Academic Instructional Technologist – Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)

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ACADEMIC INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIST
Education: University/College, FT Employee
Franciscan University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)

Date: June 27, 2013
Position Available: Academic Instructional Technologist – SG9
Position Reports to: Director of Online Programming and Instructional Design
Department: Academic Affairs
FLSA Status: Exempt (Professional Staff)
Hours: Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. are typical work hours with some nights and weekends to support faculty and students in online courses.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Academic Instructional Technologist is a hands-on position that collaborates with the Franciscan community to promote excellence in teaching and learning through the instructional use of Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate, and other digital pedagogical technology. This position is a key member of the Digital Learning Team supporting the Director of Online Programming and Instructional Design in Academic Affairs with primary responsibility of supporting faculty, staff, and students in envisioning, developing, implementing, and using Blackboard and other instructional technology for online teaching.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide Level 2 Support to faculty and students in using Blackboard and other instructional technology
2. Manage day-to-day Blackboard tasks, such as creating custom courses, modifying enrollments, etc.
3. Maintain Blackboard GUI by updating, testing, and implementing Building Blocks and Updating service packs
4. Work with faculty to envision, design, build, and implement instructional technology in their courses (serving as Project Manager for course creation)
5. Facilitate Blackboard Collaborate sessions (or equivalent) with faculty staff and administration as needed
6. Act as a trainer of faculty and staff in courses and workshops already approved for delivery through the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership

This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list. Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University’s needs.

REQUIREMENTS:
Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:

Skills & Competencies:
Technical Skills:
1. Significant professional knowledge and experience in supporting and training faculty using Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate for teaching in higher education as well as experience administering the Blackboard LMS (or the equivalent).
2. Expertise in introducing faculty members to the Quality Matters rubric or other accepted quality standards of course design, in working collaboratively with instructors to apply the standards to their use of instructional technologies in their courses, and in evaluating courses and identify areas for improvement with the standards. Preference given to those who have achieved certification as a QM Peer or Master Reviewer.
3.Ability to support faculty using virtual classroom environments and web conferencing applications such as Blackboard Collaborate.
4. Skills to work collaboratively with diverse University faculty members in a variety of subject matter areas to choose technological tools that meet their course objectives and result in high quality, effective online courses
5. Skills in sharing insight and knowledge about the effective use of recorded lectures, course multimedia, Web 2.0 and other technologies that can positively impact engagement, learning and quality learning experiences, especially in an online environment.
6. Software expertise in MS Office and applications for creating engaging instructional materials such as, but not limited to Adobe CS 5+, Camtasia, Softchalk, etc., and the ability to learn new applications as needed.
7. Experience with XML, HTML, CSS, Java, Google Docs, Collaborate.

Non-Technical Skills (Competencies):
1. Demonstrated dedication to Franciscan mission;
2. Excellent communication skills including writing and presenting to a variety of audiences as well as demonstrated tact and discretion;
3. Collegial interpersonal skills are critical for developing relationships with faculty, staff and administrators as part of an effective collaborative process;
4. Passion to serve others and go above and beyond to help others learn and succeed;
5. Desire to work and contribute to a fast paced small team environment and be willing and eager to pitch in wherever needed.

Education & Experience:

• 3-5 years of experience providing direct instructional technology support to university faculty with regard to evaluation, selection, and implementation of new and existing technologies for online, hybrid, and face-to-face course
• Bachelor’s degree required/Master’s degree preferred in Educational Technology, Instructional Design or related field
• Experience in developing student-centered instructional materials for courses including learning activities in LMS and digitally created learning modules
• Evidence of varied and ongoing understanding of current and emerging technologies used for collaboration, teaching, and learning
• Experience administering, teaching with, and supporting Blackboard v. 9 (or the equivalent LMS)
• Experience working closely with, training, and supporting faculty and students in educational setting

For other information and job postings, visit our website at www.franciscan.edu.

Send letter of application, resume (which includes three references) to: [email protected]

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