology, common standards, and an effective support model.-- Job-Specific Responsibilities In the near-term this role will need to focus on developing a day-to-day operational model that supports the FAS teaching and learning needs. Additionally, this role will have to develop a long-term strategy for--evolving the services and skills this group--needs to support the--ESS--vision and goals. This role will need to closely collaborate with the other new leaders in this organization to create and implement a holistic strategy that builds on the strengths of each group including the evolution of AV technology in learning spaces across the FAS to meet client needs.-- Specific Responsibilities include:--

  • Rebuild and manage the daily operational support model of all campus, and virtual audiovisual teaching and learning-related services across FAS, including more than 480 different learning spaces. This includes AV field service support for FAS clients through phone, e-mail, walk-in and in-field channels using ServiceNow to track all related incidents and tasks.
  • Develop a strategic plan over the course of the first year for a new operational model which includes pedagogical needs, staffing levels, billing model, policies on what services this group does and does not provide as well as collaborating with the other managers to develop a plan to upgrade AV learning space technology to meet current needs.--
  • Provide leadership and development to a team of approximately 20 staff, including both full-time and temporary resources. Closely manage high-volume, fast-paced work queues (self and team) filled with shifting priorities and many simultaneous pieces of--work
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to recommend and implement solutions that meet identified business needs; proactively explore emerging technologies that might benefit the--community
  • Partner with other leadership roles in--ESS--to implement overall audiovisual strategies and policies. Partner closely with the Deputy Director of--ESS--to develop a customer services model that aligns with the evolving needs of FAS faculty and students.--
  • Serve as an escalation point for both customers and internal team members; work to resolve service delivery issues on an expedited--basis
  • Represent--ESS--and Harvard within FAS and University committees; and serve as a representative with Ivy Classroom Group.-- Basic Qualifications
    • At least 8 years of experience--in managing enterprise level audiovisual services--in a large,--decentralized--environment--
    • Prior experience with budget preparation and staffing--
    • At least 8 years of supervisory experience--and--P&L--responsibility--required--
    • Advanced--knowledge of audiovisual industry--and--video conferencing systems--
    • Working knowledge of--ITIL and--ITSM (IT service management)--best practices and tools--
    • At least 2 years of experience using--SNOW--or a similar ITSM--application--to manage--team workflow and--metrics-- Additional Qualifications and Skills
      • Managing a diverse team towards excellence in the following areas: customer service, marketing, communications, intake process and policies--
      • Demonstrated leadership and people management skills, as well as desire to coach and develop--others--
      • Excellent customer service experience, and strong desire to deliver high level solutions in a timely and dependable--manner--
      • Professional maturity, and judgement; ability to excel with minimal--supervision--
      • Ability to successfully manage many simultaneous work items of changing priority; strong ownership and accountability, and attention to--detail--
      • Ability to serve as a change agent and manage team through periods of rapid--change--
      • Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills; desire to identify and resolve the root cause of systematic technical or process--issues--
      • Proven ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, students, senior management,--and executives throughout the--college--
      • Excellent interpersonal and written/verbal business communication skills; can easily present technical concepts to clients in non-technical--language--
      • Graduate degree in a related field--desirable--
      • Background in higher education
      • Experience working with--faculty
      • Industry certifications like CTS-D or CTS-I or DMC certification--
      • Experience with Crestron systems highly desirable--
      • Previous working experience with: Service Now (SNOW), SharePoint, Panopto, Zoom
      • Experience with conflict management, negotiating, and difficult--conversations
      • Experience implementing, measuring, reporting, and managing to key operational--metrics Physical Requirements Must be able to lift and carry up to 25--lbs.--of--equipment-- Working Conditions Office/Remote; on-campus, critical position Additional Information FAS is committed to cultivating not only the diversity of our faculty, staff, and students but also in developing an--inclusive culture --that is vibrant, engaging and encouraging of innovation as well as intellectual debate. We believe creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace allows employees from all backgrounds and walks of life to achieve their fullest potential. We also believe an---inclusive---culture is one that accepts, values and views as strength the difference we all bring to the workplace. We encourage our community members to participate in--our--FAS Diversity Dialogues .--

        All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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