Director: IDEAS Lab

South Campus

Director: IDEAS Lab (post level 5) (contract appointment: 5 years)

Ref.: AP518

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead a multi-dimensional team that focuses on the development of a broad range of instructional technology projects with an emphasis on learner experience, usability, user experience, and interface design.
  • Responsible for the operational management of the department and training venue.
  • Responsibility for planning, development and execution of IDEAS Lab project to achieve and deliver effective e-learning development for South Campus courses.
  • Author and co-author original planning and support documentation related to instructional technology services and other project related processes.
  • Co-responsible for meetings with and reporting to external project stakeholders.
  • Responsible to oversee all key communication with both internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Responsible for the final approval of all media (Digital content including branding, graphic, video, multimedia and communication) directly related to work done for and by IDEAS Lab.
  • Present ideas and deliverables to executives, internal and external stakeholders.
  • Oversee the development of innovative ICT-based solutions for education.
  • Oversee and support the development of ICT competencies of role players related to projects of IDEAS Lab.
  • Serve on various South Campus management committees.
  • Be on the forefront of emerging tools and technology that will improve development processes for designers/ trainers, and the learning experience for the end user students.
  • Collaborating with various South Campus departments regarding all aspects of the digitisation of programs to ensure timely and accurate deliverables.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and reporting of IDEAS Lab Physical Resources to South Campus Physical Resource division.
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    Inherent requirements:

    • Four (4) year degree or equivalent in Education and/or Information Technologies.
    • Five (6) years of related experience and a proven track record in the strategic development, integration and deployment of a broad spectrum digital learning projects.
    • A track record in managing a complex e-portfolio, handling multiple priorities and managing a variety of resources in a fast-paced, changing environment, while working with multiple stakeholders in projects.
    • Successful record of leadership and managing a diverse team.
    • Knowledge of PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, and experience of internet broadcast and digital media.
    • Knowledge of eLearning development tools (i.e. Brainshark, Captivate, Camtasia, Flash), standards (i.e. SCORM), and Learning Management Systems (i.e. Blackboard).
    • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of instructional design methodology and adult learning theory.

     

    Required competencies:

    • High level of IT knowledge and experience in the use thereof within an educational environment.
    • Advanced computer skills including but not limited to MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint and Learning Management Systems.
    • High level of knowledge and experience in the field of learning of technology.
    • Ability to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
    • Organisational thoroughness and the ability to plan effectively.
    • Performance management.
    • Customer/Client focus.
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University’s richly diverse working environment.
    • Experience in presenting ideas and deliverables to executives, internal and external stakeholders.
    • Excellent language proficiency in at least two official languages, of which English must be one.
    • Strong writing skills in English.
    • Ability to function effectively as a member of a team, as well as independently.

     

    Recommendations:

    • Experience in the higher education sector.
    • Experience in open and distance education.
    • Advanced knowledge of instructional design methodology and adult learning theory.
    • Time management skills and the ability to cope with several projects at a time.
    • Accuracy and attention to detail.

     

    Term of office:

    • Five (5) years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further term.

     

    Assumption of duties:
    As soon as possible.

     

    Closing date:
    04 August 2017

     

    Salary:
    The salary scale is available on request.

     

    Fringe benefits:

    (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

     

    General:
    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

     

    Please indicate the reference number and the post you are applying for on your application.  Applications with no reference number will not be considered.