Program Manager, Affordable Learning Georgia

Position ID: 44204
Board of Regents
University System of Georgia
Branch Campus: 
Position Description
Job Class: 
Program Manager
Job Description: 


  • Collaborates with the program director in planning strategies that will have a strong impact on textbook affordability across the USG.
  • Provides guidance within the field of instructional design to the initiative, to partners creating open educational resources (OER), and to grant teams.
  • Coordinates the creation of new OER by partner organizations and assists in reviewing these resources with a focus on instructional design.
  • Organizes and coordinates in-person and online professional development events on key topics related to Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG).
  • Organizes and coordinates meetings of grantees and key field experts sponsored by ALG.
  • Assists in implementing strategies and activities identified for increasing textbook affordability, including but not limited to grant-making, partnerships, and collaborations.
  • Assists in inviting, reviewing, and responding to inquiries and proposals for ALG grants. Facilitates training in best practices for development of OER for grantees.
  • Assists in managing active grants, assessing their progress, and tracking grant activity. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with current and prospective grantees.
  • Assists in ensuring that sound financial controls are in place for each grant and that funds are spent wisely and according to grant agreements.
  • Assists in the development of briefing papers and program- related reports that contribute to the understanding of new approaches, best practices, and issues in open educational resources.
  • Assists in managing and producing communications content and publications including the ALG website, newsletter, social media, presentations, handouts, and reports.
  • Participates fully in GALILEO and Affordable Learning Georgia life, including sharing best practices with colleagues and initiating and engaging in GALILEO-wide activities.
  • Represents ALG externally at appropriate meetings, conferences, and site visits.
  • Maintains a high level of working knowledge of current trends and developments in the appropriate instructional design, open education, instructional technology, assessment, and information technology areas by reading appropriate publications and attending related seminars, conferences, etc.
  • Participates within national and international open education organizations and other avenues of influence, participation, and information gathering relative to supported services and the overall campus environment.
  • Communicates with Campus Champions and Library Coordinators to ensure campus engagement with ALG activities.
  • Activities and decisions are varied in nature, requiring the solving of both common and unusual problems.
Required Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and over five years related experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience is required to perform this job.


  • Knowledge of the latest methods and research within the field of instructional design and learning science.
  • Knowledge of the educational technology market and policy trends with the ability to assess a variety of technology related products/platforms/concepts.
  • Knowledge of the key concepts underlying open educational resources, including ways in which they can promote teaching and learning.
  • Experience leading and managing research in areas related to the program’s grant- making and an ability to implement work with limited staff support.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating effectively with others.
  • Flexible, clear strategic thinking and a strong desire to help ALG create impact using varied quantitative and qualitative means.
  • Exceptional attention to detail necessary.
  • Demonstrated exceptional analytical skills necessary for evaluating grants and proposals.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write complicated documents quickly and well and communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
  • Independent initiative and a collegial spirit in sharing ideas and receiving feedback.
  • Adaptable, flexible nature.
  • Skills in facilitation, including the ability to identify common ground among groups of individuals with diverse backgrounds; advising, recommending, negotiating, exchanging information and troubleshooting; participating in and conducting meetings, and making presentations.
  • Skills in project management, assessment, and reporting.
  • Skills in reading, analyzing and interpreting technical documentation and procedures manuals.
  • Skills in collaborating with multiple constituents, interpersonal relations, and dealing with the public.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
  • Ability to self-motivate, maintain a strong service orientation, and be flexible in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Computer skills and knowledge of standard office equipment, office productivity software including word processors, spreadsheets, presentation software, publication software, and website content management systems.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of library and search technologies.
  • Interest in and willingness to travel.
Desired Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree in instructional design with at least five years of experience in the profession.
  • Experience working within a center for teaching and learning at a higher education institution.
  • Experience working with accessible resources and/or providing guidance on creating accessible resources.
Location: Athens
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Minimum Hiring Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Hours Per Week: 40
Required Documents Message: Cover Letter, Resume
Application Procedure: 
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Educational/Instructional Design Technology
Education, General
Grants, Contracts, and Grant Writing (Admin code)
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Clare Norins, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator