Instructional designer and technologist, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Reporting directly to the Dean of Enrollment Management, this South Hamilton based position is responsible for the research, deployment, support and maintenance of Educational Technology for the Department of Educational Support Services. Responsibilities include faculty training and orientation in Instructional Technology, assistance with the use of Educational Technologies in, and maintenance of, courses in all delivery modalities, and coordination with IT and Media Services for the maintenance and support of users with respect to learning and distance communication technologies.

DUTIES:
Faculty Training and Professional Development

  • In support of ATS standards and Institutional Mission, serves as a one-to-one and group trainer for faculty.
  • Coordinates professional development seminars in educational technologies and campus technology and information systems.
  • As necessary, constructs asynchronous/self-paced online training materials to provide instruction for faculty members and students.
  • Establishes and taps into peer networks of Educational Technology and Faculty development leaders of similar institutions.
  • Converses with and relates collegially to faculty of all disciplines knowledgably, with general knowledge to how technical resources relate to their specific areas of research and teaching. Facility with graduate-level theological vocabulary preferred.

Research and Innovation

  • Provides vision for innovation in the core academic mission of GCTS.
    Maintains an incessant awareness of latest technological advances that pertain to education, telecommunication, LMS, and Consumer Electronics used by students, staff, and faculty.
  • Develops a nuanced understanding of the impact of new technology on Seminary constituents, and is able to give on-demand executive summaries to the administration and staff in these areas.
  • Conducts periodic reviews of contracted services and service levels relative to performance and institutional requirements.
  • Participates in Educational Technology panels, committees, and communities to understand trajectories and opportunities in Technology with key dependencies for the school. (ie. Sakai Open Source, Nercomp, etc.)

Educational Technology & Design

  • Maintains the Semlink+ model for credit bearing graduate level courses.
  • Captures, edits, and creates graphics for high-quality video learning materials, including lecture capture, scripted shots, and narrated PowerPoint/Keynote.
  • Tracks content consumption, and optimizes hosting & DAM solutions for course media across multiple vendors.
  • As directed, ensures the systematic evaluation and upgrading of technological resources and learning materials consistent with the learning goals of theological scholarship.
  • Periodically reviews all published educational materials for ADA, FERPA, and Copyright law compliance.

Required Skills and Knowledge:
Technical

  • Advanced understanding of LMS usage, with specific experience and a solid understandings of the nuances of Sakai.
  • Familiarity with specific tools in the Sakai environment including Voicethread and BigBlueButton.
  • Familiarity with Kaltura video platform.
  • Advanced knowledge of video and audio editing platforms, preferably Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to conform to a uniform asset labeling and storage convention, as well as knowledge of storage system architecture and best practices in archiving multimedia assets.
  • Able to provide support training on basic OS and features of Mac and Windows platform.
  • Deep understanding of mobile platforms, and “App” ecology.
  • Familiarity with ticketing systems as used by the IT Service Desk.
  • Trainer level intimacy with Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Familiarity with iWork- Pages, Numbers, Keynote.
  • Web Design familiarity with JAVA, CSS, HTML 5.0, ePub standards. Facility with WebDav and FTP, understanding of LDAP authentication and Exchange / Active Directory services.
  • Knowledge of video streaming formats and services, including ability to navigate encoding and player functionalities, with understanding of idiosyncratic nature of video hosting and streaming for mobile device consumption.
  • Ability to apply an understanding of Universal Design Principles, Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright law, FERPA, and ADA guidelines. Interpersonal and Communication
  • Ability to collaborate and serve in a team environment. This position requires collegiality and regular collaboration with Media and IT coworkers across multiple locations.
  • Ability to proactively and assertively communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including interactions with customers, IT and Media Services.
  • Ability to communicate with non-technical students, faculty and staff.
  • Experience working in a decentralized, multi-location organization strongly preferred.
  • Ability to research and propose technology solutions for current and future technology needs to Dean of Enrollment Management
  • Ability to travel up to 10%, as requested, for campus support visits regionally and out of state.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • BA required in fields of Education or Technology, or commensurate experience.
  • Graduate work in related field strongly preferred.
  • 5-7 years Software Developer or Trainer / Curriculum Development / Educational Technology experience required.
  • Experience with graduate programs preferred.
  • Candidates with experience in lay or clergy local church ministry, para-church ministry or missionary work (anticipated paths of most graduates) will be given special consideration.
  • Experience with Administrator-Level privileges in LMS and other school systems preferred.
  • Experience in cross-cultural contexts.
  • Participation in professional associations and user groups preferred.
  • Higher education or non-profit experience preferred.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. The principal duties, responsibilities enumerated are all essential job functions.

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to Lbowerman@gcts.edu

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