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Company Name :- University of Montana
Position Name :-
Company Location :- Missoula, MT
Job Category :- General
Full Job Description :-
The University of Montana invites applications for a Learning Designer for UMOnline. The Learning Designer will advance online and distance student learning experiences and collaborative partnerships that result in the growth of high-quality student learning opportunities. This position will collaborate with the UMOnline Leadership Team to advance strategic priorities that result in the growth of online/distance academic partnerships; advance the retention of online students through high-quality virtual student services; cultivate a distance profile of UMOnline as the leader in experience and success of online students.
This position will collaborate with the UMOnline team and work with directly with faculty to envision online, blended and web-enhanced course opportunities and goals that may include the integration of stackable credentials, microcredentials, and digital badges. Assist in the design and delivery of engaging and effective training technology, instructional design, and related best practices. Work with UMOnline leaders and university stakeholders to establish a community of practice that values distance learning and strives for continual skill building and innovation.
The role will have a particular focus on:
Training, workshops for professional development in online learning/ innovative curriculum applications
Leading units in online program development with consistent instructional design themes that include coordinated curricular design across a program
Development of coordinating scheduling and stackable programming for seamless adult learner academic pathways with and across programs and curriculums
Working closely with the UMOnline leadership team and campus entities to develop hybrid and flexible learning opportunities for learners of varying backgrounds and levels.
Work closely with UMOnline leadership to implement new learner initiatives that align with university infrastructure needs and policies.
Work closely with UMOnline leadership to collaborate on program development with online program management partners and university faculty and instructors.
Coordinate efforts with UMOnline and UM offices such as Admissions, Registrar’s, Office of Student Success to support online students’ needs for learning success from initial interest through graduation.
Support the strategic planning, development, and assessment process in online student success
Perform online and institutional research using analytics, data collection to develop data-driven strategies that advance new learning programming and related engagement initiatives.
Research, assess, select, troubleshoot, implement and support emerging technologies that benefit the university’s teaching and learning priorities for student success.
Cultivate constructive relationships including diplomatically and proactively handling challenges, questions, or conflict, while successfully generating symbiotic solutions through collaboration with diverse stakeholders.
Demonstrate commitment to a personal and professional growth mindset by engaging in the continuous investigation of emerging technologies, pedagogies, and leadership best practices through educational opportunities; professional publications or presentations; advancing personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
Working with faculty and instructional designers to develop courses to meet learner needs with backward design principles
Consult with faculty to develop course sequences and planning that includes coordination with instructional design processes.
Assess faculty development and support needs and develop a strategic approach to help with online program development as it evolves.
Maintain and promote sound instructional design process in each existing online program, and collaborate with the Director of Instructional Design throughout that process.
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always”; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.
Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Letter of Appointment and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
Salary for this position is $50,000-$60,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an independent work ethic and will be responsible for remaining current with developments in the field of online design and adult learning. The candidate must be self-motivated and able to work under time constraints. Consultation and collaboration will be key functions of this position, both internally and externally. This candidate should have a strong commitment to creating a vibrant and welcoming culture that expects and respects diversity.
Collaboration and Coordination:
Proven ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders to meet organizational goals.
Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and execute tactically.
Must be able to practice creative problem solving and respond well in a fast-paced, continually evolving environment.
Must be detail oriented, have good analytical skills, and able to learn the rules, policies, and procedures governing online degree programs
Ability to work independently and on a team
Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work
Ability to work individually on multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment;
Have demonstrated knowledge and experience in online education efforts and issues
Ability to take on complex projects with little oversight.
Build sustainable relationships and trust with stakeholders through responsive communication.
Excellent oral communication skills, including ability to work with faculty
Effective interpersonal skills
Proven ability to provide excellent customer service to stakeholders and assessing needs to achieve satisfaction.
Organization and Implementation:
Strength in coordinating, scheduling, reviewing, tracking, troubleshooting, and adapting project efforts.
Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, on multiple projects simultaneously.
Education and experience:
Master’s degree in areas related to education, learning theory, instructional design
In lieu of degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience
Online teaching experience
Experience with online learning and related pedagogy
Instructional Designer Experience
Experience with best practices of distance learning and new learners
Experience working with Online Program Management Partners
Experience working with faculty and instructors in distance education settings
Computer skills including use of Microsoft Office Suite, Banner, Moodle, and other enterprise technologies
About UM and UMOnline
The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.
UMOnline has a mission to promote and support excellence and innovation in online teaching and learning at the University of Montana through supporting the creation of quality online, blended and web-enhanced learning opportunities for students. In addition to serving our students and providing phenomenal online education for all, UMOnline strives to support faculty and staff in a variety of ways including; course design, data and market research, marketing, accessibility tools and content testing, program launch support, Moodle Learning Management System resources and support, regulatory compliance and more.
To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.
University of Montana
Video: Mission First, People Always
UM on YouTube
City of Missoula
Video: There’s This Place
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
The State of Montana
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment. In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran’s Preference. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.
Employment Eligibility. All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)
Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit the following application materials via “New Resume/CV” button below.
Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.
Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
Three (3) professional references – Names and contact information
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