ABOUT SAGE Ocean
Social research is changing as a result of the availability of new forms of data, including “big data”. SAGE wants to accelerate this change by working with the social science community to help them tackle the key challenges they face. To do this, we set up an innovation incubator, SAGE Ocean, to create a suite of new products and services to ensure that every social science researcher has the skills and tools they need to work effectively with big data and new technology.
Do you care about how the data revolution can impact social research? Do you want to work in start-up mode whilst having the benefits of working within a large organisation? Do you want to build new products and services that will change the way social research is done?
We are seeking a Head of SAGE Campus to join the SAGE Ocean innovation team. The Head of SAGE Campus will be responsible for defining and leading the strategy for our newly launched product, SAGE Campus, an online learning platform that teaches social science researchers the skills they need to work with big data.
This is an opportunity to work on stuff that matters in a fast-paced team focused on using lean principles to rapidly understand the needs of researchers, and to use those insights to develop products and services that will best serve their needs.
The Head of SAGE Campus will be responsible for leading the development of SAGE Campus, and will manage the SAGE Campus content team and elearning teams. The Head of SAGE Campus will be responsible for setting out and delivering on the future strategy for SAGE Campus, including refining the product offering, the business model, the course development process and the shape of the team.
The Head of SAGE Campus will need to build strategic partnerships with key players in the data science and social science community and spot opportunities in the area of skills training more generally for SAGE Ocean. The position involves frequent interaction with academics as well as a close working relationship with the wider SAGE Ocean team, and therefore communication skills must be excellent.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Line manage the SAGE Campus Commissioning Editor and SAGE Campus Digital Learning Specialist
•Lead on defining the future strategy for SAGE Campus and then execute this strategy
•Grow SAGE Campus into a successful elearning business
•Lead on resourcing and vendor decisions
•Actively seek out opportunities to create new products to support the training of social scientists working with big data
•Champion SAGE Campus, and SAGE Ocean’s mission, externally and internally by attending key conferences and events and presenting at internal meetings
•Keep up to date with and apply the latest research and best practices on online course development and delivery to SAGE Campus development, including research on student retention and motivation and feedback and assessment
•Manage the SAGE Campus budget and P&L
•Use lean principles to take an iterative approach to SAGE Campus with tight feedback loops to respond to user needs.
Leadership skills –You will be managing and leading a highly creative, enthusiastic and impressive team. You should be able to inspire them to deliver on challenging and demanding objectives. You will be comfortable being directive when necessary, but should also know when it’s the right time to pull back and let the team lead. You will be passionate about elearning and social science and be able to communicate that passion to your team.
Business judgment and analytical skills – You will need to make decisions on a daily basis, using the available data and your previous experience in elearning to guide you. You will be a confident decision maker and have excellent business judgement. You will need to guide the team on when to change course, when to stick to a path, and when to try something completely new. Previous experience leading a team working on a new product would be beneficial.
Curiosity and enthusiasm – You will be interested in working with social scientists, excited about the opportunity space that SAGE Ocean operates in, enthused about research methods and eager to learn about SAGE and the markets we serve.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
•Bachelor’s degree required, additional education beneficial
•At least 2 years’ experience working in elearning, preferably developing courses for use in higher education
•Experienced line manager, preferably with experience of leading a team
•Proficient in MS Office packages, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
•Working knowledge of researcher workflows in the social sciences beneficial
•Experience of using lean product development tools beneficial
LANGUAGE, ANALYTICAL SKILLS AND SPECIFICATIONS
•Proven skills in organization, time management, and efficient execution of tasks
•Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
•Successful track record of team- and relationship-building
•Professional, enthusiastic and positive approach to work
•Proactive, creative and logical thinker
•Passion for elearning and education