1. Full-time
  2. Marketing & Product Development
  3. Adtalem Global Education
  4. Chicago

Director, Product Design and Development


  1. Full-time
  2. Marketing & Product Development
  3. Adtalem Global Education


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Company Description

About Adtalem Global Education

Adtalem Global Education is a national leader in post-secondary education and leading provider of professional talent to the healthcare industry. Adtalem educates and empowers students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in their communities and make a lasting impact on public health, well-being and beyond. Through equitable access to education, environments that nurture student success, and a focus on expanding and diversifying the talent pipeline in healthcare, Adtalem is building a brighter future for communities and the world.

Adtalem is the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Chamberlain University, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University.

Visit Adtalem.com for more information, and follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Adtalem believes in a culture of collaboration, creativity, and innovation, which thrives when we can work flexibly. Depending on your location, this role may be hybrid or remote.

  • HYBRID – If you reside within 50 miles of Adtalem offices in Chicago, IL, Addison, IL, Columbia, MD, Minneapolis, MN, and Miramar, FL this role is hybrid, requiring office presence three days a week (Tue, Wed, Thu), with the rest of the workweek spent working from home.
  • REMOTE – If you live over 50 miles from Adtalem offices in Chicago, IL, Addison, IL, Columbia, MD, Minneapolis, MN, and Miramar, FL, this role is remote. However, occasional office visits may be required based on business needs, with advance communication for such requests.


Job Description

Opportunity at a Glance
The Director of Product Design and Development uses his/her extensive experience in higher education, understanding of pedagogical concepts, and knowledge of regulatory requirements to provide day-to-day strategic leadership and execution of all product design and development activities for designated Colleges/Schools/Programs within Adtalem as part of the Product Development and Classroom Design (PDCD) organization. This position reports to the Sr. Director of Product Design and Development and provides leadership oversight and coordination of Learning Experience Design teams within the College/School/Program and leads product and student experience initiatives, providing critical oversight of academic program/course development.

  • Fosters a culture of excellence for the designated College/School/Program Product Development teams in PDCD.  
  • Collaborates and co-leads College/School/Program planning and initiatives with Sr. Director of Product Design and Development, Academic Leadership, Product Management, and academic teams in alignment with Strategic Plan, Long Range Plan (LRP), and business objectives.  
  • Primary relationship manager between the Academic Deans and/or program-specific stakeholders and PDCD Development Teams to ensure the integrity of the program design/development.  
  • Collaborates with institutional leaders to consult on online strategy, program positioning, annual budget development, and the integration of learning models into the curriculum experience.  
  • Guides the decision-making processes for program design and development within the context of budget, time, and resources.  
  • Directs the team in integrating effective instructional design, curriculum design, online learning, adult learning theory, and andragogy/pedagogy principles are evident in all program and course development.  
  • Oversees and monitors product development budgets for the College/School’s programs.  Supports and furthers institutions’ mission and vision through the provision of high-quality academic products; integrates the institution’s mission, vision, and initiatives throughout all development work within PDCD.  
  • Partners with faculty, serves on councils, and works with staff to effectively drive the institution’s policies, technology, and improvement initiatives. 
  • Engages across PDCD to align with strategic initiatives and priorities.  
  • Creates and supports professional development opportunities for Learning Experience Design teams.  
  • Works across the academic, product management, and finance teams to monitor and manage College/School/Program CapEx Product Development budget and advocate for resources, as necessary.  
  • Reviews and approves contracts and assignments for content and development work.  Develops appropriate partnerships consistent with PDCD responsibilities.  
  • Represents PDCD at appropriate professional meetings and conferences.  
  • Prepares appropriate documentation for accrediting and other agencies.  


  • Master's degree required.  
  • A minimum of 10 years instructional design and development leadership. 
  • A minimum of 10 years related experience in higher education and a track record of success leading high profile, strategic initiatives. 
  • Extensive knowledge of contemporary instructional design processes and practices. 
  • Advanced knowledge of digital product innovation principles, practices, methods, and terminology. 
  • Experience working with product development, technology, and academic teams in a matrixed role. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate issues and recommendations persuasively and effectively to key executives/stakeholders. 
  • In-depth understanding of the higher education industry. 
  • Proven success as a decision-maker in a collaborative, highly matrixed environment with multiple direct and indirect reporting structures throughout the organization. 
  • Stakeholder collaboration experience, with the ability to quickly develop and manage both internal and external relationships across cultural and geographical boundaries; the ability to use a collaborative model to leverage resources effectively. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to develop and deliver presentations to various stakeholder groups (including executive management, peer groups, and external audiences). 
  • Strong client relationship management skills. 
  • Experience in budget, finance management, and contract management. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage and lead a geographically dispersed and culturally diverse remote workforce. 
  • Successful experience in relationship management across a range of partners. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and history of positive results achieved collaboratively. 
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent at follow-up and attention to detail.

Additional Information

In support of the pay transparency laws enacted across the country, the expected salary range for this position is between $97,253.99 and $175,761.85. Actual pay will be adjusted based on job-related factors permitted by law, such as experience and training; geographic location; licensure and certifications; market factors; departmental budgets; and responsibility. Our Talent Acquisition Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to learning more about your salary requirements. The position qualifies for the below benefits.

Adtalem offers a robust suite of benefits including:

  • Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
  • 401k Retirement Program + 6% employer match
  • Participation in Adtalem’s Flexible Time Off (FTO) Policy
  • 12 Paid Holidays

    For more information related to our benefits please visit: https://careers.adtalem.com/benefits.

    You are also eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, subject to the rules governing the program, whereby an award, if any, depends on various factors, including, without limitation, individual and organizational performance.



Equal Opportunity – Minority / Female / Disability / V / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation


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