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Academic Innovation Specialist

Company: Northampton Community College
Location: Bethlehem
Posted on: March 10, 2023

Job Description:

The staff and faculty of Northampton Community College share a single goal: to help students transform their lives through education. It's a goal that reaps rewards thousands of times over the course of a career. Employees at Northampton receive competitive compensation and an array of benefits while working on campuses located in a region with a very high quality of life.We invite you to consider to applying for one of our currently available positions. For more information on the College, please visit For more information on life in the Lehigh Valley, please visit is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.***Academic Innovation Specialist---------------------Please note that this position will remain open until filled.---------------------Primary Function: Provides leadership in the creation, design, and application of innovative technological design, instructional design, and instructional technology theories and methodologies designed to help faculty build and facilitate quality projects, programs, and courses. Works as part of a team to assist credit and non-credit faculty with the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of innovation in the classroom across all platforms and modalities. Works closely with faculty and staff, to ensure their projects, programs, and courses reflect best practices in course design, accessibility standards, and copyright policies. Provides training for faculty in the use of innovative technology, including basic and advanced uses of the innovative technology for instruction. Generates, promotes, develops, and assesses new and innovative educational technological projects, programs, and courses.Responsibilities: (1) Support college community in the development and assessment of new innovative projects, programs, and courses relating to technology and multi-modality platforms; (2) Manage the NCC Smart apartment including maintenance, tool development, warranties, replacements, scheduling, promotion, and assessments. (3) Work closely with the Associate Dean of Online Learning & Education Technology to design and offer professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff utilize the NCC Smart Apartment and other innovation spaces and projects on any campus governed or maintained by the College; (4) Support OLET and CMED in the development, design, delivery and assessment of new technological needs, programs and courses; (5) Work closely with the Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology to design and offer professional development opportunities for the college community; (6) Work closely with the Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology on the creation, revision, and assessment of online and hybrid courses using Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium, and/or SUNY's OSCQR rubrics; (7) Provide professional development to the college community on course assessment tools including, but not limited to, rubrics created by Quality Matters, Online Learning Consortium, and/or OSCQR; (8) Work closely with credit and CMED instructors to build robust online and hybrid courses utilizing best practices as defined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Higher Education, NC-SARA, and the Faculty Senate at Northampton Community College; (9) Work closely with the Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology to prepare the college community and individual departments/programs for accreditation visits as relates to online learning, hybrid learning, and educational technology. (10) Research and advocate for new educational technologies and trends; (11) Collaborate with internal and external partners to determine funding opportunities like grants, sponsorships, etc. for new programs, technologies, experiments, and events; (12) Hire and supervise NCC OLET interns working in the Smart Apartment; and be available on occasional nights and weekends as needed to operate the Smart Apartment when OLET interns are not available; (14) Be available to travel to any campus for in-person meetings, trainings, promotional events, et al, as needed or required; (15) Perform other responsibilities, as assigned by immediate supervisor.Organizational Relationships: (1) Responsible to the Associate Dean of Online Learning and Educational Technology for performance of assigned responsibilities; (2) Work closely with faculty and staff in both credit and non-credit capacity; (3) Relate to College and department goals; (4) Function as an active member of the College's administrative team.Performance Standards: Performance in this position is considered satisfactory when: (1) Mutually agreed upon objectives have been attained within a specified time frame. (2) Responsibilities of the position have been carried out at a level consistent with performance objectives. (3) Effective cooperative relationships exist between OLET, ITS and the college community.Qualifications: (1) Education: Bachelor's degree in instructional design, educational technology or related field from a regionally accredited Institution required. Master's degree in instructional design is preferred. (2) Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: (a) broad understanding of learning theory, instructional design models and innovation programming; (b) familiarity with benchmarking and quality assurance tools like Quality Matters rubric, Online Learning Consortium rubric, and the OSCQR rubric; experience in utilizing these tools is preferred; (c) demonstrated ability to generate and develop innovative ideas; (d) demonstrated ability to support diverse academic populations across credit and non-credit boundaries; (e) competent in research, development, assessment and funding models used to support new innovation projects, programs, and courses; (f) organizational, communicative, and leadership skills; (g) demonstrated ability to oversee student workers. (3) Experience: Professional work experience as an instructional designer in an educational setting is strongly preferred. Prior teaching experience within a higher education setting is desirable. Experience with innovative teaching and learning is required.

Keywords: Northampton Community College, Bethlehem , Academic Innovation Specialist, Other , Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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