Senior Director of Academic Innovation

Academic Leadership
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  •  A master’s degree from a regionally-accredited university.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience demonstrating significant, progressively-increasing responsibility in a higher education and/or corporate setting, with an emphasis on technology, including direct supervisory experience.
  • A track record and broad portfolio of demonstrated successes in innovation.
  • Intellectual curiosity, keeping abreast of new and promising practices/technology in learning that could be applied to programs focused on working adults.
  • Ability to operate independently (leading, collaborating and executing) in a highly ambiguous, matrixed environment with high interdependencies.
  • Able to use data to inform insights and evaluate outcomes and impacts, constantly learning and obsessing over a better way.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A doctorate from a regionally-accredited university.
  • Previous experience in online education or with a proprietary organization.
  • The ability to go from blue sky thinking to consistent, practical application, and scale-able implementation.
  • Able to think impractically before layering in constraints.
  • Be a doer, focused not just on thought partnership but on getting things done and executing both independently and with others.
  • Lead by listening, be highly collaborative, and productively contribute opinions to critical decision making processes.


Many of our positions, including this role, are designed to be remote "home office" settings.

Employees working out of a home office are responsible for providing an appropriate and safe office space, office furniture and organization, communication tools, and related items. These include: 

  • arranging for high speed internet connection, printer and a dedicated phone line for business use. Specifics regarding expense coverage and reimbursement vary based on individual position categories. Capella will not provide office equipment or on-site set up assistance.  
  • the environment must be free from distractions and enable a highly productive and professional work environment.  
  • as with on-site positions, our off-site positions require that the majority of the time will be spent using a telephone, PC and monitors. 
  • any and all daycare arrangements must be made so that employees are not working while providing care for children or other family members at home. 
  • there are minimal lifting requirements unless otherwise noted. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) act applies to work performed by an employee in any workplace within the United States, including a workspace located in an employee’s home. All employees are responsible for complying with the OSHA act and with safety and health standards.

About Capella

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

Higher Learning Commission contact information:, 800.621.7440

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disabled and Protected Veteran employer.  Visit the link below to access the EEO is the Law poster.


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