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Online Instruction Specialist

Governors State University
University Park, IL
Closing date
Jul 27, 2021
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Job Details

Position Type:

Civil Service

Classification Title:

Instructional Development Specialist

Position's Functional Title:

Online Instruction Specialist

Position Summary:

Governors State University is seeking to hire an Online Instruction Specialist to serve as a faculty tutor, instructor and developer in on line instructional techniques and design supporting programs and operations in the Center for Active Engagement and Scholarship (CAES). The incumbent is responsible for working with faculty who design and teach online courses, training faculty and staff in online teaching through workshop development and one-on-one instruction.

The position requires a highly motivated, dedicated, and enthusiastic individual who will assist instructors in the development and delivery of on line and web-enhanced courses; provide expertise and guidance in a wide variety of instructional technology applications; teach courses in on line course development, and assist in the support of an online learning management system (currently BlackBoard).

Duties Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

Faculty Development and Instructional Support (50%)

•Advise and assist faculty in the use of learning technologies to enhance instruction and support new learning environments.

•Provide consultation to faculty in the application of instructional design and the use of instructional technology tools in the delivery of instruction.

•Design and deliver workshops for faculty development on Learning Management System(Blackboard Learn) and teaching and learning technologies.

•Design, develop and/or coordinate the development of workshops (online and face-to-face) and supportive resources to promote sound pedagogical use of learning technologies.

•Participate in and manage projects relating to the design and development of multimedia, distributed learning and distance education applications.

•Distribute electronic communication to faculty, staff and students regarding important updates or events from the CAES.

•Work as a liaison between the CAES and academic units.

Technology and Learning Management System Support (40%)

•Research emerging technologies and make recommendations regarding their incorporation into online instruction.

•Investigation of classroom-based technologies and make recommendations regarding their adoption at GSU.

•Apply instructional design principles and learning theories to advise/consult on best practices for hybrid and online course development.

•Coordinate the acquisition of elements to be utilized in online courses including: graphics, photographs, audio, video, and web resources.

•Initiate action to resolve any reported issues with the university’s Learning Management System (LMS).

•Collaborate with ITS and CAES team to plan, organize, and test system maintenance or updates for LMS.

•Assist in the management of the university’s Learning Management System and associated technologies.

•Advise and assist students in use of learning technologies required for online learning.

•Troubleshoot problems for students as they engage in online learning.

•Assist student workers within the CAES.

•Attend all CAES team meetings as scheduled.

Other Duties As Assigned (10%)

Starting Salary: $71,268.94.
(This is a non-unionized position. Salary starts at the base and is determined based on Education and Experience exceeding the minimum qualifications).

Minimum Qualifications:


A. Master’s degree in education, educational psychology, or the humanities such as history, political science, literature, journalism, communications, or philosophy


Six (6) months of experience which included any of the following areas professional writing or editing, audiovisual design and/or production, design and/or production of evaluation tools, educational programming, curriculum development, or classroom teaching.


B. Baccalaureate degree in education, educational psychology, or the humanities


Eighteen (18) months of experience which included any of the following areas professional writing or editing, audiovisual design and/or production, design and/or production of evaluation tools, educational programming, curriculum development, or classroom teaching.

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Preferred Qualifications:

• Minimum of M.S. or M.A. in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or related field.
• Demonstrable experience in course design and development.
• Significant experience in online learning in faculty and/or student roles.
• Knowledge of and experience in curriculum development and instructional design.
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively on complex projects.
• Demonstrated ability to manage projects in a collaborative environment.
• Experience in conducting faculty workshops.
• Professional preparation in utilizing an array of instructional technologies including hardware and software, Internet-based communication technologies, learning management systems and distance learning techniques.
• Demonstrated expertise in the use of emerging technologies in instruction.
• Experience with web technologies, multimedia applications, and distributed and/or distance technologies.
• Experience with quality assurance protocols or rubrics for online courses (i.e. Quality Matters, Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric).
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and adapt to varying styles, skills, and expertise in a diverse workplace.
• Previous online teaching experience at university level.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

For consideration, applicants are required to attach the following:

1: All College/University Transcripts.

2: Online Application – Must be fully completed, include all dates of employment, employment status (full-time or if part-time, include percentages), job duties and responsibilities (full details).

3: Cover Letter.

4: Resume.

5: A list of three Professional References.

Illinois residency required within 180 days of the hire date.

This vacancy involves a Credential Assessment Examination which consist of a review and rating of the applicants Education, Experience, Licenses, and other qualifications. Applicants are required to provide electronic documentation as listed above to verify that the minimum qualifications for this position has been met.

Veterans may be eligible to receive additional points on a passing final examination score. To determine eligibility, submit one of the following documents to the Department of Human Resources:
1: Department of Defense – DD214/DD215
2: National Guard – NGB22 Form
3: Discharge Orders
4: Reserves – DD256 Discharge Certificate

Note: Must be received by the closing date of this posting.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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