Director of Online Education

London School of Theology

Reports to: Academic Dean

Line management responsibilities: None

Key relationships: Faculty, Executive Team, Registry, Engagement Team, IT Team

Job Summary:  

Oversight and project management of all issues related to online provision. This position is the interface between faculty, administration and IT, reporting to the Academic Dean.

This postholder will work with the Academic Dean to develop and maintain all aspects of LST’s online delivery, including programme and course development, methods of delivery, and innovation in teaching and learning. In addition, they will support and develop the use of online tools to support on-campus teaching, including resources and assessment tools.

The Director will oversee the quality and delivery of online courses in partnership with course developers and Programme Leaders, and support and train online tutors under the leadership of Programme Leaders and the Academic Dean.

This is a 0.5 FTE faculty post and includes up to 0.2 FTE (1 day per week) for levels 4, 5, 6, 7 lecturing, tutoring and pastoral care of students; research supervision for the L7 and Research programmes; and publishing peer-reviewed research. 

The following key tasks are indicative of the role. The list is not exhaustive, and tasks may be amended, added or subtracted in response to changing requirements or in line with the skills and experience of the post-holder.

Key Tasks – Online Learning:

  • Work with the Academic Dean in project managing all educational online activities.
  • As a member, report to Academic Board on online provision.
  • Responsible for the overall calendar of deadlines related to all online educational products.
  • Oversee the online writing and tutoring team:
  • advise Programme Leaders and the Academic Dean on appointment of module writers and tutors,
  • the first port of call for online writers and tutors,
  • train and mentor course writers and tutors and advise Academic Dean and Programme Leaders on their ongoing professional development (e.g. training events and materials).
  • Oversee quality of online courses:
  • has educational oversight for the design, production, maintenance of online materials,
  • work with tutors to respond to student feedback in module design,
  • submit modules to Middlesex University for sign off,
  • maintain links with appropriate agencies,
  • lead in responding to QAA recommendations related to online delivery and VLE,
  • responsible for quality assurance for all online materials.
  • Work with other departments to oversee the development of policies for effective marketing, enrolling, inducting, supporting and monitoring attendance of online students.
  • Tutor and update Induction course and presentation materials.
  • Train other members of faculty and staff members in online tools as need.
  • Liaise with IT and VLE Manager to ensure timely Moodle updates and plugins.
  • Responsible for developing relevant online education policies and processes to ensure compliance with data protection laws.
  • Liaise with the library to ensure adequate resource provision.
  • Liaise with Marketing to ensure effective representation of online products.

Key Tasks – Other:

  • Lecturing of agreed modules, including day-time lectures, occasional evening classes and conferences.
  • First marking of modules taught and second marking of agreed modules.
  • Supervising L6 projects.
  • Conducting tutorials.
  • Pastoral care of students.
  • Interviewing prospective students.
  • Full participation in chapel and community prayer groups, including leading and speaking on occasion.
  • Attendance and active participation at the Academic Board, Programme Boards of Study, and other School committees as required.
  • Attendance at School events such as Graduation Day and the Laing Lecture.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required by the Academic Dean.

Terms of Employment:

Salary: £17,300 (£34,600 per annum FTE)
Hours: 17.5 hours per week 0.5 FTE
Holiday: 13.5 days p.a. (27 days per annum pro-rata)
Pension: Eligible to join contributory School pension scheme after three months’ service
Notice: During the twelve month probationary period, one month’s notice may be given in writing on either side. After this period, three calendar months’ notice is required on either side.
Probation: Twelve months
Start: The job is expected to start 1 September 2018 

Occupational requirement: There is an occupational requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act 2010: Part 1, Schedule 9.


Further information can be obtained from the HR Officer, Karen Minashi: 

Applicants should send the following to the HR Officer as pdf documents attached to an email:

(a) Covering letter of application,

(b) Curriculum vitae and

(c) List of four referees, one of whom is to be the applicant’s senior pastor.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 27th April 2018.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.

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