Director of Michigan Colleges Online

Lansing, MI
Full Time
8 months ago

Michigan Colleges Online (MCO) is a Center of Excellence within the Michigan Community College Association that is dedicated to connecting the 28 Michigan community colleges so learners can access affordable, high-quality learning experiences whenever and wherever desired. The MCO, which began in 1997, provides community colleges in Michigan the opportunity to take collective advantage of the expertise of faculty and staff to provide a wide range of courses, programs, and services as well as to reduce individual colleges’ costs. The MCO spurs creative thinking in how to provide these programs and services so that the needs of the learners in Michigan and beyond can be met by Michigan community colleges.

MCO Goals:

  1. Provide students access to high-quality distance education courses through an effective interface for sharing courses and students among member institutions.
  2. Support colleges’ adoption of innovations in online teaching & learning through professional development, research, and technical services.
  3. Provide a structure to efficiently share high cost and low enrollment programs among colleges.
  4. Facilitate discounts on collaborative purchases of software/services utilized by colleges.
  5. Leverage the existing MCO platform to identify emerging opportunities to share and adopt regarding innovative practices in online education.

About the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)

The Michigan Community College Association fosters collaboration, connection, and partnerships among the 28 Michigan public community colleges and their stakeholders. The MCCA provides strong legislative and public advocacy in Lansing and throughout Michigan, works to improve the image and credibility of community colleges, and advances numerous shared initiatives through the Michigan Center for Student Success, Michigan Colleges Online, and the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

Job Description

The MCO Director is responsible for overall leadership of Michigan Colleges Online. This includes development and implementation of short and long-range strategic plans and policies; creation and management of budgets; management of MCO infrastructure; coordination of the development and offering of collaborative courses/programs; facilitation of shared resources among member institutions; and building awareness of the collaborative.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop and implement the strategic plan for Michigan Colleges Online as a part of the MCCA.
  2. Develop and implement the annual budget for MCO and oversee finances in conjunction with the MCCA President and Business Manager.
  3. Develop and maintain strong relationships with all member colleges and partners to support the growth of MCO projects.
  4. Collaborate with the MCO Advisory Council and the MCO Representative Committee and provide technical assistance and a forum for initiatives as identified by the Council and Committee.
  5. Maintain official records and documents, and facilitate compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  6. Coordinate with MCCA Collaborative Programs staff to facilitate offering collaborative programs, certifications and degrees through the MCO.
  7. Administer the registration and financial duties for collaborative program agreements offered through the MCO.
  8. Provide technical assistance to colleges on MCO policies and registration procedures and administer the tuition revenue sharing process each semester.
  9. Administer and maintain the MCO websites and all associated processes involved in the registration system, the student site academic support systems, and the staff site information.
  10. Negotiate and execute shared contracts for technical services/software identified by member institutions and key stakeholder groups.
  11. Keep abreast of new developments in distance education nationally and internationally and disseminate information about innovations to the membership.
  12. Secure funding for specific projects as warranted; write public and private grants; coordinate with State Budget Office and other potential sources of revenue.
  13. Prepare newsletters and periodic reports on MCO activities for MCCA Board of Directors and other stakeholders.
  14. Represent the MCO within MCCA, MCCA Board of Directors, other professional associations, national associations and other external constituents.

Qualifications and Skills

Master’s degree in online education leadership, educational technology, information technology or related field preferred.

Three (3) years of experience in a senior leadership position; experience working in a community college environment preferred.

Strong aptitude for verbal and written communication, presentation, and relationship development.

Self-motivated with strong organizational and leadership abilities.

Some travel required; outreach and visits to Michigan community colleges is expected as is participation in state and national conferences and professional development opportunities.

Fundraising and/or grant writing experience preferred.


Works under the general supervision of the MCCA President and the MCCA Board of Directors. While the MCO Director will need to spend significant time at the MCCA headquarters in Lansing, the MCCA encourages flexible work environments and the MCO Director may work remotely as appropriate.


Competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with experience.

Applying for this Position

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and three references to Mike Hansen, Michigan Community College Association, 222 N. Chestnut, Lansing, MI 48933 before the priority deadline of November 8, 2019.