Bridgepoint Education Vice President, Learning Services in San Diego, California

Vice President of Learning Services

About Us:

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint owns two academic institutions -- Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Together, these programs, technologies, and resources represent a unique model for advancing education in the 21st century. Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit or

Our Values:

Passionate -- We change lives through education.

Trusted -- We are confident in each other to do the right thing.

Ownership -- We are accountable for our results.

Excellence -- We succeed through ongoing development, growth and improvement.

Attitude -- We have a positive and determined mindset.

Teamwork -- We promote a collaborative and caring work environment.

Position Summary:

The Vice President of Learning Services position is a full-time employment opportunity. Reporting to the SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, this position provides strategic and visionary leadership over the instructional design of academic programs, curriculum development, and learning technology in order to meet the diverse needs of our students. This critical role will help shape our organization as we pivot to an Online Program Management (OPM) company. The successful candidate and can expect to innovate in areas that will continue to enhance our students' experience and positively impact our student outcomes.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Identify opportunities within program selection, instructional design, curriculum development and learning technology that will drive superior learning experience and academic outcomes for our students and clients.

  • Create, communicate and implement the vision, mission, and overall direction for Learning Services department.

  • Drive innovation in education by fostering the creativity to think up new solutions and the drive to implement them.

  • Build capability within our systems and processes to serve better our students and position us for growth as an OPM.

  • Foster a collaborative environment as the liaison with academic counterparts and key leaders within the senior leadership team.

  • Represent and advocate for Bridgepoint with clients and industry associations.

  • Achieve the department's overall strategic goals and contribute to the key objectives of the business as determined by the organization's strategic plan.

  • Lead, guide, direct, and evaluate the work of department leaders, including directors, associate directors, and senior managers. This role leads Library functions, Tutoring, Curriculum Development, Academic Operations, and a Research & Development team.

  • Form, staff, guide, lead and manage an organization of sufficient capability and size to accomplish the department's objectives.

  • Evaluate the success of the department and analyze if the organization is achieving the overall success that the department budgeted for, planned for, and strategically aimed to accomplish.

  • Maintain awareness of external competitive landscape, industry best practices, and new developments and emerging standards that may be opportunities for the organization or the department.

  • Lead, guide and implement other critical initiatives as assigned by the CMO.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 15+ years of experience in an academic leadership role at a post-secondary education institution.

  • Proven track record of creating and implementing strategic plans that advance their students' experience and academic success.

  • Experience with and strong knowledge of academic policy and procedure; online learning design, and accreditation.

  • Demonstrated ability to drive innovation in teams and products.

  • Excellent oral and written communication.

  • Strong organizational, planning, and prioritization skills.

  • Exceptional analytical, problem-solving and negotiation skills.

  • Proven ability to build and lead strong teams.

  • Ability to leverage industry data to help make data-driven decisions in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

  • Deep understanding of online learning management platforms, computer applications (multi-device delivery) and vendor management.

  • Passionate about the organizational direction and university's mission, shown through representation at various conferences and events.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication in addition to polished presentation skills.

  • Advanced user in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Some Travel is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven Experience in Education Technology, Post-Secondary Education and curriculum development.


  • A Doctoral degree in a related field is required for this role. The PhD may be in progress.

BPI Talent Acquisition: 7.1.2018PD