Senior Instructional Technologist Jod ID 22871

Northwestern University in Illinois

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted July 22, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


Job Summary:

The Instructional Technologist Senior support innovative instruction at the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) through technology-enhanced learning; work to increase adoption of learning technology among faculty and students through daily interaction, training, and direct in-class support; coordinate the development of training resources; research, recommend, and implement emerging technology solutions.

This position requires occasional weekend and evening hours.
The work schedule for this position is 37.5 hours per week. As many courses are held in the evening (6-9pm), the regular schedule will routinely require working until 6:30 pm when classes are in session. Supporting virtual class sessions will routinely require work hours between 7 pm and 9 pm.

Attendance at special events (at least one per quarter) scheduled on Saturdays or later into the evenings and possibly located off-campus (e.g., downtown Chicago) may be required as well. Sufficient notice will be given whenever these special events occur.

Typically, hours outside the business day work schedule that are required to support special sessions and special events will be compensated for via alternative time off during the same week.

Specific Responsibilities:

Faculty and program support ' Curriculum and Course Design  

  • Serves as the primary resource for faculty and teaching assistants planning for new modes of delivery and integrating teaching and learning technologies into their course design; This includes working with faculty to ensure consistency and quality across programs, on-boarding new faculty and teaching assistants and the development of an online faculty resource center to document standards, practices and recommendations for ensuring high-quality learning experiences for students.

Instructional practices adoption

  • Works with faculty/teaching assistants to ensure they adopt effective teaching practices when using instructional technology within courses; This includes but is not limited to instructional technology tools provided through Canvas; Adobe Connect; blogging and online collaboration tools; video and recorded presentations/lectures; live, virtual class technologies; and new technologies implemented by NU or SESP IT.

Instructional technology support  

  • Serves as the primary resource for faculty and teaching assistants to support instructional technologies for courses; This includes managing course setup in Canvas and related systems, developing and implementing standards for use of instructional technologies (e.g., Canvas, Adobe Connect, Google Apps, video, surveys, conference and collaboration technologies, etc.), and supporting faculty during each academic quarter in the setup and use of instructional technologies for specific class activities.

Student support

  • Coordinates with program staff to ensure students are supported in their efforts to get access to and use systems required for their courses (e.g. Canvas, Adobe Connect, etc.). Designs, develops and delivers content at new student orientation programs related to SESP courses and Northwestern technologies;
  • Develops and maintains an online student resource center that documents 'how-to's,' practices and recommendations for use of program and instructional technology.

Ongoing development.

  • Identifies and researches emerging trends and technologies, making recommendations to the dean, program directors, and faculty.


  • Works with the dean, IT director, and program director to evaluate SESP instructional technology initiatives and make recommendations about best practices and future initiatives based on data;
  • Oversees the design and development of assessments;
  • Compiles and analyzes data and prepares reports as needed;
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in education, communications, learning sciences, or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Five years professional experience in higher education, education setting, or similar setting;
  • Two years' experience supporting online learning technology (e.g., learning management systems, virtual classroom).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in education, communications, learning sciences, or related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Two or more years' experience designing and administering courses in learning management systems.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.
Date Reposted: 07/22/2014

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