Ithaca, New York

As Cornell University's online learning unit, eCornell delivers online professional certificate courses to individuals and organizations around the world. Courses are personally developed by Cornell faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics, including data analytics, management, marketing, human resources, leadership, and STEM. Students learn in an interactive, small cohort format to gain skills they can immediately apply in their organizations, while earning a professional certificate from Cornell University. eCornell has offered online learning courses and certificate programs for 15 years to over 130,000 students at more than 2,000 companies. Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. The Assistant Director - Art & Animation (ADAA) leads the art and animation team functions of online course development by focusing on schedules, velocity tracking, and dependency management. It also leads the planning process for the post-production Creative elements of online course development and delegate the development to teams of their direct reports for execution. This position will report to the Director of Creative Services, working closely with the Assistant Director of Video Production, the Creative Director, Technical Director, and Art Directors in gathering information and tracking progress against approved milestones. This position will be responsible for building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders as well as implementing clearly defined workflows, communicating documented processes, and ensuring all practices are being refined and tuned. The ADAA works in collaboration with senior eCornell leadership to set strategic direction for course Creative design and development, specifically in the areas of illustration, motion graphics, and graphic design, all while leading their teams to meet organizational and production goals. They also work with Instructional Designers and their Directors to facilitate design discussions and ensure the success of all eCornell course-development efforts. The ADAA is also expected to work effectively and efficiently as a project manager at scale, ensuring roadblocks are overcome, planning and allocating resources, tracking development status, and reporting on progress to both internal and external stakeholders through diplomatic, timely, and clear communication. This role contributes to the refinement and evolution of eCornell's products and online course design methodologies to meet the changing needs of students while maximizing emergent and relevant technologies. While doing so, the ADAA enhances production speed and efficiency, maintaining product quality. Candidates should be local to Ithaca, NY and able to work in-person with eCornell staff. Additionally, you will: Oversee the art and animation creation process in coursework and observe interactions in team collaborations providing relevant and actionable coaching and feedback. Report to and work with the Director of Creative Services on day-to-day operations. Assist the Director of Creative Services with CSG strategic planning, team development, and hiring. Manage and oversee post-production functions related to the creation of Motion Graphics in finished videos as well as the creation of graphic and interactive tools required in product development. Track all projects and provide regular status reports and progress updates. Anticipate bottlenecks, identify risks, and escalate issues. Clearly define workflows and communicate documented processes. Identify optimal tools and technologies to help manage workflows and optimize their implementation and deployment. Identify and implement development processes that can improve project efficiency. Effectively and efficiently communicate and collaborate with eCornell internal and contract staff leveraged to execute course-development tasks, including deployment, marketing, and sales. Leverage production data to make strategic resource and oversees allocation decisions for Illustrators, Motion Designers and Graphic Designers; ensure all projects assigned are on time and on budget. Manage a team of direct reports - mentoring, inspiring, delegating, and coaching them towards their fullest potential. Communicate and drive short- and long-term goals to completion. Performance management: Evaluate employee performance; provide constructive feedback; hold employees accountable. Guide and facilitate individual development process, including growth in role. Create a workplace culture that aligns with the organization's mission, vision, and values. Assist in the recruitment and retention of Art and Motion Design talent; lead effective onboarding for new employees. Effectively represent eCornell in interactions with Cornell faculty and staff. What we need: 7 + years of relevant professional experience in the field of art, animation and video production or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum two years direct management experience with a proven track record of enabling teams to reach production and quality goals. Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred. Demonstrated leadership acumen with the ability to encourage, motivate and guide individuals in process improvement and maximize effectiveness. Excellent time- and project-management skills. A constructive attitude, sense of urgency, and willingness to ensure you and your team achieve project goals within budget and on deadline. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong collaborative qualities as well as the ability to explain technical and creative concepts in non-technical terms to faculty and students; excellent interpersonal, influencing, and negotiating skills. Proven ability to manage and meet deadlines with multiple projects running concurrently. Ability to deal well with ambiguity and fast-paced change. Creative, practical problem-identification, problem-reporting, and problem-solving skills, including the application of those skills to the design and development of the final product. Significant experience with training development and learning program development in team environments Active interest in adult learning theory and emerging approaches to online learning. What we prefer: Experience leading art and motion design teams through the design and development of online learning materials within both commercial/corporate environments as well as University environments. Experience with the waterfall style of project management. What we offer: The opportunity to work with a dynamic group of people in a high-growth organization where employee development is promoted. A broad set of competitive benefits under the Endowed program, including educational opportunities, access to virtual wellness programs, health care options, 3 weeks of paid vacation, 13 paid holidays, and superior retirement contributions. https://hr.cornell.edu/benefits-pay This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University's decision to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States for a limited time, only until the University can permit more employees to work on campus. Once the University permits more employees to work on campus, the successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted to perform a portion of their work remotely. The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State. **No VISA sponsorship is available for this position.** University Job Title: Communication Mgr I Job Family: Communications/Marketing Level: G Pay Rate Type: Salary Company: Endowed Contact Name: Carol Graubard Number of Openings: 1 Job Titles and Pay Ranges: To learn more about Cornell's non-union staff job titles and pay ranges, see Career Navigator . The final rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria: Prior relevant work or industry experience. 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This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. 2021-08-26-07:00

Ithaca, New York

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